(b) Regular license.
If the applicant has been previously licensed, the department shall issue a regular license if the applicant is found to be in substantial compliance with this chapter. A regular license is valid indefinitely unless suspended or revoked.
The license is issued only for the premises and the persons named in the license application, and may not be transferred or assigned by the licensee.
The license shall state any applicable restrictions, including maximum bed capacity and the level of care that may be provided, and any other limitations that the department considers appropriate and necessary taking all facts and circumstances into account.
A licensee shall fully comply with all requirements and restrictions of the license.
Every 12 months, on a schedule determined by the department, a nursing home licensee shall submit a report to the department in the form and containing the information that the department requires, including payment of the fee required under s. 50.135 (2) (a)
, Stats. If a complete report is not timely filed, the department shall issue a warning to the licensee. If a nursing home licensee who has not filed a timely report fails to submit a complete report to the department within 60 days after the date established under the schedule determined by the department, the department may revoke the license.
Reporting involuntary administration of psychotropic medication.
The licensee shall provide, in a format approved by the department, information required by the department to assess the facility's compliance with s. 55.14
, Stats., relating to involuntary administration of psychotropic medication to a resident.
DHS 132.14 History
Cr. Register, July, 1982, No. 319
, eff. 8-1-82; cr. (5), Register, November, 1985, No. 359
, eff. 12-1-85; r. and recr., Register, January, 1987, No. 373
, eff. 2-1-87; emerg. cr. (1m), eff. 7-1-88; am. (3) (c), renum. (4) to (6) to be (5) to (7) and am. (5) and (6) (a), cr. (4), Register, February, 1989, No. 398
, eff. 3-1-89; cr. (1m), Register, October, 1989, No. 406
, eff. 11-1-89; am. (6), cr. (8), Register, August, 2000, No. 536
, eff. 9-1-00; CR 06-053
: cr. (3) (a) 5. and (bm), am. (4) (b) 2., 3. and 10., Register August 2007 No. 620
, eff. 9-1-07; CR 07-042
: cr. (9) Register October 2007 No. 622
, eff. 11-1-07.
DHS 132.15 Certification for medical assistance.
For requirements for certification under the medical assistance program, see ch. DHS 105
DHS 132.15 History
Cr. Register, July, 1982, No. 319
, eff. 8-1-82; correction made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7.
, Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637
DHS 132.16 Quality assurance and improvement projects. DHS 132.16(1)(1)
Pursuant to ss. 49.499 (2m)
and 50.04 (8)
, Stats., the department may, from the appropriation under s. 20.435 (6) (g)
, Stats., distribute funds for innovative projects designed to protect the property and the health, safety, and welfare of residents in a facility and to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the operation of a facility so as to improve the quality of life, care, and treatment of its residents.
The department shall establish and maintain a quality assurance and improvement committee to review proposals and award funds to facilities for innovative projects approved by the committee under sub. (3)
Committee members shall be appointed by the secretary for a term of up to 12 months and include, at the secretary's discretion, one or more representatives from the department, the board on aging and long term care, disability, aging and long term care advocates, facilities, and other persons with an interest or expertise in quality improvement or delivery of long term care services. Facility members shall comprise at least half of the committee membership.
A representative's term may be extended at the secretary's discretion.
The quality assurance and improvement committee shall do all of the following:
Develop and propose for the secretary's approval criteria for review and approval of projects proposed under this section.
Considering the criteria approved by the secretary under par. (b)
, review proposals submitted by facilities under this section and approve submitted proposals, defer a determination pending additional information, or deny approval of proposals submitted.
Identify areas of need within a facility or corporation, the state or regions as projects to be addressed.
Develop opportunities and strategies for general improvement concerning licensed facilities.
Encourage proposals that develop innovative cost-effective methods for improving the operation and maintenance of facilities and that protect residents' rights, health, safety and welfare and improve residents' quality of life.
Disseminate within the department and to facilities and other interested individuals and organizations the information learned from approved projects.
A decision under sub. (3) (c)
to defer or deny approval of or award funds for a proposal may not be appealed.
“Waiver" means the grant of an exemption from a requirement of this chapter.
“Variance" means the granting of an alternate requirement in place of a requirement of this chapter.
Requirements for waivers or variances.
A waiver or variance may be granted if the department finds that the waiver or variance will not adversely affect the health, safety, or welfare of any resident and that:
Strict enforcement of a requirement would result in unreasonable hardship on the facility or on a resident; or
An alternative to a rule, including new concepts, methods, procedures, techniques, equipment, personnel qualifications, or the conducting of pilot projects, is in the interests of better care or management.
All applications for waiver or variance from the requirements of this chapter shall be made in writing to the department, specifying the following:
If the request is for a variance, the specific alternative action which the facility proposes;
The department may require additional information from the facility prior to acting on the request.
The department shall grant or deny each request for waiver or variance in writing. Notice of denials shall contain the reasons for denial. If a notice of denial is not issued within 60 days after the receipt of a complete request, the waiver or variance shall be automatically approved.
The terms of a requested variance may be modified upon agreement between the department and a facility.
The department may impose such conditions on the granting of a waiver or variance which it deems necessary.
Denials of waivers or variances may be contested by requesting a hearing as provided by ch. 227
The licensee shall sustain the burden of proving that the denial of a waiver or variance was unreasonable.
