Sneak peek

Pro­pos­als pre­view needs as­sess­ment re­quire­ments

Modern Healthcare - - The Week In Healthcare - Me­lanie Evans

Tax-ex­empt hos­pi­tals have an ad­vance look at what the In­ter­nal Rev­enue Ser­vice wants to see in the com­mu­nity health needs as­sess­ments now re­quired by law. The draft pro­posal, re­leased by the agency in a no­tice, in­cluded one im­por­tant pro­vi­sion for hos­pi­tals that push for­ward with an as­sess­ment ahead of fi­nal reg­u­la­tions, said health­care of­fi­cials: Hos­pi­tals may fol­low draft pro­posal as long as needs as­sess­ments are com­pleted within six months of the date the rules be­come fi­nal, al­though some pro­vi­sions may change.

Julie Trocchio, se­nior di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity ben­e­fit and con­tin­u­ing care for the Catholic Health As­so­ci­a­tion, called the lee­way im­por­tant as hos­pi­tals un­der­take the time-con­sum­ing task.

Un­der the Pa­tient Pro­tec­tion and Affordable Care Act, not-for-profit hos­pi­tals risk $50,000 tax penal­ties per hos­pi­tal, per year for fail­ing to com­plete an as­sess­ment of com­mu­nity health needs once ev­ery three years. Hos­pi­tals must file the first as­sess­ment no later than the first tax year af­ter March 23, 2012.

The IRS re­leased its draft pro­pos­als days be­fore the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion and HHS sched­uled a three-day con­fer­ence on needs as­sess­ment and plan­ning.

Un­der the pro­posal, the IRS would re­quire

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