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May 17, 2016

Joint Commission Adopting 2012 NFPA Life Safety Code

The Joint Commission announced May 13 that it will follow suit with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and adopt the National Fire Protection Association’s 101 Life Safety code, effective July 5, 2016. The organization reported it has advocated for CMS to adopt this change for years.

The rule adopts most of the proposals that CMS made in 2014, but CMS removed a proposed requirement for hospitals to install smoke-purging systems in operating rooms. George Mills, director of engineering at the Joint Commission, called the proposal “unnecessary” and “prohibitively expensive.”

According to the Joint Commission, key provisions in the final rule include these:

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