The department may revoke a waiver or variance if:
It is determined that the waiver or variance is adversely affecting the health, safety or welfare of the residents; or
The licensee notifies the department in writing that it wishes to relinquish the waiver or variance and be subject to the rule previously waived or varied; or
DHS 132.21 History
Cr. Register, July, 1982, No. 319
, eff. 8-1-82; am. (3) (a) 1. d., Register, January, 1987, No. 373
, eff. 2-1-87.
Every resident shall have the right to all of the following:
(d) Admission information.
Be fully informed in writing, prior to or at the time of admission, of all services and the charges for these services, and be informed in writing, during the resident's stay, of any changes in services available or in charges for services, as follows:
No person may be admitted to a facility without that person or that person's guardian or any other responsible person designated in writing by the resident signing an acknowledgement of having received a statement of information before or on the day of admission which contains at least the following information or, in the case of a person to be admitted for short-term care, the information required under s. DHS 132.70 (3)
An accurate description of the basic services provided by the facility, the rate charged for those services, and the method of payment for them;
Information about all additional services regularly offered but not included in the basic services. The facility shall provide information on where a statement of the fees charged for each of these services can be obtained. These additional services include pharmacy, x-ray, beautician and all other additional services regularly offered to residents or arranged for residents by the facility;
Terms for refunding advance payments in case of transfer, death or voluntary or involuntary discharge;
Terms of holding and charging for a bed during a resident's temporary absence;
Conditions for involuntary discharge or transfer, including transfers within the facility;
Information about the availability of storage space for personal effects; and
A summary of residents' rights recognized and protected by this section and all facility policies and regulations governing resident conduct and responsibilities.
No statement of admission information may be in conflict with any part of this chapter.
(p) Nondiscriminatory treatment.
Be free from discrimination based on the source from which the facility's charges for the resident's care are paid, as follows:
No facility may assign a resident to a particular wing or other distinct area of the facility, whether for sleeping, dining or any other purpose, on the basis of the source or amount of payment, except that a facility only part of which is certified for Medicare reimbursement under 42 USC 1395
is not prohibited from assigning a resident to the certified part of the facility because the source of payment for the resident's care is Medicare.
Facilities shall offer and provide an identical package of basic services meeting the requirements of this chapter to all individuals regardless of the sources of a resident's payment or amount of payment. Facilities may offer enhancements of basic services, or enhancements of individual components of basic services, provided that these enhanced services are made available at an identical cost to all residents regardless of the source of a resident's payment. A facility which elects to offer enhancements to basic services to its residents must provide all residents with a detailed explanation of enhanced services and the additional charges for these services pursuant to par. (d) 1. b.
If a facility offers at extra charge additional services which are not covered by the medical assistance program under ss. 49.43
, Stats., and chs. DHS 101
, it shall provide them to any resident willing and able to pay for them, regardless of the source from which the resident pays the facility's charges.
No facility may require, offer or provide an identification tag for a resident or any other item which discloses the source from which the facility's charges for that resident's care are paid.
DHS 132.31(4)(a)(a) Serving notice.
Facility staff shall verbally explain to each new resident and to that person's guardian, if any, prior to or at the time of the person's admission to the facility, these rights and the facility's policies and regulations governing resident conduct and responsibilities.
All amendments to the rights provided under this section and all amendments to the facility regulations and policies governing resident conduct and responsibilities require notification of each resident or guardian, if any, or any other responsible person designated in writing by the resident, at the time the amendment is put into effect. The facility shall provide the resident or guardian, if any, or any other responsible person designated in writing by the resident and each member of the facility's staff with a copy of all amendments.
Any person may file a complaint with a licensee or the department regarding the operation of a facility. Complaints may be made orally or in writing.
DHS 132.31 History
Cr. Register, July, 1982, No. 319
, eff. 8-1-82; r. and recr. (1) (c), (d), (j), (m), (2) to (4), renum. (5) to (6), cr. (1) (p) and (5), Register, January, 1987, No. 373
, eff. 2-1-87; am. (1) (d) 1. intro., (k) and (4) (b), Register, February, 1989, No. 398
, eff. 3-1-89; am. (6) (e), Register, August, 2000, No. 536
, eff. 9-1-00; CR 04-053
: am. (1) (k) Register October 2004 No. 586
, eff. 11-1-04; correction in (2) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register August 2007, No. 620
; CR 06-053
: renum. (6) (a) to be (6), r. (1) (a) to (c), (e) to (o), (2), (3), (4) (c), (5) and (6) (b) to (e), am. (1) (intro.) and (4) (a), Register August 2007 No. 620
, eff. 9-1-07; correction in (1) (p) 3. made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637
DHS 132.33 Housing residents in locked units. DHS 132.33(1)(a)
“Locked unit" means a ward, wing or room which is designated as a protective environment and is secured in a manner that prevents a resident from leaving the unit at will. A physical restraint applied to the body is not a locked unit. A facility locked for purposes of security is not a locked unit, provided that residents may exit at will.
“Consent" means a written, signed request given without duress by a resident capable of understanding the nature of the locked unit, the circumstances of one's condition, and the meaning of the consent to be given.
Except as otherwise provided by this section, no resident may be housed in a locked unit. Physical or chemical restraints or repeated use of emergency restraint under sub. (5)
may not be used to circumvent this restriction. Placement in a locked unit shall be based on the determination that this placement is the least restrictive environment consistent with the needs of the person.