Each hospital shall prepare a single document that lists the following charge information, assuming no medical complications, for inpatient care for each of the 75 diagnosis related groups identified under s. 153.21 (3)
and the following charge information for each of the 75 outpatient surgical procedures identified under s. 153.21 (3)
The average allowable payment from private, 3rd-party payers.
A hospital that submits data to a health care information organization shall make available with the document required under par. (a)
any public information reported by the health care information organization regarding the quality of health care services provided by the hospital compared to the quality of health care services provided by other hospitals that is relevant to a diagnosis related group or outpatient surgical procedure for which the hospital is required to list charge information under par. (a)
. A hospital may make the information available by attaching it to the document or by including the address of an Internet site where the information is posted with the document. If a hospital submits data to more than one health care information organization and more than one of the health care information organizations reports to the hospital public information on comparative quality that is relevant to a diagnosis related group or outpatient surgical procedure, the hospital is required under this paragraph to make available public information reported by only one of the health care information organizations for the diagnosis related group or outpatient surgical procedure.
A hospital shall, upon request by and at no cost to a health care consumer, provide the consumer a copy of the document prepared under par. (a)
and the information described under par. (am)
A hospital shall update the document under par. (a)
every calendar quarter.
Information included on the document under par. (a)
does not constitute a legally binding estimate of the charge for a specific patient or the amount that a 3rd-party payer will pay on behalf of the patient.
Each hospital shall prominently display, in the area of the hospital that is most commonly frequented by health care consumers, a statement informing the consumers that they have the right to receive a copy of the document under par. (a)
and, if applicable, the information described under par. (am)
, from the hospital and, if the requirements, if any, under s. 632.798 (2) (d)
are met, a good faith estimate, from their insurers or self-insured health plans, of the insured's total out-of-pocket cost according to the insured's benefit terms for the specified health care service in the geographic region in which the health care service will be provided.
Whoever violates sub. (3)
may be required to forfeit not more than $250 for each violation.
The department may directly assess forfeitures provided for under par. (a)
. If the department determines that a forfeiture should be assessed for a particular violation, the department shall send a notice of assessment to the alleged violator. The notice shall specify the amount of the forfeiture assessed, the violation, and the statute or rule alleged to have been violated, and shall inform the alleged violator of the right to a hearing under par. (c)
An alleged violator may contest an assessment of a forfeiture by sending, within 10 days after receipt of notice under par. (b)
, a written request for a hearing under s. 227.44
to the division of hearings and appeals created under s. 15.103 (1)
. The administrator of the division may designate a hearing examiner to preside over the case and recommend a decision to the administrator under s. 227.46
. The decision of the administrator of the division shall be the final administrative decision. The division shall commence the hearing within 30 days after receipt of the request for a hearing and shall issue a final decision within 15 days after the close of the hearing. Proceedings before the division are governed by ch. 227
. In any petition for judicial review of a decision by the division, the party, other than the petitioner, who was in the proceeding before the division shall be the named respondent.
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. (c)
, 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. The department shall remit all forfeitures paid to the secretary of administration for deposit in the school fund.
The attorney general may bring an action in the name of the state to collect any forfeiture imposed under this subsection 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 is whether the forfeiture has been paid.
History: 2009 a. 146
Reduction in fees prohibited. 146.905(1)
Except as provided in sub. (2)
, a health care provider, as defined in s. 146.81 (1) (a)
, that provides a service or a product to an individual with coverage under a disability insurance policy, as defined in s. 632.895 (1) (a)
, may not reduce or eliminate or offer to reduce or eliminate coinsurance or a deductible required under the terms of the disability insurance policy.
(2) Subsection (1)
does not apply if payment of the total fee would impose an undue financial hardship on the individual receiving the service or product.
Long-term care insurance. 146.91(1)
In this section, "long-term care insurance" means insurance that provides coverage both for an extended stay in a nursing home and home health services for a person with a chronic condition. The insurance may also provide coverage for other services that assist the insured person in living outside a nursing home including but not limited to adult day care and continuing care retirement communities.
The department, with the advice of the council on long-term care insurance, the office of the commissioner of insurance, the board on aging and long-term care and the department of employee trust funds, shall design a program that includes the following:
Subsidizing premiums for persons purchasing long-term care insurance, based on the purchasers' ability to pay.
Reinsuring by the state of policies issued in this state by long-term care insurers.
The department shall collect any data on health care costs and utilization that the department determines to be necessary to design the program under sub. (2)
The department, with the advice of the council on long-term care insurance, may examine use of tax incentives for the sale and purchase of long-term care insurance.
Patient visitation. 146.95(2)(a)(a)
Any individual who is 18 years of age or older may identify to a health care provider at an inpatient health care facility at any time, either orally or in writing, those persons with whom the individual wishes to visit while the individual is a patient at the inpatient health care facility. Except as provided in par. (b)
, no inpatient health care facility may deny visitation during the inpatient health care facility's regular visiting hours to any person identified by the individual.
