Meal breaks eating away at Star ratings

Dec 1, 2018 | Five Star Staffing Ratings, Rules for Staff, Hours & Census

Meal breaks eating away at Star ratings

With the latest update to the PBJ Policy Manual, CMS makes very clear its rules on removing meal breaks from Payroll-Based Journal reports.

Take note: ALWAYS remove 30 minutes for lunch in your PBJ reports. Even when your staff works through lunch, those 30 minutes CANNOT be reported.

With confusion and inconsistent reporting by facilities, CMS updated its PBJ Policy Manual with detailed guidance on applying Meal Breaks.




December 1, 2018


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