Regulatory Issues & Quality Improvement

LeadingAge Wisconsin understands that state regulations play an important role in ensuring the highest quality of care for aging adults. When new regulations are implemented, we provide our members with timely updates and easy-to-follow interpretations to help with assessing public policy trends and implementing regulatory initiatives. We encourage you to use the resources below to stay informed about the latest regulatory issues and quality improvement initiatives in Wisconsin.

  • DQA Northeastern Region Handouts -- August 1, 2012
  • CMS Seeks Provider Input on Modifying/Eliminating Unworkable Regulations

  • DQA Nothern Region Handout
  • APIC: Recommended Practices for Surveillance 
  • UTI and Antimicrobial Resource Charts 
  • Antibiotic Use in LTC Facilities 

  • DQA Western Region Handout 

  • WCCEAL 2012 Update 

  • WCCEAL/DQA/BAL Firewall 

  • DQA Draft Memo on Medication Setup in Assisted Living and Adult Day Care 

  • DQA Presentation on the Use of Psychotropic Medication Use in Nursing Homes

  • PHI State Facts - Wisconsin

  • Governor Walker Signs "Dual Enforcement" Bill Into Law

  • State Senate Roll Call Vote on Passage of 2011 Senate Bill 212

  • State Assembly Roll Call Vote on Concurrence in SB 212

  • WAHSA/WHCA SB212/AB302 Responses

  • Chapter 50 Regulatory Reform WAHSA Memo October 13, 2011

  • Co-sponsorship Letter for Dual Enforcement Bill

  • Chapter 50 Regulatory Reform Joint Memo September 20, 2011

  • Dual Enforcement Draft Legislation

  • LeadingAge Summary of the EJA

  • CMS Memo: Reporting Reasonable Suspicion of a Crime in a Long-Term Care Facility

  • Three Posters for Possible Use in Your Facility:

  • Template/Model Facility Reporting Policies

  • Non-emergency Medical Transportation: Frequently Asked Questions

  • Summary of CMS Skilled Nursing Facility PPS Final Rule FY 2012

  • WAHSA Position Statement on AB 126 Concealed Carry Legislation

  • WAHSA and WHCA Ask Joint Finance Committee to Return Bed Tax Skim and Protection From Cuts

  • Institute of Medicine Study of Nursing Home Survey Process April 2011

  • DEA Regulation of Controlled Substance April 2011

  • The CMS Nursing Home Five-Star System April 2011

  • Mechanical Patient Lift Prohibition April 2011

  • LeadingAge Issue Updates and Policy Briefs

  • Nursing Home Rate Communications - Available on ForwardHealth Portal

  • WAHSA Briefing Overview

  • WAHSA 2011 Policy Agenda

  • Chapter 50 Regulatory Reform

  • 23.Realities of Tort Reform

  • WAHSA Testimony on January 2011 Special Session Senate Bill 1 and Assembly Bill 1: Tort Reform

  • Health Care Providers, Purchasers Back Walker's Quality Improvement Act

  • Nursing Home Quality Care Challenge -- WAHSA 2011

  • Alzheimer's Challenging Behaviors Task Force Report - December 2010

  • DWD Secretary Gassman's 9/16/10 Letter to DOL on the Use of Mechanical Lifts by 16-17 Year Olds

  • June 29, 2010 Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Solicitation of Information: Dispensing of Controlled Substances to Residents at Long-Term Care Facilities

  • A National Alert Network Warning on EPINEPHrine Pre-filled Syringe Shortage

  • S.3407, Improving the Quality of Care in Nursing Homes Act of 2010

  • WAHSA Memo to the Membership on S. 3407

  • Feingold Works To Improve Nursing Home Care

  • AAHSA Applauds Introduction of Legislation to Improve Nursing Home Quality

  • WAHSA Position Statement on 2009 Senate Bill 594

  • 2009 Senate Bill 538 - March 3, 2010

  • WAHSA Position on AB 259-389 - January 27, 2010

  • DQA Memo - 09-043, Notice of Revisit Fees

  • WAHSA Response to Proposed Changes to AB 259 & AB 389

  • DHS Proposed Revisions to Chapter 50

  • WAHSA Opposition to 2009 Senate Bill 108

  • WAHSA Opposition to 2009 Assembly Bill 389

  • WAHSA Opposition to 2009 Assembly Bill 259

  • WAHSA Comments to US Senate Finance Committee - A Call to Evaluate the Nursing Home Enforcement System

  • CMS Five Star Rating System

  • CMS Nursing Home Five Star Rating System Discussion Guide - Recommendations

  • 5-Star Quality Measures - Are they risk adjusted?

  • CMS Technical 5-Star Technical Guide

  • HFS 129 Comments

  • WAHSA's Continued Opposition to Senate Bill 283 and to the Anticipated Amendment to SB 283

  • WAHSA Opposition to 2007 Senate Bill 283

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