Over the course of three days at the Annual LeadingAge Meeting & Expo in Philadelphia, our Gurus met with other Gurus, exchanged ideas, learned more about the booming industry, and further confirmed our commitment to helping the Senior Care Industry improve people processes, mitigate compliance risk, and control labor costs. We also had the pleasure of handing out our “Relax, We Goat This” t-shirts, stuffed goats, (sorry, we left the real goats at home) and had the opportunity to visit with some of our awesome clients.
Since 2016, skilled nursing providers have been required to submit Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as a way to drive industry standards and ensure high quality care for patients.
CMS has been very clear from the start that PBJ data would eventually affect a providers’ Five Star Quality Rating, but it was never certain when that date would be, or how PBJ data would replace the current method of data capture.
Senior Care organizations strive to attract and retain top talent to ensure their residents are always receiving the highest quality of care. However, due to the rising demand of services, increased costs, and high turnover rate, the Senior Care Industry is now facing staffing shortages.
In this recent letter, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that they will begin posting Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) public use files on November 1, 2017. You will be able to access the files at https://data.cms.gov.[i]
The first posting will include data that was submitted for the reporting period of the first two calendar quarters in 2017. These files are the raw number of hours that providers have submitted and will include:
Last September, the Federal Register posted the final rule, Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. This rule went into effect on November 15, 2016 and will be implemented on November 15, 2017. [i]
The final rule establishes national emergency preparedness requirements to ensure healthcare providers and suppliers affected by the rule are adequately planning for both natural and man-made disasters and coordinating with federal, state, tribal, regional, and local emergency preparedness systems. In addition, the final rule sets guidelines for how providers and suppliers can adequately prepare to meet the needs of patients, residents, clients, and participants during disasters or emergency situations. [ii]
National Assisted Living Week was established by the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) in 1995. The purpose of this week is to build awareness and recognize the role that assisted living plays in caring for America’s seniors and individuals living with disabilities.
Assisted living is defined as housing for the elderly or disabled that provides nursing, meals, and/or housekeeping as needed. Assisted living communities are a great option for those who wish to remain independent, but still need some assistance with daily activities. Each assisted living community is unique and offers different levels of assistance and services.
Topics: Senior Care
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has put in place PBJ as a way to ensure consistency of care and to develop higher standards throughout the industry. The next PBJ Reporting deadline is May 15, 2019.
In this letter, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) introduces their Payroll-Based Journal staffing audit team.
The letter also states that the team will “examine payroll records and other auditable data along with PBJ submission data to identify if staffing is being reported accurately based on hours staff are paid to work.”