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Revisions to Chapter DHS 131, Hospices, 
Wisconsin Administrative Code Effective October 1, 2010

PDF Version of DQA 10-027  (PDF, 38 KB)

Date: October 1, 2010 -- DQA Memo 10-027
To: Hospices HSPCE 09
From: Otis Woods, Administrator
Division of Quality Assurance

Revisions to Chapter DHS 131, Hospices, Wisconsin Administrative Code Effective October 1, 2010

On October 1, 2010, significant changes to ch. DHS 131, Hospices, Wisconsin Administrative Code took effect. A copy of the revised rule is available at the following link: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/dhs/dhs131.pdf

Wis. Admin. Code, ch. DHS 131, Hospices, was revised by staff in the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) in collaboration with the Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts (HOPE) of Wisconsin, hospices and hospice consumers. The revisions align the rule with the federal Hospice Conditions of Participation, eliminate inconsistencies between ch. DHS 131 and the federal requirements and provide a uniform set of standards for hospice providers to follow. 

The revised rule also adopts current professional standards of practice including the rights of patients to receive effective pain management and symptom control, and current infection control measures recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The variances issued in the following DQA memos are no longer necessary and have been rescinded.

DQA 96-047 DHS 131 - Bereavement Service Plan of Care Review Guideline
DQA 99-034 Statewide Variance Approval for DHS 131.42(1) (b)
DQA 99-039 Statewide Variance Approval for DHS 131.43(2) (a) 1 - Core Team
DQA 08-028 Wisconsin Administrative Code ch. HFS 131 Variances

If you have questions about this information, please contact the Section Chief assigned to your hospice. The names and contact information for the Section Chiefs are listed below.

Jan Heimbruch
Section Chief
Acute Care Compliance Section
Northern Team
(608) 266-0371 

Mark Andrews
Section Chief
Acute Care Compliance Section
Southern Team
(608) 266-0269

 

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Last Updated: September 30, 2011