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CMS allows categorical waiver for Power Strips Use in Patient Care Areas: This waiver is available to providers that meet certain requirements of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code.
CMS Proposes Adopting 2012 Life Safety Code
On April 16, 2014 CMS proposed adoption of the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code. AHCA’s Life Safety Committee is reviewing the proposal, and with the assistance of AHCA’s Life Safety Consultant, Hughes Associates, will provide comments by the due date of June 16, 2014. If members would like their comments considered for inclusion in the AHCA comments, please send them to Lyn Bentley.
All nursing centers must be fully sprinklered by August 13, 2013.
Note: In January 2014, CMS reported to AHCA that there were a few nursing centers in the decertification process due to lack of full sprinklering.