Register March 2019 No. 759
Chapter DHS 124
Subchapter I — General
Authority, purpose and applicability.
Approval by the department.
Waivers and variances.
Subchapter II — Management
Chief executive officer.
Subchapter III — Medical Staff
Subchapter IV — Services
Medical record services.
Nuclear medicine services.
Respiratory care services.
Social work services.
Additional requirements for psychiatric hospitals.
Subchapter V — Physical Environment
General requirements and definitions.
Plans for new construction or remodeling.
Review for compliance with this chapter and the state building code.
Fees for plan reviews.
Patient rooms - general.
Patient care areas.
Additional requirements for particular patient care areas.
Other physical environment.
Subchapter VI — Critical Access Hospitals
Designation as a critical access hospital.
Requirements for a critical access hospital.
Rural health plan.
Ch. DHS 124 Note
Chapter H 24 as it existed on January 31, 1988 was repealed and a new chapter HSS 124 was created effective February 1, 1988. Chapter HSS 124 was renumbered chapter HFS 124 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, August, 1996, No. 488
. Chapter HFS 124 was renumbered chapter DHS 124 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637
DHS 124.01 Authority, purpose and applicability.
This chapter establishes standards for the construction, maintenance and operation of hospitals. The chapter is promulgated under the authority of s. 50.36 (1)
, Stats., to ensure that hospital patients receive safe and adequate care and treatment and that the health and safety of patients and hospital employees are protected. The provisions of this chapter apply to all facilities meeting the definition of hospital in s. 50.33 (2)
, Stats., that are not specifically exempt under s. 50.39
, Stats., except for those provisions that apply only to particular types of hospitals.
DHS 124.01 Note
Among facilities that are specifically exempt under s. 50.39
, Stats., from being treated as hospitals for purposes of regulation under ss. 50.32
and this chapter are physicians' clinics and offices, nursing homes, the Milwaukee County Mental Health Center and correctional institutions operated by the Wisconsin department of corrections.
DHS 124.01 History
Cr. Register, January, 1988, No. 385
, eff. 2-1-88.
DHS 124.02 Definitions.
In this chapter:
“Allied health personnel" means persons who are not physicians, podiatrists or dentists but who are admitted to practice in the hospital through the medical staff credentialing process or are hospital employees who function under the supervision of physicians, podiatrists or dentists as stated in the appropriate job descriptions.
“Critical access hospital" means a hospital that is designated by the department as meeting the requirements of 42 USC 1395i-4
(c) (2) (B) and is federally certified as meeting the requirements of 42 USC 1395i-4