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CMS indicates nursing home sprinkler regulation is coming

Hospital Safety Insider, June 25, 2008

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In a press release issued last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that the long-awaited sprinkler regulation for nursing homes would be published by the agency.
 
The rule would require all existing nursing homes without sprinklers to retroactively install the equipment, with a five-year phase-in period from the date of the rule’s publication.
 
The press release doesn’t say when the regulation will actually be published, though. A CMS spokesperson had not returned our call for comment as of early Wednesday afternoon.
 
However, a CMS official who spoke at the National Fire Protection Association’s World Safety Conference earlier this month indicated that the regulation was due sometime this summer. Watch for further coverage of this issue in Healthcare Life Safety Compliance.



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