New CMS Fire Guidelines

CMS has proposed new fire protection guidelines for dialysis facilities.  Public comment is solicited until January 3, 2017.  It updates reference to the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code to the 2012 edition, and addresses construction, protection, and operation of dialysis facilities to provide safety for Medicare beneficiaries from fire and smoke.  Some of the primary requirements include self-closing doors to hazardous areas, location of alcohol based hand rub dispensers, provisions for when a sprinkler system is out of service, and requirements for facilities that do not have grade-level exits from the treatment area.  Find the proposed rule at ttps://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-04/html/2016-26583.htm and the CMS press release at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2016-Press-releases-items/2016-11-03.html .

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