September 25, 2013

As of August 13, 2013, all nursing homes participating in Medicare or Medicaid must have automatic sprinkler systems installed throughout the building. CMS first established the sprinkler requirement in a final rule published on August 13, 2008, which provided for a five-year phase-in period to give facilities time to achieve full sprinkler status. As that period has now passed, CMS released a Memo on August 16, 2013 reminding surveyors of the requirement and setting forth a survey and enforcement process.

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