The U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued an order directing the U.S. Trustee to appoint a patient care ombudsman to the Adeptus Health case.
The order states, “The Court finds that the above-referenced Debtors in the above titled and numbered case constitute a health care business as defined by 11 U.S.C. section 101(27A). No party has objected to the appointment of a patient care ombudsman. Based upon consideration of the record, the Court is of the opinion that the appointment of a patient care ombudsman is warranted. If a sale closes after entry of an order approving the sale of a facility involved in this case, the ombudsman appointment is terminated.”
In addition, “At that time, the United States Trustee will provide an order reflecting that the ombudsman is excused and discharged from his/her duties. It Is Further Ordered that the patient care ombudsman shall: 1) Monitor the quality of care provided to patients/clients of the Debtors to the extent necessary under the circumstances, including interviewing patients, physicians, and health care providers; 2) Report not later than 60 days after the date of his/her appointment, and not less frequently than at 60 day intervals thereafter, to the Court after notice to the parties in interest, at a hearing or in writing, regarding the quality of patient/client care at and by the Debtors; 3) Immediately notify the Court, United States Trustee, and parties in interest by motion or written report, if he/she determines that the quality of patient/client care provided by the Debtors is not adequate, deteriorating, or is otherwise materially compromised; 4) Maintain any information obtained by such ombudsman under 11 U.S.C. section 333 that relates to the clients (including information related to the patient records) as confidential information.”
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