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50.53 History History: 1995 a. 98
50.535 50.535 Reporting. Every 24 months, on a schedule determined by the department, a licensed rural medical center shall submit a biennial report in the form and containing the information that the department requires, including payment of the fee required under s. 50.51 (2) (c). If a complete annual report is not timely filed, the department shall issue a warning to the licensee. The department may revoke the license for failure to timely and completely report within 60 days after the report date established under the schedule determined by the department.
50.535 History History: 1997 a. 27.
50.54 50.54 Prohibitions.
50.54(1)(1) An entity that is not licensed as a rural medical center under this subchapter may not designate itself as a "rural medical center" or use the phrase "rural medical center" to represent or tend to represent the entity as a rural medical center or services provided by the entity as health care services provided by a rural medical center.
50.54(2) (2) No person may do any of the following:
50.54(2)(a) (a) Intentionally prevent, interfere with or impede an investigation by the department of an alleged violation or enforcement by the department of a requirement of this subchapter or the rules promulgated under this subchapter.
50.54(2)(b) (b) Intentionally retaliate or discriminate against a patient or rural medical center employee for doing any of the following:
50.54(2)(b)1. 1. Contacting or providing information to a state agency, as defined in s. 16.004 (12) (a).
50.54(2)(b)2. 2. Initiating, participating in or testifying in an action to enforce any provision of this subchapter or rules promulgated under this subchapter.
50.54(2)(c) (c) Intentionally destroy or modify the original report of an inspection that the department conducts under this subchapter or the rules promulgated under this subchapter.
50.54 History History: 1995 a. 98
50.55 50.55 Penalties and remedies.
50.55(1) (1) Forfeitures.
50.55(1)(a)(a) Any person who violates this subchapter or any rule promulgated under this subchapter, except s. 50.54 (2), may be required to forfeit not less than $100 nor more than $500 for each offense. Each day of continued violation constitutes a separate offense.
50.55(1)(b) (b) In determining whether a forfeiture is to be imposed and in fixing the amount of the forfeiture to be imposed, if any, for a violation, the department shall consider all of the following factors:
50.55(1)(b)1. 1. The gravity of the violation.
50.55(1)(b)2. 2. Good faith exercised by the licensee.
50.55(1)(b)3. 3. Any previous violations committed by the licensee.
50.55(1)(b)4. 4. The financial benefit to the rural medical center of committing or continuing to commit the violation.
50.55(1)(c) (c) 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 or for failure to correct it, the department shall send a notice of assessment to the rural medical center. 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 licensee of the right to a hearing under par. (d).
50.55(1)(d) (d) A rural medical center may contest an assessment of forfeiture by sending, within 10 days after receipt of notice under par. (c), a written request for hearing under s. 227.44 to the division of hearings and appeals under s. 15.103 (1). The division shall commence the hearing within 30 days after receipt of the request for 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.
50.55(1)(e) (e) 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. (d), within 10 days after receipt of the final decision, unless the final decision is appealed and the decision is in favor of the appellant. The department shall remit all forfeitures paid to the secretary of administration for deposit in the school fund.
50.55(2) (2)Other penalty. Whoever violates s. 50.54 (2) may be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned for not more than 6 months or both.
50.55(3) (3)Injunction. The department may, upon the advice of the attorney general, who shall represent the department in all proceedings under this subsection, institute an action in the name of the state in the circuit court for Dane County for injunctive relief or other process against any licensee, owner, operator, administrator or representative of any owner of a rural medical center for the violation of any of the provisions of this subchapter or rules promulgated under this subchapter if the department determines that the violation seriously affects the care, treatment, health, safety, rights, welfare or comfort of patients.
50.55 History History: 1995 a. 98; 2003 a. 33.
50.56 50.56 Applicability.
50.56(1)(1) Any of the following facilities or entities is not required to obtain licensure or a certificate of approval under the following statutes or to pay license fees under the following statutes if all of the services of the facility or entity are provided as a part of a rural medical center that holds a valid license under this subchapter:
50.56(1)(a) (a) A hospital, under ss. 50.135 (2) (a) and (b) and 50.35.
