Medical Equipment and Technology Integration
Lisa Charrin, AIA, ACHA Vice President, Mitchell Planning, a division of Ross & Baruzzini; Sarah Mueller, Associate Principal and Senior Vice President
Knox Advisors, HKS, Inc.; Ryan Hagan, Principal Consultant, Systems & Technology

This forum is a platform for the interaction about leading edge technology among owners, architects, engineers, facility managers, contractors, equipment and technology planners, and vendors. This session highlights the technologies that hospitals and health systems are leveraging to reduce waste and increase quality, including technology at the bedside and behind the scenes. Technologies enable smarter communication and security systems with command and control centers while considering patient privacy, room turnover, and patient satisfaction. Join us for panelist presentations and discussion.

  • Discuss the trends driving standardization among medical devices and considerations for managing upgrades and replacements.
  • Identify opportunities for standardizing the approach to medical and IT devices.
  • Learn strategies for implementing smarter supply distribution and waste handling systems.
  • Name how technologies aid in augmenting day to day security and communications and operations for emergency command centers.


Discussion Forum for Professionals Working in Health Care
Vincent Della Donna, AIA, ACHA, Director, Healthcare, AIA Academy of Architecture for Health; Patrick Fugeman, VP, Design & Construction, Christiana Care Health System

This forum is a platform for the interaction and open discussion between professionals working in health care facilities (architects, engineers, biomedical engineers, contractors, facility managers, risk managers, etc.) and consultant design professionals. This forum will review, with audience participation, some of the administrative and practical issues associated with the delivery and operations of health care projects.

  • Participate in an open discussion of colleagues sharing common goals.
  • Share strategies and solutions for common issues.
  • Discuss through a broad overview the concepts and operations of project delivery methodologies.
  • Discuss the effect of recent changes in the health care on capital project initiation and operations




    Designing and Implementing Advanced Patient Rooms
Timur Kupa, Program Manager, Intelligent Infrastructure Solutions, Siemens; Josh Palley, Director, Client Engagement, EPAM; Richard Nowak, Vice President of Strategic Projects, Siemens

Experts from Siemens and EPAM will examine the challenges of designing, prototyping, and delivering the patient room for the next generation of health care facilities. The hospital room of the future will deliver an innovative experience to patients and families, enabling tools for clinicians, and automation for facility engineers. The panel will present and discuss the latest technology solutions for the patient room and how converged design can improve patient outcomes, decrease readmission rates, and improve clinical workflows.

  • Identify critical input needed from clinicians and patients before beginning the design of a new health care facility.
  • Describe challenges with technology obsolescence and refresh cycles.
  • Explore the changes in patient interfaces and how those changes affect the design of the entire patient room envelope.
  • Explain the effect of personal mobile devices on facility design and operation.


    Why it is Critical to Advocate for the Future of Health Care
Dave Dagenais, CHSP, CHFM, FASHE, Director of Plant Operations and Safety Officer, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital; Bradley Pollitt, NCARB, AIA, VP Facilities, UF Health

NFPA 2017 in Boston will bring several key issues to the floor for vote by the membership. It is important that every ASHE member and others involved in the health care physical environment be there to discuss the important issues.

  • Describe the public consensus process of the standards development world.
  • Discover some of the past challenges with changes in the code development process.
  • Identify how to help shape the future of health care design.
  • Develop a plan of action to attend the NFPA conference and see change happen.


      What’s the Reputation of Your Facility’s Infrastructure?
Krista McDonald Biason, PE, Associate Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers; Mark Rojas, Associate Director of Engineering Services, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center; Peter Dahl, PhD, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Operations, HGA Architects and Engineers; Peter Brown, PE, Associate Vice President, HGA Architects and Engineers

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has high standards for the delivery of care and patient experience, and building systems must also meet this high standard. Under this premise, the facility staff is undertaking a strategic planning effort to assess and address engineering systems. The presentation team will share the process for identifying major engineering equipment to create recommendations for maintaining the equipment and will walk through typical infrastructure challenges faced, not only by Cedars-Sinai, but also by similar facilities as a campus ages. Beyond general maintenance and upgrade issues, the team will discuss sustainable options to optimize system performance that could be implemented in conjunction with facility maintenance and upgrade efforts.

