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Charity Care Obligations and Tax-Exempt Hospitals: Time For a Change?
CWRU Law Downtown Lecture Series
DEC 12, 2012
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Ave., 2nd floor
Cleveland, Ohio
CLE Credit
1 hour of in-person CLE credit available, pending approval

Lawmakers are considering a change in the tax exempt status of hospitals. Nonprofit hospitals, which are currently tax-exempt, might instead become taxable at the state or local levels, and receive tax deductions or credits for charitable activities. Professor Berg will describe the current debates about tax-exempt status for hospitals with respect to charity care requirements, and discuss the challenges. She will explore recent changes in this area of health law and policy and make suggestions for the future. Her talk will deal with issues relevant to health care lawyers, including those who are in-house counsel for hospitals and those who represent physicians, physician organizations, and patients. It will also be relevant to tax attorneys and those who represent non-profit businesses.
Speaker Information
Jessica Wilen BergJessica Wilen Berg, JD, MPH
Professor of Law, Bioethics & Public Health
Associate Director, Law-Medicine Center
Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Jessica Wilen Berg is Professor of Law, Professor of Bioethics, and Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, with a joint appointment in Case Western Reserve University’s Schools of Law and Medicine. She received both her B.A. and J.D., with honors, from Cornell University where she was a notes editor of the Cornell Law Review. She received her MPH from Case Western Reserve University Medical School. Ms. Berg joined the faculty at Case Western in 1999 after serving as the Director of Academic Affairs of the Institute for Ethics, and Secretary of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs for the American Medical Association. While in Chicago, she also taught courses at the University of Chicago Law School and Northwestern University Law School. Before that, she was a Visiting Professor at Michigan State Medical School, a Scholar in Excellence at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and a Fellow at both the Center for Biomedical Ethics and the Institute for Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.

Ms. Berg teaches Health Policy, Bioethics and Law, Food and Drug Law, Public Health Law and Ethics, Research Law and Regulation, Reproductive Law, and Scientific Integrity. She is first author on a book published by Oxford University Press entitled “Informed Consent: Legal Theory and Clinical Practice.” Her publications and research span a variety of areas including public health, medical decision-making, research with human subjects, confidentiality, reproductive law and ethics, genetic enhancement, end-of-life care, professionalism, and e-medicine. Ms. Berg is the legal consultant for the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Bioethics. She works with a number of professional medical organizations and Institutes within NIH. In addition, she is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics. In 2008 Ms. Berg was named “Health Policy Researcher of the Year” by the Health Policy Institute of Ohio, and in 2009 she received the Mather Spotlight Award for Excellence in Research.

Additional Information
8:00-8:30 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast preceding each program. Free and open to the public. 1 hr. CLE credit available, pending approval.

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