CMS Releases Long Awaited Fire Safety Standards

shutterstock_14222035[1]On May 4, 2016, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) declared that health care facilities must meet new, updated fire safety standards. This delayed decision will switch from using the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 2000 edition to the 2012 edition.

Since 1970, senior living facilities, including hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory surgical centers, have validated that their fire and life safety programs fulfill the several editions of NFPA. These, as well as health care providers in federal reimbursement programs, must satisfy the requirements of the Conditions of Participation (COP), as established by CMS.

Furniture and equipment in corridors, community cooking options, special door locking permissions, master alarms monitored by a central computer, and emergency generator testing have already been acceptable elements for the restructured standards. However, some changes in the 2012 edition of the NFPA 101 include sleeping and treatment suite designs, person-centered care models, and equipment used in the resident care environment.

Implementing these changes required by the NFPA ensures that senior living center residents are protected with the amount of fire and life safety that is expected in today’s society. To read the entire CMS rule, click here.

As your business partner and trusted senior living advisor, our highly experienced staff will help minimize your risk by ensuring your community meets the most current safety requirements. To learn more, contact an AssuredPartners NL Senior Living Agent.

Source: National Fire Protection Association and Federal Register

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