CMS Releases Fire Protection Guidelines for Healthcare Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new regulations to protect its beneficiaries from fire, smoke and panic.(CNS News)

The new guidelines apply to hospitals; long term care (LTC) facilities; critical access hospitals (CAHs); inpatient hospice facilities; programs for all inclusive care for the elderly (PACE); religious non-medical healthcare institutions (RNHCI); ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs); and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF-IID).(DOTMed HealthCare Business News)

“This final rule meets health care facilities’ desire to modernize their environments while also ensuring the necessary steps to provide patients and staff with the appropriate level of safety,” said Kate Goodrich, MD MHS, Director Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, CMS. (CMS.gov)