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Category Archives: Life Safety Code / Recalls

Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report – First Quarter 2014

Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here: Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report First Quarter 2014.

CMS Proposes Adoption of Updated Life Safety Code

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a proposed rule on the adoption of updated life safety code (LSC) that CMS would use in its ongoing work to ensure the health and safety of all patients, family, and staff in every provider and supplier setting.  The updated code contains new provisions that are vital to the health and safety of all patients and staff.

A key priority of CMS is to ensure that patients and staff continue to experience the highest degree of safety possible, including fire safety.  CMS intends to adopt the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 2012 editions of the (LSC) and the Health Care Facilities Code (HCFC).  This would reduce burden on health care providers, as the 2012 edition of the LSC also is aligned with the international building codes and would make compliance across codes much simpler for Medicare and Medicaid-participating facilities.

PUBLIC INPUT INVITED:

The proposed rule is currently on display at http://ofr.gov/inspection.aspx and will be published in the April 16, 2014 Federal Register.  The deadline to submit comments is June 16, 2014.

To view the proposed rule you may also visit www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/04/16/2014-08602/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-fire-safety-requirements-for-certain-health-care-facilities.  PDF format is available for download in the right-hand column or click here.

To view the complete announcement from CMS, please visit www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Fact-sheets/2014-Fact-sheets-items/2014-04-14.html.

LEM Products Distribution Expands Recall Including Previously-Repaired 5-Tray Food Dehydrators Due to Shock Hazard

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/LEM-Products-Distribution-Expands-Recall-Including-Previously-Repaired-5-Tray-Food-Dehydrators/

Washington Firm Recalls Dried Egg Products Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-015-2014-release

QIPMO Newsletter – January/February 2014

QIPMO’s newsletter MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 1, Issue 2 is now available online.  Topics include Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs); MDS Coding – Sections I and O; and features Dave Walker’s Questions from the Field.  Please visit www.nursinghomehelp.org/qipmo.html.