AHA: IRS rules thwart health reform

Hospitals are lobbying the Internal Revenue Service to relax eligibility rules for hospitals to participate in for tax-exempt or local bond financing, reported AHA News Now. The American Hospital Association has asked the IRS to change procedure 97-13, which governs what constitutes public and private businesses at hospitals that enjoy tax-exempt financing. The AHA argues the restrictions hinder the ability for hospitals to contract in a manner consistent with arrangements advocated as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The use of facilities for private business could put hospitals out of compliance for bond eligibility. --Read the full article on FierceHealthFinance