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Deficiency Citations Will be Given for Lack of Appropriate Sprinkler Systems in Nursing Homes

In 2008 the Department of Health & Human Services mandated that all nursing homes must have automatic sprinklers installed by August 13, 2013. This provided a five-year phase-in the new rule entitled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Fire Safety Requirements for Long Term Care Facilities, Automatic Sprinkler Systems”.  This process will not require any new surveys of the sprinkler systems but when time comes for re-certification, citations will be given for deficiency and can lead to reimbursement issues. If a facility does not conform to the regulation of having sprinklers systems in place, it will be cited with deficiency tag K056 during surveys. Facilities that receive this citation will be required to submit a plan of correction as to how they will fix the deficiency within three months.

Facilities that have completed plans for installation in place will not be imposed a citation or a civil monetary penalty.  The memorandum also details various categories of sprinkler systems that could warrant a citation and the deficiency's severity. Many of the sprinkler deficiencies will be cited as a “potential for harm” and have a severity level of D, E, or F, at a minimum.

Fire safety is not a topic that should be ignored. It is an important consideration in our personal lives as much as in business. Nationally, there are millions of structure fires, thousands of deaths, tens of thousands of injuries, and billions of dollar loss – which makes the U.S. fire problem one of great national importance.

Pedagogy’s author Stan Szpytek, who is a former deputy fire chief and fire marshal with a Chicago area fire department having served for 26 years and honorably retired in 2003, writes about “Positive Fire and Life Safety Practices” and how routine measures must be incorporated into the operations of every healthcare facility to help ensure the safety of the building occupants be it an employee or a resident/patient. You can learn more about what Pedagogy has to offer in health care education at our Long Term Care and Home Health Campus

Visit the Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to read more about the requirements for the installation of automatic sprinkler systems. 


Pedagogy Blog by Catheryn Peplinski, MBA, RT (R) (M), RDMS, is our Director of Operations and author of Pedagogy online continuing education courses.

Catheryn Peplinski, MBA, RT (R) (M), RDMS, is Director of Operations at Pedagogy Inc. in Troup, Texas. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and has a degree in Radiology from Ferris State University. Catheryn is licensed in multiple modalities of Radiology, specializing in High-Risk Obstetrics and genetic testing with over 28 years of experience in diagnostic medicine, education, and management.

Her background includes management and development of clinical practices, education, health care provider in multiple diagnostic procedures, laboratory procedures, surgical assisting, protocol development, accreditation processes, operations, author, and editing/publishing with Pedagogy Inc. She has taught medical students the skills of ultrasound, as well as to nursing staff and radiology and ultrasound students. Catheryn has successfully produced educational material for continuing education and student development. Catheryn has a deep passion to help others with strong beliefs in service oriented philosophies to give to those less fortunate.

She has been blessed with the opportunity to participate in a medical mission trip to Guatemala with her children to gain the appreciation of field medicine and sharing of their talents. She has written multiple news articles and blogs for Pedagogy as well as an infusion based class for Radiology Nursing Professionals.

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Posted: 8/30/2013 5:00:00 AM
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