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Date: May 4, 2007 -- DQA Memo 07-006
To: Adult Day Care Centers ADC 02
Adult Family Homes AFH 03
Ambulatory Surgery Centers ASC 02
Certified Mental Health and AODA CMHA 04
Community Based Residential Facilities CBRF 03
End Stage Renal Dialysis Units ESRD 02
Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled (FDD) FDD 04
Home Health Agencies HHA 03
Hospices HSPC 03
Hospitals HOSP 04
Nurse Aide Training Programs NATP 03
Nursing Homes NH 04
Outpatient Rehabilitation Facilities OPT/SP 02
Residential Care Apartment Complexes RCAC 03
Rural Health Clinics RHC 03
From: Otis Woods, Director
Office of Quality Assurance

DHFS Reorganization

On April 9, 2007, Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS) Secretary Kevin Hayden announced that the DHFS reorganization proposal had been approved by the Department of Administration. As a result of the reorganization, the Office of Quality Assurance became the Division of Quality Assurance (DQA). The purpose of this memo is to notify the provider community of name and other organizational changes that have occurred as a result of the reorganization.

Changing the status of the Office of Quality Assurance to the Division of Quality Assurance has resulted in former OQA sections being elevated to Bureau level. Effective April 1, 2007, the new Bureau names within the Division of Quality Assurance are as follows:

Former Section Bureau
Assisted Living Section Bureau of Assisted Living (BAL)
Kevin Coughlin, Bureau Director
Health Services Section Bureau of Health Services (BHS)
Cremear Mims, Bureau Director
Provider Regulation and Quality
Improvement Section
Bureau of Technology, Licensing and Education (BTLE)
Jan Eakins, Bureau Director
Resident Care Review Section Bureau of Nursing Home Resident Care (BNHRC)
Paul Peshek, Bureau Director
Office Director's Office Division Administrator's Office
Otis Woods, Division Administrator
Jane Walters, Deputy Administrator

DQA and its Bureaus are using the new names.

The DQA reorganization has no effect on the internal structure of the Bureaus of Assisted Living and Nursing Home Resident Care. Staff will continue to be organized in Regional Offices and will continue to have the same titles. Units within the Bureaus of Health Services and Technology, Licensing and Education have been elevated to section status. The units have been renamed as follows:

Former Unit (HSS) Section (BHS)
Health Care Regulatory Unit Acute Care Compliance Section
Jan Heimbruch, Section Chief, Northern
Mark Andrews, Section Chief, Southern
Program Certification Unit Behavioral Health Section
Mark Hale, Section Chief
Clinical Laboratory Unit Clinical Laboratory Section
Sharon Abraham, Section Chief
Former Unit (PRQI) Section (BTLE)
Quality Improvement Training Unit Education Services Section
Sharon Rickords, Section Chief
Compliance Unit Licensing and Regulatory Support Services Section
 Lora Quinn, Section Chief
Information Resources and Analysis Unit Information Management Section
Richard Betz, Section Chief

The proposal to transfer the Office of Caregiver Quality from the Bureau of Health Services to the DQA Division Administrator's Office has been submitted to the Department. We anticipate that this move will be approved in the very near future. There will be no change in the name of OCQ, and Shari Busse will be the Office Director.

The primary purpose and vision of DQA remains the same. We continue to focus on quality improvement, regulatory flexibility, and person-centered services; as DHS continues to reform the long-term care system and improve service in the mental health and substance abuse arena. DQA will continue to collaborate with stakeholders on these shared goals to ensure quality of life and quality of care and treatment for Wisconsin's vulnerable citizens.

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