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46.284(3)(b)8. 8. The ability to manage and deliver, either directly or through subcontracts or partnerships with other organizations, the full range of benefits to be included in the monthly payment amount.
46.284(3)(b)9. 9. Thorough knowledge of methods for maximizing informal caregivers and community resources and integrating them into a service or care plan.
46.284(3)(b)10. 10. Coverage for a geographic area specified by the department.
46.284(3)(b)11. 11. The ability to develop strong linkages with systems and services that are not directly within the scope of the applicant's responsibility but that are important to the target group that it proposes to serve, including primary and acute health care services.
46.284(3)(b)12. 12. Adequate and competent staffing by qualified personnel to perform all of the functions that the applicant proposes to undertake.
46.284(3m) (3m)Permit required. A care management organization that is described under s. 600.01 (1) (b) 10. a., to which s. 600.01 (1) (b) 10. b. does not apply and that is certified under sub. (3) shall apply for a permit with the office of the commissioner of insurance under ch. 648.
46.284(4) (4)Duties. A care management organization shall, in addition to meeting all contract requirements, do all of the following:
46.284(4)(a) (a) Accept requested enrollment of any person who is entitled to the family care benefit and of any person who is eligible for the family care benefit and for whom funding is available. No care management organization may disenroll any enrollee, except under circumstances specified by the department by contract. No care management organization may encourage any enrollee to disenroll in order to obtain long-term care services under the medical assistance fee-for-service system. No involuntary disenrollment is effective unless the department has reviewed and approved it.
46.284(4)(b) (b) Conduct a comprehensive assessment for each enrollee, including an in-person interview with the enrollee, using a standard format developed by the department.
46.284(4)(c) (c) With the enrollee and the enrollee's family or guardian, if appropriate, develop a comprehensive care plan that reflects the enrollee's values and preferences.
46.284(4)(d) (d) Provide or contract for the provision of necessary services and monitor the provided or contracted services.
46.284(4)(e) (e) Provide, within guidelines established by the department, a mechanism by which an enrollee may arrange for, manage, and monitor his or her family care benefit directly or with the assistance of another person chosen by the enrollee. The care management organization shall provide each enrollee with a form on which the enrollee shall indicate whether he or she has been offered the option under this paragraph and whether he or she has accepted or declined the option. If the enrollee accepts the option, the care management organization shall monitor the enrollee's use of a fixed budget for purchase of services or support items from any qualified provider, monitor the health and safety of the enrollee, and provide assistance in management of the enrollee's budget and services at a level tailored to the enrollee's need and desire for the assistance.
46.284(4)(f) (f) Provide, on a fee-for-service basis, case management services to persons who are functionally eligible but not financially eligible for the family care benefit.
46.284(4)(g) (g) Meet all performance standards required by the federal government or promulgated by the department by rule.
46.284(4)(h) (h) Submit to the department reports and data required or requested by the department.
46.284(4)(i) (i) Implement internal quality improvement and assurance processes that meet standards prescribed by the department by rule.
46.284(4)(j) (j) Cooperate with external quality assurance reviews.
46.284(4)(k) (k) Meet departmental requirements for protection of solvency.
46.284(4)(L) (L) Annually submit to the department an independent financial audit that meets federal requirements.
46.284(4m) (4m)Creating corporation.
46.284(4m)(a) (a) In this subsection, “governmental entity" means a political subdivision, as defined in s. 16.99 (3d), or a subunit of a political subdivision.
46.284(4m)(b) (b) A governmental entity that has a contract under sub. (2) may do all of the following:
46.284(4m)(b)1. 1. Create a nonstock, nonprofit corporation under ch. 181 or a service insurance corporation under ch. 613. Before creating a nonstock, nonprofit corporation or a service insurance corporation that will provide services under the family care benefit, the governmental entity shall submit to the department the proposed articles of incorporation for review and approval. If the department does not disapprove the articles of incorporation within 30 days of the date of submission to the department, the articles of incorporation are considered approved. If the department disapproves the articles of incorporation, the department shall provide specific reasons for the disapproval and recommendations regarding how the articles may be amended to cure the defect.