  • Create a method for evaluation and assessment of existing engineering systems.
  • Discuss maintenance issues and replacement strategies in an existing functioning health care facility.
  • Create a checklist for protocol for construction projects in an existing facility to ensure alignment in system performance and equipment.
  • Explain how sustainability can be implemented in conjunction with engineering system general maintenance and upgrades.


  Design Diagnostics Bringing Evidence to the Planning Process
Linda Laskowski-Jones, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CEN, FAWM, Vice President of Emergency & Trauma Services, Christiana Care Health System; Sheila Ruder, AIA, ACHA, Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt, LEED AP, Vice President and Senior Medical Planner, HKS; Kate Renner, AIA, EDAC, Lean-Six Sigma CE, LEED AP BD+C, Architect and Medical Planner, HKS; Patrick Fugeman, VP, Design & Construction, Christiana Care Health System

A design diagnostic offers a comprehensive tool to quantify the environmental and human experience of an environment. At Christiana Care Health System, the design diagnostic identified the configuration of the space into "cores" as inefficient. Behavior mapping revealed crowding in the ED and family and patients in non-patient areas. This material informed the design of the future ED. This session focuses on the process and uses of a design diagnostic, the implementation of the tool, and the effect on planning an ED.

  • Identify the benefits of analyzing facility design, human experience, and organizational efficiency in care environments.
  • Describe tools used in assessing an existing environment.
  • Assess existing environments using tools from a design diagnostic.
  • Explore a case study where a design diagnostic was used to inform design.


  Using the Thedacare A3 Process to Solve the Energy Challenge
Walt Vernon, PE, MBA, JD, LEED AP, CEO, Mazzetti+GBA; Cindy Nuesslein, Principal, Mazzetti+GBA

This session will bring the renowned lean continuous improvement techniques pioneered at Thedacare to the ASHE audience. It will be a brief training in the application of one of these techniques to energy consumption. We will learn from each other; we will leave the session knowing a bit about the powerful Thedacare continuous improvement techniques, as well as with new ideas from the pool of attendees to help advance our own energy reduction agendas.

  • Describe how Thedacare ignored, and then "discovered" its energy opportunities.
  • Explain the Thedacare continuous daily improvement techniques.
  • Use the Thedacare A3 process to develop ideas for advancing energy efficiency in a health care setting.
  • Share energy consumption ideas generated by the session attendees.


      Outpatient Facilities Tackling Population Health
Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Vice President for Research, The Center for Health Design; Catherine Ancheta, Project Manager The Center for Health Design

Health care organizations are leveraging community and facility environments to engage patients, encourage healthy behaviors, improve access to care, and improve population health outcomes. The session will focus on possible outpatient facility design solutions and their implementation in organizations that are leading the endeavor to achieve the Quadruple Aim: improving the patient experience, improving quality and safety, reducing costs, and retaining staff. The Center for Health Design will share real-world experiences of implementation and evaluation across three case study sites representing large and small-scale organizations.

  • Consider various perspectives and solutions around population health.
  • Describe lessons learned around population health implementation.
  • Describe the process of design innovation and evaluation focusing on population health.
  • Explain how facility design can support a strategic goal of population health.


        The Next Generation of Health Care Design and Construction
Benjamin Leutze, Commissioning Agent & Student, Construction and Facility Management, Brigham Young University; Matt Clayton, Student, Construction and Facility Management, Brigham Young University; Jason Facer, Student, Construction and Facility Management, Brigham Young University; Lauren McCallon, Student, Construction and Facility Management, Brigham Young University

This unique session features a discussion on the future of health care from the students who represent the future of our field. Flexibility in health care will be critical in the future, and this session explores ways to design for streamlined housekeeping, flexible mechanical systems, continuous commissioning, and new technology. This session will present ideas from the next generation of professionals–the ones who will be responsible for designing and building health care facilities in years and decades to come.

  • Explain the importance of flexibility in designing and building health care facilities
  • List ways to create spaces that accommodate flexibility in mechanical systems
  • Identify technology considerations to keep in mind when designing facilities
  • Discuss ideas from future leaders in the health care planning, design, and construction field



GENERAL SESSION | 9:45 – 10:45 A.M.

