Connecting Mission and Margin through Hospital Community Benefit – IRS and Treasury Regulations in an Era of Heightened Transparency

February 11, 2015 (Archived)
Speaker: Mark Rukavina

This webinar discusses the importance for non-profit hospitals to align mission and community benefit investments with identified community need.   On December 29th, 2014 the IRS and Treasury Department released the final Section 501(r) regulations pertaining to Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and Financial Assistance Policies (FAP).  This announcement came on the heels of several reports that examined the collection actions of non-profit healthcare providers.  For non-profit hospitals, federal tax exemption is a tremendous asset that is under scrutiny by policymakers.

The session provides an overview of the final regulations and explores how the required reporting on IRS Form 990 Schedule H can bolster community reputation when margin and mission are in alignment.

The session was presented by Mark Rukavina, Principal of Community Health Advisors, LLC, in Boston.  He is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA). He recently served on HFMA’s Medical Debt Task Force, the Price Transparency Task Force, has regularly presented at HFMA’s Annual Networking Institute (ANI), and currently advises HFMA on their Patient Financial Communication initiative.  Mark is a recognized expert on financial barriers to healthcare, personal medical debt and the community benefit requirements for tax-exempt hospitals.  He has testified at hearings before the US Congress and, most recently, before the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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