46.284(4m)(b)2. 2. With approval of the department and office of the commissioner of insurance, assign any of the following to a corporation created under subd. 1.:
46.284(4m)(b)2.a. a. The governmental entity's assets and liabilities relating to providing the family care benefit, including operating capital funds, risk reserve funds, solvency funds, or other special reserve funds required by the department or the office of the commissioner of insurance.
46.284(4m)(b)2.b. b. A contract with the department as described in sub. (2).
46.284(4m)(b)2.c. c. A permit issued by the office of the commissioner of insurance under ch. 648.
46.284(4m)(b)2.d. d. A certification by the department under sub. (3).
46.284(4m)(c) (c) Upon approval of the department and the commissioner of insurance under par. (b) 2., the department shall notify enrollees of the care management organization regarding the transfer of the contract to the corporation created under par. (b) 1. and shall inform enrollees of their rights and responsibilities in accordance with any requirements of the federal department of health and human services.
46.284(5) (5)Funding and risk-sharing.
46.284(5)(a) (a) From the appropriation accounts under s. 20.435 (4) (b), (bd), (g), (gm), (h), (im), (o), and (w) and (7) (b), the department shall provide funding on a capitated payment basis for the provision of services under this section. Notwithstanding s. 46.036 (3) and (5m), a care management organization that is under contract with the department may expend the funds, consistent with this section, including providing payment, on a capitated basis, to providers of services under the family care benefit.
46.284(5)(b) (b) If the expenditures by a care management organization under par. (a) exceed payments received from the department under par. (a), as determined by the department by contract, the department may share the loss with the care management organization, within the limits prescribed under the contract with the department.
46.284(5)(c) (c) If the payments received from the department under par. (a) exceed the expenditures by a care management organization under par. (a), as determined by the department by contract, the care management organization may retain a portion of the excess payments, within the limits prescribed under the contract with the department, and shall return the remainder to the department.
46.284(5)(d) (d) The department may, by contract, impose solvency protections that the department determines are reasonable and necessary to retain federal financial participation. These protections may include all of the following:
46.284(5)(d)1. 1. The requirement that a care management organization segregate a risk reserve from other funds of the care management organization or the authorizing body for the care management organization.
46.284(5)(d)2. 2. The requirement that interest accruing to the risk reserve remain in the escrow account for the risk reserve.
46.284(5)(d)3. 3. Limitations on the distribution of funds from the risk reserve.
46.284(5)(d)4. 4. The requirement that a care management organization place funds in a risk reserve and maintain the risk reserve in an interest-bearing escrow account with a financial institution, as defined in s. 69.30 (1) (b), or invest funds as specified in s. 46.2895 (4) (j) 2. or 3. Moneys in the risk reserve or invested as specified in this subdivision may be expended only for the provision of services under this section. If a care management organization ceases participation under this section, the funds in the risk reserve or invested as specified in this subdivision, minus any contribution of moneys other than those specified in par. (c), shall be returned to the department. The department shall expend the moneys for the payment of outstanding debts to providers of family care benefit services and for the continuation of family care benefit services to enrollees.
46.284(5)(e)1.1. Subject to subd. 2., a care management organization may enter into contracts with providers of family care benefit services and may limit profits of the providers under the contracts.
46.284(5)(e)2. 2. The department shall review the contracts in subd. 1., including rates for the provision of service, to ensure that the contract terms protect services access by enrollees and financial viability of the care management organization, and may require contract revision.
46.284(6) (6)Governing board. A care management organization shall have a governing board that reflects the ethnic and economic diversity of the geographic area served by the care management organization. At least one-fourth of the members of the governing board shall be representative of the client group or groups whom the care management organization is contracted to serve or those clients' family members, guardians, or other advocates.
