Register January 2019 No. 757
Chapter DHS 108
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
DHS 108.01   Safeguarded information.
DHS 108.02   Department rights and responsibilities.
DHS 108.03   County responsibilities.
Ch. DHS 108 Note Note: Chapter HSS 108 was renumbered Chapter HFS 108 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, January, 1997, No. 493. Chapter HFS 108 was renumbered to chapter DHS 108 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register December 2008 No. 636.
DHS 108.01 DHS 108.01Safeguarded information.
DHS 108.01(1)(1)Except for purposes directly related to direct program administration, the department may not use or disclose any information concerning past or present applicants and recipients of MA.
DHS 108.01(2) (2)In this section, “direct program administration" means:
DHS 108.01(2)(a) (a) Determining initial eligibility of the applicant and continuing eligibility of the recipient;
DHS 108.01(2)(b) (b) Determining appropriate services to be covered;
DHS 108.01(2)(c) (c) Providing services for recipients;
DHS 108.01(2)(d) (d) Processing provider claims for reimbursement;
DHS 108.01(2)(e) (e) Auditing provider claims for reimbursement;
DHS 108.01(2)(f) (f) Investigating or prosecuting criminal or civil proceedings conducted in connection with program administration;
DHS 108.01(2)(g) (g) Seeking third-party payment for services provided to a recipient; and
DHS 108.01(2)(h) (h) Other activities determined by the department to be necessary for proper and efficient administration of MA.
DHS 108.01(3) (3)The department shall request the attorney general to institute appropriate action when necessary to enforce provisions of this section.
DHS 108.01(4) (4)Safeguarded information concerning an individual applicant or recipient shall include but not be limited to:
DHS 108.01(4)(a) (a) Name and address;
DHS 108.01(4)(b) (b) Social data, including but not limited to:
DHS 108.01(4)(b)1. 1. Marital status;
DHS 108.01(4)(b)4. 4. Names and MA numbers of family members;
DHS 108.01(4)(b)5. 5. Paternity status of children; and
DHS 108.01(4)(b)6. 6. Unique identifying characteristics;
DHS 108.01(4)(c) (c) Economic data, including but not limited to:
DHS 108.01(4)(c)1. 1. Assets;
DHS 108.01(4)(c)2. 2. Amount of assistance received;
DHS 108.01(4)(c)3. 3. Amount of medical expenses incurred;
DHS 108.01(4)(c)4. 4. Sources of payment or support;
DHS 108.01(4)(c)5. 5. Past or present employment;
DHS 108.01(4)(c)6. 6. Income, regardless of source;
DHS 108.01(4)(c)7. 7. Social security number; and
DHS 108.01(4)(c)8. 8. Income expense deductions;
DHS 108.01(4)(d) (d) Agency evaluation information, including but not limited to:
DHS 108.01(4)(d)1. 1. Verification of client information; and
DHS 108.01(4)(d)2. 2. Identity of verification sources; and
DHS 108.01(4)(e) (e) Medical data, including but not limited to:
DHS 108.01(4)(e)1. 1. Past history and medical record content;
DHS 108.01(4)(e)2. 2. Diagnosis;
DHS 108.01(4)(e)3. 3. Drugs prescribed;
DHS 108.01(4)(e)4. 4. Course of treatment prescribed; and
DHS 108.01(4)(e)5. 5. Name of provider.
DHS 108.01(5) (5)For purposes of direct program administration, the department may permit disclosure to, or use of safeguarded information by, legally qualified persons or agency representatives outside the department. Governmental authorities, the courts, and law enforcement officers are persons outside the department who shall comply with sub. (6).
DHS 108.01(6) (6)Persons or agency representatives outside the department to whom the department may disclose or permit use of safeguarded information shall meet the following qualifications:
DHS 108.01(6)(a) (a) The purpose for use or disclosure shall involve direct program administration; and
DHS 108.01(6)(b) (b) The person or the person's agency shall be bound by law or other legally enforceable obligation to observe confidentiality standards comparable to those observed by the department.
DHS 108.01(7) (7)Unless it is related to direct program administration, the department shall respond to a subpoena for a case record or for agency representative testimony regarding an applicant or recipient as follows:
DHS 108.01(7)(a) (a) The department shall provide the court and all parties to the proceeding with a copy of this section;
DHS 108.01(7)(b) (b) The department shall request that the attorney general intervene in the proceeding in a manner which will give effect to this section; and
DHS 108.01(7)(c) (c) The department shall notify in writing applicants or recipients affected by a subpoena for safeguarded information.
