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To be officially recognized as a community benefit under current Maryland law, an activity must be intended to address community needs and priorities primarily through disease prevention and improvement and improvement of health status, including:
• Health services provided to vulnerable or underserved populations
• Financial or in-kind support of public health programs
• Donations of funds, property, or other resources that contribute to a community priority
• Health care cost containment activities
• Health education, screening and prevention services
Annually, University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center submits a report to the state of Maryland measuring the community benefit provided. These reports summarize the broad range of health services and support activities we offer to meet the needs of the community.
According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospitals must perform a community health needs assessment in either fiscal year 2011, 2012 or 2013, adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified, and beginning in 2013, perform an assessment at least every three years thereafter. To fulfill this requirement, and as a key stakeholder in the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition (HAAC), UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center participated in a coalition workgroup to conduct a coordinated community needs assessment. The county-wide community health needs assessment (CHNA) was conducted between July and November 2012.