Community Health Needs Assessment
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) includes language instructing non-profit hospitals to complete a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years, with the first plan due by the end of Fiscal Year 2013. This assessment is to be completed in partnership with other community agencies and organizations, and should serve as the basis for the hospital’s Community Benefits Strategic Plan.
In this case, the Aspirus Wausau Hospital CHNA is based on key community health issues as identified by the Marathon County LIFE Report. The LIFE Report is spearheaded by the United Way of Marathon County, and involved a broad group of community businesses, government entities, organizations and service agencies (including Aspirus Wausau Hospital). The 2011-2013 Marathon County LIFE Report was released January 13, 2012. While PPACA requires hospitals to complete a CHNA every three years, the LIFE Report is produced every two years; the next report will be released January 2014, and likely will be the basis for the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment FY14-FY15.