50.03(3)(b)3. 3. If any person named in response to subd. 1. or 2. is a partnership, then each partner.
50.03(3)(b)3L. 3L. If any person named in response to subd. 1. or 2. is a limited liability company, then each member.
50.03(3)(b)4. 4. If any person named in response to subd. 1. or 2. is a corporation, then each officer and director of the corporation. In the case of a corporation required to report under section 12 of the securities exchange act, a copy of that report shall meet the requirements of this subdivision with respect to stockholders of the corporation. A report filed under this subdivision shall be the most recent report required to be filed under section 12 of the federal securities exchange act.
50.03(3)(c) (c) If any person named in response to par. (b) 2. is a bank, credit union, savings bank, savings and loan association, investment association or insurance corporation, it is sufficient to name the entity involved without providing the information required under par. (b) 4.
50.03(3)(d) (d) The licensee shall promptly report any changes which affect the continuing accuracy and completeness of the information required under par. (b).
50.03(3)(e) (e) Failure by a nursing home to provide the information required under this subsection shall constitute a class "C" violation under s. 50.04 (4).
50.03(3)(f) (f) Community-based residential facilities shall report all formal complaints regarding their operation filed under sub. (2) (f) and the disposition of each when reporting under sub. (4) (c) 1.
50.03(4) (4)Issuance of license.
50.03(4)(a)1.a.a. Except as provided in sub. (4m) (a), the department shall issue a license for a nursing home if it finds the applicant to be fit and qualified and if it finds that the nursing home meets the requirements established by this subchapter and, as applicable, requirements under 42 CFR 483 related to the operation of a nursing home. The department, or its designee, shall make such inspections and investigations as are necessary to determine the conditions existing in each case and shall file written reports. The department shall promulgate rules defining "fit and qualified" for the purposes of this subd. 1. a.
50.03(4)(a)1.b. b. Except as provided in sub. (4m) (b), the department shall issue a license for a community-based residential facility if it finds the applicant to be fit and qualified, if it finds that the community-based residential facility meets the requirements established by this subchapter and if the community-based residential facility has paid the license fee under s. 50.037 (2) (a). In determining whether to issue a license for a community-based residential facility, the department may consider any action by the applicant or by an employee of the applicant that constitutes a substantial failure by the applicant or employee to protect and promote the health, safety or welfare of a resident. The department may deny licensure to or revoke licensure for any person who conducted, maintained, operated or permitted to be maintained or operated a community-based residential facility for which licensure was revoked. The department, or its designee, shall make such inspections and investigations as are necessary to determine the conditions existing in each case and shall file written reports. In reviewing the report of a community-based residential facility that is required to be submitted under par. (c) 1., the department shall consider all complaints filed under sub. (2) (f) since initial license issuance or since the last review, whichever is later, and the disposition of each. The department shall promulgate rules defining "fit and qualified" for the purposes of this subd. 1. b.
50.03(4)(a)2. 2. The past record of violations of applicable laws and regulations of the United States or of this or any other state, in the operation of a residential or health care facility, or in any other health-related activity by any of the persons listed in sub. (3) (b) shall be relevant to the issue of the fitness of an applicant for a license.
50.03(4)(a)3. 3. Within 10 working days after receipt of an application for initial licensure of a community-based residential facility, the department shall notify the city, town or village planning commission, or other appropriate city, town or village agency if there is no planning commission, of receipt of the application. The department shall request that the planning commission or agency send to the department, within 30 days, a description of any specific hazards which may affect the health and safety of the residents of the community-based residential facility. No license may be granted to a community-based residential facility until the 30-day period has expired or until the department receives the response of the planning commission or agency, whichever is sooner. In granting a license the department shall give full consideration to such hazards determined by the planning commission or agency.
50.03(4)(c)1.1. A community-based residential facility license is valid until it is revoked or suspended under this section. Every 24 months, on a schedule determined by the department, a community-based residential facility licensee shall submit a biennial report in the form and containing the information that the department requires, including payment of the fees required under s. 50.037 (2) (a). If a complete biennial report is not timely filed, the department shall issue a warning to the licensee. The department may revoke a community-based residential facility license for failure to timely and completely report within 60 days after the report date established under the schedule determined by the department.
