153.20 153.20 Uncompensated health care services report.
153.20(1)(1)The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall prepare, and submit to the governor and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2), an annual report setting forth the number of patients to whom uncompensated health care services were provided by each hospital and the total charges for the uncompensated health care services provided to the patients for the preceding year, together with the number of patients and the total charges that were projected by the hospital for that year in the plan filed under sub. (2).
153.20(2) (2)Every hospital shall file with the entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) an annual plan setting forth the projected number of patients to whom uncompensated health care services will be provided by the hospital and the projected total charges for the uncompensated health care services to be provided to the patients for the ensuing year.
153.20 History History: 1987 a. 399; 1989 a. 18; 1997 a. 27, 231; 2003 a. 33.
153.21 153.21 Consumer guide; list for hospital charge disclosures.
153.21(1)(1)The department shall prepare and submit to the governor and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) an annual guide to assist consumers in selecting health care providers and health care plans. The guide shall be written in language that is understandable to laypersons. The department shall widely publicize and distribute the guide to consumers.
153.21(2) (2)The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall prepare and submit to the governor and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2) an annual guide to assist consumers in selecting hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. The guide shall be written in language that is understandable to laypersons and shall include data derived from the annual survey of hospitals conducted by the American Hospital Association and the annual hospital fiscal survey. The entity shall widely publicize and distribute the guide to consumers.
153.21(3) (3)The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall, using data collected under s. 153.05 (1) (b), annually identify the 75 diagnosis related groups for which hospitals in this state most frequently provide inpatient care and the 75 outpatient surgical procedures most frequently performed by hospitals in this state, and shall distribute a list of the identified diagnosis related groups and surgical procedures to all hospitals in the state and to the department.
153.21 History History: 1997 a. 231; 2003 a. 33; 2009 a. 146.
153.22 153.22 Patient-level data utilization, charge, and quality report. The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall prepare and submit to the governor and to the chief clerk of each house of the legislature for distribution to the legislature under s. 13.172 (2), an annual report that summarizes utilization, charge, and quality data on patients treated by hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers during the most recent calendar year.
153.22 History History: 2003 a. 33; 2005 a. 228.
153.23 153.23 Public health emergency dashboard.
153.23(1)(1)In this section, “public health emergency related to the 2019 novel coronavirus” means the period covered by any of the following:
153.23(1)(a) (a) The national emergency declared by the U.S. president under 50 USC 1621 on March 13, 2020, in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
153.23(1)(b) (b) The public health emergency declared under 42 USC 247d by the secretary of the federal department of health and human services on January 31, 2020, in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus.
153.23(1)(c) (c) The state of emergency related to public health declared under s. 323.10 on March 12, 2020, by executive order 72.
153.23(2) (2)During the public health emergency related to the 2019 novel coronavirus, the entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall prepare and publish a public health emergency dashboard using health care emergency preparedness program information collected by the state from acute care hospitals. A dashboard published under this section shall include information to assist emergency response planning activities. For purposes of this section, the entity and the department shall enter into a data use agreement and mutually agree to the health care emergency preparedness program information the department will provide to the entity, the information the entity will include in the dashboard, any publication schedule, and any other terms considered necessary by the entity or the department.
153.23 History History: 2019 a. 185.
153.45 153.45 Release of data by department. Subject to s. 153.455:
153.45(1) (1)After completion of data verification, comment and review procedures specified by the department by rule, the department shall release data, together with comments, if any, in the following forms:
153.45(1)(a) (a) Standard reports.
153.45(1)(b) (b) For information that is submitted by health care providers other than hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers, public use data files that do not permit the identification of specific patients, employers, or health care providers, as defined by rules promulgated by the department. The identification of patients, employers, or health care providers shall be protected by all necessary means, including the deletion of patient identifiers; the use of calculated variables and aggregated variables; the specification of counties as to residence, rather than zip codes; the use of 5-year categories for age, rather than exact age; not releasing information concerning a patient's race, ethnicity, or dates of admission, discharge, procedures, or visits; and masking sensitive diagnoses and procedures by use of larger diagnostic and procedure categories. Public use data files under this paragraph may include only the following:
153.45(1)(b)1. 1. The patient's county of residence.
153.45(1)(b)2. 2. The payment source, by type.
