CODING: Applying NFPA 99 to Your ASC


As of July 6, 2016, ASCs participating in Medicare or Medicaid were expected to meet the requirements of the 2012 edition of NFPA 99 as part of the Condition of Participation, per the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Health care facilities, including ASCs, contain many building systems and equipment that are unique compared to other occupancies. Those systems play a vital role in providing care to patients and are a key component in patient outcomes. Even those systems that are not unique to health care can have more importance in facilities that are occupied by the sick, weak or otherwise compromised (i.e., individuals who are sedated or under anesthesia). The continual upkeep of these systems and equipment is essential to providing safe patient care.


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