Under a new payroll system scheduled to become mandatory in July 2016, CMS has posted technical specifications to show long-term care facilities how to electronically submit staffing information based on payroll data. Long-term care facilities will now be able to voluntarily submit data beginning in October 2015. The new Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system will be posted on the CMS Nursing Home Compare website and used in the Nursing Home Five Start Quality Rating System to help consumers understand the level and differences of staffing in long-term care facilities.
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