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Tennessee law responds to tragic fires.

After the outbreak of two deadly fires in long-term care facilities during a four-month period, Tennessee has become the first state to require all nursing homes (and most LTC facilities) to have full fire-sprinkler systems, The Tennessean reported in late May. The facilities that experienced the fatal blazes had opened before state laws required such buildings to have sprinkler systems, and the Tennessee Health Care Association, according to the newspaper, noted that 89 nursing homes in the state have only partial sprinkler systems or none at all. By early August, noted AARP Tennessee, all LTC facilities must have smoke detectors in each patient room and then meet deadlines based on facility type for installation of full sprinkler systems. State and federal funds for retrofits will be available to facilities that accept Medicaid reimbursement.

For more on the issue of nursing home fires, see Nursing Homes May 2004, p. 40, and December 2003, p. 10.
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Title Annotation:News Notes
Author:Edwards, Douglas J.
Publication:Nursing Homes
Date:Jul 1, 2004
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