The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has updated its directive on hospital equipment maintenance requirements to allow some adjustments, but not for medical imaging equipment.
According to the guidelines, a hospital may adjust its maintenance, inspection and testing frequency and activities for facility and medical equipment from what is recommended by the manufacturer, based on a risk-based assessment by qualified personnel. However, adjustments may not be made under any of the following conditions:
- Other federal or state laws or hospital conditions of participation require adherence to manufacturer’s recommendations or set specific requirements. For example, all imaging and radiologic
- The equipment is a medical laser device.
- New equipment without a sufficient amount of maintenance history has been acquired.
In addition, a hospital electing to adjust facility or medical equipment maintenance must develop policies and procedures, maintain documentation supporting the alternate equipment management program and then adhere strictly to the program established.
The updated directive takes effective on Jan. 19, 2014.
Please contact CMS at http://www.cms.gov/apps/contacts/ for specific questions about the updated hospital equipment maintenance requirements.