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A recent article published by Bloomberg BNA’s Health Law Reporter covers Senator Charles E. Grassley’s (R-Iowa) letter to a nonprofit hospital regarding what he says is aggressive billing and collection tactics. In his letter he states that the hospital’s practices quite possibly violate laws and call to question the organization’s nonprofit status, reports the article.

Co-chair of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Health Care Industry Team John R. Washlick tells the Health Law Reporter that this letter “is a good reminder to nonprofit hospitals that they should review their current policies and procedures to make sure they are in conformity with the new regulations.”

“I think it is always important when Sen. Grassley is investigating. Exempt hospitals must not forget that Sen. Grassley is looking for quantifiable information, that the IRS could not provide in the past, to support continued tax exemption for hospitals, whether it would be through non-compliance with 501(r) or other information now gathered as part of revised Form 990 and Schedule H.” 

Read the full article – “Grassley Seeks Answers From Charitable Hospital on Billing Practices”

Reproduced with permission from BNA's Health Law Reporter, 24 HLR 159 (Feb. 5, 2015). Copyright 2015 by The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. (800-372-1033)