AAMI is aware of healthcare organizations denying access to service providers in order to support "social distancing" to prevent community spread. We are also aware of vendor's staffs who refuse to enter facilities where COVID-19 is suspected to have positively tested cases. Because of this several member organizations have asked if accrediting organizations such as The Joint Commission (TJC) will be waiving maintenance interval requirements. Please be aware that inspection, testing and maintenance activities are established by CMS as Conditions of Participation (COPs), not by accrediting organizations. The Joint Commission (TJC) nor any other accrediting organization can in and of themselves renounce these requirements, only CMS can. Since the president has declared a national state of emergency, CMS can issue a 1135 waiver to waive certain requirements. AAMI is waiting to hear if medical equipment inspections and testing will be one of those waivers. We will keep you all posted as we learn more.