CMS Ending Blanket Waiver Requiring Nursing Homes to Submit Staffing Data

June 26, 2020
Policy Snapshot

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to end the emergency blanket waiver requiring all nursing homes to resume submitting staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system by August 14, 2020. The PBJ system allows CMS to collect nursing home staffing information that impacts the quality of care residents receive. The blanket waiver was intended to temporarily allow the agency to concentrate efforts on combating COVID-19 and reduce administrative burden on nursing homes so they could focus on patient health and safety during this public health emergency.

The memorandum also provides updates related to staffing and quality measures used on the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five Star Rating System. View it here.