If the Legislature intends for nonprofit hospitals' tax-exempt status under state law to depend on the amounts of community benefits they provide, it should consider amending state law to include such requirements.
If it expects each nonprofit hospital to follow a standard methodology for calculating the community benefits it delivers, the Legislature should either define a methodology in state law or direct Health Planning to develop regulations that define such a methodology.
AB 975 (Wieckowski, 2013) would have defined the terms Community Benefits and Charity Care, require private nonprofit hospitals and nonprofit multi-specialty clinics to develop a community benefits statement, community needs assessment and community benefits plan, and require the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to develop and adopt regulations to prescribe a standardized format for community benefits plans.
If the Legislature intends to ensure compliance of all hospitals required to submit community benefit plans to Health Planning, it should consider revising state law to allow Health Planning to assess a penalty to those hospitals that do not comply.
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