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UNINSURED AUDIOCONFERENCE:
Hospital and Health System Governance Strategies for Meeting Community Benefit Responsibilities


Wednesday, May 7, 2008
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm (Eastern)
12:00 pm - 1:45 pm (Central)
11:00 am - 12:45 pm (Mountain)
10:00 am - 11:45 am (Pacific)

AUDIOCONFERENCE FACULTY


Kevin Barnett, DrPH, MCP
Senior Investigator, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA

Bernadette M. Broccolo, Esq.
Partner and Chair Life Sciences, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Chicago, IL

Peter N. Grant, JD, PhD
Partner and Co chair, Health Law Group, Davis Wright Tremaine, Editorial Board, Health Affairs, Advisory Board, Harvard Health Policy Review, Seattle, WA

Anne M. McGeorge
National Managing Partner - Health Care, Grant Thornton LLP, Adjunct Faculty, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Instructor, Certificate Program for Non-Profit Management, Duke University, Charlotte, NC

Lawrence D. Prybil, MA, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, and Senior Advisor to the Dean, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Donald C. Wegmiller, MHA
Chairman, National Board of Advisors, The Center for Healthcare Governance, Former Chairman, American Hospital Association, Former Vice Chairman and President, Allina Health System (formerly HealthSpan Health Systems Corporation), Minneapolis, MN

UNIFORM COMMUNITY BENEFIT STANDARDS

The Advancing the State of the Art in Community Benefit (ASACB) demonstration brings together a diverse group of 70 hospitals in California, Texas, Arizona, and Nevada to develop and implement a series of uniform standards to align hospital governance, management, and operations, and to make optimal use of limited charitable resources to address unmet health-related needs.

Click here to review the uniform community benefit standards.


AUDIOCONFERENCE BASED ON GOVERNANCE IN NONPROFIT COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEM STUDY

This audioconference is based in part on the recently-published excellent study entitled "Governance in Nonprofit Community Health Systems," http://www.public-health.uiowa.edu/news/pdf/021508-release.pdf. Key findings of that study include:

  • Given the increasing pressure on nonprofit healthcare organizations to demonstrate how their community benefit activities justify tax-exempt status, it seems clear that serious, ongoing dialogue by governing boards about community benefit issues is becoming a necessary and important governance practice.

  • For nonprofit hospitals and health systems, adoption by the governing board of a formal plan for the organization's community benefit program is becoming a benchmark of good governance. These community benefit plans should set direction and provide benchmarks against which performance can be assessed.

  • Only 36 percent of [community health systems] have a formal, board-adopted community benefit plan in place. Of the community health systems that are affiliated with larger parent organizations, well over half (55 percent) have formal, board-adopted plans versus 25 percent of the independent systems.

  • For years, many organizations, including the AHA the CHA the Public Health Institute, HRET, and others, have encouraged hospitals and health systems to institute formal processes to assess community needs - preferably in partnership with other community agencies - to provide a solid foundation for setting priorities and allocating resource.

SAVE THE DATE

NATIONAL CONGRESS ON THE UN AND UNDER INSURED
From Practical Local and Regional Solutions to State and National Health Reform
September 22 - 24, 2008
Washington, DC
www.UninsuredCongress.com




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