CMS Updates Sprinkler S&C Letter

Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality


Lyn Bentley, Sr. Director of Regulatory Services, AHCA, notified NYSHFA of changes CMS has made to the Sprinkler System August 16, 2013 S&C letter last week.  Attached is the most recent S&C memo from CMS related to full sprinklering of nursing centers.  This memo includes actions that a nursing center may take to substantially lower exposure to fire risks while a sprinkler system is being installed.  As well, there is additional information related to enforcement actions that may be taken when a nursing center has not met the required deadline for full sprinklering, and an update Question and Answer document about full sprinklering.  (NOTE:  this sprinklering requirement and memo applies to all SNFs, NFs, and any other provider who is inspected for fire safety using nursing center fire and life safety requirements.)

The State Survey Agencies (SSAs) have received this memo and it will be posted soon on the CMS website.  The memo states this is current CMS policy and SSAs have been directed to disseminate this information within 14 days of receipt.

  NYSHFA CONTACT: Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
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