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Issue Brief: Achieving the Triple Aim in New York State: the Potential Role of Hospital Community Benefit

A new issue brief from NYAM, “Achieving the Triple Aim in New York State: the Potential Role of Hospital Community Benefit,” is the first in a series related to promoting a better understanding of Community Benefit in New York State and how it can advance population health.

In order to achieve the “Triple Aim” for all New Yorkers, which is to improve health, lower costs, and provide better care, New York State has embarked on wide-ranging reform of its health sector. In this environment of reform, there is a new opportunity to leverage all existing resources to create a more efficient and effective health care system, and Hospital Community Benefit is one such promising example. With significant increases in the health insurance coverage of previously uninsured New Yorkers through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), nonprofit hospitals can now use their community benefit programs to support broad-based community prevention rather than primarily focusing on charity or uncompensated care to qualify for federal tax-exempt status.

NYAM has started to explore this opportunity by commissioning an analysis of hospital community benefit investments by New York State hospitals. The new issue brief analyzes the reported expenditures of NYS hospitals in the categories of the IRS Schedule H report. The work has been done with Dr. David Kindig and Erik Bakken of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine. Dr. Kindig has played a national leadership role in advancing thinking about the potential links between community benefit investments and community health improvement. Over the summer, NYAM staff will be working with members of Dr. Kindig’s team to analyze the 2013 NYS hospital reports and, where the data is available, attempt to link current hospital investments with Prevention Agenda priorities in their communities.

This work builds on the 2013 release of NYAM and Trust for America’s Health report A Compendium of Proven Community-Based Prevention Programs, which identifies categories and examples of community-based programs and interventions proven to prevent or delay the onset or complications of certain health conditions, as well as research published in Health Progress, the official journal of the Catholic Health Association, on the role that Community Benefit investments of hospitals might play in advancing community-based prevention.

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Posted on June 26, 2014

Gina Ravosa
Director of Marketing & Communications
The New York Academy of Medicine
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