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Friday, May 27, 2005

Congressional Tax Committees Examine Tax-Exempt Hospitals

Us_capitol_6The House and Senate tax committees in recent days have examined tax-exempt hospitals:

The House Ways & Means Committee on Thursday held a hearing on The Tax-Exempt Hospital Sector. Here is the witness list:

      • Mark Everson (Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service)
      • David M. Walker (Comptroller General, U.S. Government Accountability Office)
      • Mark McClellan (Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
      • John Colombo (Professor, University of Illinois College of Law)
      • Stan Jenkins (Chairman, Champaign County Board of Review)
      • John T. Thomas (Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Baylor Health Care System)
      • Sister Carol Keehan (Board Chair, Sacred Heart Health System & Chairperson, Board of Trustees, U.S. Catholic Health Association)
      • Jill R. Horwitz (Professor, University of Michigan Law School, and Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research)
      • Nancy M. Kane (Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health)

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, on Wednesday sent a letter to ten hospitals asking 46 questions on issues including charitable activities, patient billing, and ventures with for-profit companies and hospitals.

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