21st Century Oncology Holdings’ patient care ombudsman (PCO) filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court a report for the period of June 20, 2017 through July 20, 2017.
The report notes, “To better understand the nature of the Debtors’ facilities and delivery of care, on June 26, 2017, the PCO met in-person with the Debtors, counsel for the Debtors and counsel for the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors….The discussions with the Debtors and the Committee resulted in the proposed work plan that was filed with the Court on July 10, 2017….During her visits to the facilities, the PCO plans to speak with the office manager and the physicians (and perhaps nursing staff) present during the site visit. Given the nature of the Company’s patients – that they are there to receive cancer treatment and are not in-patient (as you would find in a traditional hospital) – the PCO will use her judgment in determining the appropriate manner, if any, in which to interact directly with the patients that are there to receive treatment.”
In addition, “Of course, the site visits will enable the PCO to better ascertain whether there is any evidence or suggestion that the Debtors’ bankruptcy cases have in fact had an adverse impact on patient care or if there are any issues that if not addressed could potentially lead to a negative impact on patient care….The first report would ordinarily have been filed by August 18, 2017 – sixty days after the appointment of the PCO. However, the PCO Appointment Order required than an initial report be filed within 30 days of the date of appointment, and not less frequently than at 60 day intervals thereafter, which is September 18, 2017.”
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