CMS sets deadline of 2013 for installation of nursing home sprinkler systems
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CMS set a deadline of Aug. 13, 2013, for skilled-nursing facilities and nursing homes operated by hospitals to install their systems. Previously, only new facilities were required to have them.
CMS first disclosed the new Medicare requirement in June. Federal loans and other financial aid will not be available for facilities that need assistance, the agency noted.