The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (signed into law on March 23, 2010) imposes new requirements on tax-exempt hospitals. One such requirement is that each of these hospitals must conduct a community health needs assessment at least once every three taxable years and adopt an implementation strategy to appropriately address the needs identified by the assessment. The assessment itself must take into account input from a broad cross-section of the community served by the hospital, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health, and be made widely available to the public. The Act imposes a $50,000 excise tax for any taxable year in which a tax-exempt hospital fails to meet the needs assessment requirement.
PPRI’s Approach to Hospital Needs Assessment
The Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University can be contracted by any tax-exempt hospital to conduct this community health needs assessment. For more than 23 years, PPRI has been helping various healthcare clients with program evaluation and needs assessment services. PPRI regularly performs local, regional and state-wide needs assessment and program evaluation services in order to fulfill effective accountability and strategizing goals for a varied range of healthcare service departments and hospitals.PPRI is an applied, policy-relevant research organization that provides scientific research and evaluation services to public and private sponsors including various federal, regional, state and community agencies.
PPRI’s superbly qualified needs assessment research professionals (several members with M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees) use valid social scientific designs and protocols to address the organizational needs of our clients. We provide a full analytical report based on the findings of our projects. We also provide on-site professional presentation to leadership teams. Our approach is not a “one size fits all” study but we specifically develop our program evaluation and needs assessment designs to appropriately fit the mission and needs of a specific organization and its targeted community. No community needs assessment job is too small or too big for us.
PPRI regularly performs local, regional and state-wide needs assessment and program evaluation services for effective accountability and strategizing for a varied range of healthcare service departments and hospitals. PPRI is an applied, policy-relevant research organization that provides scientific research and evaluation services to public and private sponsors including various federal, regional, state and community agencies. We provide the following services:
Our PPRI team includes qualified research professionals (several team members with M.P.H and Ph.D. degrees) with superb expertise in developing appropriate research designs and protocols and conducting qualitative, quantitative and observational analyses using appropriate state-of-the-art tools. We specialize in conducting stakeholder surveys, focus groups, listening sessions and key informant interviews. We regularly facilitate stakeholder engagement, consensus building and collaboration. Based on study findings, we prepare action plans and recommendations and craft necessary tools and models to track performance outcomes. All our projects go through the research ethics clearance process at the Institutional Review Board at the Texas A&M University.
In the realm of healthcare, PPRI specializes on the following areas and target populations:
Our Survey Research Laboratory has the capability to handle all kinds of surveys and field interviews with all segments of population. Click here to read more.
Recently, PPRI was contracted by the Office of Title V and Family Health at the Texas Department of State Health Services to conduct the 2010 state-wide needs assessment for the maternal and child health population (including children with special healthcare needs) in Texas.
Our other healthcare clients include state and federal agencies such as: