The American Hospital Association urged the federal government to give the hospital industry more say in developing anticipated new rules to expand what not-for-profit organizations are required to report publicly about their community benefits programs. In a letter to the Internal Revenue Services director of exempt organizations and to a U.S. Treasury official, the AHA asked to meet with regulators and offered an analysis of partial results from an IRS survey of not-for-profit hospitals. Hospitals struggled to clearly report the benefits they offered on the IRS questionnaire, according to the analysis, which was performed for the AHA by Ernst & Young. Transparency is important, but uniformity, clarity, and most importantly, asking the right questions are key to sound policymaking, according to the analysis. -- by Melanie Evans
AHA seeks more say in new IRS rules
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