What are the expectations of hospitals regarding Community Benefit Spending as established by policy?
What efforts have been taken by states to ensure that hospitals are adhering to these expectations?
The act requires hospitals to indulge in regular community health needs assessments and implement strategies to meet these requirements. Hospitals must also have written financial aid and emergency medical care guidelines consistent with standards imposed by the act. Moreover, hospitals must charge the lowest amounts possible for eligible uninsured individuals just as they do for the insured ones. In the US, robust federal regulations backed up by lawmakers’ efforts ensure that these not-for-profit hospitals spend money helping their communities.