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Community Benefit

Making your time count

There are many ways in which Mission and our staff give back to the community. Volunteering for JA in a Da , helping at health screenings, and attend- ing community board or committee meet- ings are all part of Community Benefit.

WHAT IS COMMUNITY BENEFIT?

Community benefit is an approach to a healthcare organization’s participation in meeting the health needs of a commu- nity. It implies collaboration with a “com- munity” to “benefit” its residents - partic- ularly the poor, minorities and other underserved groups - by improving health status and quality of life.

dating specific amounts to be provided as community benefit or charity care.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR MISSION STAFF?

Documenting and quantifying the community benefit that Mission provides is a challenge, as it is for many hospitals. We need to retain our tax-exempt status so that we can continue to meet our com- munity’s needs.

We must capture all activities that meet the definition of community benefit and quantify the value of these activities for reporting purposes.

Not only does this support our mis- sion, vision and values, but as a not-for- profit healthcare organization, we must

meet a “community benefit” standard to maintain our tax-exempt status.

Community benefit is not only a cal- culation of the charity care we provide. It also includes services that provide limited or no revenue. This includes emergenc , trauma and neonatal care. These charita- ble contributions are designed to meet the healthcare needs of residents, specifi- cally those who otherwise would be unable to afford such services.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?

  • More than 67 million people are unin-

sured nationwide. Over 20% are unin- sured in Buncombe County. As such, there are movements at the State and National level to tighten community benefit guide- lines.

If you have helped the community in your role as an employee of Mission Hospital, let us know by filling out a Community Benefits form.

Services that typically fall under the umbrella of community benefit:

  • Community health services

    • i.

      Health education

    • ii.

      Free clinics and screenings

    • iii.

      Self help groups

  • Health professions education

    • i.

      Residencies

    • ii.

      Scholarship or tuition funding

    • iii.

      Internships to non-employees

  • Subsidized health services

    • i.

      Services operating with a negative margin that are needed in the community

  • Tax-exempt healthcare organizations,

such as ours, are being closely examined, and require community benefit and chari- ty care reporting.

  • There is increased scrutiny on tax-

exempt healthcare organizations, with 20 states requiring community benefit or charity care reporting.

  • The annual value of our tax-exempt

status is between $50 and $60 million dol- lars. There are proposed guidelines man-

  • Research

    • i.

      Clinical trials

    • ii.

      Community health research

  • Financial contributions

    • i.

      Cash donations

    • ii.

      Grants

    • iii.

      In-kind donations

  • Community building activities

i. ii

Economic development . Housing

  • iii.

    Support systems

  • iv.

    Coalition building

6 • Scope • April 18, 2008

  • Community benefits operations

i. ii

Staff to support programs . Community health needs

assessment

  • Costs of treating charity care patients

  • Unreimbursed costs of treating

Medicare and Medicaid patients

  • Bad debt

REPORTING YOUR COMMUNITY BENEFIT HOURS

Mission Staff must self-report time spent during working hours in activities that address the health needs of our com- munity. If you have helped the communi- ty in any wa , let us know by filling in the Community Benefits form.

Here’s how:

  • Go to Mission on Demand (MOD)

and type “community benefit” in the search box. The Community Benefit Reporting Form can be found here.

OR

  • Click on Departments and Services

on the left menu

  • Scroll down and click on Community

Outreach

  • Click on Community Benefit,

which can be found under the “In This Section” menu on right side of the screen

  • You can easily complete a

Community Benefit Report here in just a few seconds

If you have questions about this process, or whether your work qualifies as

community benefit, please contact Jeri Williams, VP, Corporate Compliance Officer: 213-3523, jeri.williams@msj.org; or Carol Goodrum, Tax Manager: 257- 7004, carol.goodrum@msj.org.

  • Michelle Rabell

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