CMS Issues New Rule to Protect Medicare and Medicaid Patients from Fire, Smoke and Panic

From CNSNews:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued new regulations to protect its beneficiaries from fire, smoke and panic.

The final rule announced on Tuesday applies to health care providers and suppliers — hospitals, long-term care facilities, hospice units, surgical centers, and all other facilities that treat Medicare and Medicaid patients.

“CMS strives to promote health and safety for all patients, family and staff in every provider and supplier setting. Fire safety requirements are an important part of this effort,” the announcement said.

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