The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 includes a provision that requires every tax exempt, non-governmental hospital to:
• Conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) at least every three years.
• Adopt a Strategic Implementation Plan that includes how the needs identified in the assessment will be met.
• Report to the Internal Revenue Service via its 990 tax form how it is meeting its implementation plan.
The Community Health Needs Assessment Report details the process used to collect, disseminate and prioritize the information in the assessment. The Medical Center at Scottsville worked closely with local healthcare and public health leaders throughout the assessment process.
Through this health planning The Medical Center at Scottsville is able to determine our patient’s health needs and begin to address some of these needs during treatment and after discharge. Some specific areas of concern to this area are the lack of mammography screenings, the county average is well below the state average, occurrence of lung cancer in this area, Cardiovascular Disease, Obesity, and Motor Vehicle Crash Deaths. Through proper planning and community outreach The Medical Center at Scottsville should be able to make improvements in awareness of these health issues.
The end result of the assessment process was the development by the hospital of a strategic plan to address the major needs identified.