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CMS publishes final rule on fire safety requirements for certain health care facilities

from Federal Register

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a final rule to update health care facilities' fire protection guidelines to improve protections for all Medicare beneficiaries in facilities from fire. The new guidelines apply to hospitals; long term care facilities; critical access hospitals; inpatient hospice facilities; programs for all inclusive care for the elderly; religious non¬medical healthcare institutions; ambulatory surgical centers; and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. This rule adopts updated provisions of the National Fire Protection Association's 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code as well as provisions of the NFPA's 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code. CMS strives to promote health and safety for all patients, family and staff in every provider and supplier setting. Fire safety requirements are an important part of this effort. more

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