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Please review the following information:

Reporting Guidelines for FY2018 are similar to last year. The following Report Form includes questions that ask for specific information on each community program or activity within your department. Please note community programs or activities reported should be hospital affiliated and supported. University sponsored programs should not be included. All information submitted must be verifiable and able to pass audit standards.

To determine whether a program or cost is a community benefit, as opposed to a routine service or marketing initiative, answer the following questions (If one or more of your answers is YES, please submit):

  • Does the activity address an identified community need?
  • Does the activity support an organization’s community-based mission?
  • Is the activity designed to improve health?
  • Does the activity produce a measurable community benefit?
  • Does the activity survive the “laugh” test (meaning it is not of a questionable nature that could jeopardize the credibility of the inventory)?
  • Does an activity require subsidization (meaning it results in a net financial loss after applying grants and other supplemental revenue)?
Here are a few examples of activities that count towards Community Benefit:
  • Community health education outreach activities – health fairs, screenings, seminars and events
  • Community health services – health promotion/wellness programs, screenings, support groups, self-help programs, free clinics and mobile clinics
  • Health care support services – telephone information services, transport programs for patients and families (including cab vouchers)
  • Donation of medical/office supplies, equipment, meeting room overhead/space for community or nonprofit organizations, provision of parking vouchers for patients/families in need; Financial Contributions
  • Job shadowing/mentoring
  • Serving on a community committee/board on work time, blood drive (cost of employee time) and costs of organizing events such as walkathons and bike/running races (e.g., March of Dimes, JDRF, Komen Race for the Cure)
Please Remember:
  • Include expenses/costs paid by Grant Funding. Do Not include Grant Funding in Off-Setting Revenue but include any restricted grant funds in the category “Restricted Grants.
  • Only report activities performed on paid work time, not off-hours or vacation.
  • Service Area Zip Codes need to be reported.
  • You can now include multiple cost centers, if applicable.
  • If your department has changed community benefit reporters, please contact us and we can reassign the past year's programs to the new CB reporter.


If you have questions regarding the Community Benefits Report, please contact the following Administrators for your hospital:

The Johns Hopkins Hospital:           Sherry Fluke or Will Wang by e-mail at or phone 443-287-9900

All Children's Hospital:                    Will Wang at or phone 443-287-9900

Howard County General Hospital:  Laura Barnett by email at or phone 410-720-8797 or Michael Davis by email or phone 410-740-8546


Past reports submitted to the Health Services Cost Review Commission can be obtained at Thank you for your assistance.

For more information on community programs, activities, explanations of terms used throughout this site, read:


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