Monday, October 20, 2008
Tax-exempt hospitals and "community benefit"
Though I've mellowed on that subject since writing my first article about tax exemption for nonprofit hospitals 20 years ago, when I read stories like this one in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required), detailing how Ascension Health is closing inner-city facilities that lose money in favor of massive investment in suburban hospitals that generate profits (complete with widescreen TV's in private rooms!), I begin to think that any hospital that (1) does not qualify as an educational organization (e.g., a university-affiliated teaching hospital) or (2) does not PRIMARILY serve the poor (an inner-city hospital or perhaps some rural hospitals that are the only source of health care services in their geographic area) ought to be denied exempt status. Let Ascension Health, which reported aggregate net operating revenues of over $500 million last year, pay taxes like any other big business. Which is what it really is.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Seton Hall Law Review Symposium
A Seton Hall Law Review Symposium
October 23-24, 2008
Seton Hall University School of Law
The Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law and the
Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology
at Seton Hall University School of Law
Newark, New Jersey
The Symposium welcomes all students, faculty members, government officials, pharmaceutical industry representatives, healthcare professionals, and members of the general public.
Admission is free.
Register online at: http://law.shu.edu/pandemic.