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The variances issued in the following DQA memos are no longer necessary and have been rescinded.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
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.
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Last Updated: September 30, 2011