Final Rule – Staffing Data Collection Requirements (Aug 2015)

CMS Survey & Certification Letter
PUBLISHED: August 7, 2015
CMS LISTING: Survey & Certification Letter 15-49

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In this August, 2015 informational memorandum 15-49-NH – CMS provides notice of the Final Rule establishing the Payroll-Based Journal electronic payroll data submission program.

The final rule published on August 4, 2015 implements the new requirements regarding the submission of staffing data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) based on payroll and other verifiable and auditable data. The full text document can be found at

  • Voluntary: Electronic Submission of Staffing Data: Registration begins August 4, 2015 for facilities to register for the voluntarily submission period which begins October 1, 2015.
  • Mandatory: Electronic Submission of Staffing Data: Effective July 1, 2016 long-term care facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid must electronically submit direct care staffing information (including information for agency and contract staff) based on payroll and other verifiable and auditable data in a uniform format to CMS.