Tag: PBJ

CMS to hold SNF/LTC Open Door Forum

CMS will hold an open door forum on September 19 for SNFs and LTCs. Discussions will focus on: PDPM updates PBJ updates Policy Questions should be sent to: NHStaffing@cms.hhs.gov Technical Issues/Questions should be sent to: NursingHomePBJTechIssues@cms.hhs.gov PBJ Website MS-6058-FC Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Programs; Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process SNF […]

PBJ and SNF QRP submissions due May 15

Staffing data from Jan 1 through March 31 must be submitted no later than 45 days from the end of the quarter. The final submission deadline for this quarter is May 15, 2019. On a SNF open door forum held earlier this week, officials instructed facilities to review their monthly provider preview reports in their […]

States now required to conduct at least 50% of off-hour surveys on weekends for facilities with potential staffing issues

Source: The Bottom Line A list of facilities with potential staffing issues is being provided to CMS regional offices and state survey agencies to support survey activities for evaluating sufficient staffing, according to a memo released by CMS back in November, 2018. The memo states that “while CMS is encouraged by facilities’ efforts to improve […]

PBJ questions, answered

Payroll-based journal (PBJ) has released data that mainstream media is picking up. Recently, HCPro post-acute regulatory specialist Stefanie Corbett, DHA, answered a few questions for our BALTC members. The following are some of those expert answers to some questions members asked that I thought I’d share with you. Learn more about BALTC, our member group […]

New York Times reports on staffing shortage at ‘ghost town’ nursing homes

On July 7, 2018, The New York Times, in conjunction with Kaiser Health News, published a news article detailing the new payroll-based journal Medicare reporting system. The article highlights that the new system shows low staffing levels at many nursing homes, and profiles patients at one New York nursing home who detail “ghost town” nursing […]

CMS now conducting on-site and off-site PBJ audits

CMS has released public use files (PUF) containing staffing data submitted by long-term care facilities for the first, second, and third quarters of calendar year 2017. The PUFs can be accessed and downloaded here. CMS has begun conducting on-site and off-site PBJ audits. Facilities are alerted that an audit will be conducted via a letter, […]

CMS announces date for PBJ public use files to be made public

In 2015, the electronic submission of staffing data otherwise known as the payroll-based journal (PBJ) was established by CMS. The data submitted through the PBJ reflects the number of hours direct care staff are paid to work each day, auditable back to other verifiable information. In a memo published earlier this week, CMS announced that […]

CMS to conduct pilot audit process for PBJ

CMS has announced in a letter addressed to skilled nursing facility administration that their PBJ staffing audit team will begin conducting audits of PBJ data submitted to CMS. The letter states that the PBJ audit team will examine payroll records and other auditable data along with PBJ submission data to identify if staffing is being […]

Next SNF/LTC Open Door Forum on schedule for Thursday, March 23

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) next open door forum for skilled nursing facilities (SNF)/long term care (LTC) is on schedule for this Wednesday, March 23, 2:00pm-3:00pm ET. Conference leaders Todd Smith and Jill Darling will cover: March SNF VBP reports PBJ updates Open Q&A Providers can participate via phone by dialing in […]

PBJ updates make it easier for providers to submit hire, termination, and rehire information

On February 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two updates to the Payroll-Based Journal, making it easier for providers to submit hire, termination, and rehire information for employees without receiving errors. These updates, detailed below, are considered a “step in the right direction” by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) […]