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Life Safety

Nursing home life safety codes, standards and requirements are very complex. This section is here to help you understand current regulations, interpretations and updates to code requirements.

 

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Physical Environment and LSC Citations in Nursing Homes Clarified by CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a Survey and Certification Letter clarifying that nursing homes previously determined out of compliance with 42 CFR §483.70 Physical Environment; Life Safety from Fire (F-Tag 454) should be more appropriately cited under the Life Safety Code Requirements. To avoid duplication and redundancy, and to assure more accurate deficiency citations, CMS has deleted F-Tag 454 from its Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) system.

CMS Issues Guidance on Categorical Waivers for Certain Life Safety Code Requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Survey and Certification Letter identifying several areas of the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC) that may result in unreasonable hardship on certified providers/suppliers and for which there are alternative approaches that provide an equal level of protection.