Congress should be careful when considering whether to legislatively require nonprofit hospitals to meet national minimum standards to remain tax-exempt, because the legislation could impose unfair burdens and costs and potentially damage the hospitals' bond ratings, an attorney warned earlier this week.

Douglas Mancino, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Los Angeles, who has worked with nonprofit hospitals for 35 years, told the Senate Finance Committee that nonprofit hospitals may not be able to adequately serve their communities if laws are enacted that endanger their tax exemption or limit their revenues. Mancino made the comments in a five-page letter sent to the committee on May 26, stressing that his views do not necessarily reflect those of his firm.

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