May 26, 2006
IRS Launches Probe of Nonprofit Hospitals
Thanks to Paul Caron's TaxProf Blog for this item:
The IRS has launched an initiative to determine whether tax-exempt hospitals are adhering to the community benefit standard set forth in Rev. Rul. 69-545 by sending Form 13790, Compliance Check Questionnaire, to 600 hospitals across the country. The initiative follows the Senate Finance Committe hearings last year on tax-exempt hospitals. (Hat Tip: McDermott, Will & Emery.)
May 24, 2006
Pill Said to Reverse PVS
BBC reports that an article in the journal NeuroRehabilitation (abstract) claims three PVS patients woke up and talked to people around them 20 minutes after taking Zolpidem. The effects allegedly wore off after four hours. If this study holds up (i.e., if the three patients were correctly diagnosed with PVS, the researchers accurately reported what occurred, and the study can be reproduced by others), this could change everything. [tm]
May 22, 2006
Writing Symposium Opportunity
For those of you working on your summer writing, please consider the St. Thomas Law Review and its upcoming symposium issue on Employer-Sponsored Health Care. Here is the information from Professor Pendo:
St. Thomas Law Review Symposium Issue: Employer-Sponsored Health Care
I have been asked by the St. Thomas Law Review to invite contributors to their symposium issue on challenges, choices and alternatives facing employer-sponsored health care plans. This could include (but is not limited to) topics such as state law initiatives regarding heath care coverage and delivery, developments in ERISA litigation, labor and employment law issues, retiree health plans, the impact of Medicare Part D, HSAs and high deductible health plans, COBRA and HIPAA issues, or issues raised by disability plans or other welfare benefit plans.
They are flexible on length, and would like a complete draft of the articles by the end of August. Please contact me if you are interested or have questions, and I can put you in touch with the Law Review.
Contact: Elizabeth A. Pendo
Professor of Law
St. Thomas University School of Law
16401 NW 37th Ave.
Miami Gardens, FL 33054