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Medicaid Nursing Home Life Safety Reviews

CMS recently updated its health care facilities' life safety and emergency preparedness requirements to improve protections for all Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including those residing in LTC facilities. These updates include requirements that facilities install expanded sprinkler and smoke detector systems to protect residents from the hazards of fire and develop an emergency preparedness plan that facilities must review, test, update, and train residents on annually. The plan must include provisions for sheltering in place and evacuation. OIG is reviewing this area because residents of LTC facilities are particularly vulnerable to the risk of fires, since many of these residents have limited or no mobility. Our objective is to determine if LTC facilities that received Medicare or Medicaid funds complied with new Federal requirements for life safety and emergency preparedness for the period May 4, 2016, through November 15, 2017.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
September 2017 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicaid Nursing Home Life Safety Reviews Office of Audit Services W-00-17-31525; A-02-17-00000 2019

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