A Community Health Needs Assessment Checklist

All not-for-profit hospitals must perform a community health needs assessment (CHNA) every three years to comply with Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code. Failing to comply with any of the requirements of 501(r) can lead to penalties, so hospitals must be diligent in their compliance efforts, including properly conducting a CHNA and documenting the findings in a written report. This checklist contains the six required elements that must be included in the report and tips for avoiding trouble spots.