Upcoming iQIES Service Center Hold Times – PBJ Quarterly Deadline Approaching

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

Due to the Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) quarterly deadline*, the iQIES Service Center is projecting an increase in the volume of calls and emails between now and February 14, 2023. 

  • Live phone and email support for the Monday, February 14, 2023, PBJ Deadline will be available until Monday, February 14, 2023, at 8:00 PM ET. All files must be submitted by February 14, 2023, at 11:59 PM ET. Files for Fiscal Quarter 1 of 2023, with the reporting period of October 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022, will not be accepted after this deadline.  
  • Questions regarding the PBJ policy information should be directed to: nhstaffing@cms.hhs.gov
  • If you already have a case open with the Service Center, please have that ticket number ready when a representative comes on the line.   
  • If you are having issues with a rejected file or your password, please have your CCN and QIES User ID available for the representative.  
  • For PBJ submission inquiries, please have your staffing summary report, individual daily staffing report, and/or the Submission ID ready to provide the representative.  
  • Use One Method to Report Issues— Due to the anticipated increase in volume at the CCSQ Service Center and to minimize a backlog, please use only one method of reporting for the same issue (phone, email, or CCSQ Support Central). Note: Cases are processed in the order in which they are received, regardless of how the Service Center was contacted. Please allow time for processing.   
  • Submit Your Data Early— We encourage you to submit your 2022 PBJ data early during the submission period. The earlier the submission, the more time you allow for Service Center assistance, if necessary. 

For More Information 

Contact the iQIES Service Center at 1-800-339-9313, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM ET, or by e-mail at: iqies@cms.hhs.gov. To create a ticket online or track an existing ticket, please go to CCSQ Support Central at: CCSQ Support Central.   

*The first PBJ deadline in 2023 is in 1 month – February 14, 2023. Submissions must be received by the end of the 45th calendar day (11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time) after the last day in each fiscal quarter to be considered timely.  Below are the deadlines for each reporting period:

For more information, please reference the Staffing Data Submission Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) website and the Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) User Manual – Version 4.00.1 (April 2020).