NFPA 3000, Standard for an Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER), was published in April 2018. It was issued as a provisional standard (PS), which means that the development of this standard was expedited due to the increased frequency and severity of active shooter events since 1999 and the fact that there was no standard program in existence.
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Honestly, it is hard to comprehend that today marks a full decade since we took a leap of faith and started MSL Healthcare Partners. And, although the journey was not always easy, it has been more rewarding than we could have possibly imagined.
In late September 2017, The Joint Commission released 87 pages of standards changes in the Environment of Care and Life Safety chapters. That’s a lot of changes! To be fair, this included the LS standards for both healthcare occupancies (LS.02) and ambulatory healthcare occupancies (LS.03) …but it’s still a lot!
[PART 2] On Friday, June 2, CMS issued document SC-17-29, their State Operations Manual Appendix Z, Emergency Preparedness Interpretive Guidelines. The information in this blog represents summarization of important points of compliance as presented in this interpretive guidance as they apply to hospitals.
[PART 1] On Friday, June 2, CMS issued document SC-17-29, their State Operations Manual Appendix Z, Emergency Preparedness Interpretive Guidelines. The information in this blog represents summarization of important points of compliance as presented in this interpretive guidance as they apply to hospitals.
The compliance landscape is changing once again, but this time it is within the Emergency Management (EM) chapter. The year 2017 has been full of changes. Let us help you understand the upcoming EM changes. A CMS EM update will follow in the coming weeks. For now, here is a list of Joint Commission EM updates to be aware of from our knowledgeable EM expert, Susan McLaughlin.
Today we would like to discuss the other new standard related to managing maintenance related risks: EC.02.05.05. In short, this new requirement is an extension of what we’ve been doing with construction risks since 2001. At first glance, the amount of work involved seems overwhelming. How do you create a process where each work order is assessed for its impact on all of the above stated factors?
Even if you have had the opportunity to review the new standards published January 9, 2017, chances are you could have missed the two simple words, “general maintenance”, inserted in EC.02.06.05, EP 2.
On September 27th, The Joint Commission published their list of elements of performance to be deleted from the accreditation standards, effective January 1, 2017. The list contained some surprises in the Environment of Care. Let us explain.
The Joint Commission is asking Facility Managers three new questions prior to starting the building tour associated with the TJC visit. Let us help you understand the importance of these questions.
As a result of the adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code®, proposed changes to Environment of Care and Life Safety standards were presented by George Mills at the ASHE Annual Conference in Denver. These proposals are being vetted by CMS, and are not final at this time. The blog content is intended to be a preview only and a “heads up” for what is to come.
Last week in Denver, a ballroom full of people listened for nearly 3 hours as George Mills unveiled the new world of Joint Commission compliance.