2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 655. Health care liability and injured patients and families compensation.
655.275 Injured patients and families compensation fund peer review council.

655.275

655.275 Injured patients and families compensation fund peer review council.

655.275(1)

(1) Definition. In this section, "council" means the injured patients and families compensation fund peer review council.

655.275(2)

(2) Appointment. The board of governors shall appoint the members of the council. Section 15.09, except s. 15.09 (4) and (8), does not apply to the council. The board of governors shall designate the chairperson, vice chairperson and secretary of the council and the terms to be served by council members. The council shall consist of 5 persons, not more than 3 of whom are physicians who are actively engaged in the practice of medicine in this state. The chairperson shall be a physician and shall serve as an ex officio nonvoting member of the medical examining board.

655.275(3)

(3) Meetings. The council shall meet at the call of the chairperson of the board of governors or the chairperson of the council. The council shall meet at the location determined by the person calling the meeting.

655.275(4)

(4) Reports. The council shall submit to the chairperson of the board of governors, upon request of the chairperson but not more often than annually, a report on the operation of the council.

655.275(5)

(5) Duties.

655.275(5)(a)

(a) The council shall review, within one year of the date of first payment on the claim, each claim that is paid by the fund or from the appropriation under s. 20.145 (2) (a), by a mandatory health care liability risk-sharing plan established under s. 619.04, by a private health care liability insurer, or by a self-insurer for damages arising out of the rendering of medical care by a health care provider or an employee of the health care provider and shall make recommendations to all of the following:

655.275(5)(a)1.

1. The commissioner and the board of governors regarding any adjustments to be made, under s. 655.27 (3) (a) 2m., to fund fees assessed against the health care provider, based on the paid claim.

655.275(5)(a)2.

2. The commissioner and the board of governors regarding any adjustments to be made, under s. 619.04 (5) (b), to premiums assessed against a physician under a mandatory health care liability risk-sharing plan established under s. 619.04, based on the paid claim.

655.275(5)(a)3.

3. A private health care liability insurer regarding adjustments to premiums assessed against a physician covered by private insurance, based on the paid claim, if requested by the private insurer.

655.275(5)(b)

(b) In developing recommendations under par. (a), the council may consult with any person and shall consult with the following:

655.275(5)(b)1.

1. If a claim was paid for damages arising out of the rendering of care by a physician, with at least one physician from the area of medical specialty of the physician who rendered the care and with at least one physician from the area of medical specialty of the medical procedure involved, if the specialty area of the procedure is different than the specialty area of the physician who rendered the care.

655.275(5)(b)2.

2. If a claim was paid for damages arising out of the rendering of care by a nurse anesthetist, with at least one nurse anesthetist.

655.275(6)

(6) Fees. Fees sufficient to cover the council's costs, including costs of administration, shall be collected under s. 655.27 (3) (am).

655.275(7)

(7) Notice of recommendation. The council shall notify the affected health care provider, in writing, of its recommendations to the commissioner, the board of governors or a private insurer made under sub. (5). The notice shall inform the health care provider that the health care provider may submit written comments on the council's recommendations to the commissioner, the board of governors or the private insurer within a reasonable period of time specified in the notice.

655.275(8)

(8) Patient records. The council may obtain any information relating to any claim it reviews under this section that is in the possession of the commissioner or the board of governors. The council shall keep patient health care records confidential as required by s. 146.82.

655.275(9)

(9) Immunity. Members of the council and persons consulting with the council under sub. (5) (b) are immune from civil liability for acts or omissions while performing their duties under this section.

655.275(10)

(10) Members' and consultants' expenses. Notwithstanding s. 15.09 (6), any person serving on the council and any person consulting with the council under sub. (5) (b) shall be paid at a rate established by the commissioner by rule.

655.275 - ANNOT.

History: 1985 a. 340; 1989 a. 187; 1991 a. 214, 315; 1999 a. 9; 2003 a. 111; 2007 a. 20, 108.

655.275 - ANNOT.

Cross Reference: See also s. Ins 17.285 and 17.30, Wis. adm. code.

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