Subject to s. 51.61
for a treatment facility, an inpatient health care facility may deny visitation with a patient to any person if any of the following applies:
The inpatient health care facility or a health care provider determines that the patient may not receive any visitors.
The inpatient health care facility or a health care provider determines that the presence of the person would endanger the health or safety of the patient.
The inpatient health care facility determines that the presence of the person would interfere with the primary operations of the inpatient health care facility.
The patient has subsequently expressed in writing to a health care provider at the inpatient health care facility that the patient no longer wishes to visit with the person. Unless subd. 2.
applies, an inpatient health care facility may not under this subdivision deny visitation to the person based on a claim by someone other than a health care provider that the patient has orally expressed that the patient no longer wishes to visit with that person.
History: 1997 a. 153
Uniform claim processing form.
Beginning no later than July 1, 2004, every health care provider, as defined in s. 146.81 (1) (a)
, shall use the uniform claim processing form developed by the commissioner of insurance under s. 601.41 (9) (b)
when submitting a claim to an insurer.
History: 2001 a. 109
; 2009 a. 28
Ambulatory surgical center assessment. 146.98(2)
The department of revenue may impose an assessment on ambulatory surgical centers in this state that satisfies the requirements under 42 CFR 433.68
for collecting an assessment without incurring a reduction in federal financial participation under the federal Medicaid program. The department shall allocate any assessment imposed under this section among ambulatory surgical centers in proportion to their gross patient revenue.
The department of revenue may do all of the following:
Subject to sub. (2)
, determine the amount of assessment under this section.
Collect assessments imposed under this section from ambulatory surgical centers.
Require ambulatory surgical centers to provide the department of revenue any data that is required by the department of revenue to determine assessment amounts under this section.
Establish deadlines by which ambulatory surgical centers shall pay assessments required under this section and provide data required under par. (c)
Impose penalties on ambulatory surgical centers that do not comply with requirements under this section or rules promulgated under sub. (5)
The department of revenue shall transfer 99.5 percent of the moneys collected under this section to the Medical Assistance trust fund.
The department of revenue shall promulgate rules for the administration of the assessment under this section.
If the federal government does not provide federal financial participation under the federal Medicaid program for amounts collected under this section that are transferred under sub. (4)
and used to make payments from the Medical Assistance trust fund, the department shall, from the fund from which the payment or expenditure was made, refund ambulatory surgical centers the amount for which the federal government does not provide federal financial participation.
If the department makes a refund under par. (a)
as result of failure to obtain federal financial participation under the federal Medicaid program for a payment from the Medical Assistance trust fund, the department shall recoup the part of the payment for which the federal government does not provide federal financial participation.
Moneys recouped under par. (b)
for payments made from the Medical Assistance trust fund shall be deposited in the Medical Assistance trust fund.
History: 2009 a. 28
; 2011 a. 191
Health care worker protection. 146.997(1)(a)
"Department" means the department of workforce development.
"Health care facility" means a facility, as defined in s. 647.01 (4)
, or any hospital, nursing home, community-based residential facility, county home, county infirmary, county hospital, county mental health complex or other place licensed or approved by the department of health services under s. 49.70
or a facility under s. 45.50
"Health care provider" means any of the following:
A physician, podiatrist, perfusionist, physical therapist, or physical therapist assistant licensed under ch. 448
An occupational therapist, occupational therapy assistant, physician assistant or respiratory care practitioner certified under ch. 448
A social worker, marriage and family therapist or professional counselor certified under ch. 457
A speech-language pathologist or audiologist licensed under subch. II of ch. 459
or a speech and language pathologist licensed by the department of public instruction.
A corporation or limited liability company of any providers specified under subds. 1.
that provides health care services.
A cooperative health care association organized under s. 185.981
that directly provides services through salaried employees in its own facility.
Any employee of a health care facility or of a health care provider who is aware of any information, the disclosure of which is not expressly prohibited by any state law or rule or any federal law or regulation, that would lead a reasonable person to believe any of the following may report that information to any agency, as defined in s. 111.32 (6) (a)
, of the state; to any professionally recognized accrediting or standard-setting body that has accredited, certified or otherwise approved the health care facility or health care provider; to any officer or director of the health care facility or health care provider; or to any employee of the health care facility or health care provider who is in a supervisory capacity or in a position to take corrective action:
That the health care facility or health care provider or any employee of the health care facility or health care provider has violated any state law or rule or federal law or regulation.
That there exists any situation in which the quality of any health care service provided by the health care facility or health care provider or by any employee of the health care facility or health care provider violates any standard established by any state law or rule or federal law or regulation or any clinical or ethical standard established by a professionally recognized accrediting or standard-setting body and poses a potential risk to public health or safety.