DHS 10.23(6)(d)2.b. b. Determining the extent to which the resource center is improving its performance on measurable indicators identified by the resource center in its current quality improvement plan.
DHS 10.23(6)(d)2.c. c. Evaluating the effects of providing long-term care options counseling and choice counseling under this section.
DHS 10.23(6)(d)2.d. d. Evaluating the effects for enrollees and cost-effectiveness of providing the family care benefit.
DHS 10.23(6)(d)3. 3. Submit to the department all reports and data required or requested by the department, in the format and timeframe specified by the department.
DHS 10.23(6)(e) (e) Internal quality assurance and quality improvement. Implement an internal quality assurance and quality improvement program that meets the requirements of its contract with the department. As part of the program, the resource center shall do all of the following:
DHS 10.23(6)(e)1. 1. Develop and implement a written quality assurance and quality improvement plan designed to ensure and improve outcomes for its target population. The plan shall be approved by the department and shall include at least all of the following components:
DHS 10.23(6)(e)1.a. a. Identification of performance goals, specific to the needs of the resource center's customers, including any goals specified by the department.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)1.b. b. Identification of objective and measurable indicators of whether the identified goals are being achieved, including any indicators specified by the department.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)1.c. c. Identification of timelines within which goals will be achieved.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)1.d. d. Description of the process that the resource center will use to gather feedback from the resource center's customers and staff and other sources on the quality and effectiveness of the resource center's performance.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)1.e. e. Description of the process the resource center will use to monitor and act on the results and feedback received.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)1.f. f. A process for regularly updating the plan, including a description of the process the resource center will use for annually assessing the effectiveness of the quality assurance and quality improvement plan and the impact of its implementation on outcomes.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)2. 2. Measure resource center performance, using standard measures as required by its contract with the department, and report its findings on these measurements to the department.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)3. 3. Achieve minimum performance levels and performance improvement levels, as demonstrated by standardized measures agreed to in its contract with the department.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)4. 4. Initiate performance improvement projects that examine aspects of services related to improving resource center quality. These projects shall include all of the following:
DHS 10.23(6)(e)4.a. a. Measuring performance.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)4.b. b. Implementing system interventions.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)4.c. c. Evaluating the effectiveness of the interventions.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)4.d. d. Planning for sustained or increased improvement in performance based on the findings of the evaluation.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)5. 5. Comply with quality standards for services included in the resource center's contract with the department in all of the following areas:
DHS 10.23(6)(e)5.a. a. Timeliness and accuracy of the functional screen and financial eligibility and cost-sharing screen.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)5.b. b. Timely and accurate eligibility determination and enrollment procedures.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)5.c. c. Information and assistance services and long-term care options counseling.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)5.d. d. Protection of applicant rights.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)5.e. e. Effective processes for considering and acting on complaints and resolving grievances of applicants and other persons who use resource center services.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)5.f. f. Services to minority, rural and institutionalized populations.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)6. 6. Report all data required by the department related to standardized measures of performance, in the timeframes and format specified by the department.
DHS 10.23(6)(e)7. 7. Cooperate with the department in evaluating outcomes and in developing and implementing plans to sustain and improve performance.
DHS 10.23(6)(f) (f) Cooperation with external reviews. Cooperate with any review of resource center activities by the department, another state agency or the federal government.
DHS 10.23(7) (7) Confidentiality and exchange of information. No record, as defined in s. 19.32 (2), Stats., of a resource center that contains personally identifiable information, as defined in s. 19.62 (5), Stats., concerning an individual who receives services from the resource center may be disclosed by the resource center without the individual's informed consent, except as follows:
DHS 10.23(7)(a) (a) A resource center shall provide information as required to comply with s. 16.009 (2) (p) or 49.45 (4), Stats., or as necessary for the department to administer the family care program under ss. 46.2805 to 46.2895, Stats.
DHS 10.23(7)(b) (b) Notwithstanding ss. 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22, 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c) and 938.78 (2) (a), Stats., and except as provided in sub. (2) (d) 2., a resource center may exchange confidential information about a client without the informed consent of the client, in the county of the resource center, if the exchange of information is necessary to enable the resource center to perform its duties or to coordinate the delivery of services to the client, as authorized under s. 46.21 (2m) (c), 46.215 (1m), 46.22 (1) (dm), 46.23 (3) (e), 46.284 (7), 46.2895 (10), 51.42 (3) (e) or 51.437 (4r) (b), Stats.
DHS 10.23 History History: Cr. Register, October, 2000, No. 538, eff. 11-1-00; CR 04-040: am. (2) (d) 1., (3) (a) 2. (intro.) Register November 2004 No. 587, eff. 12-1-04; correction in (7) (b) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register November 2008 No. 635; EmR0834: emerg. am. (2) (d) 2., eff. 11-3-08; CR 08-109: am. (2) (d) 2. Register June 2009 No. 642, eff. 7-1-09; correction in (6) (b) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register November 2009 No. 647.
