Does the organization prepare an annual community benefit report? (Part I, line 6a)

DISCUSSION: If you prepare a community benefit report annually, you can check yes.

You can check "yes" for this question even if you call your annual report something other than a "community benefit report" if it "describes the organization's programs and services that promote the health of the community or communities served by the organization." It does not need to be a separate report.

A hospital should provide information in some form to the community it serves describing its programs and services. The AHA has a resource available to members to provide them with a framework for providing this information to the community. The resource can be found at: http://www.caringforcommunities.org/caringforcommunities/resources/beyondschH.html

NARRATIVE REQUIRED: Yes. Part VI, line 1, if a related organization prepares the filing organization's community benefit report.

If you file a report on anything other than an annual basis (i.e., due to state requirements), it is recommended that you explain why in Part VI, line 1.

SAMPLE NARRATIVE:

Our annual community benefit report is prepared by our parent organization [name]. The report can be found at [website link].We also mail it to organizations in our community.

Our annual community benefit report is prepared for the health system as a whole and can be found at [website link]. It includes information for X hospitals and tax-exempt entities.

Our state requires the filing of a community benefit report every 3 years, rather than on an annual basis. Our reporting is designed to conform to this standard.

INSTRUCTIONS: Click here for the applicable IRS Schedule H instructions.

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