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Created by PBJ experts who have helped thousands of skilled nursing facilities manage their PBJ reporting and staffing Five Star ratings – PBJ Central helps every PBJ practitioner no matter which payroll, timekeeping or reporting tools used.
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PBJ Central customers are invited to join our live quarterly webinars for PBJ updates and Q&A.

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We built and regularly update a comprehensive library of PBJ resources so you can find anything about PBJ.

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Studies & Research Using PBJ Data

Academic researchers, policy makers and the media analyze and publish studies of publicly available payroll-based journal data.

PBJ Resources for Providers from CMS

CMS provides instructions, guidance, examples & communications to nursing home providers through various online resources.

Memorandums & Surveyor Guidance

Communication of updated PBJ policies, guidance, and clarifications are sent by CMS’ Quality, Safety & Oversight (QSO) Group to State Survey Agencies and CMS Regional Offices.

Five Star QRS Technical Users' Guide

The Technical Users’ Guide describes the methods and to compute a nursing home’s Five Star rating plus the Staffing Five Star rating.

Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Policy Manual

The PBJ Policy Manual describes how facilities must fulfill the requirement to report quarterly staff hours, job titles & days worked.

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Studies PBJ Data

Read the studies & media coverage of PBJ based research

Provider PBJ Hub

Links to key PBJ resources for skilled nursing facilities


Memos to states with CMS' PBJ guidance and policies

Tech Users Guide

How to calculate the Five Star ratings on Care Compare

PBJ Policy Manual

CMS' rules & requirements for quarterly PBJ submissions

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