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Federal Information:

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Licensee Change of Ownership:

If operation of the hospice is later transferred to another owner, ownership group, or to a lessee, the licensee is required to notify the Division of Quality Assurance at the time they are planning a change-of-ownership transfer as the license is non-transferable.

Documentation must be submitted to the Division of Quality Assurance to officiate the change of owner.

If operation of the hospice is later transferred to another owner, ownership group, or to a lessee, the Health Insurance Benefits Agreement will be transferred.

  • You are required to notify the Division of Quality Assurance at the time you are planning a change-of-ownership transfer as your license is non-transferable.

  • Complete all applicable sections of application, including Section B. which may be obtained from the Hospice Licensing Specialist who can be reached at 608-266-2702

See Rules & Regulations for hospices:

  • Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 50.90

  • Wisconsin Administrative Code, HFS 131 - Hospice Rules

  • Please review and submit Policies and Procedures Necessary to meet HFS 131

  • A nonrefundable fee of $300.00 must be included with your application as required under HFS 131.14(1), except that:

    • The fee for a hospice that is a nonprofit corporation and is served entirely by uncompensated volunteers or employs persons in not more than 1.5 positions at 40 hours of employment per week shall be $25; and

    • The fee for a hospice that is a nonprofit organization, that is served entirely by uncompensated volunteers and that charges no fees may be waived by the department upon request.

    Your check should be made payable to the Division of Quality Assurance.

  • Caregiver Background Check Process  - A background check is completed on all signatories and interested parties having access to clients.

    • Select the appropriate section, "New Applicant" or "Existing License Holder."

    • Complete and return HFS 64A and HFS 69A.

    • Review Chapters 1 and 2 in the "Caregiver Program Manual" concerning the fees and process of employees' background checks.

The applications, fees, and forms should be sent to:  Department of Health Services, Hospice Licensing Specialist, Division of Quality Assurance, Post Office Box 2969, Madison, WI 53701-2969.

Safety in Healthcare

Provider resources for Safety in Healthcare

Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness for Long Term Care and Assisted Living Facilities

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Preparedness and Response website includes preparedness resources for healthcare facilities. (exit DHS) 

U.S. Department of Labor

The United States Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division Fact Sheet website provides information by topic of the Fair Labor Standards Act. (exit DHS)  Fact Sheet topics include: Health Care, Nursing Care Facilities, Nurses, Recordkeeping, Home Health Care, Hours Worked, Overtime, and additional areas. 

Wisconsin's Flu Resource

Wisconsin's Flu Resource website (exit DHS)

Wisconsin License, Permit and Registration Services Portal

Wisconsin License, Permit and Registration Services - Category: Health/Medicine (exit DHS)

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Last Updated: July 03, 2014