New IRS rules reveal hospital conflict disclosures

Andrew Van Dam

About Andrew Van Dam

Andrew Van Dam of The Wall Street Journal previously worked at the AHCJ offices while earning his master’s degree at the Missouri School of Journalism.

The new IRS disclosure rules for nonprofit hospitals seemed to promise some interesting revelations, and now that they’re public, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Walter Roche has taken full advantage of the new disclosures. Roche checked out fiscal 2009 filings from the nonprofit hospitals in his area and found a big handful of conflicts ($10 million at one firm alone), all of which the nonprofits say are entirely above board.

Jennifer Chandler of the National Association of Nonprofits said it is not unusual or improper for nonprofits to have business dealings with board members as long as IRS disclosure requirements are followed.

“It has to be managed correctly,” she said.

The meat of Roche’s story is made up of a laundry list of disclosed conflicts, which include commercial dealings with board members and relatives.

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