Payroll-Based Journal news

Stay on top of the latest updates on PBJ, assembled from a variety of industry news sources.


How the Five-Star quality rating system measures quality in senior services

CliftonLarsonAllen (11/22/2016) – In 2008 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented a tool to assist consumers in evaluating nursing homes. The Nursing Home Compare website was developed and updated by CMS to provide an overall rating to all Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes in the United States. Full story »

Providers could face Five-Star sanctions for late PBJ data

McKnight's (08/26/2016) – Providers who fail to electronically submit staffing data by Nov. 14 could face sanctions, CMS officials said
Nursing homes that fail to submit electronic staffing data by the first required deadline may face sanctions and could see their Five-Star rating suffer as a result, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Thursday. Full story »

Studies: Five-Star ratings linked to consumer demand, nurse training

Provider Magazine (08/12/2016) – ​Consumers increasingly are more likely to choose a skilled nursing care center if it has a Five-Star Rating of five stars, according to a recent study by Health Services Research. In its study, “Changes in Consumer Demand Following Public Reporting of Summary Quality Ratings: An Evaluation in Nursing Homes,” Rachel Werner, PhD; R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD; and Daniel Polsky, PhD, found that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star Quality Rating System ratings have had a significant effect on consumer choice of high- and low-rated skilled nursing care centers. Full story »

CMS requires Payroll-Based Journal, electronic staffing data submission for skilled nursing facilities

AAFCPAs (03/03/2016) – Effective July 1, 2016, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) will be required to submit staffing, time and attendance information electronically to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) via their Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system. These requirements originate from section 6106 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and the final rule requires facilities to submit direct care staffing information, in a uniform and auditable format, at least quarterly. Early implementation is allowed; the CMS has been accepting electronic PBJ submissions since October 2015. Full story »

CMS’ Payroll-Based Journal impacts the SNF provider community

CliftonLarsonAllen (06/21/2016) – Section 6106 of the Affordable Care Act requires skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) and nursing facilities (NFs) to electronically submit direct care staffing information for facility and contract staff based on payroll data and other auditable data. This data, along with quarterly census data, and employee/contracted staff information will be utilized in the future by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of the Five-Star Quality Rating System calculations. Full story »

Vendors help providers prep for staff-reporting regulation

McKnight's (06/06/2016) – As the Payroll-Based Journal reporting deadline looms, many vendors have spent the spring selling new solutions. Full story »

Avoid these ‘gotchas’ in PBJ reporting

McKnight's (05/16/2016) – The latest communications from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services indicate mandatory PBJ submission will not be delayed. Most skilled nursing facilities are starting the work to prepare for the first Payroll-Based Journal submission that is due no later than November 14. Full story »

Payroll-Based Journal reporting coming soon

Beginning July 1, 2016, skilled nursing facilities nationwide will be required to electronically report staffing data to CMS through the Payroll Based Journal (PBJ). As the date approaches, we have been fielding many important questions regarding the requirements for the new system. Full story »

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