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om·buds·man

 (ŏm′bŭdz′mən, -bədz-, -bo͝odz′-)
n.
1. A man who investigates complaints and mediates fair settlements, especially between aggrieved parties such as consumers or students and an institution or organization.
2. A government official, especially in Scandinavian countries, who investigates citizens' complaints against the government or its functionaries.

[Swedish, from Old Norse umbodhsmadhr, deputy, plenipotentiary : umbodh, commission (um, about, around, all over; see ambhi in Indo-European roots + bodh, command; see bheudh- in Indo-European roots) + madhr, man; see man- in Indo-European roots.]

om′buds′man·ship′ n.
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ombudsman

(ˈɒmbʊdzmən)
n, pl -men
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a commissioner who acts as independent referee between individual citizens and their government or its administration
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (in Britain) an official, without power of sanction or mechanism of appeal, who investigates complaints of maladministration by members of the public against national or local government or its servants. Formal names: Commissioner for Local Administration, Health Service Commissioner or Parliamentary Commissioner See also Financial Ombudsman
[C20: from Swedish: commissioner]
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om•buds•man

(ˈɒm bədz mən, -ˌmæn, -bʊdz-, ˈɔm-, ɒmˈbʊdz-, ɔm-)

n., pl. -men (-mən, -ˌmɛn)
1. a public official, esp. in Scandinavian countries, who investigates complaints by private citizens against government agencies or officials.
2. a person who investigates and resolves complaints, as from employees or students.
[1910–15; < Swedish: legal representative]
om′buds•man•ship`, n.
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ombudsman

an individual charged with the duty of investigating and redressing the sources of complaints lodged by private citizens against businesses, institutions, and officials.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ombudsman - a government appointee who investigates complaints by private persons against the governmentombudsman - a government appointee who investigates complaints by private persons against the government
investigator - someone who investigates
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Translations
ombudsman
ombudsmand
ombudsmanállampolgári jogok országgyûlési biztosa
umboîsmaîur
ombudsmenasparlamento kontrolierius
ombudsman
ombudsman
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ombudsman

[ˈɒmbʊdzmən] N (ombudsmen (pl)) → defensor m del pueblo
OMBUDSMAN
Se conoce con el nombre de ombudsman al funcionario encargado de investigar las quejas de los ciudadanos contra una institución determinada. En el Reino Unido, el ombudsman que se ocupa de los casos de administración fraudulenta en los ministerios del gobierno, el NHS y otros organismos institucionales es el Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration. Su jurisdicción se limita al área administrativa del gobierno, pero no afecta a su política o legislación. Otros ombudsmen se nombran para estudiar las quejas que provienen de los clientes de instituciones financieras, como por ejemplo el Banking ombudsman, el Building Societies ombudsman o el Insurance Ombudsman. En Estados Unidos, los ombudsmen llevan a cabo labores similares de investigación de instituciones, tanto en el sector público como en el privado.
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ombudsman

[ˈɒmbʊdzmən] nmédiateur m de la République, protecteur m du citoyen (Québec)
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ombudsman

n pl <-men> → Ombudsmann m
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ombudsman

[ˈɒmbʊdzmən] n (-men (pl)) → difensore m civico
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ombudsman

(ˈombudzmən) noun
an official appointed to look into complaints especially against a government.
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ombudsman

n ombudsman mf, empleado -da mf del hospital que maneja disputas entre pacientes y personal
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Because those LTSS programs are operating more like insurance companies, and often use private companies to manage people's use of care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires them to set up LTSS ombudsman programs -- programs that focus on helping consumers resolve problems with the new LTSS system.
During the four years she spent as president of the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs, she also became involved with the Advancing Excellence in Long-Term Care Collaborative, a national not-for-profit organization that is leading the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes quality initiative.
Ombudsman approach Some organizations, like Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, FL, have established formal ombudsman programs to assist with dispute resolution.
Also, Ombudsman programs are often concerned about confidentiality issues.
I have over 25 years' experience in business and over 13 years as an entrepreneur in my consulting practice; over 17 years of ombudsman experience with four ombudsman programs and a degree in business.
Brilliant-on-the- Basics includes six key programs: command sponsorship, command indoctrination, CDBs, mentor ship, ombudsman programs and recognition programs.
Created by federal legislation in 1972, ombudsman programs are designed to be another tool to help seniors.
This third Bulletin in the series describes the role of an ombudsman and different types of ombudsman programs in several states.
The unit's duties include investigating institutions for evidence of abuse and neglect, handling prosecution of applicable cases and working with me state Department of Health, ombudsman programs, community, groups and nursing home industry to reform facilities and make them safer for the elderly, according to Spitzer.
In addition to AHQA and AAHSA, the American Health Care Association and the National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs participated in the teleconference.
Compiled by the National Institute on Aging and the Administration on Aging, the directory includes a description of the organizations, contact information, as well as state agencies on aging and ombudsman programs. Available free at www.nih.gov/nia or www.aoa.gov/directory, the directory also can be ordered by calling 800-222-2225.