Hospital loses property tax court case; judge says facility does not meet non-profit status

From NJ:

Morristown Medical Center should pay property taxes on virtually all of its 40-acre property in town, a tax court judge ruled Friday in a decision closely watched by other hospitals across New Jersey.

Tax Court Judge Vito Bianco ruled that the hospital failed to meet the legal test that it operated as a non-profit, charitable organization for the tax years 2006 through 2008. Only the auditorium, fitness center and the visitors’ garage should not be assessed for property taxes, he said.

A deeper dive into the OIG’s kickback alert: Should physicians be worried?

From Becker’s:

In early June, HHS’ Office of the Inspector General issued a fraud alert addressing physician compensation arrangements. Although the alert merely underscored current law, physicians should take notice of the government’s warning.

The fraud alert warned that physicians must be careful when entering into compensation arrangements, including medical directorships. “Although many compensation arrangements are legitimate, a compensation arrangement may violate the Anti-Kickback Statute if even one purpose of the arrangement is to compensate a physician for his or her past or future referrals of federal healthcare program business,” the OIG stated.

Opinion: ER alternative won’t improve care for community that needs it

From Crain’s:

A freestanding emergency center at the former site of Sacred Heart Hospital on the West Side wouldn’t improve access to care or reduce cost, as Elyse Forkosh Cutler says in a recent opinion piece. On the contrary, it would have a significant adverse effect on the quality and safety of health care for this community. Such a for-profit business would not be owned or operated by an existing hospital.

Ms. Cutler does not address the inability of a stand-alone FEC to provide the comprehensive health services required to appropriately care for patients in an emergency department setting. Hospital EDs integrate vital patient care services that would be unavailable under the proposed model, including cardiac catheterization, stroke, obstetrics and other specialty care services for which time is of the essence.

Two injured after boy starts engine of Mayo helicopter at Mankato air show

From the News Tribune (hat tip: Mike)

A boy about 6 years old climbed into an unoccupied Mayo Clinic helicopter at an air show near Mankato and fired up the engine, setting off a tense scene on the tarmac until a worker removed the child and shut off the chopper, a witness said Monday.