Already knee-deep in healthcare reform, the nation's hospitals this week waded into other deep policy waters that could have a serious impact on how they do business: tax reform.
Friday marks the deadline for members of the influential Senate Finance Committee to submit their policy recommendations to Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the panel's chairman and ranking member, about their policy ideas to reform the nation's incredibly complex tax code.
Rick Pollack, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association (PDF), sent a nine-page letter and additional attachments laying out why certain healthcare-related policies exist in the tax code and why they're important to retain.
“The chairman and the ranking member said they were going to start with a blank slate,” said Mike Rock, senior associate director of federal relations at the AHA, explaining the volume of the association's submission.