Monday, September 29, 2014

CMS Allows Categorical Waiver for Power Strips Use in Patient Care Areas

Lyn Bentley

This categorical waiver is permitted if a health care facility meets the requirements related to power strip use in the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code. The CMS memo emphasizes no individual waiver applications are required and a provider MUST notify the life safety survey team during the entrance conference that is has elected to use this waiver and the center meets the applicable waiver requirements.

The requirements are outlined in the memo along with specific relevant definitions. AHCA strongly recommended that CMS issue a memo clarifying requirements related to use of power strips and we are pleased with the issuance of this memo. 

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