CMS Issues S&C Letter #13-55: Sprinkler Requirements

Karen Morris and Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

CMS has issued an S&C memo August 13, 2013 Deadline – Installation of Automatic Sprinkler Systems in Nursing Homes.  The content is consistent with the information CMS shared verbally with AHCA on August 7 (see MM dated August 8.)  The S&C letter contains a Question & Answer section (questions were derived primarily by AHCA’s Life Safety Committee) which provides additional clarification related to the full-sprinklering requirement.

Please take note of Section B which specifies the survey and enforcement process related to Life Safety surveys after August 13, 2013 (the deadline for all nursing centers to be fully sprinklered).

NYSHFA contacts: 

Nancy Leveille
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support Services
518-462-4800 ext 20 


Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 ext 15