Community Health Needs Assessment Request for Proposal
Last Updated: 11/8/2012
HAP has developed a sample request for proposal (RFP) for hospitals and health systems interested in issuing an RFP for a contract to conduct a community health needs assessment. HAP also is providing an RFP format guide to share with potential vendors and a list of potential vendors who have the capabilities to undertake this type of project. If you plan to issue an RFP, please keep the following issues in mind:
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requirements are not yet final. HAP’s sample RFP language was written based upon IRS proposed guidance issues, including Notice 2011-52. HAP joined the American Hospital Association (AHA) and others in submitting comments about the IRS proposed guidance.
Meeting the community health needs assessment requirement involves conducting and posting a facility-specific report, and securing board approval for implementation of a plan.
Hospitals and health systems have the option to contract for community health needs assessment services separately or jointly if they serve the same broad community.
The RFP sample language will have to be tailored by hospitals/health systems based on whether they wish to meet minimal Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements or conduct more in-depth assessments.
Questions about the RFP should be directed to Martin Ciccocioppo, HAP’s vice president of research services.
The Affordable Care Act requires tax-exempt hospitals to complete community health needs assessments at least once every three years and to adopt implementation strategies to meet the needs identified. This requirement is effective during tax years beginning after March 23, 2012, and is subject to a penalty of a $50,000 excise tax for failure to comply.
Listed below are resources to assist hospitals and health systems with meeting the community health needs assessment requirement.