PBJ update: Goodbye, self-reported census!

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When CMS first implemented PBJ, facilities self-reported their census data for Five-Star staffing calculations. Since April 2018,  CMS has automatically calculated the census instead. While facilities could still report their census, CMS did not use the data in its Five-Star staffing calculations. A January 9 update to PBJ Data Submission Specifications now states CMS will … Read More

Instantly predict your Staffing Five-Star

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How to use ezPBJ’S real-time Five-Star predictor ezPBJ’s Five-Star Staffing Projections show your expected Five-Star rating for the active, current quarter – anywhere from 4 to 6 months before CMS publishes your rating to Nursing Home Compare. The staffing Five-Star projection is built on multiple data points, including: Reported PBJ … Read More

Meal breaks eating away at Star ratings

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With the latest update to the PBJ Policy Manual, CMS makes very clear its rules on removing meal breaks from Payroll-Based Journal reports. Take note: ALWAYS remove 30 minutes for lunch in your PBJ reports. Even when your staff works through lunch, those 30 minutes CANNOT be reported. Download the PBJ Policy Manual here. CMS explicitly … Read More