50.03(4)(c)2. 2. A nursing home license is valid until it is revoked or suspended under this section. Every 12 months, on a schedule determined by the department, a nursing home licensee shall submit a report in the form and containing the information that the department requires, including payment of the fee required under s. 50.135 (2) (a). If a complete report is not timely filed, the department shall issue a warning to the licensee. The department may revoke a nursing home license for failure to timely and completely report within 60 days after the report date established under the schedule determined by the department.
50.03(4)(d) (d) Immediately upon the denial of any application for a license under this section, the department shall notify the applicant in writing. Notice of denial shall include a clear and concise statement of the violations on which denial is based and notice of the opportunity for a hearing under s. 227.44. If the applicant desires to contest the denial of a license it shall provide written notice to the department of a request for a hearing within 10 days after receipt of the notice of denial.
50.03(4)(e) (e) Each license shall be issued only for the premises and persons named in the application and is not transferable or assignable. The license shall be posted in a place readily visible to residents and visitors, such as the lobby or reception area of the facility. Any license granted shall state the number of the facility's beds that are licensed by the department, the person to whom the license is granted, the date of issuance, the maximum level of care for which the facility is licensed as a condition of its licensure and such additional information and special conditions as the department may prescribe.
50.03(4)(f) (f) The issuance or continuance of a license after notice of a violation has been sent shall not constitute a waiver by the department of its power to rely on the violation as the basis for subsequent license revocation or other enforcement action under this subchapter arising out of the notice of violation.
50.03(4)(g) (g) Prior to initial licensure of a community-based residential facility, the applicant for licensure shall make a good faith effort to establish a community advisory committee consisting of representatives from the proposed community-based residential facility, the neighborhood in which the proposed community-based residential facility will be located and a local unit of government. The community advisory committee shall provide a forum for communication for those persons interested in the proposed community-based residential facility. Any committee established under this paragraph shall continue in existence after licensure to make recommendations to the licensee regarding the impact of the community-based residential facility on the neighborhood. The department shall determine compliance with this paragraph both prior to and after initial licensure.
50.03(4m) (4m)Probationary license.
50.03(4m)(a)(a) If the applicant for licensure as a nursing home has not been previously licensed under this subchapter or if the nursing home is not in operation at the time application is made, the department shall issue a probationary license. A probationary license shall be valid for 12 months from the date of issuance unless sooner suspended or revoked under sub. (5). Prior to the expiration of a probationary license, the department shall inspect the nursing home and, if the nursing home meets the applicable requirements for licensure and, if applicable, substantially complies with requirements under 42 CFR 483 related to the operation of a nursing home, shall issue a regular license under sub. (4) (a) 1. a. If the department finds that the nursing home does not meet the requirements for licensure or does not substantially comply with requirements under 42 CFR 483 related to the operation of a nursing home, the department may not issue a regular license under sub. (4) (a) 1. a.
50.03(4m)(b) (b) If the applicant for licensure as a community-based residential facility has not been previously licensed under this subchapter or if the community-based residential facility is not in operation at the time application is made, the department shall issue a probationary license, except that the department may deny licensure to any person who conducted, maintained, operated or permitted to be maintained or operated a community-based residential facility for which licensure was revoked within 5 years before application is made. A probationary license shall be valid for up to 12 months from the date of issuance unless sooner suspended or revoked under sub. (5g). Prior to the expiration of a probationary license, the department shall evaluate the community-based residential facility. In evaluating the community-based residential facility, the department may conduct an inspection of the community-based residential facility. If, after the department evaluates the community-based residential facility, the department finds that the community-based residential facility meets the applicable requirements for licensure, the department shall issue a regular license under sub. (4) (a) 1. b. If the department finds that the community-based residential facility does not meet the requirements for licensure, the department may not issue a regular license under sub. (4) (a) 1. b.
50.03(5) (5)Suspension and revocation of nursing home licenses.
