Sprinklers

CMS requests survey buildup

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is asking for $49 million more in its next budget, largely to expand long-term care inspection programs.

CMS allows less-severe citations for nursing homes installing a sprinkler system

CMS allows less-severe citations for nursing homes installing a sprinkler system

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Nursing homes might be able to reduce the scope and severity of deficiency citations related to sprinkler systems, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.

Sprinkler system citations now in effect

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Nursing homes without a full sprinkler system installed and functioning are now subject to deficiency citations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Nursing homes without full sprinkler system will receive deficiency tag

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Nursing homes without an installed, fully functioning sprinkler system will be cited for a deficiency starting this month, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In a memorandum released on Aug. 16, CMS clarified the sprinkler requirement that went into effect on Aug. 13. All nursing homes must be fully equipped with sprinklers in order to participate in Medicare or Medicaid, the requirement mandates.

Bill would help nursing homes pay for sprinkler system updates

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Nursing homes that need to update their sprinkler systems would benefit from a recently introduced tax bill.

Sequester cuts are bringing changes to survey process

Sequester cuts are bringing changes to survey process

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will change some nursing home survey procedures in response to budget cuts from sequestration, according to memos released April 9. The CMS Survey & Certification budget has been reduced 5% from 2012, the agency announced.

CMS changes nursing home inspections in response to sequestration cuts

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will change some nursing home survey procedures in response to budget cuts from sequestration, according to memos released Tuesday. The CMS Survey & Certification budget has been reduced 5% from 2012, the agency announced.

Feds change 'onerous' rules

Feds change 'onerous' rules

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Long-term care facilities that are undergoing a major renovation or are in the process of building a new structure may be eligible for a sprinkler system extension.

Proposed CMS rule could give some nursing homes extra time to install sprinklers

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Some nursing homes may be able to get a two-year extension on a requirement to install an automatic sprinkler system, under a rule proposed Monday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Sprinkler mandate fails to soak in

Sprinkler mandate fails to soak in

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Ben Franklin warned us that death and taxes are life's only certainties. But if you run a long-term care facility, feel free to add regulations to that list. And it looks like a doozy of a looming requirement may soon have many operators hot under the collar.