NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code changes to the codes

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering of the American Hospital Association.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting public comments on its proposed rule to adopt more recent versions of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code while making a few changes to the codes. An ASHE issue brief outlines the proposal.

ASHE supports the CMS proposal to update life safety standards and believes CMS should keep standards current in the future. ASHE has advocated for changes to NFPA 101, NFPA 99, and the International Codes that reduce conflicts between various requirements and are appropriate to health care delivery models. The 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 reflect this work as well as other initiatives that promote greater flexibility in applying codes and standards appropriately to health care facilities.