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PTA Licensing in Wisconsin
The State of Wisconsin Dept. of Safety & Professional Services has established the regulations (laws and codes) governing the definition, education, licensing, and practice of many professions in the state of Wisconsin. Click here for thePhysical Therapy & Physical Therapist Assistants - Code Book to read the fulltext of Chapter 448.535 Licensure of physical therapist assistants and Chapter PT 5 - Physical Therapist Assistants and Physical Therapy Aides for the regulations and standards of professional conduct, licensing, education, and examination procedures.
Created in 1986, the Office is dedicated to improving the health of racial and ethnic minority populations through the development of health policies and programs that will help eliminate health disparities.
Brief introduction for all healthcare providers on how culture, language and health literacy support the elimination of disparities and promote health equity. Includes links to tutorials.
Health Information Privacy
The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, which protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety. Learn more about these federal laws at the U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services website
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor that publishes and enforces regulations to protect healthcare workers from occupational injuries and hazards including: bloodborne pathogens, radiation, slips and falls, musculoskeletal disorders, workplace violence, hazardous drugs and chemicals, and infections.Follow links below to OSHA standards for hospitals and nursing homes.
OBRA (Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 or simply OBRA ‘87) is formally known as the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act. This federal legislation created a set of national minimum standards of care and rights for people living in certified nursing facilities. See link below for a summary of the residents' rights provided under the law.
Nursing homes and personal care facilities have one of the highest rates of injury and illness among industries. Click here to answer questions about nursing home standards such as: What OSHA standards apply? What are some common health hazards and possible solutions in this industry? What are some examples of successful safety and health programs?
Click on this link and scroll down to Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987-Summary. The Federal Nursing Home Reform Act from the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 or simply OBRA ‘87 created a set of national minimum standards of care and rights for people living in certified nursing facilities. The changes OBRA brought to nursing home care are enormous. This link will take you to the website of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman National Resource Center.
The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that evaluates and certifies more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. This includes hospitals, laboratories, nursing homes, and home health care agencies.