The criteria that establish hospitals’ tax-exempt status are coming under closer scrutiny, with a bipartisan quartet of senators asking the IRS to ramp up its oversight of compliance with the community benefit standard. Sens. Bill Cassidy, M.D., (R-La.), Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent an Aug. 7 letter to the IRS citing examples that purportedly show some not-for-profit hospitals “may not be fulfilling their required obligation to provide reduced or free care to their most vulnerable patients.” (Healthcare Financial Management Association)