DHS 108.01(8) (8)The department shall publicize this section as follows:
DHS 108.01(8)(a) (a) Publication in the Wisconsin administrative code;
DHS 108.01(8)(b) (b) Incorporation by reference in certification procedures for all providers; and
DHS 108.01(8)(c) (c) Incorporation in information provided to recipients regarding their rights and responsibilities.
DHS 108.01(9) (9)The secretary or a designee shall determine the appropriate application of this section to circumstances not covered expressly by this section. Use or disclosure not expressly provided for in this section may not occur prior to this determination.
DHS 108.01 History History: Cr. Register, December, 1979, No. 288, eff. 2-1-80; am. Register, February, 1986, No. 362, eff. 3-1-86.
DHS 108.02 DHS 108.02Department rights and responsibilities.
DHS 108.02(1)(1)Different benefits for different groups. The department may offer MA benefits to the categorically needy which are different from the benefits offered to the medically needy, subject to ss. 49.46 (2) (a) and 49.47 (6) (a), Stats. For the categorically needy, benefits shall meet federal minimum standards of coverage under 42 CFR 435.100-135. The department need not provide the same benefits that the categorically needy receive to individuals who are determined to be medically needy. The department is not required to provide the same amount, duration and scope of services to all the different groups who make up the medically needy population.
DHS 108.02(2) (2)Reimbursement methods and payment levels. The department may establish the reimbursement methods and payment levels for program services subject to the requirements of federal and state statutes, regulations and chs. DHS 101 to 107 and this chapter. Notice of specific changes or updates to payment levels shall be communicated to the service providers by the department through periodic publication of provider handbooks.
DHS 108.02(3) (3)Advisory committees. The department may appoint and make use of professional advisory committees on an ad hoc basis to provide expertise for development of service or reimbursement policies.
DHS 108.02(4) (4)Provider handbooks and bulletins. The department shall publish provider handbooks, bulletins and periodic updates to inform providers of changes in state or federal law, policy, reimbursement rates and formulas, departmental interpretation, and procedural directives such as billing and prior authorization procedures, specific reimbursement changes and items of general information. The department shall inform providers in a handbook, bulletin or other publication of specific services requiring collection of benefits from medicare or other health care plans under s. DHS 106.03 (7) before benefits are claimed from the MA program. Information regarding eligibility for medicare or for another health care plan as identified on the recipient's MA identification card shall also be included in these publications.
DHS 108.02(5) (5)Notification of recipients. The department shall publish periodic notification to eligible recipients, as necessary, to provide general information regarding MA program benefits and procedural requirements, and to notify recipients of any benefit or eligibility changes.
DHS 108.02(6) (6)Notice of change in method or level of reimbursement.
DHS 108.02(6)(a)(a) Except as provided in par. (b), the department shall publish a public notice in the Wisconsin administrative register of any significant proposed change in the statewide method or level of reimbursement for a service, in compliance with 42 CFR 447.205. This notice shall include information on the procedure for obtaining details of the proposed change, why the change is proposed and how to provide public comment to the department.
DHS 108.02(6)(b) (b) Changes for which no public notice is required include the following:
DHS 108.02(6)(b)1. 1. Changes to conform with medicare methods and federally-invoked upper limits on reimbursement;
DHS 108.02(6)(b)2. 2. Changes required of the department by court order; and
DHS 108.02(6)(b)3. 3. Changes in wholesalers' or manufacturers' prices of drugs or materials, if the department's method of reimbursement is based on direct or wholesale prices as reported in a national standard such as the American druggist blue book, plus a pharmacy dispensing fee.
DHS 108.02(6)(c) (c) Notice in the Wisconsin administrative register shall constitute official notice by the department to its contracted health service providers of a contractual change.
DHS 108.02(7) (7)Mailings and distributions. The department shall mail or distribute materials to applicants, recipients or medical providers, as follows:
DHS 108.02(7)(a) (a) All materials shall be limited to purposes directly related to program administration.
DHS 108.02(7)(b) (b) Materials which may not be mailed or distributed include:
DHS 108.02(7)(b)1. 1. “Holiday" greetings;
DHS 108.02(7)(b)2. 2. General public announcements;
DHS 108.02(7)(b)3. 3. Voting information;
DHS 108.02(7)(b)4. 4. Alien registration notices;
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