PBJ Submission Reminder

February 3, 2017
Policy Snapshot

As of July 1, 2016, electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is mandatory for all long-term care facilities. You have up to 45 days after the end of the quarter to submit data for Federal Fiscal Quarter 1 (October 1, 2016-December 31, 2016.) The final submission file for this quarter is due on February 14, 2017. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages facilities to submit as soon as possible and not wait until just before the deadline.

CMS has added an indicator to the Nursing Home Compare website that shows whether a facility has complied with the PBJ reporting requirement. If the indicator is green, the facility has submitted data through PBJ. If the indicator is gray, the facility has not submitted any data through PBJ.

For questions related to software or technical requirements, please email CMS at NursingHomePBJTechIssues@cms.hhs.gov.

For questions related to PBJ policies, please email CMS at NHstaffing@cms.hhs.gov.

CMS PBJ website: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html

More information: http://www.paltc.org/payroll-based-journal-pbj-reporting