The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities that require healthcare facilities to use the 2012 edition of NFPA 101® Life Safety Code® (LSC); and mandates direct compliance with the 2012 edition of NFPA 99 Health Care Facilities Code, for the first time.
In the past, hospitals, long-term care facilities, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical centers, hospices that provide inpatient services, and others needed to demonstrate that their fire and life safety programs satisfied different editions of NFPA 101 in order to meet the Conditions of Participation (COP), as defined by CMS for participation in federal reimbursement programs. The new CMS ruling goes into effect July, 5, 2016. The rule allows facilities greater flexibility in recognizing new sleeping and treatment suite designs, person-centered care models, healing environment equipment, and the risk-based approach now utilized by NFPA 99.
The CMS requirements also specified that all Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) issued between August 11, 2011 and April 16, 2014 be incorporated as part of the rule. These TIAs change the language of the codes originally accepted and published in-between cycles. Users should make sure that they are aware of these changes to the code that may not be in their printed copies.
In anticipation of this final rule, NFPA created a CMS resource page with TIAs, training, webinars and other pertinent information to help users as they transition to the 2012 versions of these two codes. Stakeholders will find free online access to NFPA 101 and NFPA 99, and other relevant resources including:
- Quick Compare Life Safety Code 2000 & 2012 for Health Care
- Life Safety Code Handbook – 2012
- Health Care Facilities Code Handbook – 2012
- Life Safety Code (2012) Essentials for Health Care Occupancies Class Room Training
- Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC) Certification Program
The NFPA resource page will be continuously updated with industry expertise and key information so that facility managers and hospital officials can meet the newly-defined Medicare and Medicaid fire safety requirements for health care facilities.