The important thing in providing these reports is to include examples of community benefits identified in the statute. As reporting time approaches (those hospitals with fiscal years ending December 31 will be required to file reports on April 1), it would be appropriate to begin to inventory the activities included in the law as community benefit. These are:
- Charity care (do not include bad debt in this category)
- Financial or in-kind support of public health programs even if the programs extend beyond the trust's service area, including support of recommendations in any state health plan developed by the NH Department of Health and Human Services
- Allocation of funds, property, services, or other resources that contribute to community health care needs identified in a community benefits plan.
- Donation of funds, property, services, or other resources which promote or support a healthier community (please include support for the Foundation for Healthy Communities), enhanced access to health care or related services, health education and prevention activities, or services to a vulnerable population (those at risk of not receiving health care services due to financial, medical or other barriers), and
- Support of medical research and education and training of health care practitioners.
If you have any question regarding reporting requirements, call Terry Knowles, Registrar of the Office of Charitable Trusts, at 271-3591.