50.56(1)(b) (b) A nursing home, under ss. 50.03 (1) and 50.135 (2) (a) and (b).
50.56(1)(c) (c) A hospice, under ss. 50.92 (1) and 50.93 (1) (c).
50.56(1)(d) (d) A home health agency, under s. 50.49 (2) (b) and (8).
50.56(2) (2)Subsection (1) may not be construed to apply to limit the authority of the department to develop, establish or enforce any statutes and rules for the care, treatment, health, safety, rights, welfare and comfort of patients or residents of facilities or entities that are specified in sub. (1) (a) to (d) and for the construction, general hygiene, maintenance or operation of those facilities or entities.
50.56(3) (3) Notwithstanding sub. (2), insofar as a conflict exists between this subchapter, or the rules promulgated under this subchapter, and subch. I, II or IV, or the rules promulgated under subch. I, II or IV, the provisions of this subchapter and the rules promulgated under this subchapter control.
50.56(4) (4) This subchapter may not be construed to limit a health care service that is included in a rural medical center from any tax-exempt financing or reimbursement, insurance, payment for services or other advantage for which a health care service that is not included in a rural medical center is eligible.
50.56 History History: 1995 a. 98; 1997 a. 27, 237.
50.57 50.57 Fees permitted for a workshop or seminar. If the department develops and provides a workshop or seminar relating to the provision of services by rural medical centers under this subchapter, the department may establish a fee for each workshop or seminar and impose the fee on registrants for the workshop or seminar. A fee so established and imposed shall be in an amount sufficient to reimburse the department for the costs directly associated with developing and providing the workshop or seminar.
50.57 History History: 1997 a. 27.
subch. IV of ch. 50 SUBCHAPTER IV
HOSPICES
50.90 50.90 Definitions. In this subchapter:
50.90(1) (1) "Hospice" means any of the following:
50.90(1)(a) (a) An organization that primarily provides palliative care and supportive care to an individual with terminal illness where he or she lives or stays and, if necessary to meet the needs of an individual with terminal illness, arranges for or provides short-term inpatient care and treatment or provides respite care.
50.90(1)(b) (b) A program, within an organization, that primarily provides palliative care and supportive care to an individual with terminal illness where he or she lives or stays, that uses designated staff time and facility services, that is distinct from other programs of care provided, and, if necessary to meet the needs of an individual with terminal illness, that arranges for or provides short-term inpatient care and treatment or respite care.
50.90(1)(c) (c) A place, including a freestanding structure or a separate part of a structure in which other services are provided, that primarily provides palliative and supportive care and a place of residence to individuals with terminal illness and provides or arranges for short-term inpatient care as needed.
50.90(1m) (1m) "Managing employee" means a general manager, business manager, administrator, director or other individual who exercises operational or managerial control over, or who directly or indirectly conducts, the operation of the hospice.
50.90(2) (2) "Organization" means a public agency, as defined in s. 46.856 (1) (b), a nonprofit corporation, a for-profit stock corporation, a cooperative, an unincorporated cooperative association, a partnership, a limited liability company or a sole proprietorship.
50.90(3) (3) "Palliative care" means management and support provided for the reduction or abatement of pain, for other physical symptoms and for psychosocial or spiritual needs of individuals with terminal illness and includes physician services, skilled nursing care, medical social services, services of volunteers and bereavement services. "Palliative care" does not mean treatment provided in order to cure a medical condition or disease or to artificially prolong life.
50.90(3g) (3g) "Respite care" means care provided to a terminally ill individual in order to provide temporary relief to the primary caregiver.
50.90(3m) (3m) "Short-term care" means care provided to a terminally ill individual in an inpatient setting for brief periods of time for the purpose of pain control or acute or chronic symptom management.
