501(r) Compliance


501(r) Compliance


Section 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Service Code requires 501(c)(3) hospital organizations to meet four general requirements on a facility-by-facility basis: establish written financial assistance and emergency medical care policies; limit amounts charged for emergency or other medically necessary care to individuals eligible for assistance under the hospital's financial assistance policy; make reasonable efforts to determine whether an individual is eligible for assistance under the hospital's financial assistance policy before engaging in extraordinary collection actions against the individual; and conduct a community health needs assessment and adopt an implementation strategy at least once every three years.

A number of hospitals in Kansas have received notices from the IRS informing them of 501(r) compliance checks. Hospitals found to be in non-compliance with the requirements of 501(r) may be subject to substantial financial penalties. If you have questions, please contact Audrey Dunkel at (785) 233-7436.

Join us for a KHA Noon Briefing on Friday, Dec. 14, when KHA will share the summary as well as information on two nurse residency programs available to nurses working in Kansas hospitals. Our presenters, Joyce Mattison and Shari Hertel, HaysMed, part of The University of Kansas Health System, will share information on Hays in-person program. In addition, Nicole Weathers, The University of Iowa College of Nursing, will present its online residency program.
Discussion of activities for SHIP-eligible hospitals
For more information, contact Healther Fuller, MS, FACHE, at hfuller@srhc.com or (785) 452-6102.
Discussion of quality issues for CAHs
For more information on this meeting, contact Dee Dee Dewell at deedee.dewell@ascension.org or (316) 858-4988.