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Life & Fire Safety
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Updates in surge protector policy
(SNF/NF, ICF/IID)

The Iowa State Fire Marshal Division (SFM) has provided an updated copy of their new heath care surge protector policy. This policy mirrors the requirements of CMS S&C letter 14-46. Iowa's policy has a couple additional changes including:

  1. The SFM no longer requires surge protectors to have a metal casing.  As long as they meet the UL listing as outlined in the policy, they will be compliant.  
  2. The SFM now allows low voltage cell phone chargers and alarm clocks to be plugged into surge protectors as long as they meet the other requirements in the policy (such approved locations, etc.).
The new policies are posted on the SFM website. They apply to hospitals, nursing homes, intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICF/IIDs), ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), and hospices.

If you have questions, Kyle Gorsh, Special Agent in Charge, Iowa Department of Public Safety - State Fire Marshal Division. 

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Education Calendar
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NW District Meeting & Education, May 8, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Storm Lake
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SNF Medicare Review, May 9, 2018, West Des Moines
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NE District Meeting & Education, May 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Cedar Falls
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Medicaid HCBS Elderly Waiver Review, May 16, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Nurses Conference, May 17, West Des Moines
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SE District Meeting & Education, May 22, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., West Liberty
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SW District Meeting & Education, May 24, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Atlantic
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Nursing Facility Reimbursement Conference, May 31, West Des Moines
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LTC Medical Directors, Medical Practitioners & Pharmacists Conference, June 1-2, West Des Moines
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Activity Professionals Workshop, June 14, Des Moines (See corrected date)
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Summer Quarterly Education Conference, June 20, Des Moines
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LTC Dietary Conference, June 26, West Des Moines
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Assisted Living Management Certification, Online program
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Online Dementia Care Training and Individual Certification Program
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Click on the event link to learn more about each educational offering and to register. If you have additional questions, contact Georgene Olson at 800.422.3106.

West Des Moines area hotel discounts for IHCA members.

Map to the IHCA Education Center, 1775 90th Street, West Des Moines, IA.

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