50.03(5)(a)(a) Power of department. The department, after notice to a nursing home applicant or licensee, may suspend or revoke a license in any case in which the department finds that the nursing home has substantially failed to comply with the applicable requirements of this subchapter and the rules promulgated under this subchapter, with s. 49.498, or with requirements under 42 CFR 483 related to the operation of a nursing home. No state or federal funds passing through the state treasury may be paid to a nursing home that does not have a valid license issued under this section.
50.03(5)(b) (b) Form of notice. Notice under this subsection shall include a clear and concise statement of the violations on which the revocation is based, the statute, rule, or federal requirement violated and notice of the opportunity for an evidentiary hearing under par. (c).
50.03(5)(c) (c) Contest of revocation. If a nursing home desires to contest the revocation of a license, the nursing home shall, within 10 days after receipt of notice under par. (b), notify the department in writing of its request for a hearing under s. 227.44. The department shall hold the hearing within 30 days of receipt of such notice and shall send notice to the nursing home of the hearing as provided under s. 227.44 (2).
50.03(5)(d) (d) Effective date of revocation.
50.03(5)(d)1.1. Subject to s. 227.51 (3), revocation under this subsection shall become effective on the date set by the department in the notice of revocation, or upon final action after hearing under ch. 227, or after court action if a stay is granted under sub. (11), whichever is later.
50.03(5)(d)3. 3. The department may extend the effective date of license revocation in any case in order to permit orderly removal and relocation of residents of the nursing home.
50.03(5g) (5g)Sanctions and penalties for community-based residential facilities.
50.03(5g)(a)(a) In this subsection, "licensee" means a community-based residential facility that is licensed under sub. (4) or (4m) (b).
50.03(5g)(b) (b) If, based on an investigation made by the department, the department provides to a community-based residential facility written notice of the grounds for a sanction, an explanation of the types of sanctions that the department may impose under this subsection and an explanation of the process for appealing a sanction imposed under this subsection, the department may order any of the following sanctions:
50.03(5g)(b)1. 1. That a person stop conducting, maintaining or operating the community-based residential facility if the community-based residential facility is without a valid license or probationary license in violation of sub. (1).
50.03(5g)(b)2. 2. That, within 30 days after the date of the order, the community-based residential facility terminate the employment of any employed person who conducted, maintained, operated or permitted to be maintained or operated a community-based residential facility for which licensure was revoked before issuance of the department's order. This subdivision includes employment of a person in any capacity, whether as an officer, director, agent or employee of the community-based residential facility.
50.03(5g)(b)3. 3. That a licensee stop violating any provision of licensure applicable to a community-based residential facility under sub. (4) or (4m) or of rules relating to community-based residential facilities promulgated by the department under sub. (4) or (4m).
50.03(5g)(b)4. 4. That a licensee submit a plan of correction for violation of any provision of licensure applicable to a community-based residential facility under sub. (4) or (4m) or of a rule relating to community-based residential facilities promulgated by the department under sub. (4) or (4m).
50.03(5g)(b)5. 5. That a licensee implement and comply with a plan of correction previously submitted by the licensee and approved by the department.
50.03(5g)(b)6. 6. That a licensee implement and comply with a plan of correction that is developed by the department.
50.03(5g)(b)7. 7. That a licensee accept no additional residents until all violations are corrected.
50.03(5g)(b)8. 8. That a licensee provide training in one or more specific areas for all of the licensee's staff or for specific staff members.
50.03(5g)(c) (c) If the department provides to a community-based residential facility written notice of the grounds for a sanction or penalty, an explanation of the types of sanctions or penalties that the department may impose under this subsection and an explanation of the process for appealing a sanction or penalty imposed under this subsection, the department may impose any of the following against a licensee or other person who violates the applicable provisions of this section or rules promulgated under the applicable provisions of this section or who fails to comply with an order issued under par. (b) by the time specified in the order:
50.03(5g)(c)1. 1. A daily forfeiture amount per violation of not less than $10 nor more than $1,000 for each violation, with each day of violation constituting a separate offense. All of the following apply to a forfeiture under this subdivision:
50.03(5g)(c)1.a. a. Within the limits specified in this subdivision, the department may, by rule, set daily forfeiture amounts and payment deadlines based on the size and type of community-based residential facility and the seriousness of the violation. The department may set daily forfeiture amounts that increase periodically within the statutory limits if there is continued failure to comply with an order issued under par. (b).
