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U.S. nursing homes to get rating system

June 22, 2008|From Times Wire Services

The Bush administration said it would put in place a rating system for nursing homes by the end of the year. It's designed to give consumers another tool to consider when shopping for a nursing home. The ratings would be placed on a government website.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it would seek comment from the industry and consumers to determine what criteria to use.

Federal officials also unveiled new regulations that would require all nursing homes to have sprinkler systems by 2013. Homes without sprinkler systems couldn't serve Medicare participants.

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