The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are now allowing hospitals to determine preventive maintenance schedules for most hospital equipment, clarifying a 2011 decision that required hospitals to follow manufacturer recommendations for many pieces of equipment, according to a report in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering's Inside ASHE e-newsletter. CMS stated in a Dec. 20 memo that hospitals may adjust maintenance schedules based on risk-based assessments by qualified personnel.

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