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CMS finally releases its nursing home sprinkler regulation

Hospital Safety Insider, August 13, 2008

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By August 13, 2013, all nursing homes in the country must have sprinklers protecting them.
 
In releasing its long-awaiting sprinkler rule yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set a five-year phase in period for installation. During that period, every nursing home without sprinklers must retrofit the facility with this equipment.
 
CMS estimates the installation work will cost $846.7 million over the five-year phase-in period.
 
This regulation stems from two terrible nursing home fires in 2003 that collectively killed 31 residents. Neither of those facilities had sprinklers protecting the residents, which was a factor in the death tolls.
 
Look for full details and analysis in an upcoming issue of Healthcare Life Safety Compliance.



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