153.45(1)(b)3. 3. The patient's age category, by 5-year intervals.
153.45(1)(b)4. 4. The patient's procedure code.
153.45(1)(b)5. 5. The patient's diagnosis code.
153.45(1)(b)6. 6. Charges assessed with respect to the procedure code.
153.45(1)(b)7. 7. The name and address of the facility in which the patient's services were rendered.
153.45(1)(b)8. 8. The patient's sex.
153.45(1)(b)9. 9. Information that contains the name of a health care provider that is not a hospital or ambulatory surgery center, if the department first reviews and approves the release.
153.45(1)(b)10. 10. Calendar quarters of service, except if the department specifies by rule that the number of data elements included in the public use data file is too small to enable protection of patient confidentiality.
153.45(1)(b)11. 11. Information other than patient-identifiable data, as defined in s. 153.50 (1) (b), as approved by the department.
153.45(1)(c) (c) Custom-designed reports containing portions of the data under par. (b). Information that contains the name of a health care provider that is not a hospital or ambulatory surgery center may be released only if the department first reviews and approves the release. Reports under this paragraph may include the patient's zip code only if at least one of the following applies:
153.45(1)(c)1. 1. Other potentially identifying data elements are not released.
153.45(1)(c)2. 2. Population density is sufficient to mask patient identity.
153.45(1)(c)3. 3. Other potentially identifying data elements are grouped to provide population density sufficient to protect identity.
153.45(1)(c)4. 4. Multiple years of data elements are added to protect identity.
153.45(1m) (1m)After completion of data verification and review procedures specified by the department by rule, the department may, but is not required to, release special data compilations.
153.45(2) (2)The department shall provide to other agencies or to organizations the data necessary to fulfill their statutory mandates for epidemiological purposes or to minimize the duplicate collection of similar data elements.
153.45(3) (3)The department may, but is not required to, release health care provider-specific and employer-specific data that relates to health care providers other than hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, except in public use data files as specified under sub. (1) (b), in a manner that is specified in rules promulgated by the department.
153.45(4) (4)The department shall prohibit purchasers of data from rereleasing individual data elements of health care data files.
153.45(5) (5)The department may not release any health care information that is subject to rules promulgated under s. 153.75 (1) (b) until the verification, comment and review procedures required under those rules have been complied with. Nothing in this subsection prohibits release of information to a health care provider that is not a hospital or ambulatory surgery center, to whom the information is specific.
153.455 153.455 Data organization; contract contingency.
153.455(1)(1)Except as provided in subs. (2), (3), and (4), beginning on the date, if any, that is 60 days after the contract under s. 153.05 (2r) takes effect, the department shall cease collecting, for calendar quarters that occur after that date, health care information as specified under s. HFS 120.14 (1), 2005 Wis. Adm. Code, in effect on April 13, 2006.
153.455(2) (2)Subsection (1) does not apply to ss. 153.21 (1) and 153.60.
153.455(3) (3)Beginning on the date, if any, that the secretary of health services and the secretary of employee trust funds determine that the data organization is not in compliance with the contract under s. 153.05 (2r) with respect to the performance of the collection and public reporting of information regarding the cost, quality, and effectiveness of health care, including the development and maintenance of a centralized data repository, or determine that there is insufficient statewide participation under the requirements of the contract, the secretaries may modify or terminate the contract. If the secretaries terminate the contract, they shall recommend to the department of administration that that department use a competitive request-for-proposal process to solicit offers from other organizations for performance of the services required of the data organization under the terminated contract. If no organization responds to the request for proposals or if a successor contract cannot be achieved, sub. (4) applies.
153.455(4) (4)If the contract with the data organization is terminated under sub. (3) and no organization responds to the request for proposals or a successor contract cannot be achieved, the department, in its capacity as a public health authority, shall collect health care information, including as specified under s. HFS 120.14 (1), Wis. Adm. Code, in effect on April 13, 2006, and may request health care claims information, which may be voluntarily provided by insurers or administrators, under this subchapter; shall analyze and disseminate, or contract for the performance of analysis and dissemination of, the health care information; and may analyze and disseminate, or may contract for the performance of analysis and dissemination of, the health care claims information.
153.46 153.46 Release of data by entity.
