PBJ reporting waiver issued by CMS

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CMS has issued a waiver for PBJ Reporting this quarter (Jan. 1 – Mar. 31 staffing data due May 15) to provide relief to facilities during the COVID-19 crisis. The waiver reads: “Staffing Data Submission: CMS is waiving 42 CFR 483.70(q) to provide relief to long term care facilities on … Read More

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

Weekends are now made for PBJ

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In its recent letter to State Survey directors, CMS announced an increased focus on nurse staffing levels and sharing of Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) data with state survey agencies. States will be notified of underperforming facilities, for issues including: Facilities with “low” nurse staffing on weekends Facilities showing days without an on-site RN (possible … Read More