46.284(7) (7)Confidentiality; exchange of information. No record, as defined in s. 19.32 (2), of a care management organization that contains personally identifiable information, as defined in s. 19.62 (5), concerning an individual who receives services from the care management organization may be disclosed by the care management organization without the individual's informed consent, except as follows:
46.284(7)(a) (a) A care management organization may provide information as required to comply with s. 16.009 (2) (p) or 49.45 (4) or as necessary for the department to administer the program under ss. 46.2805 to 46.2895.
46.284(7)(b) (b) Notwithstanding ss. 48.78 (2) (a), 49.45 (4), 49.83, 51.30, 51.45 (14) (a), 55.22 (3), 146.82, 252.11 (7), 253.07 (3) (c) and 938.78 (2) (a), a care management organization acting under this section may exchange confidential information about a client, as defined in s. 46.287 (1), without the informed consent of the client, under s. 46.21 (2m) (c), 46.215 (1m), 46.22 (1) (dm), 46.23 (3) (e), 46.283 (7), 46.2895 (10), 51.42 (3) (e) or 51.437 (4r) (b) in the county of the care management organization, if necessary to enable the care management organization to perform its duties or to coordinate the delivery of services to the client.
46.284 Annotation A long-term care district is governed by s. 46.2895 (2) and is limited to the counties that are members of the district. Before a district may provide care management organization services to a county beyond its jurisdiction, that county must become a member of the district. New counties joining a district, like the original creating members, are entitled to representation on the district's governing board. OAG 3-15
46.285 46.285 Operation of resource center and care management organization. In order to meet federal requirements and assure federal financial participation in funding of the family care benefit, a county, a tribe or band, a long-term care district or an organization, including a private, nonprofit corporation, may not directly operate both a resource center and a care management organization.
46.285 History History: 1999 a. 9; 2005 a. 386; 2007 a. 20; 2019 a. 9.
46.286 46.286 Family care benefit.
46.286(1)(1)Eligibility. A person is eligible for, but not necessarily entitled to, the family care benefit if the person is at least 18 years of age; has a physical disability, as defined in s. 15.197 (4) (a) 2., or a developmental disability, as defined in s. 51.01 (5) (a), or is a frail elder; and meets all of the following criteria:
46.286(1)(a) (a) Functional eligibility. A person is functionally eligible if the person's level of care need, as determined by the department or its designee, is either of the following:
46.286(1)(a)1m. 1m. The nursing home level, if the person has a long-term or irreversible condition, expected to last at least 90 days or result in death within one year of the date of application, and requires ongoing care, assistance or supervision.
46.286(1)(a)2m. 2m. The non-nursing home level, if the person has a condition that is expected to last at least 90 days or result in death within 12 months after the date of application, and is at risk of losing his or her independence or functional capacity unless he or she receives assistance from others.
46.286(1)(b) (b) Financial eligibility.
46.286(1)(b)1c.1c. In this paragraph, “medical assistance" does not include coverage of the benefits under s. 49.471 (11).
46.286(1)(b)2m. 2m. A person is financially eligible if any of the following apply:
46.286(1)(b)2m.a. a. The person is eligible under ch. 49 for medical assistance and, unless he or she is exempt from acceptance under rules promulgated by the department, accepts medical assistance.
46.286(1)(b)2m.b. b. The person was receiving the family care benefit on October 27, 2007, the person would qualify for medical assistance except for financial or disability criteria, and the projected cost of the person's care plan, as calculated by the department or its designee, exceeds the person's gross monthly income, plus one-twelfth of his or her countable assets, less deductions and allowances permitted by rule by the department.
46.286(2) (2)Cost sharing.
46.286(2)(a) (a) A person who is determined to be financially eligible under sub. (1) (b) shall contribute to the cost of his or her care an amount that is calculated by the department or its designee after subtracting from the person's gross income, plus one-twelfth of countable assets, the deductions and allowances permitted by the department by rule.