Consolidation, Consumerism, Confusion: Effective Leadership in a Disruptive World
James E. Orlikoff, President, Orlikoff & Associates, Inc.

Please Note: This will not be recorded. If you do not want to miss this content, be sure to attend this general session in person.

The list of revolutionary forces bombarding hospitals and health systems is long and growing. Systemic changes in the foundations of health care are occurring relating to who pays for care, how providers are reimbursed, and how patient behavior changes when they become consumers. As if those challenges weren't enough, we are seeing people being "hospitalized" at home, health care moving to a retail format, disruptive technology and consumerism threatening the legacy players - and WE are the legacy players. This presentation will review the gathering disruptive forces that threaten our business models and our models of governance and leadership, and will challenge leadership to lead in new ways with new metrics of success.

  • List the macro forces converging to put revolutionary pressure on the U.S. health care system in general and hospitals and health systems in particular.
  • Explain likely impacts on hospitals and health systems in different scenario-based situations.
  • Discuss the consequences of failing to respond to these environmental and political pressures.
  • Describe practical leadership strategies and techniques to maintain the relevancy of your organization in the face of these trends.







Alignment of Priorities in Health Care Design
Moderator: Vincent Della Donna, AIA, ACHA, Director, Healthcare, AIA Academy of Architecture for Health; Panelists: Peter Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA, Principal-in-Charge, BARDWELL+associates; Chad E. Beebe, AIA, CHFM, CFPS, CBO, FASHE, Deputy Executive Director of Advocacy, ASHE; Gerry Kaiser, PE, Senior Director, Facilities Resource Group, Ascension Health; Don D. King, CHFM, BEP, President, Donald King Consulting; Mark A. Nichols, AIA, FACHA, LEED AP, Principal, Eckenhoff Saunders Architects; Bradley R. Taylor, MBA, CHFM, CHC, System Vice President, Construction and Project Management, Fairview Health Services

This session will be an interactive polling and panel session that will discuss the future of health care design and how population health and value-based care will affect the future hospital campus.

  • Determine the direction of health care by audience participation.
  • Discuss the polling results with an expert panel.
  • Compare polling results from other demographics to determine alignment of priorities and principles.
  • Create, through the results of the polling, a comparative study that will identify the common goals and directions of the industry.




    Transforming Care Using Telehealth
Patrick Casey, AIA, Executive Director, Office of Planning, Design, and Construction, University of Mississippi Medical Center; Tonya Moore, PhD, RN, University of Mississippi Medical Center; Roy T. Decker, AIA, Principal, Duvall Decker Architects, P.A., Eldon Development , Dunn Management

Health care organizations require a new model of care to address population health and rising costs. The University of Mississippi Medical Center has leveraged technology and strategic partnerships to improve the health and welfare of the least healthy population in the United States. Their telehealth program has become a model of success. The effect on health outcomes, disease management, cost of care, and access to care is enabling the University of Mississippi to fulfill its mission of creating a healthier Mississippi.

  • Explore the challenges in setting up a telehealth program.
  • Learn the technology and infrastructure requirements to support a telehealth program.
  • Discover research data to show the success of the UMMC telehealth program.
  • Describe how telehealth, an innovative model, is eliminating barriers to access and quality of care.


  Lessons Learned from Recent Hospital Fires: The Total Concept
Nick Gabriele, CFPS, Vice President, Russell Phillips & Associates

Hear lessons learned from two recent hospital fires and how the "Total Concept" of the Life Safety Code® (design, construction, and compartmentation; provision for detection, alarm, and extinguishment; and fire prevention including training and drills) kept patients safe. The session will take the Total Concept one step further to where the building design process not only addresses the minimum codes (e.g., the Life Safety Code) but is expanded to take into account effective fire procedures, surge planning, and building evacuation.

  • Identify the building design and operational features that support an effective health care fire and evacuation procedure.
  • Describe the lessons learned from one or more recent hospital fire scenarios.
  • Recognize the interrelationship between fire procedures, staff training, and fire drills.
  • Identify how the requirements of the Life Safety Code® directly correlate to effective fire and evacuation procedures.


