1) review the GAO report (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08880.pdf, paying particular attention to its discussion about criteria for nonprofit status.

2) review the article “An Organizational Ethics Decision-Making Process,” and apply the steps of the decision-making model to this scenario, going into more detailed analysis than is already provided in the article. What options does this hospital have? Clarify your ethical reasoning for each option.

3) if you were an administrator at MMC Memorial Medical Center, what decision would you make?

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1) are the clinics helping MMC maintain its tax-exempt status? In what respect?

2) what are some of the options for MMC in this scenario? Which option do you think MMC should choose? What is the ethical reasoning that leads you to this conclusion?

3) discuss the ethical obligations of nonprofit hospitals, in general, to benefit the community. Is it acceptable, do you think, for a hospital to do the bare minimum to maintain its tax-exempt status? Explain your reasoning.

* Article: Nelson, W.A. (2005). An organizational ethics decision-making process. Healthcare Executive, 20(4), 8-14.. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=bthAN=17407169&site=ehost-live&scope=site

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1) review the GAO report (http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d08880.pdf, paying particular attention to its discussion about criteria for nonprofit status.

The criteria for nonprofit status in this article is placated upon meeting the community benefit standard, which has not been substantially changed since 1969. This criteria includes the hospital providing charity care, services and activities such as provision of health education and screening to specific vulnerable populations within the community, and other healthcare activities capable of benefitting the greater public good, which may include education for health professionals and medical research. The problem that the report focuses on is the fact that only a small number of hospitals have devoted significant percentages of their operating budgets toward providing uncompensated care for patient operating expenses, which in comparison to their for-profit counterparts are almost identical. In addition, a small number of “nonprofit” hospitals are providing uncompensated care as it is not evenly distributed among nonprofit hospitals, which results in a few hospitals providing substantially more uncompensated care than other hospitals receiving the same tax …………………

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