An issue brief posted last month on the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) website provides an overview of a recent memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The memo clarifies that hospitals can perform preventive maintenance on noncritical equipment less often than recommended by the manufacturer under certain situations. ASHE recommends in the new issue brief that hospital facility managers review the CMS memo and regulations to make sure their facilities are in compliance. A review of the memo is important because state surveyors are being directed to look at this issue, though ASHE leaders believe many hospitals are already in compliance.

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