PBJ Hits Five Star: Take These Steps to Clean Your Staffing Data

By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - April 25, 2018

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began using Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) electronic staffing data to calculate the nursing and physical therapy (PT) staffing measures, as well as the Five Star Quality Rating System staffing ratings, on Nursing Home Compare, according to CMS survey-and-certification memo QSO-18-17-NH. CMS updated the Five Star Technical Users’ Guide to include the technical specifications for the updated staffing measures and ratings’ methodology, and effective June 1, providers will no longer have to complete the staffing section of the CMS-671 although the rest of the form will still need to be completed for survey.

Many directors of nursing services (DNSs) should see some changes in their staffing measures and Five Star staffing ratings, says Suzy Harvey, RN-BC, RAC-CT, managing consultant for BKD in Springfield, MO.