50.90(4) (4) "Supportive care" means services provided during the final stages of an individual's terminal illness and dying and after the individual's death to meet the psychosocial, social and spiritual needs of family members of the terminally ill individual and other individuals caring for the terminally ill individual. "Supportive care" includes personal adjustment counseling, financial counseling, respite services, bereavement counseling and follow-up services provided by volunteers or other persons.
50.90(5) (5) "Terminal illness" means a medical prognosis that an individual's life expectancy is less than 12 months.
50.90 History History: 1989 a. 199; 1993 a. 112; 2003 a. 33; 2005 a. 441.
50.91 50.91 Departmental powers and duties. The department shall provide uniform, statewide licensing, inspection and regulation of hospices as specified in this subchapter.
50.91 History History: 1989 a. 199.
50.92 50.92 Licensing requirements.
50.92(1) (1) No person may conduct, maintain, operate or otherwise participate in conducting, maintaining or operating a hospice unless the hospice is licensed by the department.
50.92(2) (2) The department shall issue a license if the department finds that the applicant is fit and qualified and that the hospice meets the requirements of this subchapter and the rules promulgated under this subchapter.
50.92(3) (3) The department or the department's designated representative shall inspect or investigate a hospice prior to issuance of a license for the hospice except as provided in sub. (4) and may inspect or investigate a hospice as the department deems necessary, including conducting home visits or a review of health care records of any individuals with terminal illness served by the hospice, to determine if any person is in violation of this subchapter.
50.92(4) (4)
50.92(4)(a)(a) In lieu of inspecting or investigating a hospice under sub. (3) prior to issuance of a license, the department may accept evidence that a hospice applying for licensure under s. 50.93 has been inspected under and is currently certified as meeting the conditions for medicare participation under 42 USC 1395 to 1395ccc. If a hospice fails to meet the conditions for medicare participation under 42 USC 1395 to 1395ccc, the department shall inspect or investigate the hospice under sub. (3) before initially issuing a license for the hospice.
50.92(4)(b) (b) In lieu of inspecting or investigating a hospice under sub. (3) prior to issuance of a license, the department may accept evidence that a hospice applying for licensure under s. 50.93 has been inspected under and is currently in compliance with the hospice requirements of the joint commission for the accreditation of health organizations. A hospice shall provide the department with a copy of the report by the joint commission for the accreditation of health organizations of each periodic review the association conducts of the hospice.
50.92(5) (5) The past record of violations of applicable laws or regulations of the United States or of state statutes or rules of this or any other state, in the operation of any health-related organization, by an operator, managing employee or direct or indirect owner of a hospice or of an interest of a hospice is relevant to the issue of the fitness of an applicant for a license. The department or the department's designated representative shall inspect and investigate as necessary to determine the conditions existing in each case under this subsection and shall prepare and maintain a written report concerning the investigation and inspection.
50.92 History History: 1989 a. 199; 1997 a. 27.
50.925 50.925 Use of name or advertising prohibited. No entity that is not a hospice licensed under this subchapter or an applicant for a license or a provisional license under this subchapter may designate itself as a "hospice" or use the word "hospice" to represent or tend to represent the entity as a hospice or services provided by the entity as services provided by a hospice.
50.925 History History: 1989 a. 199.
50.93 50.93 Licensing procedure.
50.93(1) (1) Application. The application for a license or for a provisional license shall:
50.93(1)(a) (a) Be in writing on a form provided by the department.
50.93(1)(b) (b) Contain such information as the department requires.
