PHOENIX – The Bloomberg BNA Health Care Daily Report quoted Greg Harris, a partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, in an article about how political activity by leaders of nonprofit hospitals could put their tax-exempt status at risk.
The Sept. 14 article, “Tax-Exempt Hospitals Must Tread Lightly on Political Ground,” notes that during this election season leaders of tax-exempt healthcare organizations must be clear that their personal political views do not reflect those of their employer:
“At the top of the organization, the CEO level, it is hard to separate the person from the institution,” said Harris. “But for employees lower down on the chain, nonprofits may want to put rules in place to avoid using company resources and to make it clear that any political statements aren't attributed to the company unless the organization has made that decision.”
Healthcare executives have to consider the effect their views have on the organizations’ relationships within the community, continued the article.
“You’ve got to have a plan if you are going to speak on behalf of the organization because, particularly given how passionate people are about issues in the healthcare space, comments that alienate community groups or institutions may have an impact on the organization’s standing in the community as a whole,” he said.
Harris added that nonprofit healthcare entities that want to engage in the political process should do so thoughtfully and only after surveying the existing landscape of political actors.
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