DHS 10.24 DHS 10.24 Department responsibilities for monitoring resource center quality and operations.
DHS 10.24(1)(1)Monitoring. The department shall monitor the performance and operations of the resource center in all of the following areas:
DHS 10.24(1)(a) (a) Providing information about long-term care options to persons who could benefit from the information and linking persons to needed services, including family care, when eligible.
DHS 10.24(1)(b) (b) Respecting individuals' rights and dignity and giving consumers a strong role in program and policy development.
DHS 10.24(1)(c) (c) Providing early intervention and prevention services.
DHS 10.24(2) (2) Indicators. In order to monitor the performance of the resource center, the department shall develop and use indicators to measure and assess the performance of the resource center in the areas specified in sub. (1). The department shall use indicators to compare performance both within and across resource centers and against other programs in order to enable resource centers to improve the quality of their services. Where possible, the department shall measure indicators against available or created benchmarks and evaluate the resource centers' performance.
DHS 10.24(3) (3) Measurement indicators. The department shall measure at least the following indicators:
DHS 10.24(3)(a) (a) Information and assistance contacts and follow-ups:
DHS 10.24(3)(b) (b) Persons who have received enrollment counseling who subsequently enroll in family care or who subsequently receive non-family care medical assistance-funded long-term care services.
DHS 10.24(3)(c) (c) Referrals for, and timeliness of, pre-admission consultation under s. 46.283 (4) (g), Stats., and the functional screening.
DHS 10.24(3)(d) (d) Referrals for medical assistance, supplemental security income, including the increased or exceptional payments, and food stamps.
DHS 10.24(3)(e) (e) Referrals for emergency help, protective services, and other long-term care services.
DHS 10.24(3)(f) (f) Grievances, appeals and fair hearings and their disposition.
DHS 10.24(4) (4) Assessment indicators. The department shall use the following indicators to assess the performance of the resource center:
DHS 10.24(4)(a) (a) Fair treatment.
DHS 10.24(4)(b) (b) Consumer satisfaction.
DHS 10.24(4)(c) (c) Consumer involvement in the planning and governance of the resource center.
DHS 10.24(4)(d) (d) Collaborative arrangements with community agencies whose services are focused on preventing loss of health or the capacity to function independently in performing activities of daily living.
DHS 10.24(5) (5) Cost-effectiveness. The department shall measure resource center cost-effectiveness in carrying out its program responsibilities.
DHS 10.24(6) (6) Required referrals. The department shall measure compliance with requirements for referrals to the resource center under subch. VII.
DHS 10.24(7) (7) Functional screening accuracy and reliability. The department shall measure the accuracy and reliability of functional screenings, including whether screens result in payment of appropriate rates to CMOs.
DHS 10.24 History History: Cr. Register, October, 2000, No. 538, eff. 11-1-00; CR 04-040: am. (3) (c) and (f) and (7) Register November 2004 No. 587, eff. 12-1-04.
subch. III of ch. DHS 10 Subchapter III — Access to the Family Care Benefit
DHS 10.31 DHS 10.31 Application and eligibility determination.
DHS 10.31(1)(1)Definition. In this section, “agency" means any county agency, or any resource center that is not a county agency, that is responsible for all or part of determination of functional, financial, and other conditions of eligibility for the family care benefit.
DHS 10.31(2) (2) General requirement. Application for the family care benefit shall be made and reviewed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
DHS 10.31(3) (3) Access to information. The agency shall provide information to persons inquiring about or applying for the family care benefit as required under s. DHS 10.23 (2) (c) and (h).
DHS 10.31(4) (4) Application.
DHS 10.31(4)(a)(a) Making application. Any person may apply for a family care benefit on a form prescribed by the department and available from a resource center. Application shall be made to the agency serving the county, tribe or family care district in which the person resides. Application may not be made to an agency in a county or tribe in which the family care benefit is not available.
DHS 10.31(4)(b) (b) Signing the application. The applicant or the applicant's legal guardian, authorized representative or, where the applicant is incapacitated, someone acting responsibly for the applicant, shall sign each application form in the presence of a representative of the agency. The signatures of 2 witnesses are required when the applicant signs the application with a mark.
DHS 10.31 Note Note: This provision allows anyone acting responsibly for a person who is incapacitated to begin the application process for financial assistance with the costs of long-term care services. Other decisions regarding receipt of health or long-term care services, including placement in a long-term care facility, require consent of the individual or authorization by a person or court with the specific authority to make treatment or placement decisions.
