Not-for-Profit Hospitals Protect Tax Status with Innovative, Affordable Community Health Needs Assessment System from HCI

SAUSALITO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Healthy Communities Institute (HCI) announced today it recently signed a deal with VHA Inc. to make available the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) System to hospitals that belong to VHA Inc., the national health care network.

HCI's Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) System is a web-based information system that provides hospitals and health systems with community dashboard indicators, promising practices, report cards, and tools to improve community health. The system is used by hospitals to help meet new IRS requirements to perform more formalized community health needs assessments, which were included in the recent health care reform law.

"We've been closely following the IRS rule-making process relating to the new requirements for non-profit hospitals," said Michael Regier, Senior Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs at VHA. "HCI's system will give our members a state-of-the-art tool that should enable them to strengthen their evidence-based community benefit programs while meeting or exceeding the new standards."

Deryk Van Brunt, Associate Clinical Professor at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health, and President of HCI comments, "We are very excited to work with VHA and their members; our goal is nothing less than to improve the health and quality of life for all Americans by promoting transparency and best practice sharing of community health - optimized to help hospitals meet regulatory requirements and continue their leadership role in the communities they serve."

About HCI

Healthy Communities Institute (HCI) is headquartered in Sausalito, CA and works with hospitals, health systems, coalitions and health departments to improve community health. HCI has links to both UC Berkeley and Harvard University. HCI's web-based CHNA System now covers over 25 million lives in the U.S. and is expanding. To learn more about HCI and if the CHNA System is right for your organization and community, please call 866-499-6423, or visit:

About VHA Inc.

VHA, Inc., based in Irving, Texas, is a national network of not-for-profit health care organizations that work together to drive maximum savings in the supply chain arena, set new levels of clinical performance and identify and implement best practices to improve operational efficiency and clinical outcomes. In 2009, VHA delivered record savings and value of $1.47 billion to members. Formed in 1977, through its 16 regional offices, VHA serves 1,400 hospitals and more than 30,000 non-acute care providers nationwide. VHA is one of only 16 healthcare organizations to be included on the Modern Healthcare "Best Places to Work in Health Care" list since 2008.



Healthy Communities Institute
Business Development
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