Leap Year Data Fix Leads to Erroneous “License Renewed” Emails

December 19, 2019

Licensed members of four Wisconsin health care professions received a surprise email congratulating them on their license renewal this week, even though they had not yet completed an application for renewal, due at the end of February 2020. Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) identified as the cause of the error a data fix designed to reflect the extra “Leap Day” next February. DSPS sent registered nurses, nurse midwives, perfusionists and physician assistants who received the false alert a follow-up email advising them to disregard the earlier message. The renewal period for these four professions opens on Jan. 13, 2020 and ends on Feb. 29, 2020.

This story originally appeared in the December 19, 2019 edition of WHA Newsletter