46.286(2)(b) (b) Funds received under par. (a) shall be used by a care management organization to pay for services under the family care benefit.
46.286(2)(c) (c) A person who is required to contribute to the cost of his or her care but who fails to make the required contributions is ineligible for the family care benefit unless he or she is exempt from the requirement under rules promulgated by the department.
46.286(3) (3)Entitlement.
46.286(3)(a) (a) Subject to par. (c), a person is entitled to and may receive the family care benefit through enrollment in a care management organization if all of the following apply:
46.286(3)(a)1m. 1m. The person is at least 18 years of age.
46.286(3)(a)2m. 2m. The person has a physical disability, as defined in s. 15.197 (4) (a) 2., a developmental disability, as defined in s. 51.01 (5) (a), or is a frail elder.
46.286(3)(a)3m. 3m. The person is functionally eligible under sub. (1) (a).
46.286(3)(a)4m. 4m. The person is financially eligible under sub. (1) (b) 2m. a., and fulfills any applicable cost-sharing requirements.
46.286(3)(b) (b) An entitled individual who is enrolled in a care management organization may not be involuntarily disenrolled except as follows:
46.286(3)(b)1. 1. For cause, subject to the requirements of s. 46.284 (4) (a).
46.286(3)(b)2. 2. If the contract between the care management organization and the department is canceled or not renewed. If this circumstance occurs, the department shall assure that enrollees continue to receive needed services through another care management organization or through the medical assistance fee-for-service system or any of the following programs:
46.286(3)(b)2.b. b. Home and community-based waiver programs under 42 USC 1396n (c), including a community integration program under s. 46.275, 46.277, or 46.278 and the Community Opportunities and Recovery Program under s. 46.2785.
46.286(3)(b)2.c. c. The Alzheimer's family caregiver support program under s. 46.87.
46.286(3)(b)2.d. d. Community aids under s. 46.40, if documented by the county under a method prescribed by the department.
46.286(3)(b)2.e. e. County funding, if documented by the county under a method prescribed by the department.
46.286(3)(b)3. 3. The department or its designee determines that the person no longer meets eligibility criteria under sub. (1).
46.286(3)(c) (c) Within each county and for each client group, par. (a) shall first apply on the effective date of a contract under which a care management organization accepts a per person per month payment to provide services under the family care benefit to eligible persons in that client group in the county. Within 36 months after this date, the department shall assure that sufficient capacity exists within one or more care management organizations to provide the family care benefit to all entitled persons in that client group in the county.
46.286(3m) (3m)Information about enrollees. The department shall obtain and share information about family care enrollees as provided in s. 49.475.
46.286(4) (4)Divestment; rules. The department shall promulgate rules relating to prohibitions on divestment of assets of persons who receive the family care benefit, that are substantially similar to applicable provisions under s. 49.453.
46.286(5) (5)Treatment of trust amounts; rules. The department shall promulgate rules relating to treatment of trust amounts of persons who receive the family care benefit, that are substantially similar to applicable provisions under s. 49.454.
46.286(6) (6)Protection of income and resources of couple for maintenance of community spouse; rules. The department shall promulgate rules relating to protection of income and resources of couples for the maintenance of the spouse in the community with regard to persons who receive the family care benefit, that are substantially similar to applicable provisions under s. 49.455.
46.286(7) (7)Recovery of family care benefit payments. The department shall apply to the recovery from persons who receive the family care benefit, including by liens and affidavits and from estates, of correctly paid family care benefits, the applicable provisions under ss. 49.496 and 49.849.
46.286 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. DHS 10, Wis. adm. code.
46.287 46.287 Hearings.
46.287(1)(1)Definition. In this section, “client" means a person applying for eligibility for the family care benefit, an eligible person or an enrollee.
46.287(2) (2)Hearing.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 18 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on October 1, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after October 1, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 10-1-19)