The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS)
announces the Payroll Based Journal Staffing Data
Collection System (PBJ) for Nursing Homes.
CMS has long identified staffing as one of the vital components of a nursing home's
ability to provide quality care. Over time, CMS has utilized staffing data for a myriad
of purposes in an effort to more accurately and effectively gauge its impact on quality
of care in nursing homes.
CMS intends to collect staffing and census data through the PBJ system on a voluntary
basis beginning on October 1, 2015, and on a mandatory basis beginning on July 1, 2016.
Section 6106 of the Affordable Care Act
requires facilities to electronically submit direct care staffing information (including
agency and contract staff) based on payroll and other auditable data. The data, when combined
with census information, can then be used to not only report on the level of staff in each
nursing home, but also to report on employee turnover and tenure, which can impact the quality
of care delivered.
This system will allow staffing information to be collected on a regular and more frequent
basis than currently collected. We are working with our client facilities to provide them with
the information required from us so they can submit it with all the other information that the
new PBJ system mandates.
Have you heard of PBJ?
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