Updated Life Safety Code Information for Hospice Inpatient Facilities
October 1, 2014 03:26 PM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new information regarding the use of power strips in patient rooms that is applicable to some hospice inpatient facilities. Survey and Certification Letter 14-46-LSC, titled “Categorical Waiver for Power Strips Use in Patient Care Areas,” explains that CMS has determined that the 2000 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) - certain sections of which must be met by hospices providing inpatient care directly - contains provisions on the use of power strips in health care facilities that may result in unreasonable hardship for providers or suppliers.
CMS is allowing a categorical waiver that permits the use of power strips in some areas if the provider is in compliance with all applicable 2012 LSC power strip requirements and with all other 2000 LSC electrical system and equipment provisions. The 2012 edition of the LSC has extended allowances on the use of power strips in patient care areas.
Under the categorical waiver, resident rooms in long-term care or other residential care facilities that do not use line-operated electrical appliances for diagnostic, therapeutic, or monitoring purposes are not subject to the more restrictive requirements regarding the use of power strips in patient care areas/rooms. Resident rooms using line-operated patient-care-related electrical equipment in the patient care vicinity must comply with the power strip requirement and may elect to utilize this categorical waiver.
Individual waiver applications are not required. Providers and suppliers are expected to have written documentation on file that they have elected to use the waiver. A provider or supplier must notify the LSC survey team at the entrance conference that it has elected the use the waiver permitted under this guidance and that it meets the applicable waiver requirements. The survey team will review the information and confirm the facility meets the conditions for the waiver.