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OMB urged to evaluate burden of proposed IRS rule on hospitals

June 14, 2013

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The AHA last week urged the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to evaluate the time commitment and commensurate costs imposed on hospitals by a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) issued by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to implement new requirements for tax-exempt status under the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” “We appreciate the important improvements the agencies made in this NPRM to the prior guidance regarding Section 501(r)(3) issued in Notice 2011-52,” wrote Melinda Reid Hatton, AHA senior vice president and general counsel.

“However, many of the requirements continue to be extremely detailed and in some instances very prescriptive.” The letter
urges OMB to review the comments AHA will submit to the IRS “as evidence of improvements that can be made to reduce the burden while achieving the goals of Section 501(r) (3), to which the AHA remains fully committed.” For more on the June 3 letter, visit http://tinyurl.com/qy7b8ya.