153.46(1)(1)After completion of data verification, comment, and review procedures, the entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall release data, together with comments, if any, in the following forms:
153.46(1)(a) (a) Standard reports.
153.46(1)(b) (b) For information that is submitted by hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers, public use data files that do not permit the identification of specific patients, employers, or health care providers. The identification of patients, employers, or health care providers shall be protected by all necessary means, including the deletion of patient identifiers and the use of calculated variables and aggregated variables.
153.46(1)(c) (c) Custom-designed reports containing portions of the data under par. (b). Reports under this paragraph may include the patient's zip code or U.S. bureau of the census census tract or block group only if at least one of the following applies:
153.46(1)(c)1. 1. Other potentially identifying data elements are not released.
153.46(1)(c)2. 2. Population density is sufficient to mask patient identity.
153.46(1)(c)3. 3. Other potentially identifying data elements are grouped to provide population density sufficient to protect identity.
153.46(1)(c)4. 4. Multiple years of data elements are added to protect identity.
153.46(1m) (1m)After completion of data verification and review procedures specified under s. 153.01 (4j), the entity may, but is not required to, release special data compilations.
153.46(2) (2)The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall provide to the department and to any other organization or agency the data necessary to fulfill the department's, organization's, or agency's statutory mandates for epidemiological purposes.
153.46(3) (3)The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) may, but is not required to, release hospital-specific, ambulatory surgery center-specific, and hospital or ambulatory surgery center employer-specific data, except in public use data files as specified under sub. (1) (b).
153.46(4) (4)The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall, as limited by this section and s. 153.50, provide equal access to the data collected and reports generated by the entity to all requesters that pay the fees under s. 153.65 (2).
153.46(5) (5)The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall provide to the department, without charge, claims and provider survey information that is requested by or required to be provided to the department.
153.46(6) (6)No person who purchases a data compilation or report under s. 153.65 (2) may release or sell the data sets so purchased.
153.46(7) (7)Any required distributions of reports by the entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) may be fulfilled by providing an electronic copy of the report, unless the requesting person specifically requests a paper copy.
153.46(8) (8)The entity under contract under s. 153.05 (2m) (a) shall notify each physician with a license from this state who appears in the facility-submitted data that the physician has the opportunity to review that data. The entity may fulfill this notification requirement by providing a notice on the entity's Internet site and providing a procedure to make a request to the entity to review the data. The physician review process shall occur concurrently with the facility review process.
153.46 History History: 2003 a. 33 ss. 2094r, 2094x; 2015 a. 287.
153.50 153.50 Protection of patient confidentiality. Subject to s. 153.455:
153.50(1) (1)Definitions. In this section:
153.50(1)(b)1.1. “Patient-identifiable data", for information submitted by hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, means all of the following data elements:
153.50(1)(b)1.a. a. Patient medical record or chart number.
153.50(1)(b)1.b. b. Patient control number.
153.50(1)(b)1.c. c. Patient date of birth.
153.50(1)(b)1.d. d. Date of patient admission.
153.50(1)(b)1.e. e. Date of patient discharge.
153.50(1)(b)1.f. f. Date of patient's principal procedure.
153.50(1)(b)1.g. g. Encrypted case identifier.
153.50(1)(b)1.h. h. Insured's policy number.
153.50(1)(b)1.i. i. Patient's employer's name.
153.50(1)(b)1.j. j. Insured's date of birth.
153.50(1)(b)1.k. k. Insured's identification number.
153.50(1)(b)1.L. L. Medicaid resubmission code.
153.50(1)(b)1.m. m. Medicaid prior authorization number.
153.50(1)(b)1m. 1m. “Patient-identifiable data" does not include calculated variables that are derived from patient-identifiable data and the dissemination of which does not permit patient identification.
153.50(1)(b)1r. 1r. “Patient-identifiable data" does not include data elements that identify a patient's race or ethnicity.
153.50(1)(b)2. 2. “Patient-identifiable data", for information submitted by health care providers who are not hospitals or ambulatory surgery centers and by insurers and administrators, means all of the following data elements:
153.50(1)(b)2.a. a. Data elements specified in subd. 1. a. to g., L. and m.
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2019-20 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2021 Wis. Act 74 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on August 5, 2021. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after August 5, 2021, are designated by NOTES. (Published 8-5-21)