The Advantages Of The New PBJ Requirements -


The Advantages Of The New PBJ Requirements

By Christine Barnes

PBJ or payroll based journal is the result of mandates of new employers where in they were brought by many requirements. These requirements include healthcare insurances. But PBJ has greatly affected the nursing homes and other care facilities which includes the skilled nursing facilities.

Payroll based journal wanted to achieve several goals. First is allowing the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services to gather more regular and more frequent data in the nursing houses. Second is ensuring data accuracy. Third is standardizing the gathering of data. Fourth is inspecting the quality of care given by the nursing houses. PBJ requirements may often be referred as peanut butter and jelly.

Affordable Care Act or ACA has required the CMS to start on the collection of information details from the nursing equipment which includes the staff agencies. For the completion of the requirement by the ACA, the CMS developed a PBJ. All facilities were encouraged in reading and reviewing the policies inside the handbook of the requirements.

The policies of PBJ in the manual is providing all necessary information and background for submission of the requirements. It includes the submission screens, submission deadlines, each definition of categories. All collected data are inputted in the PBJ system. The data are being entered in a quarterly basis within forty five days every after quarter.

The requirement that is proposed will surely be a great burden in most parts of a facility. Surely, software vendors will be diminishing the workload in the facilities. But they will still be requiring new scheduling, payroll system, and timekeeping. The contracted workers and the therapists who are non payroll staffs would not be affected by the new software systems because they will still continue on using the manual entry for the requirements. So therefore, submission will require double effort.

Since the implementation of this, it became very critical for the providers. If there will be some failures upon submission, it maybe errors on reports or inaccuracy of data, it will lead to penalties. These idea has been identified for delivering better quality care outcomes. Another advantage of this is that the consumers and the referral sources will understand more about the differences of staffing in the nursing homes.

The CMS understands that this is a big problem for the providers nowadays. And while providers are still adjusting to this, CMS stated that they will not impose any remedy on this. And aside from this, they will be providing feedbacks or warnings to the providers that will help them in facilitating with the compliance of the requirement.

Even though it affected the revenue goals, staffing, and also the operation costs, this is still a good thing. And one good advantage of it is it makes the managing and controlling of report processes easy, thus, resulting to cost reduction. It will also ensure the reporting requirement be met.

When the requirement is met, it will show that facilities provide a better and improved quality care. It also reduces risks in submitting delayed reports and paying for penalties. Though it may be time consuming, it will still let consumers identify an improved, better facility for other people.

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