  Case Study of Strategies for High Patient Satisfaction
Jim Kolb, AIA, LEED AP, Senior Healthcare Designer, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Wayne Marshall, MBA, NREMT-P, Associate Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, UF Health North; Linda Kim, MBA, MSHA, FACHE, Strategic Business Operations Manager, UF Health North; Dan Kurmaskie, MBA, Director, Training & Development, UF Health Jacksonville; Penny Houchens, IIDA, LEED AP, Lean, Senior Interior Designer, Gresham, Smith and Partners

Efforts to achieve high patient satisfaction scores at UF Health North began before the first patient walked through its doors. From design to building occupancy and beyond, the comprehensive approach maximized the patient experience through the built environment, team culture, and clinical processes. An expert panel and the project's lead planner and interior designer will present strategies that have resulted in a 98th percentile satisfaction rating in the ED. Specific metrics, customer comments, academic studies, and organizational practices will be provided.

  • Cite evidence-based factors influencing high patient satisfaction.
  • Explore staff-building strategies that contribute to high patient satisfaction.
  • Create an organizational culture to support patient satisfaction.
  • Track performance metrics and use the data to manage satisfaction outcomes.


    Achieving 20 Percent Across-the-Board Operational Cuts with Lean
Wendy Horton, PharmD, MBA, FACHE, Vice President, Performance Excellence and Integrated Operations, UW Health at The American Center; Tom Grove, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Senior Medical Planner, Flad Architects; Cindy Cox, Medical Planner , Flad Architects

At UW Health's new satellite campus, lean planning inspired a new approach to health care delivery. In 2015, UW Health opened a flexible facility that could respond to changes in medicine and meet patients' needs through collaborative teamwork and cross-training. One example is the Universal Care Center (UCC), a unique building element containing six pods of eight identical rooms. Each pod is shared by ED, pre/post-surgery, and imaging departments. The area provides on-stage/off-stage circulation and creates work zones to allow for patient privacy and optimal communication.

  • Use new operational methods and create building plans to leverage change and reduce program size and square footage.
  • Apply lean planning/metrics to improve efficiency, focus on the patient, and encourage space sharing.
  • Describe the successes and challenges of cutting 20 percent of program space.
  • Foster a vision and commitment to change among diverse stakeholders, including patient and family advisors.


      Designing and Operating Today's Urgent Care Facilities
Scott LeClair, PE, LEED AP, Principal, Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc.; Jason Costello, PE, Associate Principal, Margulies Perruzzi Architects; Paul Pezone, CHFM, Vice President, Support Services and Technical Operations, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth Hitchcock; John Duggan, Vice President, Real Estate Operations, Reliant Medical Group; Helio Rosa, Director, Southcoast Health; Jason Butler, PE, Senior Associate, Project Manager, Fitzemeyer & Tocci Associates, Inc.

A panel of design professionals, facility executives, and real estate professionals will explore the current urgent care guidelines, experiences with the Department of Public Health's plan review processes, and how these experiences have shaped planning and approach to future urgent care clinics. The panel members will discuss opportunities to share services at urgent care locations, develop operational efficiencies to reduce care costs, and provide better access to care for patients.

  • Identify the needs of urgent care clinics, typical urgent care programs, and the relationship of urgent care clinics to the current health care environment.
  • Review challenges associated with development of new urgent care clinics and understand strategies for meeting those challenges.
  • Evaluate the regulatory environment around development and implementation of urgent care clinics in new and existing facilities.
  • Provide insight into the current real estate market and the impact of outpatient programs in commercial buildings.


  Celebrating the 2017 ACHA Legacy Project Award
Moderator: Angela Mazzi, AIA, ACHA, EDAC Senior Associate, GBBN Architects; Juror: Dan Rectenwald, AIA, ACHA, Chief Operating Officer, HGA; Winning Project Architect (announced at afternoon general session); Winning Project Owner (announced at afternoon general session)

The Legacy Project Award celebrates outstanding health care design that has stood the test of time and contributes to future advancements. This award recognizes health care architecture that demonstrates superior planning and excellence. This session will describe how the original planning and architecture has evolved to contribute to a changing health care environment. Discussion will focus on the leadership qualities, project drivers, team experiences, and the story of this year's award-winning place of healing.

