CMS Restricts Use Of Power Strips
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CMS Decision to Restrict the Use of Relocatable Power Taps
At the annual AAMI Conference in Philadelphia, George Mills, Director of Engineering at The Joint Commission (TJC) announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have introduced new restrictions regarding the use of Relocatable Power Taps (RPTs). According to Mills the new restriction states that “RPTs are not to be used with medical equipment in patient care areas”.
We as a company were as distraught as many of you by the announcement and we are diligently trying to understand the new restrictions to see what it means for our customers that have purchased the PowerMATE® line of RPTs. These products have been designed to meet all current UL (1363-A) and NFPA (2012 edition) standards for safe use in patient care areas.
We will continually update this page as more news and information becomes available regarding this new restriction. Please check back frequently to ensure you have the most accurate information.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
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“What evidence or research do they have
that supports this ruling?”
The adoption of the NFPA 2012 standard contains language that allows the use of Relocatable Power Taps (RPTs) in patient care areas. I strongly encourage everyone to follow the below link to voice your support for this motion, to make it easier to use equipment like the AIV PowerMATE® in your facility. Please use the CLICK HERE below, then click the green “Submit a Formal Comment” button on the top right corner of the page to file an official opinion on the ruling.
The comment period for this proposed restriction ends TODAY, June 16, 2014.
CLICK HERE to Read Further and “Submit A Formal Comment”.