Why Nonprofits Must Prepare Now for Closer IRS Scrutiny

We spend a lot of time and effort trying to educate ourselves, and you, about the realities of healthcare reform. In many cases, the bottom line seems to be that your bottom line is poised to get ever tighter in the coming few years.

1 comments on "Why Nonprofits Must Prepare Now for Closer IRS Scrutiny"
bob (9/30/2011 at 9:47 PM)

Regler does not seem to understand the essential difference between programs to improve population health and programs to improve community health. Both represent significant advances over the more traditional limited focus on patient care at most hospitals. Focusing on population health introduces methodologies reflecting the unique characteristics of various populations, especially those with comprehensive coverage and systematic management. Focusing on community health introduces even more exciting and quite different methodologies reflecting the power of community forces. Methodologies for improving population health do not necessarily focus on communities or take advantage of the power of effective community benefit projects and programs. Those professionals involved in community health improvement know that no two communities are alike and the leadership of each community is unique and most be actively involved in designing community benefit projects. I do not know of any existing health system with an active community benefit program in which the various initiatives are not designed and carried out at the local level. The affordable heath care act recognizes that reality, and should not be changed. Regler is well advised to support community benefit programs designed to improve community health rather than the health of particular enrolled or un-enrolled populations. I am sure he knows that a health system's service area does not meet anyone's definition of a community.


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