New York
Community Benefits Plan/Implementation Strategy
New York requires nonprofit hospitals to develop community benefit plans or implementation strategies.

These publicly available annual reports describe each hospital’s performance in meeting the health care needs of the community, providing charity care services, and improving access to health care services by the underserved. N.Y. Pub. Health Law §2803-l (3).

New York also incentivizes and promotes hospital community benefit initiatives that target community health improvement by expressly linking its State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP), titled Prevention Agenda 2013-2017, to required hospital community benefit plans (termed “community service plans”).

Each tax-exempt hospital’s community service plan must include two state Prevention Agenda priorities (selected jointly with the local health department) and describe strategies to address the priorities in a three-year action plan.