Ins 17.28(3)(d) (d) "Fiscal year" means each period beginning each July 1 and ending each June 30.
Ins 17.28(3)(e) (e) "Permanently cease operation" means for a provider other than a natural person to stop providing health care services with the intent not to resume providing such services in this state.
Ins 17.28(3)(f) (f) "Permanently cease practice" means to stop practicing as a medical or osteopathic physician or nurse anesthetist with the intent not to resume that type of practice in this state.
Ins 17.28(3)(g) (g) "Primary coverage" means health care liability insurance meeting the requirements of subch. III of ch. 655, Stats.
Ins 17.28(3)(h) (h) "Provider" means a health care provider, as defined in s. 655.001 (8), Stats.
Ins 17.28(3)(hm) (hm) "Resident" means a licensed physician engaged in an approved postgraduate medical education or fellowship program in any specialty specified in par. (c) 1. to 4.
Ins 17.28(3)(i) (i) "Temporarily cease practice" means to stop practicing in this state for any period of time because of the suspension or revocation of a provider's license, or to stop practicing for at least 90 consecutive days for any other reason.
Ins 17.28(3e) (3e)Primary coverage required. Each provider shall ensure that primary coverage for the provider and the provider's employees other than employees excluded from fund coverage under par. (b), is in effect on the date the provider begins practice or operation and for all periods during which the provider practices or operates in this state. A provider does not have fund coverage for any of the following:
Ins 17.28(3e)(a) (a) Any period during which primary coverage is not in effect.
Ins 17.28(3e)(b) (b) Any employee who is a health care practitioner under the circumstances described in s. 655.005 (2), Stats.
Ins 17.28(3h) (3h)Supervision and direction. For the purposes of clarifying s. 655.005 (2) (a), Stats., health care services that are "under the direction and supervision of a physician or nurse anesthetist" include, but are not limited to the health care services being provided pursuant to and within the scope of the health care practitioner's professional license and:
Ins 17.28(3h)(a) (a) The health care practitioner is subject to a quality assurance program, peer review process, or other similar program or process that is implemented for and designed to ensure the provision of competent and quality patient care and that program or process also includes participation by a physician or a nurse anesthetist; or
Ins 17.28(3h)(b) (b) The health care services are provided by the health care practitioner within the scope of standing orders, protocols, procedures or clinical practice guidelines established or approved by a physician or nurse anesthetist.
Ins 17.28(3m) (3m)Exemptions; eligibility. A medical or osteopathic physician licensed under ch. 448, Stats., or a nurse anesthetist licensed under ch. 441, Stats., may claim an exemption from ch. 655, Stats., if at least one of the following conditions applies:
Ins 17.28(3m)(a) (a) The provider will not practice more than 240 hours in the fiscal year.
Ins 17.28(3m)(c) (c) During the fiscal year, the provider will derive more than 50% of the income from his or her practice from outside this state or will attend to more than 50% of his or her patients outside this state.
Ins 17.28(3s) (3s)Late entry to fund.
Ins 17.28(3s)(a)(a) A provider that begins or resumes practice or operation during a fiscal year, has claimed an exemption or has failed to comply with sub. (3e) may obtain fund coverage during a fiscal year by giving the fund advance written notice of the date on which fund coverage should begin.
Ins 17.28(3s)(b) (b) The board may authorize retroactive fund coverage for a provider who submits a timely request for retroactive coverage showing that the failure to procure coverage occurred through no fault of the provider and despite the fact that the provider acted reasonably and in good faith. The provider shall furnish the board with an affidavit describing the necessity for the retroactive coverage and stating that the provider has no notice of any pending claim alleging malpractice or knowledge of a threatened claim or of any occurrence that might give rise to such a claim. The authorization shall be in writing, specifying the effective date of fund coverage.
Ins 17.28(4) (4)Annual fees; billing procedures.
Ins 17.28(4)(a)(a) Definition. In this subsection, "semimonthly period" means the 1st through the 14th day of a month or the 15th day through the end of a month.
Ins 17.28(4)(b) (b) Entry during fiscal year; prorated annual fee. If a provider begins practice or operation or enters the fund under sub. (3s) (b) after the beginning of a fiscal year, the fund shall charge the provider one twenty-fourth of the annual fee for each semimonthly period or part of a semimonthly period from the date fund coverage begins to the next June 30.
Ins 17.28(4)(c) (c) Ceasing practice or operation; refunds. A provider or person acting on the provider's behalf shall notify the fund in the form specified by the fund if any of the following occurs:
Ins 17.28(4)(c)1. 1. The provider is exempt under sub. (3m) (a) or (c).
Ins 17.28(4)(c)2. 2. The provider is no longer eligible to participate in the fund under s. 655.003 (1) or (3), Stats.
Ins 17.28(4)(c)3. 3. This state is no longer a principal place of practice for the provider.
