The American Hospital Association continues to collect information in hopes of persuading the Internal Revenue Service to adjust its Schedule H form, which documents the amount of community care a hospital delivers.
The AHA has employed Ernst & Young to analyze Schedule H and provide member participants with reports noting the extent of the community benefits that hospitals of similar size and position provide. The goal is to enable better comparisons of similar institutions. The hospitals aren't named in the report. It's the second year of the Schedule H Project, and members can participate through Sept. 15 at the project's website.
Schedule H became part of the IRS Form 990 in 2009. However, the AHA claims Schedule H provided an incomplete picture in regard to community benefits that its membership provides. They also maintained the form is redundant and burdensome, as multihospital systems have to answer the same questions multiple times for each facility. The AHA worried that inaccurate information from Schedule H could be used to strip its membership of tax-exempt status.