The U.S. Bankruptcy Court issued an amended order directing U.S. Trustee to appoint a health care ombudsman for the Adeptus Health case.
The amended order states, “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 as to that facility. At that time, the United States Trustee will provide an order reflecting that the ombudsman is excused and discharged from his/her duties.”
In addition, “The United States Trustee shall appoint a patient care ombudsman pursuant to 11 U.S.C. section 333. 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….With respect to facilities which cease operations or have ceased operations, the ombudsman shall monitor the storage or other disposition of, and patient and provider access to, patient records.”
The amended order continues, “Upon (1) dismissal of the bankruptcy case and/or (2) any confirmed Plan of Reorganization going effective, that the patient care ombudsman’s duties shall automatically conclude without further Order of this Court and the patient care ombudsman shall be excused and discharged from his/her duties, which shall be noticed to parties by the Debtors.”
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