Limitations on admissions and programs.
Procedures for admission.
Transfers and discharges.
Transfer within the facility.
Subchapter VI — Services
Special requirements for facilities serving persons who are developmentally disabled.
Special requirements when persons are admitted for short-term care.
Subchapter VII — Physical Environment
Furniture, equipment and supplies.
Subchapter VIII — Life Safety, Design and Construction
Scope and definitions.
Review for compliance with this chapter and the state building code.
Fees for plan reviews.
Life safety code.
Safety and systems.
Ch. DHS 132 Note
Chapter H 32 as it existed on July 31, 1982 was repealed and a new chapter HFS 132 was created effective August 1, 1982.
Chapter HSS 132 was renumbered chapter HFS 132 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register, December, 1996, No. 492
. Chapter HFS 132 was renumbered chapter DHS 132 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637
DHS 132.11 History
Cr. Register, July, 1982, No. 319
, eff. 8-1-82; CR 06-053
: am. Register August 2007 No. 620
, eff. 9-1-07.
DHS 132.12 Scope.
All nursing homes licensed under s. 50.03
, Stats., are subject to all the provisions of this chapter, except for those provisions that apply only to particular licensure categories, and except for those nursing homes regulated by ch. DHS 134
. Nursing homes include those owned and operated by the state, counties, municipalities, or other public bodies. Nursing homes are also subject to the provisions in ch. 50
, Stats., and chs. SPS 361
, except s. SPS 361.31 (3)
. Federally certified nursing homes are also subject to the provisions contained in 42 CFR 483
DHS 132.13 Definitions.
In this chapter:
“Advanced practice nurse prescriber" means a person who has been granted a certificate to issue prescription orders under s. 441.16 (2)
“Authorized prescriber" means a person licensed in this state to prescribe medications, treatments or rehabilitative therapies, or licensed in another state and recognized by this state as a person authorized to prescribe medications, treatments or rehabilitative therapies.
“Department" means the Wisconsin department of health services.
“Developmental disability" means intellectual disability or a related condition, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy or autism, but excluding mental illness and infirmities of aging, which is:
Results in substantial functional limitations in 3 or more of the following areas of major life activity:
“Dietitian" means a person who is any of the following:
“Facility" means a nursing home subject to the requirements of this chapter.
“Full-time" means at least 37.5 hours each week devoted to facility business.
“IMD" or “institution for mental diseases" means a facility that meets the definition of an institution for mental diseases under 42 CFR 435.1009
“Intensive skilled nursing care" means care requiring specialized nursing assessment skills and the performance of specific services and procedures that are complex because of the resident's condition or the type or number of procedures that are necessary, including any of the following:
Direct patient observation or monitoring or performance of complex nursing procedures by registered nurses or licensed practical nurses on a continuing basis.
Repeated application of complex nursing procedures or services every 24 hours.
Frequent monitoring and documentation of the resident's condition and response to therapeutic measures.
“Intermediate care facility" means a nursing home which is licensed by the department as an intermediate care facility to provide intermediate nursing care.
“Intermediate nursing care" means basic care consisting of physical, emotional, social and other rehabilitative services under periodic medical supervision. This nursing care requires the skill of a registered nurse for observation and recording of reactions and symptoms, and for supervision of nursing care. Most of the residents have long-term illnesses or disabilities which may have reached a relatively stable plateau. Other residents whose conditions are stabilized may need medical and nursing services to maintain stability. Essential supportive consultant services are provided.
“Involuntary administration of psychotropic medication" means any of the following:
Placing psychotropic medication in an individual's food or drink with knowledge that the individual protests receipt of the psychotropic medication.
Forcibly restraining an individual to enable administration of psychotropic medication.
Requiring an individual to take psychotropic medication as a condition of receiving privileges or benefits.
“Licensed practical nurse" means a person licensed as a licensed practical nurse under ch. 441
“Limited nursing care" means simple nursing care procedures required by residents with long-term illnesses or disabilities in order to maintain stability and which can be provided safely only by or under the supervision of a person no less skilled than a licensed practical nurse who works under the direction of a registered nurse. Supervision of the physical, emotional, social and rehabilitative needs of the resident is the responsibility of the appropriate health care provider serving under the direction of a physician.
“Nurse" means a registered nurse or licensed practical nurse.
“Nursing assistant" means a person who is employed primarily to provide direct care services to residents but is not registered or licensed under ch. 441
“Pharmacist" means a person registered as a pharmacist under ch. 450
“Physical therapist" means a person licensed to practice physical therapy under ch. 448
“Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine or osteopathy under ch. 448
“Physician extender" means a person who is a physician's assistant or a nurse practitioner acting under the general supervision and direction of a physician.
“Physician's assistant" means a person certified under ch. 448
, Stats., to perform as a physician's assistant.
“Practitioner" means a physician, dentist, podiatrist or other person permitted by Wisconsin law to distribute, dispense and administer a controlled substance in the course of professional practice.
“Protest" means make more than one discernible negative response, other than mere silence, to the offer of, recommendation for, or other proffering of voluntary receipt of psychotropic medication. “Protest" does not mean a discernible negative response to a proposed method of administration of the psychotropic medication.
“Psychotropic medication" means a prescription drug, as defined in s. 450.01 (20)
, Stats., that is used to treat or manage a psychiatric symptom or challenging behavior.
“Recuperative care" means care anticipated to be provided for a period of 90 days or less for a resident whose physician has certified that he or she is convalescing or recuperating from an illness or a medical treatment.
“Registered nurse" means a person who holds a certificate of registration as a registered nurse under ch. 441
“Resident" means a person cared for or treated in any facility on a 24-hour basis irrespective of how the person has been admitted to the facility.
“Respite care" means care anticipated to be provided for a period of 28 days or less for the purpose of temporarily relieving a family member or other caregiver from his or her daily caregiving duties.
“Short-term care" means recuperative care or respite care.
“Skilled nursing facility" means a nursing home which is licensed by the department to provide skilled nursing services.
“Skilled nursing services" means those services furnished pursuant to a physician's orders which:
Require the skills of professional personnel such as registered or licensed practical nurses; and
Are provided either directly by or under the supervision of these personnel.
In determining whether a service is skilled, the following criteria shall be used: