Last September, the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final ruling on emergency preparedness. This ruling includes a requirement that hospitals, critical access hospitals, and long term care facilities, evaluate their emergency and standby power systems. Specifically, they must be inspected, tested, and maintained in accordance with the 2010 edition of NFPA 110, Standard for Emergency and Standby Power Systems, as well as the 2012 editions of NFPA 99 and NFPA 101.
In response to this ruling, NFPA along with a dedicated group of health care facility managers, created the Certified Emergency Power System Specialist (CEPPS-HC) for Health Care Facility Managers certification. The primary goal of this certification is to provide health care facility managers an opportunity to demonstrate that they have the expertise to ensure compliance with the CMS ruling, and to help keep patients, staff, and visitors to their facilities safe.
You can find a lot of helpful information on the CMS requirements, NFPA publications, training, and certifications including CEPSS-HC, on NFPA's CMS resource page.
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