“Nurse-midwife" means an individual who is licensed to engage in the practice of nurse-midwifery under s. 441.15 (3) (a)
Notwithstanding s. 146.33
, the principal prenatal health care provider of a woman who is known to be pregnant shall, before the woman's 35th week of pregnancy, offer her information on options to donate, to an accepting and accredited cord blood bank, blood bank, blood center, or plasma center, blood extracted from the umbilical cord of her newborn child, if the donation may be made without monetary expense for the collection or storage to the woman, to any 3rd-party payor of health care coverage for the woman, or to the hospital in which delivery occurs.
No person may be held civilly liable for failure to comply, or for complying, with sub. (2)
History: 2005 a. 56
Sale of human organs prohibited. 146.345(1)(a)
“Human organ" means a human kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, bone marrow, cornea, eye, bone or skin or any other human organ specified by the department by rule. “Human organ" does not mean human whole blood, blood plasma, a blood product or a blood derivative or human semen.
“Human organ transplantation" means the medical procedure by which transfer of a human organ is made from the body of a person to the body of another person.
“Valuable consideration" does not include reasonable payment associated with the removal, transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control or storage of a human organ or an expense of travel, housing or lost wages incurred by a human organ donor in connection with donation of the human organ.
No person may knowingly and for valuable consideration acquire, receive or otherwise transfer any human organ for use in human organ transplantation.
Any person who violates this section is guilty of a Class H felony, except that, notwithstanding the maximum fine specified in s. 939.50 (3) (h)
, the person may be fined not more than $50,000.
Female genital mutilation prohibited. 146.35(1)(1)
In this section, “infibulate" means to clasp together with buckles or stitches.
Except as provided in sub. (3)
, no person may circumcise, excise or infibulate the labia majora, labia minora or clitoris of a female minor.
does not apply if the circumcision, excision or infibulation is performed by a physician, as defined in s. 448.01 (5)
, and is necessary for the health of the female minor or is necessary to correct an anatomical abnormality.
None of the following may be asserted as a defense to prosecution for a violation of sub. (2)
Consent by the female minor or by a parent of the female minor to the circumcision, excision or infibulation.
The circumcision, excision or infibulation is required as a matter of custom or ritual.
Whoever violates sub. (2)
is guilty of a Class H felony.
Health care services review; civil immunity. 146.37(1)(a)
“Health care provider" includes an ambulance service provider, as defined in s. 256.01 (3)
, and an emergency medical services practitioner, as defined in s. 256.01 (5)
, and an emergency medical responder, as defined in s. 256.01 (4p)
Except as provided in s. 153.76
, no person acting in good faith who participates in the review or evaluation of the services of health care providers or facilities or the charges for such services conducted in connection with any program organized and operated to help improve the quality of health care, to avoid improper utilization of the services of health care providers or facilities or to determine the reasonable charges for such services, or who participates in the obtaining of health care information under subch. I of ch. 153
, is liable for any civil damages as a result of any act or omission by such person in the course of such review or evaluation. Acts and omissions to which this subsection applies include, but are not limited to, acts or omissions by peer review committees or hospital governing bodies in censuring, reprimanding, limiting or revoking hospital staff privileges or notifying the medical examining board or podiatry affiliated credentialing board under s. 50.36
or taking any other disciplinary action against a health care provider or facility and acts or omissions by a medical director in reviewing the performance of emergency medical services practitioners, as defined in s. 256.01 (5)
, or ambulance service providers.
The good faith of any person specified in subs. (1g)
shall be presumed in any civil action. Any person who asserts that such a person has not acted in good faith has the burden of proving that assertion by clear and convincing evidence.
In determining whether a member of the reviewing or evaluating organization or the medical director has acted in good faith under sub. (1g)
, the court shall consider whether the member or medical director has sought to prevent the health care provider or facility and its counsel from examining the documents and records used in the review or evaluation, from presenting witnesses, establishing pertinent facts and circumstances, questioning or refuting testimony and evidence, confronting and cross-examining adverse witnesses or from receiving a copy of the final report or recommendation of the reviewing organization or medical director.
This section applies to any person acting in good faith who participates in the review or evaluation of the services of a psychiatrist, or facilities or charges for services of a psychiatrist, conducted in connection with any organization, association or program organized or operated to help improve the quality of psychiatric services, avoid improper utilization of psychiatric services or determine reasonable charges for psychiatric services. This immunity includes, but is not limited to, acts such as censuring, reprimanding or taking other disciplinary action against a psychiatrist for unethical or improper conduct.
