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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A little-noticed PBJ policy update last September will play an important role in your Staffing Five Star rating once CMS begins using PBJ data in 2018.  PBJ Census calculations are now based on your MDS. PBJ rules no longer require the submission of Resident Census.  Instead, CMS released a new method they will use to…

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ezPBJ Releases PBJ Audit Manager Prepare your response to a potential PBJ audit with our new Audit Manager.  We’ll pull over the required files and crosswalk data and let you add additional backup data for each audit requirement. If you ever get audited, your response file is ready to download and submit. Current ezPBJ customers…

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PBJ Gotchas ezPBJ Audit Manager ezPBJ is working hard to make your PBJ audits as pain-free as possible!  ezPBJ already holds much of the information requested by CMS and will make that information easily downloadable.  In addition we are adding a new audit section where you can upload the requested PBJ audit documents and create the…

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PBJ Gotchas New CMS Rule on Hire Dates CMS made an impactful change to the PBJ rules in February, making the reporting of employee Hire Dates and Termination Dates optional. CMS also removed the rule on using the same Employee ID more than once in a single PBJ Submission. These changes are Issues 8 and 9 in the latest PBJ Data…

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ezPBJ Speeds Up PBJ Reporting with New Automation ezPBJ celebrates its first anniversary with the release of ezPBJ Sender, a new time saver for Skilled Nursing Facilities filing their Payroll-Based Journal reports. ezPBJ Sender helps centers submit PBJ reports to CMS and notifies them when their PBJ reports are successfully accepted. “Skilled Nursing Facilities are…

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ezPBJ Introduces New PBJ Auditing Software ezPBJ announces the release of XML Analyzer, a one-of-a-kind PBJ auditing software. XML Analyzer enables Skilled Nursing Facilities to reconcile and error check their XML files from payroll, workforce or third-party vendors before completing their Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) submission to CMS. “CFO’s consistently tell us they want to verify…

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PBJ Gotchas Quarter Not Matching When uploading files to CMS, make sure the Federal Fiscal Quarter in your file matches the quarter you select in the system, or your submission will be rejected. By February 14, facilities must report QUARTER 1, 2017 data (October 1 to December 31, 2016.)Calendar Day. Lessons from Practice Submissions The latest…

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PBJ Gotchas CMS System Access With the vast majority of SNF’s submitting PBJ data in the weeks before the Nov. 14th deadline, CMS’ site was slow and difficult to access. Workarounds included accessing in off hours or logging into other regions. Plan ahead to avoid technical challenges before the February 14th deadline! Latest from CMS on PBJ CMS released…

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