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CMS emergency waivers now include some testing, inspections

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, July 25, 2020

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After several requests, CMS finally issued a waiver for some—but not all—equipment inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) requirements at hospitals and other healthcare facilities for the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency.

Critical fire safety and other life support systems are not part of the waiver, noted George Mills, the former director of engineering at The Joint Commission and now the CEO of AGT, a facilities management consulting company, via a LinkedIn post.

While CMS is relaxing some ITM requirements, check your local fire, health, or building agencies because they may not allow the waivers locally, notes William E. Koffel, PE, FSFPE, SASHE, a former CMS surveyor and now president of Koffel Associates, in a company blog post.

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