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Proposed rule offers leeway on community needs assessments
Modern Healthcare

Tax-exempt hospitals that must conduct community needs assessments under the health reform law would get some leeway from penalties for minor missteps and got clarification about how to satisfy new rules under new draft regulations from the Obama administration.

Julie Trocchio, senior director of community benefits and continuing care for the Catholic Health Association, said the trade group’s membership welcomes the latitude to collaborate on needs assessments. She said the proposed rule appears to emphasize transparency and allows providers some welcome flexibility.