50.03(5g)(c)1.b. b. The department may directly assess a forfeiture imposed under this subdivision by specifying the amount of that forfeiture in the notice provided under this paragraph.
50.03(5g)(c)1.c. c. All forfeitures shall be paid to the department within 10 days after receipt of notice of assessment or, if the forfeiture is contested under par. (f), within 10 days after receipt of the final decision after exhaustion of administrative review, unless the final decision is appealed and the order is stayed by court order under s. 50.03 (11). The department shall remit all forfeitures paid under this subdivision to the secretary of administration for deposit in the school fund.
50.03(5g)(c)1.d. d. The attorney general may bring an action in the name of the state to collect any forfeiture imposed under this subdivision if the forfeiture has not been paid following the exhaustion of all administrative and judicial reviews. The only issue to be contested in any such action shall be whether the forfeiture has been paid.
50.03(5g)(c)2. 2. Suspension of licensure for the community-based residential facility for 14 days.
50.03(5g)(c)3. 3. Revocation of licensure, as specified in pars. (d) to (g).
50.03(5g)(cm) (cm) If the department imposes a sanction on or takes other enforcement action against a community-based residential facility for a violation of this subchapter or rules promulgated under it, and the department subsequently conducts an on-site inspection of the community-based residential facility to review the community-based residential facility's action to correct the violation, the department may impose a $200 inspection fee on the community-based residential facility.
50.03(5g)(d) (d) Under the procedure specified in par. (e), the department may revoke a license for a licensee for any of the following reasons:
50.03(5g)(d)1. 1. The department has imposed a sanction or penalty on the licensee under par. (c) and the licensee continues to violate or resumes violation of a provision of licensure under sub. (4) or (4m), a rule promulgated under this subchapter or an order issued under par. (b) that forms any part of the basis for the penalty.
50.03(5g)(d)2. 2. The licensee or a person under the supervision of the licensee has substantially violated a provision of licensure applicable to a community-based residential facility under sub. (4) or (4m), a rule relating to community-based residential facilities promulgated under this subchapter or an order issued under par. (b).
50.03(5g)(d)3. 3. The licensee or a person under the supervision of the licensee has acted in relation to or has created a condition relating to the operation or maintenance of the community-based residential facility that directly threatens the health, safety or welfare of a resident of the community-based residential facility.
50.03(5g)(d)4. 4. The licensee or a person under the supervision of the licensee has repeatedly violated the same or similar provisions of licensure under sub. (4) or (4m), rules promulgated under this subchapter or orders issued under par. (b).
50.03(5g)(e)1.1. The department may revoke a license for a licensee for the reason specified in par. (d) 1., 2., 3. or 4. if the department provides the licensee with written notice of revocation, the grounds for the revocation and an explanation of the process for appealing the revocation, at least 30 days before the date of revocation. The department may revoke the license only if the violation remains substantially uncorrected on the date of revocation or license expiration.
50.03(5g)(e)2. 2. The department may revoke a license for a licensee for the reason specified in par. (d) 2. or 3. immediately if the department provides the licensee with written notice of revocation, the grounds for the revocation and an explanation of the process for appealing the revocation.
50.03(5g)(e)3. 3. The department may deny a license for a licensee whose license was revoked under this paragraph.
50.03(5g)(f) (f) If a community-based residential facility desires to contest the revocation of a license or to contest the imposing of a sanction under this subsection, the community-based residential facility shall, within 10 days after receipt of notice under par. (e), notify the department in writing of its request for a hearing under s. 227.44. The department shall hold the hearing within 30 days after receipt of such notice and shall send notice to the community-based residential facility of the hearing as provided under s. 227.44 (2).
50.03(5g)(g)1.1. Subject to s. 227.51 (3), revocation shall become effective on the date set by the department in the notice of revocation, or upon final action after hearing under ch. 227, or after court action if a stay is granted under sub. (11), whichever is later.