  • Describe how initial design and planning decisions addressed the issues of the time and provided flexibility for future change.
  • Articulate key drivers and planning and design concepts that have endured for more than 15 years.
  • Connect great planning and design to evidence-based practices.
  • Identify principles of iconic work that contribute to the knowledge base of health care facility planning and design to become worthy of a Legacy project.


        How Green Codes Are Getting Smarter, Less Confusing–and Replacing LEED: An Overview of the new ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 189.3
Michael P Sheerin, PE, LEED AP BD+C, CHAIR 189.3, Chief Executive Officer, TLC Engineering for Architecture; Jane S. Rohde, AIA FIIDA ACHA AAHID, Voting Member 189.3, President, JSR Associates, Inc.; Jonathan Flannery, MHSA, CHFM, FASHE, FACHE, Voting Member 189.3, Senior Associate Director of Advocacy, American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE)

This session provides an overview of the newly created ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 189.3: Design, Construction and Operation of Sustainable High Performance Health Care Facilities, which prescribes the procedures, methods, and documentation requirements for the design, construction, and operation of high performance sustainable health care facilities. The session covers how this standard relates to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 and the upcoming revisions to the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). With the recent implementation of the new LEED V.4, numerous jurisdictions are evaluating the adoption of the IgCC to provide an alternative to LEED.

  • Discuss the components and structure of ASHRAE Standard 189.3
  • Describe the impact of ASHE&39;s co-sponsorship on the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 189.3
  • List the differences between Standard 189.1 and Standard 189.3
  • Explain how the IgCC code will impact LEED, and how Standard 189.3 may alleviate the design challenges of green code applications for health care facilities.




        Natural Ventilation of Patient Wards: Challenges and Opportunities
Alison Laas, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Payette; Alejandra Menchaca, PhD, LEED AP, Senior Building Scientist/Associate, Payette

Natural ventilation has many proven benefits, including energy savings, improved indoor air quality, and occupant connection to the outdoors. European patient wards are typically conditioned using natural ventilation, but passive cooling strategy is rarely used in the United States. This session identifies relevant design and patient care issues and outlines safe and effective approaches for incorporating natural ventilation into the health care setting. Additionally, the results of a survey to U.S. health leaders will quantify the most critical challenges to natural ventilation.

  • Identify the key challenges to implementing natural ventilation strategies, as perceived by the health care community.
  • Quantify the effect of aspects of current local and international code parameters on the feasibility of using natural ventilation in patient rooms and wards.
  • Describe the effect of window geometry on the potential to achieve minimum required airflow rate for a typical patient room.
  • Recognize the key geometrical parameters that can allow for natural ventilation of ward corridors.


      The Whole Box: Beyond Pre-Fabrication
Louis Meilink, Jr., AIA, ACHA, ACHE, Principal, Ballinger; Christina Grimes, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, EDAC, Healthcare Planner, Senior Associate, Ballinger; Barry Finkelstein, PE, Principal, Ballinger; Richard Lanzarone, Project Executive, Turner Construction Co.

Prefabrication offers dramatic opportunities for construction process improvement and quality control. This interactive session walks through prefabrication techniques and unwraps the benefits and challenges of standardization and offsite construction techniques. This session will also describe historical precedent projects highlighting barriers to prefabrication and how those have been overcome. Live, web-based polling during the presentation will gauge audience priorities and preconceptions before and after the presentation.

  • Identify design concepts of the current state of prefabrication.
  • Compare future opportunities of prefabricated pods versus prefabricated structural modules.
  • Discuss the time and cost savings from different design interventions and their effect on the construction schedule.
  • Consider how offsite strategies can be investigated and evaluated for health care construction.


  Design + Research = Great Patient Room
Travis Tyson, AIA, NCARB, Architect/Healthcare Facility Planner, Cleveland Clinic; Philip LiBassi, FAIA FACHA, Global Healthcare Leader, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky; Nicholas Watkins, PhD, EDRA, Director of Research, EwingCole; Tom Dieterle, RA, Associate Principal, DLR Group|Westlake Reed Leskosky

The new Cleveland Clinic Avon Hospital developed a model patient room through a design and research process that employed full-sized mockups, patient and caregiver interviews, and prefabricated room elements. The process engaged decision makers to address all aspects of design, from unit layout to room configuration to room lighting. The integration of research, design, and construction facilitated consensus among the stakeholders and provided data to inform innovative design solutions for a room that is a new model for the health system.

