Health Care Business Cases - Ombudsman

Rev. 05/01/19



If the debtor is a health care business under chapter 7, 9, or 11, the court shall, not later than 30 days after the commencement of the case, order the appointment of an Ombudsman to represent the interest of the patients of the health care business, unless the court determines that such appointment is not necessary under the specific facts of the case.  (Note: the petition will indicate health care)  Once, ordered, the UST will appoint 1 disinterested person to serve as the Ombudsman.  If the debtor is a health care business that provides long-term care, the UST may appoint the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

A consumer privacy Ombudsman may also be appointed to assist the court in its consideration of the facts, circumstances, and conditions of a proposed sale or lease of personally identifiable information.


Codes, Rules and Forms:

Bankruptcy Code:

332; 333

Bankruptcy Rule:


Local Rule:


Local  Form:


CM/ECF Event(s):

Motions/Applications, Determine Designation of Case
Motions/Applications, Ombudsman (Appoint, Terminate, Waive Appointment)
US Trustee, Appoint Ombudsman (US Trustee only)


I.        Noticing:

            A.   Type:                     A notice will not be sent unless directed by chambers

            B.   Who Serves:        Clerk

            C.    Service:              At the direction of Chambers