Advancing laws, policies and best practices in community-benefit activities to support public health

This project, though a series of eight white papers, will explore opportunities for public health departments and organizations to partner with tax-exempt hospitals to address population and public health needs. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), coupled with recent changes in Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reporting requirements, has created new opportunities for the advancement of public health through the community-benefit activities that the law requires nonprofit hospitals to provide in their communities. The white papers will include: (1) an overview of the new requirement for tax-exempt hospitals to collaborate with local health departments; (2) an overview of state and local laws that relate to tax exemption for state and local tax purposes; (3) an overview of new IRS tax-exempt filing requirements; (4) best practices in collaboration between local health departments and tax-exempt hospitals; (5) best practices in community health needs assessments; and (6) a discussion of the challenges and opportunities in complying with PPACA in large communities where many tax-exempt hospitals operate.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $271,951.00

Awarded on: 9/27/2010

Time frame: 10/1/2010 - 9/30/2013

Grant Number: 68075


University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, 21250-0002


Michael A. Nolin
Project Director


Martha Somerville
Project Director