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Have an Hour Free on Thursday? Join CMS for its Nursing Facility Open Door Forum

On August 6, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will share information on fiscal year 2020 skilled nursing facility payment policies during a Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care Open Door Forum this Thursday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m.  

PBJ Quarterly Reporting Deadline is May 15

On April 30, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The deadline for submission of Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data for the reporting period Jan. 1–March 31 is May 15. Timely and accurate submission of PBJ data is critical, because CMS uses the data to calculate staffing measures in Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System. The following rules apply: 

Five Star System Updates on Nursing Home Compare Today

On April 24, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

As we reported previously in Advantage, the Nursing Home Compare Five Star Rating system has implemented some significant updates effective today (April 24) that could reduce scores for many providers. We have prepared an Issue Paper to help members understand how these scoring changes work as well as provide suggested talking points for use with external stakeholders.  

PBJ Data Leads CMS to Focus on Staffing Deficiencies

On December 5, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide state survey agencies with a list of facilities with potential staffing issues to support survey activities for evaluating sufficient staffing and improving resident health and safety, according to a Quality, Safety and Oversight Memorandum (19-02-NH) released Nov. 30.  In addition to this survey-related announcement, the memorandum also alerts providers to updates in the PBJ Policy Manual and to the availability of new MDS-based census reports in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) system. 

Have an Hour Free on Thursday? Join the CMS Nursing Facility Open Door Forum

On October 9, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program and Payroll-Based Journal are the featured topics of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long Term Care Open Door Forum this Thursday, Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. The full agenda includes: 

LeadingAge Responds to Concerns About Reported Staffing Levels

On August 22, 2018 by Kari Thurlow

Leadingage President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan has responded to concerns raised by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, on whether seniors and their families have accurate and complete information about the quality of nursing homes. 

Timely and Accurate PBJ Data is More Important Than Ever

On August 7, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminds all nursing facilities that the deadline for submission of Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data for the period April 1 –June 30, 2018, is Aug. 14. Timely and accurate submission of data is especially important, because CMS now uses PBJ data to calculate staffing measures in Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System.  

CMS to Post Non-Nursing Staffing Data for Care Centers

On June 27, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

In November 2017, CMS began posting the number of hours worked by nursing staff submitted through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system on data.cms.gov (see S&C memorandum 17-45-NH).

Nursing Home Compare and Payroll-Based Journal Data Update

On June 26, 2018 by Julie Apold

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the following updates to the Nursing Home Compare and Payroll-Based Journal Data: 

PBJ Now Being Used to Set Staffing 5-Star Measure

On May 1, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently updated the Five-Star rating system for care centers with Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data to set the staffing score for all providers. The staffing measure is currently based on PBJ data from 4th quarter 2017.  

PBJ Impact on Staffing 5 Star Measure

On April 25, 2018 by Jeff Bostic

Working jointly with LeadingAge New York, LeadingAge Minnesota is excited to be able to offer members access to a one-hour audio conference titled “Don’t let PBJ Make a Mess of Your 5 Star Score” that will be held on May 9 at 10:30 a.m.  

Care Center Staffing Measures and Ratings to Reflect PBJ Data

On April 11, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Nursing facility staffing measures posted on Nursing Home Compare and facility staffing ratings calculated for the Five Star Quality Rating System will reflect Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data beginning this month, along with a new risk adjustment methodology, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) memorandum released April 6

Five-Star Rating System to Reflect PBJ Data Beginning April 2018

On February 14, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will soon use payroll-based journal (PBJ) data to update staffing measures in the Five-Star Quality Rating System. 

Quarterly Payroll Based Journal Deadline Drawing Near

On January 23, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Feb. 14 is the due date for care centers to submit Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) staffing data for the period Oct. 1, 2017 – Dec. 31, 2017. Submitting timely and accurate data may be especially important this quarter, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has said it will utilize PBJ data in 2018 to calculate the staffing measures posted on the Nursing Home Compare website and used in the Five Star Quality Rating System.  

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