ODH establishes new requirements for medical directors of adult cardiac catheterization and open heart surgery services

Final rules effective August 1, 2017, establish new requirements for medical directors of adult cardiac catheterization and adult open heart surgery services. Although the changes are subtle, they may impact your medical director. For adult cardiac catheterization services: Effective August 1, 2017, the medical director of a level II or level III cardiac catheterization service […]

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Touching a touchy subject: Age

On a regular basis, we are asked about the advisability of developing a policy requiring a physician to pass a medical examination once he or she reaches a certain age (62, 65, 68, etc.) in order to be able to continue to maintain clinical privileges at a hospital. And our first response is always, “Absolutely, […]

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ODH alignment recommendations and reporting requirements for CHNA processes finalized

On April 21, 2017, the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) sent a notice of CHNA reporting requirements to Ohio tax-exempt hospitals. By July 1, 2017, each tax-exempt hospital, defined as a nonprofit or government-owned hospital, that is exempt from income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that under federal law is […]

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CHNA Requirements Notice #6: State Encourages Allocation Of Community Benefit Expenditures To Activities That Support Community Health Objectives

Approximately five percent of Ohio’s net community benefit spending goes directly to supporting community health improvement, compared to the 7.5 percent national average. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) recommends that hospitals work toward achieving, at a minimum, the national average and, over time, increase spending toward implementation strategies that support community health need priorities […]

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CHNA Requirements Notice #5: State Encourages Partnerships in Conducting the CHNA

At a minimum, local health departments and Ohio tax-exempt hospitals must collaborate at the county level. For those departments and hospitals with shared populations, all should collaborate to conduct one community health assessment that can be shared among all collaborating partners. While local health departments and tax-exempt hospitals have varying requirements in assessing the health […]

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CHNA Requirements Notice #4: State Encourages Selection of Evidence-Based Strategies From SHIP

The State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) will be released by early 2017, again in 2019 and every three years thereafter. The SHIP will identify state health need priorities and strategies to address each health need priority. These SHIP strategies will be identified by using evidence based population health strategies and soliciting input from a broad […]

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CHNA Requirements Notice #3: State Encourages Inclusion of At Least One Core Metric From SHIP in CHNA

The previous notice in this series advised that by December 2020, local health departments and Ohio tax-exempt hospitals should align their Community Health Assessment (CHA)/Community Health Need Assessments (CHNA) and their Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)/ Implementation Strategy (IS) by selecting at least two health need priorities identified in the State Health Assessment (SHA)/State Health […]

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CHNA Requirements Notice #2: CHNA Must Address at Least Two Health Priorities Identified in the State Health Improvement Plan

By December 2020, local health departments and Ohio tax-exempt hospitals should align their Community Health Assessment (CHA)/Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and their Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)/Implementation Strategy (IS) by selecting at least two health need priorities identified in the State Health Assessment (SHA)/State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). This means that the significant health […]

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CHNA Requirements Notice #1: 2017 CHNA Deadlines for Ohio Tax-Exempt Hospitals

Beginning July 1, 2017, and annually thereafter, each local health department and Ohio tax-exempt hospital must submit to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) the Community Health Assessment (CHA)/CHNA and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)/Implementation Strategy (IS) for the most recent period. For most hospitals, this will be the 2016 CHNA and related IS. If […]

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Is your tax-exempt hospital ready for the 2017 CHNA deadline?

Ohio Revised Code §3701.891, effective September 28, 2016, imposes additional CHNA requirements and deadlines for Ohio’s tax-exempt hospitals. This section requires Ohio tax-exempt hospitals to coordinate CHNA efforts with local health departments and submit CHNAs, Implementation Strategies and Schedule H of IRS form 990 to the Ohio Department of Health for placement on a public […]

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