CMS Proposes Adoption of Updated Life Safety Code for Inpatient Hospice, Other Providers
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a proposed rule on the adoption of an updated life safety code (LSC) that CMS would use in its ongoing work to ensure the health and safety of all patients, family, and staff in every provider and supplier setting. The updated code contains new provisions that are vital to the health and safety of all patients and staff.
A key priority of CMS is to ensure that patients and staff continue to experience the highest degree of safety possible, including fire safety. CMS intends to adopt the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 editions of the (LSC) and the Health Care Facilities Code (HCFC). This would reduce burden on health care providers, as the 2012 edition of the LSC also is aligned with internationally-recognized building codes and would make compliance across codes much simpler for Medicare and Medicaid-participating facilities.
The Health Care Facilities Code contains more detailed provisions specific to health care and ambulatory care facilities, as well. Adoption of this code would provide minimum requirements for the installation, inspection, testing, maintenance, performance, and safe practices of health care facility materials, equipment and appliances.