Topics P

Topics P:


Prior Authorization


Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly. Operated in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties by Community Care, Inc. (CCI), under contract with DHS.


Program of Assertive Community Treatment; an outpatient program for adults operated by Mendota Mental Health Institute.


Public Assistance Collection Unit


Provider-Administered Drugs


Position action request; a personnel form used for both hiring and reclassification purposes.


Early intervention program for infants and toddlers (age 0-2) with disabilities under PL 99-457. This is now Part C of PL 105-17. See also BIRTH TO 3.


Pharmacy Benefit Manager


Personal Care Agency


Polychlorinated biphenyls. Disposition of these organic compounds is a matter of public concern because of their chronic toxicity, pervasiveness and persistence in the environment and their tendency to accumulate in the food chain and people.


Personal Care Services


Program Certification Unit (DQA)


Position description form, describing the duties, performance expectations, and knowledge required for a position; there is a PD for every position.


Publication, for DLTC and DMHSAS (formerly DDES)


Preferred Drug List


Presumptive Eligibility


Payment Error Rate Measurement

Personal Care Services

Mainly refers to assistance with activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing and walking.


Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.


Wisconsin Public Health Information Network is a secure, online network from the Department of Health Services for integrating the information resources of the public health system and all public health partners.


Personnel Information Verification System in DHSS; formerly known as Personnel Information Control System (PICS).


Public Law; Federal term equivalent to session law in Wisconsin.

PL 94-142

The Education for All Handicapped Children Act; provides basic requirements for the educational system in serving handicapped children.


Prenatal Care Coordination.


Point of Sale; Place of Service


Purchase of services.

Poverty Level

Poverty income thresholds by family size; originally developed by the Social Security Administration in 1964; annually updated by the Census Bureau for inflation, with a version simplified for administrative purposes published each February as "poverty income guidelines" by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register; in 1998, a family of 4 with an income at or below $16,450 is considered poor under the guidelines; income excludes Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps and WIC drafts.

Power of Attorney for Health Care

Under ch. 155, Wisconsin Statutes, a competent person at least 18 years of age may complete a form available from DHS to designate someone to make health care decisions for the person in the event that the person becomes unable to make those decisions. The designated person is that person's agent to exercise the power of attorney.

Power of Attorney for Property and Finance

Under ch. 243, Wisconsin Statutes, competent person at least 18 years of age may complete a form available from DHS to designate someone to make property and finance decisions for the person in the event that the person can no longer make those decisions. The designated person is that person's agent to exercise the power of attorney.


Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


Performance Planning and Development, a system for improving performance of department employees based on joint supervisor-employee planning and emphasizing results and opportunities for staff development.


Program for Psychotic and Neurologically Impaired Children, at Mendota Mental Health Institute.


Program revenues; consist of revenues paid into a specific fund in payment for a product or service and used to meet the cost of producing or providing that product or service.


Wisconsin Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System is an ongoing survey of new mothers conducted jointly by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state health departments.

Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)

A limited or preferred group of physicians and hospitals (providers) that offer a discount on their normal charges for services provided to members of an organization which contracts with it.


Program revenues-Federal; consist of revenues received by the state from the Federal government in support of programs and projects operated by the Department or in reimbursement for the cost of services provided through programs operated by the Department.


Prescribing/Referring/Ordering (a provider type)


Program revenues-other; consist of fees collected by the Department for licenses or services, and nonfederal grants received.


Peer Review Organization; federally required physician-sponsored group charged to review necessity, quality and appropriateness of services provided under Medicare, Medicaid and Maternal and Child Health programs in connection with reimbursing providers.

Program Accessibility

Federal/state requirement that each program or activity funded through DHS be operated so that the program or activity, when viewed in its entirety, is readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities.

Prospective Rate Reimbursement

Any method of paying medical care providers under which amounts or rates are established in advance and providers are paid regardless of actual costs.

Protective Placement

Under s. 55.06, Wis. Stats., court-ordered placement of persons found incompetent to manage their own affairs and in need of care and custody; placement is in nursing homes and other non-psychiatric protective living settings.

Protective Services

Assistance to protect vulnerable persons from being abused, exploited, or treated in a degrading manner, and to help those who are adults live as independently as possible.

Provided Services

Services for people actually provided by staff of the Department or local human service agencies, rather than purchased.


Program revenues-service; consist of revenues made up of payments from other state appropriations.


Physical therapy.


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