The Affordable Care Act requires each not-for-profit hospital to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) at least once every three years to retain its tax exempt status. CHOP’s individualized CHNA, conducted in 2012, was prepared by Delaware Valley Healthcare Council (DVHC) and Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). Through the use of extensive data collection and analysis, CHOP’s CHNA identified needs that can be categorized into eight areas of focus, as follows:
After analyzing the results of the CHNA, not-for-profit hospitals are then required by law to develop an Implementation Plan outlining their strategies to meet the identified community needs. CHOP’s CHNA was conducted in the five-county region of Southeastern Pennsylvania. However, since the Hospital is a freestanding children’s hospital with over 50 ambulatory locations, including a pediatric research institute and homecare program, our implementation plan and accompanying strategies expand beyond the service area defined in the CHNA to include Southern New Jersey.