Anyone who has the good faith belief that they are participating in a valid peer review procedure of a health care provider is entitled to the presumption of good faith under sub. (1g) and is immune from liability unless the presumption is overcome. Limjoco v. Schenck, 169 Wis. 2d 703
, 486 N.W.2d 567
(Ct. App. 1992).
When a 3rd party becomes an integral part of the ongoing medical services review, its actions are eligible for immunity from civil liability under this section. It would defeat the purpose of this section if the participation of an outside entity enlisted by a reviewing committee to perform an assessment of the abilities of a physician to perform effectively while on call is not eligible for immunity simply because the outside entity is not part of a formal “peer review program." Rechsteiner v. Hazelden, 2008 WI 97
, 313 Wis. 2d 542
, 753 N.W.2d 496
When a 3rd party's diagnosis of the condition of the doctor subject to review was indistinguishable from the employing hospital's review, evaluation, and analysis of the doctor's ability to perform as an on-call surgeon, the diagnosis was the essence of the peer review process initiated by the hospital. Even if the diagnosis was negligent, it was immune because it was central to the peer review process. However, this case does not mean that the peer review statute will immunize medical negligence in all situations, irrespective of the circumstances. Rechsteiner v. Hazelden, 2008 WI 97
, 313 Wis. 2d 542
, 753 N.W.2d 496
A person reviewing a peer can be found to have acted in bad faith even if procedural rights under sub. (2) were not denied, but whether procedural rights were denied is a factor that must be considered in a determination of “good faith." Qasem v. Kozarek, 716 F.2d 1172
Health care services review; confidentiality of information. 146.38(1)(a)
“Evaluator" means a medical director or a registered nurse who coordinates review of an emergency medical services program of a health care provider.
“Health care provider" means any of the following:
A person working under the supervision of or in collaboration with a person specified in subd. 1.
A parent, subsidiary, or affiliate organization of a facility, association, or business entity, as specified in subd. 2.
“Incident or occurrence report" means a written or oral statement that is made to notify a person, organization, or an evaluator who reviews or evaluates the services of health care providers or charges for such services of an incident, practice, or other situation that becomes the subject of such a review or evaluation.
No person who participates in the review or evaluation of the services of health care providers or charges for such services may disclose an incident or occurrence report or any information acquired in connection with such review or evaluation except as provided in sub. (3)
All persons, organizations, or evaluators, whether from one or more entities, who review or evaluate the services of health care providers in order to help improve the quality of health care, to avoid improper utilization of the services of health care providers, or to determine the reasonable charges for such services shall keep a record of their investigations, inquiries, proceedings and conclusions. No such record may be released to any person under s. 804.10 (4)
or otherwise except as provided in sub. (3)
. No such record may be used in any civil or criminal action against the health care provider or any other health care provider; however, except for incident or occurrence reports or records from other persons, organizations, or evaluators reviewing or evaluating health care providers, information, documents or records presented during the review or evaluation may not be construed as immune from discovery under s. 804.10 (4)
or use in any civil or criminal action merely because they were so presented. Any person who testifies during or participates in the review or evaluation may testify in any civil or criminal action as to matters within his or her knowledge, but may not testify as to information obtained through his or her participation in the review or evaluation, nor as to any conclusion of such review or evaluation.
An incident or occurrence report may not be used in any civil or criminal action against a health care provider.
Information acquired in connection with the review and evaluation of health care services shall be disclosed and records of such review and evaluation shall be released, with the identity of any patient whose treatment is reviewed being withheld except as permitted under s. 146.82
, in the following circumstances:
To the health care provider whose services are being reviewed or evaluated, upon the request of such provider;
To any person with the consent of the health care provider whose services are being reviewed or evaluated;
To the person requesting the review or evaluation, for use solely for the purpose of improving the quality of health care, avoiding the improper utilization of the services of health care providers, and determining the reasonable charges for such services;
With regard to an action under s. 895.441
, to a court of record after issuance of a subpoena; and
To the appropriate examining or licensing board or agency, when the organization or evaluator conducting the review or evaluation determines that such action is advisable.
Information acquired in connection with the review and evaluation of health care services may be disclosed, and records of such review and evaluation may be released, in statistical form with the consent of the person authorizing or with the authority to authorize the review or evaluation. Information disclosed or records released under this subsection shall not reveal the identity of any patient except as permitted under s. 146.82
Information acquired in connection with the review or evaluation of health care services may be disclosed, and the records of such a review or evaluation released, to any of the following persons, with the consent of the person authorizing or with the authority to authorize the review or evaluation:
The parent, subsidiary, or affiliate organization of a health care provider, as defined in sub. (1) (b) 2.
The parent, subsidiary, or affiliate organization of the employer of a health care provider, as defined in sub. (1) (b) 1.
