PBJ Reporting Waiver Ends – Get the Facts from the Experts!

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

Late last week, I blogged about the QSO-20-34-NH notification and what its contents meant for LTC providers.  A key element of this QSO was the end of the PBJ reporting waiver.  It was a short-lived waiver, to be sure. 

ezPBJ – a Briggs family member and the experts on Payroll-Based Journal regulations – posted an excellent blog on this very subject.  I encourage you to read/review this blog to learn what happens to data you did or did not (40% of providers did not submit staffing data) submit for 1st quarter 2020.  We’re talking Five-Star ratings on Nursing Home Compare. 

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ME?

Do I have to submit PBJ data for April–June?
Yes, your April–June data is still due by August 14.

Do I have to submit PBJ data for January–March?
No, CMS is not requiring that you submit your staffing data for January–March.

Should I submit PBJ data for January–March anyway?
While January–March data will not be used to calculate your Five-Star staffing rating, CMS is still  encouraging all nursing homes to submit the information and will post the data in a public use file on     https://data.cms.gov/.   

What staffing Five-Star rating is currently displayed on Nursing Home Compare?
The staffing Five-Star currently displayed on Nursing Home Compare is based on your October–December 2019 data.

When will my new Five-Star staffing rating post?
The next release of new Five-Star staffing ratings will post the end of October and be based on your April–June 2020 data.

Listen to the on-demand recording of Navigating the PBJ Chaos and download the corresponding FAQ document for more information. 

You can also learn more about ezPBJ by visiting their website.