Expert Joint Commission Survey Services for CMS Facilities

Fire Protection Engineering in Healthcare Occupancies

TERPconsulting has extensive experience in Joint Commission surveys including Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) facilities. Federal accreditation requires Joint Commission surveys or conditions for coverage. The experts at TERPconsulting can review the code and coverage for your building to guide your federal accreditation process effectively and efficiently.

What healthcare-related services are performed by code consultants and fire protection engineers?

In the healthcare market, there are many passive fire-related elements necessary to ensure compartmentalization. TERP’s fire-stopping specialists ensure proper tagging, correct assembly type, and third-party special inspection reports. Through-penetrations, which involve pipe or duct work that creates an unsafe penetration of a compartmentalized zone, is another consideration that needs to be carefully reviewed. Additionally, wall assembly rating tests and passive barrier inspections, which are the inspection of fire and smoke walls or partitions to verify through penetrations are properly fire stopped according to their listing, require thorough examination.

What codes and standards are necessary for healthcare occupancies to follow?

TERPconsulting strictly adheres to the healthcare code requirements derived from NFPA 101 —Life Safety Code and NFPA 99—Healthcare Facilities Code which establishes criteria for levels of healthcare services or systems based on risk to the patients, staff, or visitors in healthcare facilities to minimize the hazards of fire, explosion, and electricity.

What certifications are optimal for a healthcare code consultant to have?

TERPconsulting’s stable of code consultants includes a Certified Life Safety Specialist (CLSS-HC) credential from the National Fire Protection Association. This prestigious certification highlights our team’s deep understanding of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) life safety survey concepts and compliance with NFPA 101—Life Safety Code (2012 edition), focusing on the environment of care requirements.

Additionally, TERPconsulting’s healthcare experts have served on National Fire Protection Association technical committees, including NFPA 99—Healthcare Facilities Code.

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