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CMS issues Standards and Certification letter to address certain provisions of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code

Blog Post created by lorrainecarli Employee on Mar 16, 2012

New webinar will explain changes

 

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On March 9, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Standards and Certification (S&C) letter to address certain provisions of the 2012 edition of  NFPA 101: Life Safety Code.  The S&C letter is directed towards the changes in the 2012 code that address culture change.  These changes are intended to offer a more homelike environment for residents of long-term care/nursing home facilities.   Evidence suggests that such home like environments are better for the resident, the family and the staff.  Beginning in 2008, the committees responsible for development of NFPA 101 have been working to address certain features for inclusion in the 2012 code. Four specific areas were addressed and are now included in the new code.

NFPA's Robert Solomon will host a webinar on Thursday March 22nd to discuss the S&C letter and its impact on specific health care facilites.The history of nursing home fire safety, the fire loss data and how NFPA 101 went from being a barrier to culture change to a catalyst for culture change will be covered.  A review of the specific portions of NFPA 101-2012 edition that may be considered by providers to implement the changes through consideration of a waiver process will also be covered.

For more information and to register for the webinar click here.

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