Healthcare bankruptcies present unique challenges in addition to financial restructuring. An immediate concern that must be addressed in these cases is the ability of the debtor to provide, and continue to provide, adequate services to existing and future patients. Having been involved in numerous healthcare matters filed under both Chapter 7 and Chapter 11, I know first-hand how important this issue is. Debtors are generally required to employ, at their cost, a specialized professional, i.e., an ombudsman, who will monitor the quality of patient care being provided during the case. A recent post I wrote for the Doctors’ Advocate blog dives into the role that ombudsman play in healthcare bankruptcies.
This post covers:
- When Is the Ombudsman Issue Addressed?
- How Is an Ombudsman Chosen?
- Duties and Obligations of an Ombudsman