  • Demonstrate how objective research can be a valuable part of the health care design process.
  • Explore the refinement of the patient room through the construction of multiple mockups.
  • Discover how the three-phase research approach informed innovative patient- and caregiver-oriented solutions.
  • Improved the overall project delivery with prefabrication of patient room components.


      Supporting the Triple Aim: Part 2
Mark Kenneday, MBA, CHFM, FASHE, Vice Chancellor of Campus Operations, The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences; Arthur Kjos, AIA, NCARB, FASHE, Executive Director of Facility Planning, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Total project alignment strategy ensures improvement in all three areas of the "Triple Aim" at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. The university focuses on the total cost of ownership which includes all parties in a collaborative delivery model. These processes ensure high quality, effective, and efficient product delivery and constant improvement, which will be demonstrated in a case study of a replacement clinic project using total project alignment strategies.

  • Discuss the value of designing for the total cost of ownership instead of the first cost of construction.
  • Identify how the alignment model's roles and responsibilities were developed during the OPR (owner's project requirements) charrette.
  • Explore the developmental process within the collaborative to achieve the OPR and the "Triple Aim".
  • Review a case study using the alignment technology.


      How Bed-Free Campuses Meet Strategic Service Demand
Laura Stillman, MPH, ACHE, Principal/National Healthcare Practice Leader, Flad Architects; Bradley Pollitt, NCARB, AIA, VP Facilities, UF Health; Dave Kistel, Project Engineer/Project Manager Prior to, VP Facilities and Support Services, Lee Memorial Health System; Liz Dudek, Director of Health Care Affairs, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Two leading health systems are meeting rising service demand, without deploying new beds. These stand-alone, patient-focused destinations will share how they worked with various demographics to align services and create a care continuum. Learn how strategic vision and proactive building plans can maximize first cost investment and avoid disruption in future phases. Health system leaders will provide specific examples on how they pre-engaged communities, approving agencies, developers, and vested stakeholders in planning and demonstrate how to streamline several levels of input.

  • Integrate lean planning and operational redesign with building design, with no lost time.
  • Discover effective methods for engaging community, users, lean planners, and stakeholders in planning a strategic campus.
  • Engage and gain consensus and approval from diverse community groups in long-range master planning.
  • Plan responsibly for the future and minimize initial cost investment.


  A Design Guide to the Health Care Facilities Code
Dave Dagenais, CHSP, CHFM, FASHE, Director of Plant Operations and Safety Officer, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital; Chad E. Beebe, AIA, CHFM, CFPS, CBO, FASHE, Deputy Executive Director of Advocacy, ASHE

Walk through NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code and the specific implications for designers to comply with the code as recently adopted by CMS. NFPA 99 has become a risk-based document and is applicable to many health care facilities. Compliance now requires a multidisciplinary group. Design teams will have to fully understand the effects of these decisions. This session will point out the specific provisions of which every architect and engineer needs to be aware.

  • Describe the regulatory path and the need to follow the Health Care Facilities Code.
  • Compare the new document requirements with previous editions of the code.
  • Define the four risk categories applicable to health care projects.
  • Explore the design implications of the risk determinations.


  Recently Added! The Joint Commission: Phase I Standards & Elements of Performance Review
George Mills, MBA, FASHE, CEM, CHFM, CHSP, Director of Engineering, Department of Engineering, The Joint Commission

Many changes have stemmed from the CMS adoption of the 2012 editions of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® and NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code. Many of these changes are in the Standards and Elements of Performance (EP) the Joint Commission uses to survey health care organizations. This session will review some of the more significant environment of care and life safety changes, including new EPs and those that were modified. This session will also include a brief discussion of the Phase II project, and an opportunity to ask questions.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss how the CMS adoption of the 2012 editions of NFPA 101 and NFPA 99 relate to Joint Commission EPs
  • Describe the intent behind some of the new EPs released in January 2017
  • Explain the intent behind EPs that were modified in the January 2017 release
  • Discuss the plan for additional and modified EPs (Phase II) and how those will be evaluated in 2017