Kelly McDonald had an article publishing in the ABI Litigation Committee Newsletter this week: “Litigating the Appointment of a Patient Care Ombudsman.”
The Code requires the court to appoint a patient care ombudsman (PCO) in every case under chapters 7, 9 and 11 where the debtor is a health care business, unless the court makes a finding that such an appointment is not necessary for the protection of patients. The decision of whether to make such an appointment is significant: It can impact patient safety, administrative costs and the likelihood of success of the case. Because of the short time frames dictated by statute and rule, all parties must evaluate the necessity of a PCO early in the case.
The complete article can be viewed here: Patient Care Ombudsman Article