Taking the communal pulse (with ARS)

As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all non-profit hospitals must conduct a community health assessment (CHA) every three years. Such assessments—sometimes called just a “community health needs assessment (CHNA)”—are important because what a given community needs in the way of health care services will change over time, and the assessments provide a mechanism by which the hospitals to stay on top of the needs of the community.