Community Health Needs Assessment 2013
The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), collecting information on the health status of the community it serves, with the goal of using the data to identify, prioritize and respond to community needs. The contents of the CHNA have been included in this report.
This assessment is aligned with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that calls for charitable 501(c)(3) hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments (CHNAs) and to develop implementation strategies to address the needs identified through the process every three years. A CHNA is the process by which a hospital will identify the overall health needs within its community by partnering with other community stakeholders to gather data and input from area groups and residents and assessing that information. Hospitals must then prioritize those needs and identify which will be addressed, within the scope of existing community benefit programs or the creation of new programs.
Any eligible hospital that fails to meet CHNA requirements, by the tax year beginning after March 23, 2013, is subject to a $50,000 excise tax, which will be applied separately to each individual facility that is subject to but fails to meet the requirements.
MUSC is a governmental entity funded and operated as a public institution of the State of South Carolina. It has been determined that MUSC is not legally required to submit an extensive CHNA formal report to the IRS. While not required by statute to conduct a CHNA, MUSC has taken measures to proactively conduct this study. We are committed in our efforts to identify, prioritize and develop strategies to respond to the unmet needs of our community.
Long before the recent federal CHNA requirements, MUSC was interested in assessing community need, using resources such as the Community Need Index (CNI), pioneered by Dignity Health in 2005 and illustrated on page 13. For years, MUSC completed traditional community benefit plans, illustrated by the FY2011 Community Benefits Survey on page 14, which outlines descriptions of community benefit programs, number of community benefit events, and number of visits or people served. The most significant difference between traditional community benefit plans and CHNAs is that a CHNA must take into account input from the community it serves, including individuals/organizations with expertise in public health.
In order to identify with the needs of the community, MUSC has compiled and analyzed data about our service area, demographics, social and economic factors, and access to health care. MUSC has partnered with Roper St. Francis to successfully complete a Community Health Needs Assessment Survey.
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