2017-18 Legislative Bills to Follow
2015-16 Legislative Bills
Final Rule on Fire Safety Requirements
Applies to certain health care facilities, takes effect July 5
The Centers for Medicare
& Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the attached final rule updating
fire safety requirements for certain health care facilities, including
hospitals, long-term care facilities, critical access hospitals, inpatient
hospice facilities, ambulatory surgical centers and more. The rule adopts
updated provisions of the National Fire Protection Association’s 2012 edition
of the Life Safety Code, as well as provisions of its 2012 edition of the
Health Care Facilities Code. CHA is working with the Office of Statewide Health
Planning and Development and the state fire marshal to determine whether or how
this may differ from current regulations, and will inform members of the rule’s
Attached: Final Rule
CHA-CSHE Letter to California Building Standards Commission (CBSC)
The California Hospital Association (CHA) and the California Society for Healthcare Engineering, Inc. (CSHE) the California chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) submitted a comment letter in support of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) proposed code changes being heard by the CBSC on January 19, 2016. A copy of the letter is available here.
Hospitals Should Conduct Risk Assessments When Lowering OR Humidity Below 30 Percent
Report identifies issues, offers guidance
The attached report, Relative Humidity Levels in the Operating Room Joint Communication to Healthcare Delivery Organizations, January, 2015, was developed by a broad group of interested stakeholders to identify issues hospitals may confront and offers assessment guidance for lowering the operating room relative humidity (RH) below 30 percent.
Several years ago, hospitals in California and other states requested that regulatory bodies modify the operating room lower RH level from 30 percent to 20 percent. Several national organizations supported this effort, and as a result, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission adopted the 20 percent humidity level. California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development also incorporated the lower level in the 2013 California Building Standards Code.
However, during recent survey activity, issues were identified with equipment and supply manufacturers’ guidelines and warnings about RH levels lower than 30 percent – specifically related to the impact on the integrity and functionality of products used in the operating room.
At California Hospital Association’s direction, a stakeholder meeting was held to address these concerns and to develop consensus guidelines, offered in the attached report.