AIV’s Response to Recent CMS Announcement

June 04, 2014

June 4, 2014

At the recent AAMI Conference in Philadelphia, George Mills, Director of Engineering at The Joint Commission (TJC) announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have introduced new restrictions regarding the use of).  According to Mills the new restriction states that “RPTs are not to be used with medical equipment in patient care areas”.

june4The new change was seen by some attendees as making their patient care areas (patient rooms, operating rooms, diagnostic areas, etc.) more hazardous due to the necessity to now run several extension cords around said rooms. Mills stressed that he does not agree with the new restrictions but that they are effective immediately nonetheless.

It is unclear why CMS has taken such a firm position on RPTs now, since they recently posted in the Federal Register (vol. 79 number 73) their intent to update the Life Safety Code to incorporate the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 2012 Edition standards, which specifically approves the use of RPTs. AIV’s PowerMATE® has been certified to adhere to both the NFPA 2012 standard, as well as UL 1363-A.

There is a public comment period for the proposed rule changes, which ends June 16, 2014. The link below will take you to the electronic Federal Register page regarding the proposed changes. We encourage you to use the green “Submit a Formal Comment” button on the top right portion of the page to share your comments about the proposed RPT restrictions.

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/04/16/2014-08602/medicare-and-medicaid-programs-fire-safety-requirements-for-certain-health-care-facilities

We as a company were as distraught as many of you by the announcement and we are diligently trying to understand the new restrictions to see what it means for our customers that have purchased the PowerMATE® line of RPTs. These products have been designed to meet all current UL (1363-A) and NFPA (2012 edition) standards for safe use in patient care areas.

We will communicate new information to our customers regarding this issue as it becomes available to us. We at AIV stand behind our products and will do everything in our power to ensure our customers can continue to use the products of their choosing. If you have any questions regarding this issue please call us at 800.990.2911, or email us at aivsales@aiv-inc.com.

About the Author

Laura Collier

Laura Collier

Laura Collier has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Florida. She is the Marketing Manager at AIV, Inc.

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