Compliance With State Fire and Safety Code in Lieu of Life Safety Code
CMS has adopted the 2000 edition of the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) Life Safety Code (LSC) as part of the
Medicare health and safety standards for certified providers and suppliers. It is permissible to use a State fire and safety
code (State Code) in lieu of the NFPA 2000 LSC, if CMS finds that the State Code is imposed by State law and that it adequately
protects residents or patients. There are also financial implications for State Survey Agencies (SAs).