On April 15th, CMS released a summary of the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers. Included in those blanket waivers is a reference to PBJ data entry.
Staffing Data Submission. CMS is waiving 42 CFR 483.70(q) to provide relief to long-term care facilities on the requirements for submitting staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal system.
Assuming this meant that one quarter’s worth of data would not need to be submitted, LeadingAge California contacted the CMS PBJ Nursing Home Staffing office to ask about the implications for a facility’s 5-Star Quality Rating with missing data. The initial response was that this was still being discussed.
Soon thereafter, the NH Staffing office notified LeadingAge California that the waiver provided flexibility in the date of the 2nd Quarter submission were due [normally due on May 15th]. CMS explained:
We are still waiving the May 15th submission deadline and at this time, but facilities should anticipate reporting the Quarter 2 PBJ data (January 1st-March 31st) at a later date. We will provide further information as it becomes available.
Therefore, all PBJ data must be submitted, but the normal 2nd quarter’s submission deadline of May 15th can be submitted later. We do not yet know what the new submission deadline will be at this point in time.