The Cost of Payroll-based Journal Reporting Adding Up Fast

By David Raths

For the past year, skilled nursing facilities have been aware of pending new regulations from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Facilities are required to electronically submit detailed direct-care staffing information, with the intent of linking those staffing records to the CMS’ five-star rating system. When the first quarterly reporting period for the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) program began July 1, long-term, post-acute care providers have woken up to the realization that meeting the requirement is more difficult and time-consuming than originally thought. As a result, many have turned to the vendors of time-and-attendance software and other solution providers for help.

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"A new company called ezPBJ imports, converts and maps vendor-provided files to the PBJ specifications and include them in a single PBJ submission file. Don Feigle, ezPBJ’s CEO, says there is something of a learning curve to understanding the policy and quirks of the way data has to be set up. ”But we think we have it down to where it is going to be a handful of hours every quarter to take care of this for them.”