50.03(5g)(g)3. 3. The department may extend the effective date of license revocation in any case in order to permit orderly removal and relocation of residents.
50.03(5m) (5m)Resident removal.
50.03(5m)(a)(a) Departmental authority. The department may remove any resident from any facility required to be licensed under this chapter when any of the following conditions exist:
50.03(5m)(a)1. 1. Such facility is operating without a license.
50.03(5m)(a)2. 2. The department has suspended or revoked the existing license of the facility as provided under sub. (5).
50.03(5m)(a)3. 3. The department has initiated revocation procedures under sub. (5) and has determined that the lives, health, safety, or welfare of the resident cannot be adequately assured pending a full hearing on license revocation under sub. (5).
50.03(5m)(a)4. 4. The facility has requested the aid of the department in the removal of the resident and the department finds that the resident consents to removal or that the removal is made for valid medical reasons or for the welfare of the resident or of other residents.
50.03(5m)(a)5. 5. The facility is closing, intends to close or is changing its type or level of services or means of reimbursement accepted and will relocate at least 5 residents or 5% of the residents, whichever is greater.
50.03(5m)(a)6. 6. The department determines that an emergency exists which requires immediate removal of the resident. An emergency is a situation, physical condition or one or more practices, methods or operations which presents imminent danger of death or serious physical or mental harm to a resident of a facility.
50.03(5m)(b) (b) Removal decision. In deciding to remove a resident from a facility under this subsection, the department shall balance the likelihood of serious harm to the resident which may result from the removal against the likelihood of serious harm which may result if the resident remains in the facility.
50.03(5m)(c) (c) Relocation. The department shall offer removal and relocation assistance to residents removed under this section, including information on available alternative placements. Residents shall be involved in planning the removal and shall choose among the available alternative placements, except that where an emergency situation makes prior resident involvement impossible the department may make a temporary placement until a final placement can be arranged. Residents may choose their final alternative placement and shall be given assistance in transferring to such place. No resident may be forced to remain in a temporary or permanent placement except pursuant under s. 55.06, 2003 stats., or an order under s. 55.12 for protective placement. Where the department makes or participates in making the relocation decision, consideration shall be given to proximity to residents' relatives and friends.
50.03(5m)(d) (d) Transfer trauma mitigation. The department shall prepare resident removal plans and transfer trauma mitigation care plans to assure safe and orderly removals and protect residents' health, safety, welfare and rights. In nonemergency situations, and where possible in emergency situations, the department shall design transfer trauma mitigation care plans for the individual resident and implement such care in advance of removal. The resident shall be provided with opportunity for 3 visits to potential alternative placements prior to removal, except where medically contraindicated or where the need for immediate removal requires reduction in the number of visits.
50.03(5m)(e) (e) Relocation teams. The department may place relocation teams in any facility from which residents are being removed, discharged or transferred for any reason, for the purpose of implementing removal plans and training the staffs of transferring and receiving facilities in transfer trauma mitigation.
50.03(5m)(f) (f) Nonemergency removal procedures. In any removal conducted under par. (a) 1. to 5., the department shall provide written notice to the facility and to any resident sought to be removed, to the resident's guardian, if any, and to a member of the resident's family, where practicable, prior to the removal. The notice shall state the basis for the order of removal and shall inform the facility and the resident or the resident's guardian, if any, of their right to a hearing prior to removal. The facility and the resident or the resident's guardian, if any, shall advise the department within 10 working days following receipt of notice if a hearing is requested.
50.03(5m)(g) (g) Emergency removal procedures. In any removal conducted under par. (a) 6. the department shall notify the facility and any resident to be removed that an emergency situation has been found to exist and removal has been ordered, and shall involve the residents in removal planning if possible. Following emergency removal, the department shall provide written notice to the facility, to the resident, to the resident's guardian, if any, and to a member of the resident's family, where practicable, of the basis for the finding that an emergency existed and of the right to challenge removal under par. (h).
