Staffing Data Submission through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) System

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AFL 20-64 From the California Department of Public Health

August 13, 2020

TO: Skilled Nursing Facilities
SUBJECT: Staffing Data Submission through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) System

AUTHORITY:     Title 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) section 483.70(q)

All Facilities Letter (AFL) Summary

This AFL reminds skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to submit required staffing data for Calendar Quarter 2 (April – June) 2020 through the PBJ system by August 14, 2020.

On June 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released QSO-20-34-NH (PDF), ending the blanket waiver of Title 42 CFR 483.70(q) which requires submission of staffing data. SNFs must submit the requisite staffing data for Calendar Quarter 2 (April – June) 2020 through the PBJ system by August 14, 2020.

In addition, CMS recommends facilities submit data for Calendar Quarter 1 (January – March) 2020. Calendar Quarter 1 data will not be used to calculate staffing measures or ratings; however, CMS will continue to post the data in a public use file on their CMS website. Staffing measures and ratings will be updated in October 2020 based on data submitted by August 14, 2020.

If you have any questions about this AFL, please contact your local district office.

Sincerely,

Original signed by Heidi W. Steinecker

Heidi W. Steinecker
Deputy Director

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