To: Hospital Chief Financial Officers
From: Andrew Busz, Policy Director, Finance
Subject: WSHA and AWPHD Report on Lobbying Expenses for Medicare Cost Reports
NOTE: Please forward this information to the people in your organization responsible for completing and submitting Medicare cost reports.
The purpose of this Bulletin is to inform WSHA and AWPHD members of the proportion of membership dues used for lobbying purposes.
The Medicare Provider Reimbursement Manual requires hospitals to adjust their Medicare cost reports to eliminate the portion of association dues related to lobbying expenses.
For calendar year 2014, the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) has determined 21.80 percent of its membership dues were expended in activities that meet the Medicare definition of lobbying. For the Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD), 20.31 percent of its membership dues were used for lobbying.
If you have AWPHD questions, please contact Ben Lindekugel at email@example.com or (206) 216-2528. Please direct any other questions to Andrew Busz at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 216-2533.