McKnight’s Long-Term Care News writes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans on Thursday to end the emergency waiver and resume requirements for all nursing homes to submit staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system by Aug. 14.
In addition, on July 29, staffing measures and star ratings will be held constant, and be based on data submitted by Dec. 31, 2019. The systems are used for the consumer-facing Nursing Home Compare website and the Five-Star Quality Rating System. This announcement also means that CMS will remove the automatic one-star staffing rating downgrade that many facilities experienced. Instead, those facilities will have their measures and ratings temporarily suppressed.