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OEMR Board Meeting - Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

The is the forum thread for the next OEMR board meeting on Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Here is the Agenda for May 10, 2017 OEMR Board Meeting:

  1. Call to Order. Roll call.

  2. Approval of prior meeting minutes.
    -March 8, 2017 Board Meeting.
    -April 12, 2017 Board Meeting.

  3. Financial Report

  4. MU3 Report (ONC 2015)

  5. Unfinished Business
    -Revocation status.
    -Confirm board member (Scott Wakefield).
    -Marketing.
    -Conference outreach.
    -Raising funds.
    -Conflict of interest policy.
    -Trademarking.
    -Join OSI.

  6. New Business
    -Nominate Sherwin Gaddis to Board of Directors.
    -Coast Guard RFI

  7. Public and Community Concerns

  8. Next Board Meeting on June 14, 2017

  9. Adjourn Board Meeting

btw,

here are the call in details for the board meeting:
http://www.open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/OEMR_Monthly_Conference_Call_Details

more btw,

Prior March 8, 2017 Board Meeting minutes are here:

Prior April 12, 2017 Board Meeting minutes are pending (note this minute will be very brief since no motions were made).

###financial report
only update to financials is paypal balance up $899.95 helped by a generous $750 donation :smile: total assets now stands at $13,929.61 :money_mouth:

###reinstatement update by email from helpful attorneys

Once we were able to review the case file, this turned out to be a more
involved legal issue that I had anticipated. As such, before getting
back to you, I wanted to consult with one of my tax partners who focuses
his practice in the non-profit space.

As you know, the IRS issued a determination letter denying
re-instatement of OEMR’s non-profit status, which had previously been
revoked on account a failure to file a series of 990 annual reports.
Upon review of the matter, the IRS ultimately concluded that OEM’s
activities were not substantially devoted to furthering a permitted
tax-exempt purpose.

Based on a preliminary review of the file materials (with no additional
research), Ron indicated that there may be a basis for a further appeal
of the IRS. Ron and his team handle these sorts of appeals on a regular
basis.

Ron also indicated that he would want to take a closer look at certain
aspects of OEMR’s governance (Board composition, conflict of interest
policies, etc.). Ron stated that you can sometimes engage in a dialogue
with the IRS toward a negotiated resolution, whereby the non-profit
agrees to tweak its governance, in exchange for a favorable IRS
determination.

We would need to perform some additional research before we would be
able to formally advise OEMR on any path forward. I was going to
suggest that we perform $1,000 - $2,000 of initial research on our end
(with the amount /capped/ in all cases as $2,000), at which time we
would be able to provide more definitive advice.

As part of your decisionmaking, I did want to let you know that if OEMR
does elect to proceed with a formal IRS appeal, the cost would likely be
in the range of $5,000 - $10,000 (please note that this amount would be
inclusive of the $1,000 - $2,000 previously spent on legal research).

prior thread conflict of interest

The minutes and audio for this meeting are available here:
http://www.open-emr.org/wiki/index.php/OEMR_wiki_page#May_10.2C_2017