Regulations, Codes & Standards - April 2017

More revisions expected in Joint Commission's EC and LS chapters

Changes will apply to hospital, ambulatory care, critical access hospital, nursing care center and home care programs


Q&A: Hazardous areas

Brad Keyes discusses regulations for hazardous areas


Data on hospital inspections may soon become public

Confidential reports about errors, mishaps and mix-ups could soon be available


Q&A: Fire door annual test and inspection

Brad Keyes discusses fire door annual test and inspection


Q&A: Doctor sleep rooms

Brad Keyes discusses requirements for doctor sleep rooms


VA smoking ban gets first hearing in House

Bill would repeal law that requires smoking areas in VA healthcare facilities


Revisions to mobile medical unit guidelines eyed

The goal of the changes is to ensure patient safety and to assign responsibility for assuring these requirements are met, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Q&A: Fire extinguishers in chute rooms

Brad Keyes discusses requirements for fire extinguishers in chute rooms


CMS interprets emergency departments to be healthcare occupancies

For those hospitals that have already classified their EDs as ambulatory healthcare occupancy, they will have to make a change back to healthcare occupancy



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