In ss. 146.81 to 146.84:

Terms Used In Wisconsin Statutes 146.81

  • Adult: means a person who has attained the age of 18 years, except that for purposes of investigating or prosecuting a person who is alleged to have violated any state or federal criminal law or any civil law or municipal ordinance, "adult" means a person who has attained the age of 17 years. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Chiropractor: means a person holding a license issued by the chiropractic examining board. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Department: means the department of health services. See Wisconsin Statutes 146.001
  • Following: when used by way of reference to any statute section, means the section next following that in which the reference is made. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • in writing: includes any representation of words, letters, symbols or figures. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Minor: means a person who has not attained the age of 18 years, except that for purposes of investigating or prosecuting a person who is alleged to have violated a state or federal criminal law or any civil law or municipal ordinance, "minor" does not include a person who has attained the age of 17 years. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: includes all partnerships, associations and bodies politic or corporate. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Personal representative: means a person, however denominated, who is authorized to administer a decedent's estate. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
  • Power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • State: when applied to states of the United States, includes the District of Columbia, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the several territories organized by Congress. See Wisconsin Statutes 990.01
   (1)   “Health care provider” means any of the following:
      (a)    A nurse licensed under ch. 441.
      (b)    A chiropractor licensed under ch. 446.
      (c)    A dentist licensed under ch. 447.
      (d)    A physician, physician assistant, perfusionist, or respiratory care practitioner licensed or certified under subch. II of ch. 448.
      (dg)    A physical therapist or physical therapist assistant licensed under subch. III of ch. 448.
      (dr)    A podiatrist licensed under subch. IV of ch. 448.
      (em)    A dietitian certified under subch. V of ch. 448.
      (eq)    An athletic trainer licensed under subch. VI of ch. 448.
      (es)    An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant licensed under subch. VII of ch. 448.
      (f)    An optometrist licensed under ch. 449.
      (fm)    A pharmacist licensed under ch. 450.
      (g)    An acupuncturist certified under ch. 451.
      (h)    A psychologist licensed under ch. 455.
      (hg)    A social worker, marriage and family therapist, or professional counselor certified or licensed under ch. 457.
      (hm)    A speech-language pathologist or audiologist licensed under subch. II of ch. 459 or a speech and language pathologist licensed by the department of public instruction.
      (hp)    A massage therapist or bodywork therapist licensed under ch. 460.
      (i)    A partnership of any providers specified under pars. (a) to (hp).
      (j)    A corporation or limited liability company of any providers specified under pars. (a) to (hp) that provides health care services.
      (k)    A cooperative health care association organized under s. 185.981 that directly provides services through salaried employees in its own facility.
      (L)    A hospice licensed under subch. VI of ch. 50.
      (m)    An inpatient health care facility, as defined in s. 50.135 (1).
      (n)    A community-based residential facility, as defined in s. 50.01 (1g).
      (p)    A rural medical center, as defined in s. 50.50 (11).
      (q)    An ambulance service provider, as defined in s. 256.01 (3).
      (r)    An emergency medical services practitioner, as defined in s. 256.01 (5).
      (s)    An emergency medical responder, as defined in s. 256.01 (4p).
   (2)   “Informed consent” means written consent to the disclosure of information from patient health care records to an individual, agency or organization that includes all of the following:
      (a)    The name of the patient whose record is being disclosed.
      (b)    The type of information to be disclosed.
      (c)    The types of health care providers making the disclosure.
      (d)    The purpose of the disclosure such as whether the disclosure is for further medical care, for an application for insurance, to obtain payment of an insurance claim, for a disability determination, for a vocational rehabilitation evaluation, for a legal investigation or for other specified purposes.
      (e)    The individual, agency or organization to which disclosure may be made.
      (f)    The signature of the patient or the person authorized by the patient and, if signed by a person authorized by the patient, the relationship of that person to the patient or the authority of the person.
      (g)    The date on which the consent is signed.
      (h)    The time period during which the consent is effective.
   (3)   “Patient” means a person who receives health care services from a health care provider.
   (4)   “Patient health care records” means all records related to the health of a patient prepared by or under the supervision of a health care provider; and all records made by an ambulance service provider, as defined in s. 256.01 (3), an emergency medical services practitioner, as defined in s. 256.01 (5), or an emergency medical responder, as defined in s. 256.01 (4p), in administering emergency care procedures to and handling and transporting sick, disabled, or injured individuals. “Patient health care records” includes billing statements and invoices for treatment or services provided by a health care provider and includes health summary forms prepared under s. 302.388 (2). “Patient health care records” does not include those records subject to s. 51.30, reports collected under s. 69.186, records of tests administered under s. 252.15 (5g) or (5j), 343.305, 938.296 (4) or (5) or 968.38 (4) or (5), records related to sales of pseudoephedrine products, as defined in s. 961.01 (20c), that are maintained by pharmacies under s. 961.235, fetal monitor tracings, as defined under s. 146.817 (1), or a pupil’s physical health records maintained by a school under s. 118.125.
   (5)   “Person authorized by the patient” means the parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a minor patient, as defined in s. 48.02 (8) and (11), the person vested with supervision of the child under s. 938.183 or 938.34 (4d), (4h), (4m), or (4n), the guardian of a patient adjudicated incompetent in this state, the personal representative, spouse, or domestic partner under ch. 770 of a deceased patient, any person authorized in writing by the patient or a health care agent designated by the patient as a principal under ch. 155 if the patient has been found to be incapacitated under s. 155.05 (2), except as limited by the power of attorney for health care instrument. If no spouse or domestic partner survives a deceased patient, “person authorized by the patient” also means an adult member of the deceased patient’s immediate family, as defined in s. 632.895 (1) (d). A court may appoint a temporary guardian for a patient believed incompetent to consent to the release of records under this section as the person authorized by the patient to decide upon the release of records, if no guardian has been appointed for the patient.