50.93(1)(c) (c) Include licensing fee payment, unless the licensing fee is waived by the department on a case-by-case basis under criteria for determining financial hardship established in rules promulgated by the department. An initial licensing fee is $300, except that, for a hospice that is a nonprofit corporation and that is served entirely by uncompensated volunteers or employs persons in not more than 1.5 positions at 40 hours of employment per week, the initial licensing fee is $25. The annual fee thereafter is an amount equal to 0.15% of the net annual income of the hospice, based on the most recent annual report of the hospice under sub. (3m), or $200, whichever is greater, and if the amount equal to 0.15% of the net annual income of the hospice is greater than $1,000, the fee is $1,000, except that for a hospice that is a nonprofit corporation and that is served entirely by uncompensated volunteers or employs persons in not more than 1.5 positions at 40 hours of employment per week the annual fee is $10. The amount of the provisional licensing fee shall be established under s. 50.95 (2). The initial licensing fee for a hospice, including the initial licensing fee for a hospice that is a nonprofit corporation and that is served entirely by uncompensated volunteers or employs persons in not more than 1.5 positions at 40 hours of employment per week, issued after September 1 may be prorated.
50.93(2) (2)Issuance of license.
50.93(2)(a)(a) A hospice license is valid until suspended or revoked.
50.93(2)(c) (c) Each license shall be issued only for the applicant named in the application and may not be transferred or assigned.
50.93(2)(d) (d) Any license granted under special limitations prescribed by the department shall state the limitations.
50.93(3) (3)Provisional license. If the applicant has not been previously licensed under this subchapter or if the hospice is not in operation at the time that application is made, the department may issue a provisional license. Unless sooner suspended or revoked under sub. (4), a provisional license shall be valid for 24 months from the date of issuance. Within 30 days prior to the termination of a provisional license, the department shall fully and completely inspect the hospice and, if the hospice meets the applicable requirements for licensure, shall issue a regular license under sub. (2). If the department finds that the hospice does not meet the requirements for licensure, the department may not issue a regular license under sub. (2).
50.93(3m) (3m)Reporting. Every 12 months, on a schedule determined by the department, a licensed hospice shall submit an annual report in the form and containing the information that the department requires, including payment of the fee required under sub. (1) (c), evidence of current certification as meeting the conditions for medicare participation under 42 USC 1395 to 1395ccc and evidence of current compliance with the hospice requirements of the joint commission for the accreditation of health organizations. If a complete annual report is not timely filed, the department shall issue a warning to the licensee. The department may revoke the license for failure to timely and completely report within 60 days after the report date established under the schedule determined by the department.
50.93(4) (4)Suspension and revocation.
50.93(4)(a)(a) The department, after notice to the applicant or licensee, may suspend or revoke a license in any case in which the department finds that there has been a substantial failure to comply with the requirements of this subchapter or the rules promulgated under this subchapter. No state or federal funds passing through the state treasury may be paid to a hospice not having a valid license issued under this section.
50.93(4)(b) (b) Notice under this subsection shall include a clear and concise statement of the violations on which the revocation is based, the statute or rule violated and notice of the opportunity for an evidentiary hearing under par. (c).
50.93(4)(c) (c) If a hospice desires to contest the revocation of a license, the hospice shall, within 10 days after receipt of notice under par. (b), notify the department in writing of its request for a hearing under s. 227.44.
50.93(4)(d)1.1. Subject to s. 227.51 (3), revocation shall become effective on the date set by the department in the notice of revocation, or upon final action after hearing under ch. 227, or after court action if a stay is granted under ch. 227, whichever is later.
50.93(4)(d)3. 3. The department may extend the effective date of license revocation in any case in order to permit orderly removal and relocation of individuals served by the hospice.
50.93(5) (5)Inspection fee. If the department takes enforcement action against a hospice for a violation of this subchapter or rules promulgated under this subchapter, and the department subsequently conducts an on-site inspection of the hospice to review the hospice's action to correct the violation, the department may impose a $200 inspection fee on the hospice.
50.93 History History: 1989 a. 199; 1991 a. 39; 1997 a. 27; 2009 a. 28.
50.94 50.94 Admission to and care in a hospice for certain incapacitated persons.
50.94(1) (1) In this section:
50.94(1)(a) (a) "Hospice care" means palliative care, respite care, short-term care or supportive care.
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2011-12 Wisconsin Statutes updated though 2013 Wis. Act 200 and all Supreme Court Orders entered before April 18, 2014. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after April 18, 2014 are designated by NOTES. (Published 4-18-14)