2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 655. Health care liability and injured patients and families compensation.
655.001 Definitions.


655.001 Definitions. In this chapter:


(1) "Board of governors" means the board created under s. 619.04 (3).


(2) "Claimant" means the person filing a request for mediation under s. 655.44 or 655.445.


(4) "Department" means the department of health services.


(6) "Fiscal year" means the period beginning on July 1 and ending on the following June 30.


(7) "Fund" means the injured patients and families compensation fund under s. 655.27.


(7m) "Graduate medical education program" means a program approved by the medical examining board that provides postgraduate medical education and training for a person who possesses a diploma from a medical or osteopathic college or who has the equivalent education and experience from a foreign medical school recognized by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.


(7t) "Health care practitioner" means a health care professional, as defined in s. 180.1901 (1m), who is an employee of a health care provider described in s. 655.002 (1) (d), (e), (em), or (f) and who has the authority to provide health care services that are not in collaboration with a physician under s. 441.15 (2) (b) or under the direction and supervision of a physician or nurse anesthetist.


(8) "Health care provider" means a person to whom this chapter applies under s. 655.002 (1) or a person who elects to be subject to this chapter under s. 655.002 (2).


(9) "Nurse anesthetist" means a nurse licensed under ch. 441 or in a party state, as defined in s. 441.50 (2) (j), who is certified as a nurse anesthetist by the American association of nurse anesthetists.


(10) "Patient" means an individual who received or should have received health care services from a health care provider or from an employee of a health care provider acting within the scope of his or her employment.


(10m) "Physician" means a medical or osteopathic physician licensed under ch. 448.


(11) "Principal place of practice" means any of the following:


(a) The state in which a health care provider furnishes health care services to more than 50% of his or her patients in a fiscal year.


(b) The state in which a health care provider derives more than 50% of his or her income in a fiscal year from the practice of his or her profession.


(12) "Representative" means the personal representative, spouse, parent, guardian, attorney or other legal agent of a patient.


(13) "Respondent" means the person alleged to have been negligent in a request for mediation filed under s. 655.44 or 655.445.

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History: 1975 c. 37, 79; 1977 c. 26 s. 75; 1977 c. 131; 1977 c. 203 s. 106; Sup. Ct. Order, 88 Wis. 2d xiii (1979); 1979 c. 124, 185, 355; 1983 a. 189 s. 329 (5); 1985 a. 340; 1987 a. 27, 182, 264, 403; 1989 a. 187; 1991 a. 214; 1993 a. 473; 1995 a. 27 s. 9126 (19); 1999 a. 22; 2001 a. 52; 2003 a. 111; 2005 a. 36, 51; 2007 a. 20 s. 9121 (6) (a).

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Medical malpractice panels: The Wisconsin approach. Kravat. 61 MLR 55.

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A summary of the new statutes governing medical malpractice. Saichek. WBB Oct. 1986.

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Recent developments in Wisconsin medical malpractice law. 1974 WLR 893.

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Testing the constitutionality of medical malpractice legislation: The Wisconsin medical malpractice act of 1975. 1977 WLR 838. See also: State ex rel. Strykowski v. Wilkie, 81 Wis. 2d 491, 261 N.W.2d 434 (1978).

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