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2.12.2016

CMS’ Staffing Data Reporting Requirement Becomes Mandatory for Long Term Care Facilities

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Jeff Brecht authored an article titled “CMS’ Staffing Data Reporting Requirement Becomes Mandatory for Long Term Care Facilities.” In the article, Brecht addressed a new reporting requirement under the Affordable Care Act that states that long term care facilities must electronically submit direct care staffing information to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have developed a system for facilities to submit this information called the Payroll-based Journal.

The information must be based on payroll and other verifiable and auditable data in a “uniform format,” according to specifications established by the Secretary in consultation with interested parties. The information must specify the category of work a certified employee performs (such as whether the employee is a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, license vocational nurse, certified nursing assistant, therapist or other medical personnel). The information must also include resident census data and information on resident case mix, and must be reported on a regular schedule.