|Community Health Needs Assessment|
|Maryland requires nonprofit hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments.
Maryland law requires that each nonprofit hospital identify the health care needs of its community and, as part of the needs assessment process, consider the most recent community needs assessments developed by the state health department or by the local health department for the jurisdiction in which the hospital is located. Maryland law also provides that a hospital’s needs assessment process “may” include consultation with community leaders, local health care providers, and “any appropriate person who can assist the hospital in identifying community health needs.” Md. Code Ann. Health-Gen., §19-303(b).