CMS has ended the PBJ staffing data submission waiver included in the COVID-19 emergency blanket waiver. In a letter released June 25, CMS announced that facilities are once again required to submit their April–June PBJ data by the normal August 14 deadline. CMS also decided NOT to require the submission of January–March 2020 staffing data for PBJ reporting, a…

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ezPBJ has received new details from CMS regarding its recent PBJ reporting waiver. The original PBJ reporting waiver (issued two weeks ago) stated that nursing facilities do not have to submit Q1 (Jan. 1–Mar. 31) data by May 15. We reached out to CMS for additional clarification, which CMS provided on Apr. 20. Here’s what…

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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 the requirements for submitting staffing…

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Next PBJ deadline: Fri., Feb. 14, 2020 Avoid the headache and submit your PBJ files early. If you need help, please call us at 469.916.2818 or scroll down and fill out the form. 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…

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Many facilities will lose a Staffing star due to how CMS increased emphasis on RNs in the Staffing Five Star ratings.  In this March letter to State Survey Agency Directors and related updates to the Five Star Users Guide, CMS announced a series of changes to Nursing Home Compare and Five Star ratings including: Changes…

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How to Use ezPBJ’s Real-Time Five Star Predictor ezPBJ’s Five Star Staffing Projections show your expected Five Star rating for the active, current quarter – anywhere from 4 to 6 months before CMS publishes your rating to Nursing Home Compare. The staffing Five Star projection is built on multiple data points, including: Reported PBJ hours…

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With the latest update to the PBJ Policy Manual, CMS makes very clear its rules on removing meal breaks from Payroll-Based Journal reports. Take note:  ALWAYS remove 30 minutes for lunch in your PBJ reports. Even when your staff works through lunch, those 30 minutes CANNOT be reported. Download the Policy Manual here.   CMS Explicitly Details…

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Free PBJ Analytics Tool Available for Skilled Nursing Facilities ezPBJ Essentials (sign up here) lets facilities review their CMS public use PBJ data and illustrates staffing trends across the key five-star staffing ratings published on Nursing Home Compare.  In addition, facilities can profile and compare themselves to nearby competitors and benchmark facilities anywhere in the…

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CMS shared details with State Survey Agency Directors on how they will use Payroll-Based Journal data for Staffing Five Star measures. Download the full memo here or read on for our summary: There’s much to unpack in this detailed memo.  ezPBJ has summarized the key points of interest below: How the Staffing Five Star Rating…

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PBJ Audits are a key part of the Staffing Five Star methodology going forward based on the details shared by CMS with State Survey Agency Directors on how they will use Payroll-Based Journal data for Staffing Five Star measures. Download the full memo here.   Here’s what to watch for in preparing your PBJ submissions so…

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