These important issues have been affecting ombudsman work around the country. Nursing homes have closed their doors voluntarily and involuntarily for financial and other reasons. This page includes resources that may be helpful to ombudsmen in preventing and handling facility closures, and in understanding the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.
The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 went into effect on Monday, October 17, 2005. One of the provisions of this new law is for the appointment of a patient advocate when a health care business files for bankruptcy. If the health care business provides long-term care services, the State Long-term Care Ombudsman may be appointed by the Bankruptcy Court as the “Patient Care Ombudsman.” The following resources are to help ombudsmen navigate this new advocacy role.
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