Upcoming Events

PMCH Seminar - Cara Pennel DrPH, MPH - UTMB Preventive Medicine & Community Health

  • Date(s): November 10, 2016 12:00 PM – November 10, 2016 01:00 PM

Nonprofit Hospitals & Community Benefit: Are Nonprofit Hospitals Providing Adequate Benefit to Communities?

 
Like all 501(c)3 organizations, nonprofit hospitals are exempt from paying taxes. To maintain their tax-exempt status, hospitals must provide benefit to the community they serve. However, past research suggests there is little difference between nonprofit and for-profit hospitals and the benefit nonprofit hospitals provide is much less than the tax-exemption they receive.

In an effort to improve transparency and accountability, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 included a provision requiring all nonprofit hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and implement strategies to address identified health priorities every 3 years. To better understand how hospitals fulfilled this requirement the study team conducted deductive content analysis of 95 CHNA/planning reports, linear regression analysis, key informant and community stakeholder interviews, and qualitative analysis. Key findings included wide variation in hospitals’ approaches to community health assessment and planning; broad stakeholder engagement, but a lack of meaningful engagement throughout the assessment and planning process; and little potential for hospital-led assessment and planning to improve population health.

This seminar will provide an overview of federal and state community benefit policies and concerns about nonprofit hospitals tax-exempt status; discuss findings from a study of nonprofit hospitals in Texas; discuss future proposed research; and identify possible implications for policy and practice.

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PMCH Seminar - Cara Pennel DrPH, MPH - UTMB Preventive Medicine & Community Health

  • Date(s): November 10, 2016 12:00 PM – November 10, 2016 1:00 PM

Nonprofit Hospitals & Community Benefit: Are Nonprofit Hospitals Providing Adequate Benefit to Communities?

 
Like all 501(c)3 organizations, nonprofit hospitals are exempt from paying taxes. To maintain their tax-exempt status, hospitals must provide benefit to the community they serve. However, past research suggests there is little difference between nonprofit and for-profit hospitals and the benefit nonprofit hospitals provide is much less than the tax-exemption they receive.

In an effort to improve transparency and accountability, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 included a provision requiring all nonprofit hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHNA) and implement strategies to address identified health priorities every 3 years. To better understand how hospitals fulfilled this requirement the study team conducted deductive content analysis of 95 CHNA/planning reports, linear regression analysis, key informant and community stakeholder interviews, and qualitative analysis. Key findings included wide variation in hospitals’ approaches to community health assessment and planning; broad stakeholder engagement, but a lack of meaningful engagement throughout the assessment and planning process; and little potential for hospital-led assessment and planning to improve population health.

This seminar will provide an overview of federal and state community benefit policies and concerns about nonprofit hospitals tax-exempt status; discuss findings from a study of nonprofit hospitals in Texas; discuss future proposed research; and identify possible implications for policy and practice.

What's going on?

The Department of Preventive Medicine & Community Health has a wide variety of regular events.

PMCH Seminar Series

This seminar series takes place on an almost weekly basis. While primarily targeted towards our graduate students, members of the UTMB community are welcome to attend.

Public Health Seminar Series

This seminar series takes place about once each month. 

Public Health Symposium

During the annual National Public Health Week, we sponsor a Public Health Symposium at UTMB Health. The symposium generally features a keynote speaker, as well as a poster session  of public health research projects.

Public Health Bootcamp

As part of our Primary Care Plus program we offer a week-long bootcamp to expose participants to basic public health concepts and principles, and opportunities to practice public health skills. The bootcamp is open to UTMB Health students, faculty members, or staff members.

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