50.03(5m)(h) (h) Hearing. Within 10 days following removal under par. (g), the facility may send a written request for a hearing to challenge the removal to the department. The department shall hold the hearing within 30 days of receipt of the request. Where the challenge is by a resident, the hearing shall be held prior to removal at a location convenient to the resident. At the hearing, the burden of proving that a factual basis existed for removal under par. (a) shall rest on the department. If the facility prevails, it shall be reimbursed by the department for payments lost less expenses saved as a result of the removal and the department shall assist the resident in returning to the facility, if assistance is requested. No resident removed may be held liable for the charge for care which would have been made had the resident remained in the facility. The department shall assume this liability, if any. If a resident prevails after hearing, the department shall reimburse the resident for any excess expenses directly caused by the order to remove.
50.03(5m)(i) (i) County as agent. The department may authorize the county in which the facility is located to carry out, under the department's supervision, any powers and duties conferred upon the department in this subsection.
50.03(7) (7)Right of injunction.
50.03(7)(a)(a) Licensed facility. Notwithstanding the existence or pursuit of any other remedy, the department may, upon the advice of the attorney general, maintain an action in the name of the state in the circuit court for injunction or other process against any licensee, owner, operator, administrator or representative of any owner of a facility to restrain and enjoin the repeated violation of any of the provisions of this subchapter, rules promulgated by the department under this subchapter, or requirements under 42 CFR 483 related to the operation of a nursing home where the violation affects the health, safety or welfare of the residents.
50.03(7)(b) (b) Unlicensed facility. Notwithstanding the existence or pursuit of any other remedy, the department may, upon the advice of the attorney general, maintain an action in the name of the state for injunction or other process against any person or agency to restrain or prevent the establishment, management or operation of any facility required to be licensed under this section without a license.
50.03(7)(c) (c) Enforcement by counties maintaining inspection programs. The county board of any county conducting inspections under sub. (2) (b) may, upon notifying the department that a facility is in violation of this subchapter or the rules promulgated under this subchapter, authorize the district attorney to maintain an action in the name of the state in circuit court for injunction or other process against the facility, its owner, operator, administrator or representative, to restrain and enjoin repeated violations where the violations affect the health, safety or welfare of the residents.
50.03(9) (9)Exception for churches opposed to medical treatment. Nothing in this section shall be so construed as to give authority to supervise or regulate or control the remedial care or treatment of individual patients who are adherents of a church or religious denomination which subscribes to the act of healing by prayer and the principles of which are opposed to medical treatment and who are residents in any facility operated by a member or members, or by an association or corporation composed of members of such church or religious denomination, if the facility admits only adherents of such church or denomination and is so designated; nor shall the existence of any of the above conditions alone militate against the licensing of such a home or institution. Such facility shall comply with all rules and regulations relating to sanitation and safety of the premises and be subject to inspection thereof. Nothing in this subsection shall modify or repeal any laws, rules and regulations governing the control of communicable diseases.
50.03(10) (10)Uniform accounting system. The department shall establish a uniform classification of accounts and accounting procedures for each level of licensure which shall be based on generally accepted accounting principles and which reflect the allocation of revenues and expenses by primary functions, to be used by the department in carrying out this subsection and s. 49.45. Each facility subject to this subsection or s. 49.45 shall satisfactorily establish with the department by a date set by the department that it has instituted the uniform accounting system as required in this subsection or is making suitable progress in the establishment of each system.
50.03(11) (11)Judicial review.
50.03(11)(a)(a) All administrative remedies shall be exhausted before an agency determination under this subchapter shall be subject to judicial review. Final decisions after hearing shall be subject to judicial review exclusively as provided in s. 227.52, except that any petition for review of department action under this chapter shall be filed within 15 days after receipt of notice of the final agency determination.
50.03(11)(b) (b) The court may stay enforcement under s. 227.54 of the department's final decision if a showing is made that there is a substantial probability that the party seeking review will prevail on the merits and will suffer irreparable harm if a stay is not granted, and that the facility will meet the requirements of this subchapter and the rules promulgated under this subchapter during such stay. Where a stay is granted the court may impose such conditions on the granting of the stay as may be necessary to safeguard the lives, health, rights, safety and welfare of residents, and to assure compliance by the facility with the requirements of this subchapter.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 380 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before June 30, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after July 1, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 7-1-14)