Individual hospitals will need to meet specific community benefit requirements to retain their non-profit status under a new program in the state of Oregon.

As described in a news release from the Oregon Health Authority and Department of Human Services,

Each tax-exempt hospital or hospital system in the state will receive a floor for community benefit spending based on their revenues, prior expenditures, financial health, and the needs of the population served. 

As part of the program,

The bill created new standards for financial assistance to patients including increasing the income thresholds for charity care, limited medical debt collection and interest, instituted new data reporting requirements, and introduced a new community benefit minimum spending floor program.

Learn more about Oregon’s attempt to require hospitals to prove their worthiness for their non-profit status from this news release from the state’s Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority and a document explaining the state’s methodology for calculating individual  hospitals’ community benefit requirements.