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CMS Adopts the 2012 Life Safety Code

As you know, CMS finally adopted the 2012 Life Safety Code for Hospitals and Outpatient Surgery Centers as of July 5th, 2016.

What does that mean for those of us in Texas? Well, any Hospital or ASC project submitted on or after July 5th, 2016 and receiving Medicare funding will now be reviewed under the 2012 Life Safety Code. However, if the Hospital or ASC is not receiving Medicare funding, it will be reviewed under the 2003 Life Safety Code.

All other facility types including Dialysis Centers, Free Standing Emergency Medical Care Facilities and Special Care Facilities, will continue to be reviewed under the 2003 Life Safety Code.

The 2012 Life Safety Code references other updated codes and standards that will impact the design of your mechanical and electrical systems. If you have any questions concerning the new codes, please give us a call. We are looking forward to working though this together.