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Revisions to Chapter HFS 132, Wisconsin Administrative Code, Effective September 1, 2007

PDF Version of DQA 07-015 (PDF, 25 KB) 

Date: September 4, 2007 -- DQA Memo 07-015
To: Nursing Homes NH 11
From: Otis Woods, Administrator
Division of Quality Assurance

Revisions to Chapter HFS 132, Wisconsin Administrative Code, effective September 4, 2007

On September 1, 2007, significant changes to Chapter HFS 132, Wisconsin Administrative Code took effect.

The revisions were developed by staff from the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) in collaboration with representatives from the Board on Aging and Long Term Care, Disability Rights Wisconsin, Inc., and Wisconsin nursing home associations. 

The revised Chapter HFS 132 eliminates rules that were outdated or overly prescriptive, or were essentially duplicated in Chapter 50, Wisconsin Statutes, or in the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code or federal nursing home regulations at 42 CFR 483. 

These changes reduce the number of requirements in HFS 132 by almost 50 percent. Facilities continue to be responsible for being in compliance with Chapter 50, the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code, and, if certified for Medicaid or Medicare, with the federal nursing home regulations.

Two important additions were made to the code. Section HFS 132.16 creates a Quality Assurance and Improvement Committee composed of representatives from nursing homes, advocates, staff from the Department, and representatives from other interested organizations.

The committee will distribute funds to facilities that have submitted innovative, cost effective proposals for improving the operation of a nursing home and the quality of life for residents. Additional information about how to apply for these funds will be available on the DQA internet site in the near future. 

Section HFS 132.14 (4) (b) was amended to require applicants for nursing home licensure to disclose information to the department regarding past regulatory compliance and financial history in the operation of a health care facility.

The following DQA memorandums have been updated to be consistent with the revised code and will be available on the DQA internet site shortly.

DDES-BQA-06-011  Sharing of Toilet Facilities between Sexes.
DSL-BQA-01-026     Shared Resident Spaces in Mixed Occupancy

The DQA memorandum listed below has been rescinded.

DDES-BQA-06-012 Approval of Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals.

Other memorandums pertaining to Chapter HFS 132 will be reviewed and addressed in the future.

A current copy of Chapter HFS 132 can be obtained on the Internet at:

If you have questions about this information, please contact the Regional Field Operations Director assigned to your facility. The names and phone numbers of the Regional Field Operations Directors are listed below:

Joe Bronner
Regional Field Operations Director
Northern (Rhinelander) Regional Office
(715) 365-2802

Joanne Powell
Regional Field Operations Director
Northeastern (Green Bay) Regional Office
(920) 448-5249

Katherine Friend
Regional Field Operations Director
Southeastern (Milwaukee) Regional Office
(414) 227-4908

Juan Flores
Regional Field Operations Director
Southern (Madison) Regional Office
(608) 266-9422

Joe Bronner
Regional Field Operations Director
Western (Eau Claire) Regional Office
(715) 836-4753

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