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Reminder of Hospital Requirements Pertaining to Victims of Sexual Assualt

PDF Version of DQA Memo 10-019  (PDF, 39 KB)

Date: July 14, 2010 -- DQA Memo 10-019
To: Hospitals HOSP 06
From: Cremear Mims, Director
Bureau of Health Services

Otis Woods, Administrator
Division of Quality Assurance

Reminder of Hospital Requirements Pertaining to Victims of Sexual Assault

This purpose of this memorandum is to remind all hospitals of the requirements under Wis. Stat. 50.375, which became effective on March 28, 2008. This law requires every hospital to provide a victim of sexual assault with specific information about the use and efficacy of emergency contraception. The law also requires, upon the victim's request, that the hospital provide emergency contraception to the victim. Hospitals that fail to comply with these requirements are subject to a forfeiture of not less than $2,500 or more than $5,000 for each violation.

The Department of Health Services is responsible for ensuring that hospitals comply with the requirements of Wis. Stat. 50.375, and is authorized to directly assess forfeitures for violations of the law. Wis. Stat. 50.375(5).

The Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health recently informed the Department about the results of a survey the Alliance had conducted of Wisconsin Hospitals. The survey results show that a significant number of Wisconsin hospitals are failing to comply with Wis. Stat. 50.375 by self-reporting that they do not consistently provide information about emergency contraception or do not provide emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault.

On April 15, 2008 the Department of Health Service/Division of Quality Assurance (DQA) notified all hospitals about the new law and the consequences for failure to comply with the Wis. Stat. 50.375 (DQA memo 08-010). The memo can be found at:

The Department of Health Services/Division of Quality Assurance is sending this memo as a reminder to all hospitals and asking all hospital administrators to remind their staff of their responsibilities under the law.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. If you have any questions about this information, please contact Cremear Mims, Director, Bureau of Health Services at (414) 227-4556 or (608) 264-9887.


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