42 CFR 413.102 - Compensation of owners.
(a)Principle. A reasonable allowance of compensation for services of owners is an allowable cost provided that the services are actually performed in a necessary function.
(1)Compensation. Compensation means the total benefit received by the owner for the services he furnishes to the institution. It includes the following items:
(i) Salary amounts paid for managerial, administrative, professional, and other services.
(ii) Amounts paid by the institution for the personal benefit of the proprietor.
(iv) Deferred compensation.
(2)Reasonableness. Reasonableness requires that the compensation allowance -
(i) Be such an amount as would ordinarily be paid for comparable services by comparable institutions; and
(ii) Depend upon the facts and circumstances of each case.
(3)Necessary. Necessary requires that the function be -
(ii) Pertinent to the operation and sound conduct of the institution.
(1) Owners of provider organizations often furnish services as managers, administrators, or in other capacities. In such cases, it is equitable that reasonable compensation for the services furnished to be an allowable cost. To do otherwise would disadvantage such owners in comparison with corporate providers or providers employing persons to perform similar services.
(2) Ordinarily, compensation paid to proprietors is a distribution of profits. However, if a proprietor furnishes necessary services for the institution, the institution is in effect employing his services, and a reasonable compensation for these services is an allowable cost. In corporate providers, the salaries of owners who are also employees are subject to the same requirements of reasonableness. If the services are furnished on less than a full-time basis, the allowable compensation should reflect an amount proportionate to a full-time basis. Reasonableness of compensation may be determined by reference to, or in comparison with, compensation paid for comparable services and responsibilities in comparable institutions; or it may be determined by other appropriate means.