CMS directive orders state agencies to increase weekend surveys

Feb 27, 2019 | Nursing Turnover & Hours, PBJ Audits by CMS, Survey & FTags for Staffing

CMS directive orders state agencies to increase weekend surveys of skilled nursing facilities

Staffing in long-term care facilities significantly affects the care delivered to residents. Since July 2016, nursing homes have been reporting staffing data electronically through the payroll-based journals (PBJ) system. Data submitted provides the number of hours that direct care staff is paid to work each day. In April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began using PBJ data to calculate staffing levels and star ratings for the Nursing Home Compare website.

Based on audits of the PBJ data, CMS became concerned that some nursing homes are reporting several days in a quarter without a registered nurse (RN) onsite and/or significantly low nurse staffing levels on weekends, potentially impacting risk to resident health and safety.

FROM

Brickler and Eckler

PUBLISHED

February 27, 2019

SOURCE

“CMS Directive Orders State Agencies to Increase Weekend Surveys of Skilled Nursing Facilities.” Bricker & Eckler Attorneys At Law, www.bricker.com/insights-resources/publications/cms-directive-orders-state-agencies-to-increase-weekend-surveys-of-skilled-nursing-facilities.