A record described under sub. (2)
or an incident or occurrence report disclosed either under sub. (3)
or in violation of this section remains confidential and may not be used in any civil or criminal action against the health care provider or any other health care provider.
Any person who discloses information or releases a record in violation of this section, other than through a good faith mistake, is civilly liable therefor to any person harmed by the disclosure or release.
Health care provider specific information acquired by an administrative agency in order to help improve the quality of health care, to avoid the improper utilization of services of health care providers, or to determine the reasonable charges for health care services is exempt from inspection, copying, or receipt under s. 19.35 (1)
The conclusions of a hospital governing body, based on records and conclusions of peer review committees, were not privileged under this section. Good Samaritan Hospital v. Moroney, 123 Wis. 2d 89
, 365 N.W.2d 887
(Ct. App. 1984).
The methodology for determining privileged records under sub. (2) is outlined. Franzen v. Children's Hospital, 169 Wis. 2d 366
, 485 N.W.2d 603
(Ct. App. 1992).
The methodology for determining privileged communications under sub. (1m) is discussed. Mallon v. Campbell, 178 Wis. 2d 278
, 504 N.W.2d 357
(Ct. App. 1993).
Because this section does not provide for the loss of confidentiality due to disclosure to third parties, no waiver exists under this section. Ollman v. Health Care Liability Ins. Co. 178 Wis. 2d 648
, 505 N.W.2d 399
(Ct. App. 1993).
Statistical data regarding a hospital's rates of infection for postoperative patients qualifies as a report in statistical form under sub. (3) (d), 1999 stats., and was subject to discovery. A court need not conduct an in camera inspection to determine if material sought may be released when there is a request for information that on its face is clearly protected by this section. Braverman v. Columbia Hospital, Inc. 2001 WI App 106
, 244 Wis. 2d 98
, 629 N.W.2d 66
The department of health and family services is a person subject to restrictions under sub. (1m) regarding the release of information. Braverman v. Columbia Hospital, Inc. 2001 WI App 106
, 244 Wis. 2d 98
, 629 N.W.2d 66
Site reviews by associations to which local hospitals voluntarily submit for review in order to improve the quality of health care services constitutes peer review, the discovery of which is barred by this section. Hofflander v. St. Catherine's Hospital, Inc. 2003 WI 77
, 262 Wis. 2d 539
, 664 N.W.2d 545
The party asserting the health care services review privilege under sub. (1m) bears the burden of establishing 2 conditions: 1) the investigation must be part of a program organized and operated to improve the quality of health care at the hospital, and 2) the person conducting the investigation must be acting on behalf of, or as part of a group with relatively constant membership, officers, a purpose, and a set of regulations. The privilege did not apply to an investigation conducted by an individual doctor, and not the hospital's peer review committee, that was initiated by the hospital to report a problem to the supervisor of the residency program in which the defendant resident was enrolled, and not to improve the quality of health care at the hospital. Phelps v. Physicians Insurance Company of Wisconsin, Inc. 2005 WI 85
, 282 Wis. 2d 69
, 698 N.W.2d 643
A health care provider cannot rely on this section, conferring a “peer review privilege,” to withhold documents that are relevant to a federal investigation. Because participants in peer review already expect that peer-review materials may be disclosed in certain circumstances, there appears to be nothing to be gained by recognizing the privilege in the limited circumstances presented by this case. United States v. Aurora Health Care, Inc. 91 F. Supp. 3d 1066
Instructional programs for nurse aides; reporting client abuse. 146.40(1)(ad)
“Client" means a person who receives services from an entity.
“Feeding assistant" means an individual who has completed a state-approved training and testing program, as specified by the department by rule, or training, as described in sub. (2m)
, that satisfies the state-approved training requirement, to perform one nursing-related duty, as defined by the department by rule.
“Intermediate care facility for persons with an intellectual disability" has the meaning given for “intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded" under 42 USC 1396d
“Licensed practical nurse" means a licensed practical nurse who is licensed or has a temporary permit under s. 441.10
or who holds a multistate license, as defined in s. 441.51 (2) (h)
, issued in a party state, as defined in s. 441.51 (2) (k)
“Nurse aide" means an individual who performs routine patient care duties delegated by a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse who supervises the individual, for the direct health care of a patient or resident. “Nurse aide" does not mean a feeding assistant, an individual who is licensed, permitted, certified, or registered under ch. 441
, or 460
, or an individual whose duties primarily involve skills that are different than those taught in instructional programs for nurse aides approved under sub. (3)
or evaluated by competency evaluation programs for nurse aides approved under sub. (3m)