Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires health care facilities to meet requirements of 2012 editions of NFPA 101® and NFPA 99
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Fire Safety Requirements for Certain Health Care Facilities that requires health care facilities to migrate from using the 2000 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code® to the 2012 edition. The new requirements also mandate direct compliance with provisions of the 2012 edition of NFPA 99, Health Care Facilities Code, for the first time.
Since 1970, hospitals, nursing homes, ambulatory surgical centers and related facilities have needed to demonstrate that their fire and life safety programs satisfied different editions of NFPA 101 in order to meet the requirements of the Conditions of Participation (COP), as defined by CMS. Health care providers that participate in federal reimbursement programs are required to meet the COP expectations. Health care facilities are expected to update and comply with the 2012 editions of NFPA 99 and 101 by July 5, 2016. CMS notice on transition dates for enforcement of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99, including training resources and timeline.
The final CMS rule on adoption of the 2012 editions of NFPA 99 and 101 incorporates all Tentative Interim Amendments (TIAs) issued from August 11, 2011 and prior to April 16, 2014. See the specific TIAs listed in the final rule.
VIDEO PREVIEW: NFPA's Jonathan Hart provides an overview of the 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99. Watch the full, hour-long video.
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- Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI-I)
Note: Candidates for the CMS Surveyor training program may first be required to obtain the Certified Fire Inspector I certification.
- Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC)
NFPA developed this certification for health care facility managers based on the 2012 edition of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code. It is designed specifically for managers and staff responsible for working with CMS Surveyors. Note: CMS requires Surveyor candidates obtain the Certified Fire Inspector I (CFI-I) certification.
Edward Browne, vice president of Cambridge Health Alliance, talks about the creation and value of NFPA's Certified Life Safety Specialist certification.