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Community Benefit

Community Benefit

As community-owned or private entities that exist solely to serve the health care needs of their communities, Tennessee not-for-profit hospitals have a long history of providing charity care and community benefit programs that, in many cases, far exceed the value of their tax-exemptions.

Community benefits are clinical or non-clinical programs or activities providing treatment and/or promoting health and healing that are responsive to identified community needs, not provided for marketing purposes. Community benefits meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Generate a low or negative margin
  • Respond to needs of special populations, such as minorities, frail elderly, poor persons with disabilities, chronically mentally ill, and other disenfranchised persons.
  • Supply services or programs that would likely be discontinued (or would need to be provided by another not-for-profit or government provider) if the decision were made on a purely financial basis.
  • Involve education or research that improves overall community health.
 
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