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Proposed regulation to require sprinkler systems in all nursing homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently proposed a new regulation that would require nursing homes across America to install sprinkler systems in order to continue to receive federal funds through serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Currently, while newly constructed nursing homes must be equipped with sprinkler systems, older homes are not required to have such systems. According to a report by the Government Accountability Office from July 2004, lack of smoke alarms and other fire prevention systems in facilities that had fatal nursing home fires may have contributed to a delayed response time to the fires.

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