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HIT News, May 2007


Volume 10, Issue 2
Editor: Becky Williams

  • Information Technology in Healthcare and Security
    Gregory Ewing, Esquire

  • Editors’ Corner
    Rebecca Williams, RN, JD

  • Taxable Income and Intermediate Sanctions: Unintended Tax Consequences of HIT Donation Under the New Anti-kickback Safe Harbors and Stark Exceptions?*
    Susan Mathis, Esquire; Martin Morfeld, Esquire; and Gerald Hinkley, Esquire

  • What Providers Should Know Before Negotiating Their Next Software Purchase
    Leon Altman, Esquire, and Steve Phillips, Esquire

  • Chair’s Corner
    Edward Shay, Esquire

  • Grappling with Electronic Discovery?
    Carol Romej, Esquire

  • Building a Successful Hospital Technology Transfer Office
    Coe Bloomberg, Esquire, and Jerrold Reilly, Esquire


* Editor's Note: The HIT News was at the printer when the IRS issued further guidance on these questions on May 11, 2007. The guidance, in the form of an internal memorandum issued by the Exempt Organizations Director, states that the IRS will not treat the benefits that a tax-exempt hospital provides to medical staff physicians as impermissible private benefit or inurement, as long as the benefits comply with the HHS regulations and meet certain additional criteria. The IRS guidance does not address the issue of whether the hospital's subsidy to the physicians will constitute taxable income to the physician-recipient, and it is unclear when or if the IRS will address that issue. The guidance can be found on the IRS website. The HIT PG will be cosponsoring a teleconference on the IRS guidance and the next issue of HIT News will feature an analysis on this important development.

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