CHA News Article

CMS Provides Details on SNF Staffing Data Submission
Training modules and updated draft manual available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will provide training to help skilled-nursing facilites (SNFs) meet new electronic staffing reporting requirments. Effective July 1, 2016 long-term care facilities, including SNFs, will be required to electronically submit to CMS complete direct care staffing information, including information for agency and contract staff. CMS has developed a system — Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) — for facilities to submit staffing and census information. To help facilities prepare, CMS is providing training modules, available online. CMS will also collect staffing and census data during a voluntary submission period beginning Oct. 1, 2015.

CMS has posted an updated PBJ Policy Manual Draft and a list of frequently asked questions on its website