Ins 17.28(4)(c)4. 4. The provider has temporarily or permanently ceased practice or has ceased operation.
Ins 17.28(4)(c)5. 5. The provider's classification under sub. (6) has changed.
Ins 17.28(4)(cm) (cm) Eligibility for exemption; refund. If a provider claims an exemption after paying all or part of the annual fee, the fund shall issue a refund equal to one twenty-fourth of the provider's annual fee for each full semi-monthly period from the date the provider becomes eligible for the exemption to the due date of the next payment. The refund for any past exemption period will be limited to the current fiscal year and the immediate prior fiscal year.
Ins 17.28(4)(cs) (cs) Ineligibility for fund coverage; refund.
Ins 17.28(4)(cs)1.1. If a provider who has paid all or part of the annual fee is or becomes ineligible to participate in the fund under s. 655.003 (1) or (3), Stats., or because he or she does not practice in this state, the fund shall issue a full refund of any amount the provider paid for fund coverage for which he or she was not eligible.
Ins 17.28(4)(cs)2. 2. If a provider that has paid all or part of the annual fee is ineligible for fund coverage because the provider is not in compliance with sub. (3e), the fund shall issue a full refund of the amount paid for the period of noncompliance, beginning with the date the noncompliance began.
Ins 17.28(4)(d) (d) Change of classification; increased annual fee.
Ins 17.28(4)(d)1.1. If a provider's change of classification under sub. (6) during a fiscal year results in an increased annual fee, the fund shall adjust the provider's annual fee to equal the sum of the following:
Ins 17.28(4)(d)1.a. a. One twenty-fourth of the annual fee for the provider's former classification for each full semimonthly period from the due date of the provider's first payment during the current fiscal year to the date of the change.
Ins 17.28(4)(d)1.b. b. One twenty-fourth of the annual fee for the provider's new classification for each full or partial semimonthly period from the date of the change to the next June 30.
Ins 17.28(4)(d)2. 2. The fund shall bill the provider for the total amount of the increase under subd. 1. if the provider has already paid the total annual fee, or shall prorate the increase over the remaining installment payments.
Ins 17.28(4)(e) (e) Change of classification; decreased annual fee.
Ins 17.28(4)(e)1.1. If a provider's change of classification under sub. (6) during a fiscal year results in a decreased annual fee, the fund shall adjust the provider's annual fee to equal the sum of the following:
Ins 17.28(4)(e)1.a. a. One twenty-fourth of the annual fee for the provider's former classification for each full or partial semimonthly period from the due date of the provider's first payment during the current fiscal year to the date of the change.
Ins 17.28(4)(e)1.b. b. One twenty-fourth of the annual fee for the provider's new classification for each full semimonthly period from the date of the change to the next June 30.
Ins 17.28(4)(e)2. 2. The fund shall credit the amount of the decrease under subd. 1. over any remaining installment payments. If the provider has already paid the total annual fee, the fund shall issue a refund if the amount of the refund is more than $10. The fund shall credit any amount of $10 or less to the provider's account. If the provider no longer participates in the fund, a credit of $10 or less shall lapse to the fund.
Ins 17.28(4)(f) (f) Refund of other charges. If a provider is entitled to a refund or credit under this subsection, the fund shall also issue a refund or credit of the unearned portion of any amounts paid as administrative service charges, interest or surcharges, using the same method used to calculate a refund or credit of an annual fee. A mediation fund fee is refundable only if the provider did not participate in the patients compensation fund for any part of the fiscal year.
Ins 17.28(4)(g) (g) Refund for administrative error. In addition to any refund authorized under par. (c), (cm), (cs), (e) or (f), the fund may issue a refund to correct an administrative error in the current or any previous fiscal year.
Ins 17.28(4)(h) (h) Billing; entire fiscal year. Except as provided in sub. (6e) (b), for each fiscal year, the fund shall issue to each provider participating in the fund an initial bill which shall include all of the following:
Ins 17.28(4)(h)1. 1. The total annual fee due for the fiscal year.
Ins 17.28(4)(h)2. 2. Any applicable surcharge imposed under s. Ins 17.285.
Ins 17.28(4)(h)3. 3. The balance and accrued interest, if any, due from a prior fiscal year.
Ins 17.28(4)(h)4. 4. Notice of the provider's right to pay the amount due in full or in instalments.
Ins 17.28(4)(h)5. 5. The minimum amount due if the provider elects installment payments.
Ins 17.28(4)(h)6. 6. The payment due date.
Ins 17.28(4)(i) (i) Billing; partial fiscal year. The fund shall issue each provider entering the fund after the beginning of a fiscal year an initial bill which shall include all of the following;
Ins 17.28(4)(i)1. 1. The total amount due calculated under par. (b).
Ins 17.28(4)(i)2. 2. Notice of the provider's right to pay the amount due in full or in instalments.
