By Emily Mongan, Staff Writer
August 25, 2016

Nursing homes that fail to submit electronic staffing data by the first required deadline may face sanctions and could see their Five-Star rating suffer as a result, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said Thursday.

Providers are required to submit their staffing data for the period lasting from July 1 to Sept. 30 by Nov. 14, 2016 — the first deadline since electronic submission became mandatory.

CMS will be granting some leniency to providers who make an effort to submit data, but those who fail to meet the deadline could face consequences, agency officials told attendees at Thursday's Skilled Nursing Facility Open Door Forum.

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