The International Code Council, Inc. is in the process of developing a statement for submittal to The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS requested public comments to a proposed rule to amend the fire safety standards for hospitals, long-term care facilities, intermdeiate care facilities for the mentally retarded, ambulatory surgery centers, hospices which provide in-patient services, religous non-medical health care institutions, and programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly facilities by adopting the 2000 edition of the Life Safety Code and eliminating references in the regulations to all earlier editions.