Ins 17.28(4)(i)3. 3. The minimum amount due if the provider elects installment payments.
Ins 17.28(4)(i)4. 4. The payment due date.
Ins 17.28(4)(j) (j) Balance billing. If a provider pays at least the minimum amount due but less than the total amount due by the due date, the fund shall calculate the remainder due by subtracting the amount paid from the amount due and shall bill the provider for the remainder on a quarterly installment basis. Each subsequent bill shall include all of the following:
Ins 17.28(4)(j)1. 1. The total of the remainder due.
Ins 17.28(4)(j)2. 2. Interest on the remainder due. The daily rate of interest shall be the average annualized rate earned by the fund on its short-term funds for the first 3 quarters of the preceding fiscal year, as determined by the state investment board, divided by 360.
Ins 17.28(4)(j)3. 3. A $3 administrative service charge.
Ins 17.28(4)(j)4. 4. The minimum amount due.
Ins 17.28(4)(j)5. 5. The payment due date.
Ins 17.28(4)(k) (k) Prompt payment required. A provider shall pay at least the minimum amount due on or before each due date. If the fund receives payment later than the due date specified in the late payment notice sent to the provider by certified mail, the fund, notwithstanding par. (n) 5., may not apply the payment retroactively to the annual fee unless the board has authorized retroactive coverage under sub. (3s) (b).
Ins 17.28(4)(n) (n) Application of payments. Except as provided in par. (k), all payments to the fund shall be applied in chronological order first to previous fiscal years for which a balance is due and then to the current fiscal year. The amounts for each fiscal year shall be credited in the following order:
Ins 17.28(4)(n)1. 1. Mediation fund fee imposed under s. Ins 17.01.
Ins 17.28(4)(n)2. 2. Administrative service charge under par. (j) 3.
Ins 17.28(4)(n)3. 3. Interest under par. (j) 2.
Ins 17.28(4)(n)4. 4. Surcharge imposed under s. Ins 17.285.
Ins 17.28(4)(n)5. 5. Annual fee under sub. (6).
Ins 17.28(4)(o) (o) Waiver of balance. The fund may waive any balance of $50 or less, if it is in the economic interest of the fund to do so.
Ins 17.28(5) (5)Filing of certificates of insurance.
Ins 17.28(5)(a)(a) Electronic filing. Except as provided in par. (b), each insurer and self-insured provider required under s. 655.23 (3) (b) or (c), Stats., to file a certificate of insurance shall file the certificate electronically in the format specified by the commissioner by the 15th day of the month following the month of original issuance or renewal or a change of class under sub. (6).
Ins 17.28(5)(b) (b) Exemption. An insurer or self-insured provider may file a written request for an exemption from the requirement of par. (a). The commissioner may grant the exemption if he or she finds that compliance would constitute a financial or administrative hardship. An insurer or self-insured provider granted an exemption under this paragraph shall file a paper certificate in the format specified by the commissioner within 45 days after original issuance or renewal or a change of class under sub. (6).
Ins 17.28(5)(c) (c) Late filing fee. A late fee in the amount of $100.00 per certificate shall be paid to the fund by each insurer and self-insured provider who fails to file a certificate of insurance in accordance with the requirements of this subsection. An additional $100.00 late fee shall be paid per certificate for each additional week, or portion thereof, the certificate is not in compliance with this subsection.
Ins 17.28(6) (6)Fee schedule. The following fee schedule is in effect from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014:
Ins 17.28(6)(a) (a) Except as provided in pars. (b) to (f) and sub. (6e), for a physician for whom this state is a principal place of practice:
Class 1   $1,457   Class 3   $5,828
Class 2   $2,623   Class 4   $9,616
Ins 17.28(6)(b) (b) For a resident acting within the scope of a residency or fellowship program:
Class 1   $ 729   Class 3   $2,916
Class 2   $1,312   Class 4   $4,811
Ins 17.28(6)(c) (c) For a resident practicing part-time outside the scope of a residency or fellowship program:
All classes   $874
Ins 17.28(6)(d) (d) For a Medical College of Wisconsin, Inc., full-time faculty member:
Class 1   $583   Class 3   $2,332
Class 2   $1,049   Class 4   $3,848
Ins 17.28(6)(e) (e) For physicians who practice part-time:
Ins 17.28(6)(e)1. 1. For a physician who practices fewer than 500 hours during the fiscal year, limited to office practice and nursing home and house calls, and who does not practice obstetrics or surgery or assist in surgical procedures:   $ 364
Ins 17.28(6)(e)2. 2. For a physician who practices 1,040 hours or less during the fiscal year, including those who practice fewer than 500 hours during the fiscal year whose practice is not limited to office practice, nursing homes or house calls or who do practice obstetrics, surgery or assist in surgical procedures:
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Published under authority of s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is alwaycurrent. The date shown on each chapter is the date the chapter was last published.