Medicare And Medicaid Reveal Lack Of Sprinklers In Nursing Homes

More than 900 nursing homes in the U.S. still lack fire sprinklers. The mandate came in 2008 after 31 fire related deaths occurred in 2003. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid sent memo noting that homes were not compliant with the August 2013 deadline of putting a sprinkler in every patient area.

On site surveys are planned for the list of homes that are still showing a lack of sprinklers. The list is to be updated as surveys are completed. Homes that do not comply with the sprinkler requirements have potential to lose funding from Medicare and Medicaid, by way of penalizing and providing incentive to add the sprinklers. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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