CMSCG continues its “Ftag of the Week” blog series with F851 Payroll Based Journal, which is part of the Administration regulatory group under the renumbered Ftags. Each facility is responsible for ensuring that complete and accurate direct care staffing data that is entered into the Payroll-Based Journal system is auditable and, as the name implies, verifiable through payroll, invoices and/or is tied back to a contract. Direct care staffing includes agency staff and contract staff as well. Providers who do not submit data timely have had their Nursing Home Compare profiles updated with an icon to show that they have not submitted required data. If a provider misses two consecutive submission deadlines, its Overall star rating and Staffing star rating are suppressed until the data is received. Payroll-Based Journal information, including deadlines for reporting periods, can be found on the CMS webpage Staffing Data Submission PBJ. The next reporting deadline is November 14.
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