Register January 2009 No. 637
Chapter DHS 143
HEARING IMPAIRED CHILDREN
DHS 143.01   Eligibility requirements for a hearing impaired child in need of amplification and services.
DHS 143.02   Services available.
DHS 143.03   Financial services.
DHS 143.04   Administrative procedures.
DHS 143.05   Requirements for participating clinical audiologists.
DHS 143.06   Procedures for participating clinical audiologists.
DHS 143.07   Procedures for clinical audiologists dispensing hearing aids.
DHS 143.08   Definitions.
Ch. DHS 143 Note Note: Chapter PI 10 as it existed on December 31, 1991 was renumbered chapter HSS 143 under section 9145 (4) of 1991 Wis. Act 39 and s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., 2. and 6., Stats., Register, December, 1991, No. 432. Chapter HSS 143 was renumbered chapter HFS 143 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, June, 1997, No. 498. Chapter HFS 143 was renumbered chapter DHS 143 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 143.01 DHS 143.01Eligibility requirements for a hearing impaired child in need of amplification and services.
DHS 143.01(1)(1) The child shall be under 21 years of age. Children over 16 years of age may be referred to vocational rehabilitation for services.
DHS 143.01(2) (2) Diagnosis shall be established by a physician who is on the children with special health care needs (CSHCN) program list of participating physicians.
DHS 143.01(3) (3) Further hearing assessment and hearing aid evaluation shall be completed by a clinical audiologist who is on the CSHCN program list of participating clinical audiologists.
DHS 143.01(4) (4) Financial eligibility shall be determined by the latest standards as developed by the CSHCN program.
DHS 143.01 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1975, No. 237, eff. 10-1-75.
DHS 143.02 DHS 143.02Services available. The children with special health care needs program may assist in:
DHS 143.02(1) (1) Providing for medical examination, consultation and treatment.
DHS 143.02(2) (2) Providing for audiological evaluation and consultation.
DHS 143.02(3) (3) Providing for assistance in referral for educational services.
DHS 143.02(4) (4) Providing for nursing consultation.
DHS 143.02(5) (5) Providing for referral for social work services and consultation.
DHS 143.02 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1975, No. 237, eff. 10-1-75.
DHS 143.03 DHS 143.03Financial services.
DHS 143.03(1) (1) Payment may be made for hearing assessment and hearing aid evaluation for medically indigent families to a clinical audiologist who is on the CSHCN program list of participating clinical audiologists.
DHS 143.03(2) (2) Payment shall be made for hearing aids (all or in part) for medically indigent families. Fitting shall be approved by a clinical audiologist who is on the program list of participating clinical audiologists.
DHS 143.03 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1975, No. 237, eff. 10-1-75.
DHS 143.04 DHS 143.04Administrative procedures. For the administration of medical care and audiological assessment:
DHS 143.04(1) (1) The results and recommendations of the physician's examination shall be forwarded to the CSHCN program clinical audiologist.
DHS 143.04(2) (2) The results and recommendations of the assessment by the clinical audiologist shall be forwarded to the CSHCN program clinical audiologist.
DHS 143.04(3) (3) The results and recommendations of the assessment by the clinical audiologist, including pertinent information regarding the fitting of the hearing aid, shall also be shared with the hearing aid specialist.
DHS 143.04(4) (4) The parent of the child shall designate the hearing aid specialist who will fit the hearing aid.
DHS 143.04(5) (5) The hearing aid specialist shall be licensed to dispense hearing aids in the state of Wisconsin. The hearing aid specialist shall also follow the rules for financial involvement in the purchase of hearing aids.
DHS 143.04(6) (6) If the CSHCN program pays the full cost of the hearing aid or accessory, the designated hearing aid specialist shall not charge any additional amount. In those cases where a percentage of the cost for any hearing aid or accessory is paid by the CSHCN program, the designated hearing aid specialist shall only charge the recipient of services the remaining amount of the standard fee determined by the CSHCN program.
DHS 143.04(7) (7) The parent receiving aid for payment of services shall have the child return to the clinical audiologist for a final check of the hearing aid before any monies are paid. In the event the parent is unwilling or unable to return the child to the clinical audiologist following the fitting of the hearing aid, consultation with the CSHCN program audiologist shall be required.
DHS 143.04(8) (8) The hearing aid specialist shall confer with the clinical audiologist concerning any modification in the fitting of the hearing aid.
DHS 143.04(9) (9) A financial eligibility form shall be submitted to the CSHSN program and written approval shall be received by the parent prior to rendering of and payment for any services.
DHS 143.04(10) (10) Reimbursement shall be made only to the provider of care and not to the recipient of service. Where there is medical insurance coverage, the provider shall submit the claim and the CSHCN program will pay the amount not covered by insurance.
DHS 143.04 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1975, No. 237, eff. 10-1-75.
DHS 143.05 DHS 143.05Requirements for participating clinical audiologists.
DHS 143.05(1)(a) (a) Shall complete graduate studies in audiology leading to a master's and/or higher graduate degree.
DHS 143.05(1)(b) (b) Shall submit evidence of having completed 300 hours of supervised clinical experience and 60 hours of course work in audiology and related areas.
DHS 143.05(1)(c) (c) Shall complete an additional year of full-time supervised clinical internship in audiology or be in the process of completing this requirement.
DHS 143.05(1)(d) (d) Shall pass the National Examination in Audiology administered by the educational testing service, Princeton, New Jersey, or who have received a Certificate of Clinical Competence in Audiology.
DHS 143.05(2) (2) Persons wishing to be included on the state agencies' list of participating clinical audiologists must submit evidence that the above requirements have been met. Those clinical audiologists who are in the process of meeting the certification standards outlined above will be reviewed individually for participation in this program. Any other person not meeting these requirements may present his/her qualifications to the CSHCN program audiologists for review and consideration.
DHS 143.05(3) (3) Membership in any professional association is not required.
DHS 143.05(4) (4) All information pertaining to the above requirements shall be submitted in writing to CSHCN program clinical audiologists.
DHS 143.05 Note Note: Submit the information to Program for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Division of Public Health, P.O. Box 2659, Madison, WI 53701-2659.
DHS 143.05 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1975, No. 237, eff. 10-1-75; correction in (1) (g) made under s. 13.93 (2m), (b) 6., Stats., Register, October, 1984, No. 346.
DHS 143.06 DHS 143.06Procedures for participating clinical audiologists.
DHS 143.06(1)(1) In every case where the CSHCN program is involved in payment, a complete report shall be made to the CSHCN program within 2 weeks of completion of the evaluation.
DHS 143.06(2) (2) In all cases where audiometric evaluation has indicated abnormal hearing, arrangements shall be made for an examination of the ear by a physician specializing in diseases of the ear.
DHS 143.06(3) (3) A complete report shall be submitted to the CSHCN program clinical audiologist. It shall include all pertinent information and a complete audiogram. Educational programming recommendations from the audiologists are desired but specific educational placement shall be the responsibility of the local educational agency.
DHS 143.06 History History: Cr. Register, September, 1975, No. 237, eff. 10-1-75.
DHS 143.07 DHS 143.07Procedures for clinical audiologists dispensing hearing aids.
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