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Group of Bipartisan Senators Inquire Into the Oversight of Nonprofit Hospitals’ Tax-Exempt Requirements and Compliance

Demonstrating that hospital finances and billing practices continue to be of interest to federal lawmakers, on August 7, a group of bipartisan senators sent letters to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) questioning the oversight of nonprofit hospitals. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Raphael Warnock … Continue Reading

OIG Okays a Premium Assistance Program

Recently, many stakeholders in the healthcare industry have expressed interest in implementing programs that provide funding to help patients with insurance premium payments.  Until last week, it was unclear whether any type of premium assistance programs would be permissible under federal law.  Finally, in Office of Inspector General (OIG) Advisory Opinion 13-19 posted on December … Continue Reading

Michigan Proposes Legislation to Regulate Compounding Pharmacies

Michigan’s Attorney General, Republican State Senator Joe Hune, and Steve Arwood, Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs announced that they would collaborate on a Michigan bill to tighten regulations on compounding pharmacies.  Over the past two years, compound pharmacies have been the subject of increasing controversy as these pharmacies create medications … Continue Reading

Affordable Care Act Grants Improve Consumer Health Awareness

The Affordable Care Act provides for nearly $30 million in grant funding for states to establish and strengthen Consumer Assistance Programs.   States must apply for the grants and articulate how they will use the funding to assist their residents with problems and related questions regarding health insurance coverage.  Consumer Assistance Programs provide assistance to state … Continue Reading

Ohio Supreme Court Upholds – In Part – Board of Tax Appeals in Dialysis Clinic

On October 26, 2010, the Ohio Supreme Court upheld the Board of Tax Appeals’ (“BTA”) denial of the exemption of a dialysis clinic, owned and operated by Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (“DCI”), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation, from property tax.  On appeal, BTA stated that DCI could not qualify for property tax exemption because it does … Continue Reading