DHS 10.31(5) (5) Verification of information. An application for the family care benefit shall be denied when the applicant or enrollee is able to produce required verifications but refuses or fails to do so. If the applicant or enrollee is not able to produce verifications or requires assistance to do so, the agency taking the application may not deny assistance but shall proceed immediately to assist the person to secure necessary verifications.
DHS 10.31(6) (6) Eligibility determination.
DHS 10.31(6)(a)(a) Decision date. Except as provided in par. (b), as soon as practicable, but not later than 30 days from the date the agency receives an application that includes at least the applicant's name, address, unless the applicant is homeless, and signature, the agency shall determine the applicant's eligibility and cost sharing requirements for the family care benefit, using a functional screening and a financial eligibility and cost-sharing screening prescribed by the department. If the applicant is a family care spouse, the agency shall notify both spouses in accordance with the requirements of s. 49.455 (7), Stats.
DHS 10.31(6)(b) (b) Notice. The agency shall notify the applicant in writing of its determination. If a delay in processing the application occurs because of a delay in securing necessary information, the agency shall notify the applicant in writing that there is a delay in processing the application, specify the reason for the delay, and inform the applicant of his or her right to appeal the delay by requesting a fair hearing under s. DHS 10.55.
DHS 10.31(7) (7) Enrollment. The agency shall complete and transmit, as directed by the department, all enrollment forms and materials required to enroll persons who are eligible and who choose to enroll in a care management organization.
DHS 10.31(8) (8) Fraud. When the agency director or designee has reason to believe that an applicant or enrollee, or the representative of an applicant or enrollee, has committed fraud, the agency director or designee shall refer the case to the district attorney.
DHS 10.31 History History: Cr. Register, October, 2000, No. 538, eff. 11-1-00; CR 04-040: am. (6) (a) Register November 2004 No. 587, eff. 12-1-04.
DHS 10.32 DHS 10.32 General conditions of eligibility.
DHS 10.32(1)(1)Conditions. To be eligible for the family care benefit, a person shall meet all of the following conditions:
DHS 10.32(1)(a) (a) Age. The person is at least 18 years of age or will attain the age of 18 years on any day of the calendar month in which the person applies.
DHS 10.32(1)(b) (b) Residency. The person is a resident of a county, family care district or service area of a tribe in which the family care benefit is available through a care management organization. This requirement does not apply to a person who is either of the following:
DHS 10.32(1)(b)1. 1. An enrollee who was a resident of the county, family care district or tribal area when he or she enrolled in family care, but currently resides in a long-term care facility outside the service area of the CMO under a plan of care approved by the CMO.
DHS 10.32(1)(b)2. 2. An applicant who, on the date that the family care benefit first became available in the county, was receiving services in a long-term care facility funded under any of the programs specified under s. DHS 10.33 (3) (c) administered by that county.
DHS 10.32(1)(c) (c) Family care target group. The person has a physical disability, is a frail elder, or has a developmental disability.
DHS 10.32(1)(d) (d) Functional eligibility. The person meets the functional eligibility conditions under s. DHS 10.33.
DHS 10.32(1)(e) (e) Financial eligibility. The person meets the financial eligibility conditions under s. DHS 10.34.
DHS 10.32(1)(f) (f) Cost sharing. The person pays any cost sharing obligations as required under s. DHS 10.34 (4).
DHS 10.32(1)(g) (g) Acceptance of medical assistance if eligible. If the person is eligible for medical assistance, he or she applies for and accepts the medical assistance.
DHS 10.32(1)(h) (h) Other non-financial conditions. The person meets the nonfinancial conditions of eligibility for medical assistance under s. DHS 103.03 (2) to (9).
DHS 10.32(1)(i) (i) Divestment. The person is not currently ineligible for the family care benefit, under the provisions of ss. 49.453 and 49.454 (2) (c) and (3) (b), Stats., and s. DHS 103.065 because he or she divested assets. The divestment provisions of ss. 49.453, 49.454 (2) (c) and (3) (b), Stats., and s. DHS 103.065 apply to all family care applicants and enrollees, regardless of whether they are eligible for medical assistance.
DHS 10.32(2) (2) Provision of necessary information. A client or person acting on behalf of a client shall provide full, correct and truthful information necessary to determine family care eligibility, entitlement status and cost sharing requirements, including the following:
DHS 10.32(2)(a) (a) A declaration of assets on a form prescribed by the department.
DHS 10.32(2)(b) (b) A declaration of income on a form prescribed by the department.
DHS 10.32(2)(c) (c) Information related to the person's health and functional status, as required by the department.
DHS 10.32(3) (3) Reporting of changes required. An enrollee shall report to the county agency any change in circumstances that would affect his or her eligibility under this section, including income and asset changes that would affect cost sharing obligations, as specified under s. DHS 10.34 (3) (f).
Published under s. 35.93, Stats. Updated on the first day of each month. Entire code is always current. The Register date on each page is the date the chapter was last published.