For decades, the hospitals of Allegheny Health Network (AHN) have been providing people with exceptional healthcare to help people live healthy lives and extended their reach to more people offering a broad spectrum of care and services. AHN boasts eight hospitals and more than 200 primary- and specialty-care practices.
AHN joined with Tripp Umbach to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Implementation Strategy Plan (ISP) for their member hospitals inside the service area of Allegheny and Butler counties with the goal of gaining a better understanding of the region’s health needs. Their reports fulfilled the CHNA and implementation strategies requirements for tax-exempt hospitals and health systems.
Changes introduced as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) have placed an increased level of importance on population health and well-being and on collaborative efforts between providers, public health agencies, and community organizations to improve the overall health of communities.
From community needs assessment protocols to fulfilling the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) IRS 990 requirements, Tripp Umbach has turned needs assessments into practical action plans with sound implementation strategies, evaluation processes, and funding recommendations for hundreds of communities. These reports enable a health system to effectively manage limited resources and provides cohesive and continuous health strategies aimed at improving the quality of life and achieving complete health across the continuum of care, inclusive of disparate groups, communities, and regions.
The findings of the CHNA provided the Allegheny Health Network and its member hospitals with the necessary information to develop and implement strategies that address the specific health needs of their communities. The resulting outcomes of the comprehensive CHNA and ISP were expressed in terms of measurable improvements in health status, financial and economic metrics, clinical process measures, as well as population health behavioral measures.
The Allegheny Health Network was able to use the findings of the assessments to address local health care concerns and to work collaboratively with regional agencies to address broader socioeconomic and education issues in the service areas.
You can read the full reports here.