Providing True Community Benefit?
Check out this article, Engaging the Community to Eliminate Disparities in Health and Health Care, by Frederick Hobby in Hospitals and Health Networks Daily. It's an informed view on why and how to meet standards imposed by the Affordable Care Act and the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minnority Health.
Hobby warns that increased levels of scrutiny are likely regarding health care organizations' claims to community benefit. He cites research showing strikingly meager levels of true community benefit spending by many hospitals.
Among his recommendations: that representatives of cultural communities must be represented in your organization's governance. Meanwhile, you should, he says, develop and maintain open discussions with those communities to improve public health and access to care.
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