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Counting Time Spent at Conferences

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    Posted by: Aiyana Armijo, John Muir Health

    Date: January 19, 2010, 1:46 pm

    There are several departments within our hospital where staff attend conferences on health related specialties sponsored by partner community based organizations or coalitions. Does this qualify as a community benefit? If so, under which category?

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    Response: Augusta Mueller, Yale-New Haven Health

    Date: January 20, 2010, 11:37 am

    Here is a link to a slightly outdated VHA / CHA resource. I still swear by it and use it daily to determine if something counts / doesn’t count. I’m sure it would be equally helpful to you.
    Expert for Your Everyday Life

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    Response: Eileen Barsi, CHW

    Date: January 20, 2010, 4:12 pm

    The Catholic Health Association’s newest guide, A Guide for Planning and Reporting Community Benefit, includes an appendix that is also available free of charge online. Additionally, you can link to their What Counts database online at http://www.chausa.org/ to review questions that have already been asked!

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    Response: Michelle Brooks, University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina

    Date: January 20, 2010, 12:03 pm

    I would say NO, that is staff education.

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    Response: Mary Luthy, St. John’s Health Center

    Date: January 20, 2010, 1:30 pm

    We have the person attending the conference identify the conference intent, (usually pulled from the conference objectives), and enter that as the category. In the CHA’s Guide for Planning and Reporting CB, page 28-30, it spells out how you would account for each. Conferences could fit into Community health improvement, Health professions education, Subsidized health Services, Research, or Community-Building activities; depending on the intent; and the department attending.

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    Response: Angela Haggard, Provena Health

    Date: January 22, 2010, 10:43 am

    We would only quantify as community benefit if it is related to community benefit programs & planning. Pg. 301 CHA guide – Community Benefit Operations – G3 Other Resources – last bullet “Costs associated with attending educational programs to enhance community benefit program planning and reporting”. General staff education would not be quantified as community benefit.

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