Hospital Community Benefit Accountability FAQs

Q: For the public meeting, who specifically needs to be invited from the state agencies?
A: HCPF will provide contact names for the other agencies. For HCPF, hospitals should use the dedicated email to invite HCPF to the meetings and we will inform the hospitals the staff member who will attend.

Q: Is the Community Benefit Implementation Plan the same as our Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan?
A: Community Benefit Implementation Plan is similar to the Community Health Needs Assessment Implementation Plan. The Community Benefit Implementation Plan must be submitted annually and follow the same implementation strategy requirements laid out in 26 CFR § 1.501(r)-3(c).

Q: Is there a standard format for the report that is due July 1?
A: The Department has posted a report template to be used by all reporting hospitals on the
Hospital Community Benefit Accountability webpage.

Q: How will HCPF share all of the reports from the hospitals?
A: The Department anticipates making the hospital reports available when the Department's report has been submitted to the General Assembly on the Hospital Community Benefit Accountability webpage under "Reporting Hospitals". These links will be updated annually.

Q: Does a new hospital need to host public meetings and submit information by July 1?
A: New hospitals are not required to host a public meeting but are encouraged to do so if possible. New hospitals will still be required to submit a report on July 1 that includes the following:

  • The date the hospital opened
  • Date the first Community Health Needs Assessment is due
  • Date form 990 including Schedule H is due to the Federal Internal Revenue Service
  • Description of the hospital plan to fulfill the Hospital Community Benefit Accountability requirements
  • A list of the community health needs that have been identified and a description of how they will be addressed

New hospitals will be required to comply with meetings requirements after their first report.

Q: Will there be any changes to the program due to COVID-19?
A: The report due date for 2021 has been delayed until September 1, 2021. The original due date of July 1 will resume in 2022.

Q: Where do I submit my report?
A: Please submit your completed report and accompanying documents to

Q: When does the public meeting need to be held?
A: A public meeting must be held at least once per year within the twelve months prior to the Hospital Community Benefit Report submission to the Department.

For example, if the Hospital Community Benefit Report submission date is July 1, 2022 a public meeting must be held between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022

Q: Am I required to use the report template provided by the Department?
A: No, as long as the requested information is submitted to the Department in an organized way. Best practice would be to use the Department provided template to ensure all information is submitted.