The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now require nursing homes to be fully sprinklered to participate in Medicare and Medicaid, according to a report in the American Society for Healthcare Engineering's ASHE Insider e-newsletter. Nursing homes originally were required to be fully sprinklered by August 2013, and CMS suggested a proposed rule in February that would have allowed extensions under certain circumstances. However, the rule was never finalized, so the August deadline went into effect. CMS stated in an August memo about the issue that nursing homes that are not fully sprinklered face citations, ASHE reports.

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