CMS Lifts Ban on Power Strips use in Patient Care Areas

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that it will permit categorical waivers for hospital power strip requirements under certain circumstances. CMS said in the new memo that the power strip requirements in NFPA 99-1999 have become “outmoded and unduly burdensome.” CMS pointed out that the 2012 edition of NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code expands the permitted use of power strips or RPTs in patient care rooms.

CMS is offering a categorical waiver to health care facilities that want to use power strips if the facility is in compliance with all applicable power strip requirements in NFPA 99-2012 as well as all other NFPA 99-1999 and NFPA 101-2000 electrical system and equipment provisions.

To use the waiver, hospitals must supply written documentation that they have chosen to do so and notify the LSC survey team during its entrance conference. The policy change is effective immediately. For more information, visit the CMS website, click here

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