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Get started on projects: CMS approval of waiver extensions drying up

If you’ve asked for a time-limited waiver to address a Life Safety Code (LSC) deficiency, be aware that CMS is unlikely to approve extensions, warned Herman McKenzie, MBA, CHS, director of The Joint Commission (TJC) Standards Interpretation Group’s Physical Environment Department. This is especially true for hospitals that use an accreditor to be deemed compliant with Medicare Conditions of Participation, said McKenzie during TJC’s Executive Briefing annual conference in September.

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