The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in August granted a series of categorical waivers for a number of requirements in the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code published by the National Fire Protection Association, according to a report in the Sept. 11 edition of the Joint Commission Online newsletter. The Joint Commission and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering had been working with CMS on the waivers, which are available in the categories of clean waste and patient record recycling containers, doors, emergency generators and standby power systems, extinguishing requirements, medical gas master alarms, openings in exit enclosures and suites.

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