Interim Life Safety Measures: How Can Something So Simple Cause So Much Trouble During Survey?


Over time, The Joint Commission (TJC) has intermittently circled back to the processes organizations use to manage Life Safety Code (LSC) issues during construction and renovation activities, as well as LSC deficiencies that cannot be immediately corrected. Collectively, these processes are known as Interim Life Safety Measures or ILSMs. (Note: If you conduct a web… [Read More]

9 Big Reasons to Worry About the Management of the Hospital Physical Environment

Inspector wearing safety gear.

The song remains the same – only the tempo has changed! As we head toward the promise of a very different 2017 regulatory landscape under a new President, it is very clear that each healthcare organization will continue to experience (endure?!?) an elevated focus on the management of the physical environment. And the clarity is… [Read More]

One Anticipated Move and One Unexpected Departure: The Life Safety Code takes on a new perspective

NOTE: This post originally appeared on the Greeley Membership blog.

For those of you who closely follow the ebb and flow of the physical environment regulatory compliance season, 2016 has been an unusually busy year, particularly over the last couple of months or so. To start with, in a move that had been anticipated for quite some time, CMS announced on May 4th that it… [Read More]

CMS Adopts 2012 Life Safety Code—The day has finally arrived!


Today, Tuesday May 3, 2016, CMS announced the full adoption of the provisions of the 2012 edition of NFPA 101 Life Safety Code, effective July 5, 2016. (See today’s CMS press release here.) CMS has been incrementally adopting various specific aspects of the 2012 Life Safety Code through the categorical waiver process, which allowed healthcare… [Read More]