The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have moved a step closer to adopting the 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's NFPA 101, Life Safety Code, according to an email notice the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) sent to its members on April 11. "CMS has filed a federal agenda item that indicates the agency will submit a notice of proposed rule-making on the issue later this year," ASHE reports. "The proposed rule would amend the fire safety standards for hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, long-term care facilities, and other health care facilities. The proposed rule also would adopt the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and eliminate references in CMS regulations to all earlier editions." According to ASHE, the proposed rule would have to go through the federal rule-making process, including opportunities for public input.

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