2012 Life Safety Code adopted by CMS

By John Shoesmith, SAGE Regulatory Impact Committee Chair

On May 4, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule amending the fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating providers adopting the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and eliminating references in regulations to all earlier editions of the Life Safety Code.  The language in the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code better supports many culture change initiatives and so adoption by CMS should make it easier for architects and designers to provide designs that meet the programmatic requirements of these culture change initiatives while meeting CMS goals for safeguarding elders.  Thank you to SAGE members Maggie Calkins, Amy Carpenter, Skip Gregory and Lori Hiatt, for spearheading much of the authorship and lobbying work around changing the language of the 2012 LSC and encouraging adoption by CMS, and a special thank you to the late Rob Mayer of the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation for his vision and leadership in making such impactful change.

2018 FGI Public Comment Period.  The proposed revisions to the FGI Guidelines documents are scheduled to be open for public comment September 1, 2016.  The public comment period will last until mid-November.  The exact dates for public comment will be posted on the SAGE website when they are confirmed.  This is your chance to review the language proposed as revisions to the 2014 documents for incorporation in the new 2018 Guidelines.  Thank you to SAGE members Addie Abushousheh, Maggie Calkins, Skip Gregory, Steve Lindsey, and John Shoesmith for their service on the Health Guidelines Revision Committee, and once again, the late Rob Mayer of the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation for his inspirational leadership.

“This a significant step forward in the “modernizing” of regulations that affect many of the senior living environments we all design and operate,”  said Mitch Elliott, SAGE President.  “I want to thank many of our SAGE members who were involved in the groundbreaking culture-change initiatives that are incorporated into this newer version of the Life Safety Code.  Thank you to the late Rob Mayer of the Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, for his instrumental role in the changes that have been woven into this version of the code.  My only regret is that he wasn’t able to see the fulfillment of his efforts before his passing.”

Effective Date: July 5, 2016

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