Payroll-Based Journal: What Is It?
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has brought many requirements for employers, from providing healthcare insurance to reporting coverage information to the IRS. Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is a result of one of those new employer mandates, and it specifically affects nursing homes and long-term care facilities (including skilled nursing facilities).
The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) will begin collecting staffing and census information from these providers on a mandatory basis on July 1, 2016. This will include full-time staff as well as agency and contract staff.
Long-term care providers aren’t in this alone. CMS has created a free system for facilities to use to submit this information: Payroll-Based Journal.
What Are the Goals for the Payroll-Based Journal Requirement?
Affectionately called the “peanut butter and jelly” requirement or “PBJ,” payroll-based journal will achieve several goals:
- Allow the CMS to collect more regular and more frequent data from nursing homes
- Ensure accuracy of data by providing an auditable method of data collection
- Standardize data collection
- Inspect the quality of care delivered at nursing homes by using data such as:
- The level of staff in each nursing home
- Nursing home employee turnover and tenure
- Census data
Watch the video below to learn more about Payroll-Based Journal
Sources: CMS, Long-Term Living magazine
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