Mokena, Ill.-based Provena Covenant Medical Center has won a victory in its prolonged battle to win back its state property-tax exemption. The health network lost its exemption in 2002, when Champaign County (and later the state)Â ruled Provena's billing and collection practices weren't appropriate for a charitable hospital. Since losing the exemption, the non-profit has been forced to pay out $6 million it wouldn't have otherwise.
Now, however, a circuit court judge has sided with Provena. If the decision stands, not only would Provena regain its property-tax exemption, the state would be forced to repay the $6 million it collected since Provena originally lost the exemption.
To learn more about the dispute:
- read this Modern Healthcare pieceÂ (reg. req.)
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