Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Crosswalk Tool Helps to Ensure Facility Compliance

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Crosswalk Tool Helps to Ensure Facility Compliance

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With the myriad codes, standards, guidelines and regulations affecting the physical environment of health care facilities today, it can be difficult to know how all of these work together and how to comply within a given facility.

The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) has a long history of developing resources for optimizing the health care physical environment. Over the past 55 years, ASHE has created hundreds of monographs, checklists and tools, and held thousands of webinars, presentations and conference breakout sessions on code compliance.

ASHE's history of developing helpful resources coupled with working closely with many standards development organizations led the organization to create a tool that would align major codes applicable to health care facilities with practical resources to help comply with various requirements expected of health care facilities across the nation.

This month, an ASHE task force has focused on ensuring that ASHE members are able to quickly find resources to assist when deficiencies within the physical environment have been discovered with the update of the Hospital Conditions of Participation/ Accreditation Crosswalk.

This crosswalk provides a listing of the major health care requirements based on the Department of Health & Human Services' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 2012 Life Safety Code Healthcare Fire Safety Survey Report--commonly known as the CMS K-Tags. …

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