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See what you can learn in our courses and pick the right one for you!

Not sure which course you need?  Schedule a free PBJ review with PBJ Central.
Fundamentals of PBJ  ★  PBJ Data Requirements & System Setup  ★  Surviving a PBJ Audit  ★  Understanding Five-Star Staffing Ratings

Fundamentals of PBJ

A great course for Administrators, DON’s, quality teams and staff who need to know specifics of how PBJ is set up and managed.

Fundamentals of Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) provides an overview of the PBJ regulatory program, specifics of the PBJ Policy Manual, review of PBJ data collection fundamentals, and summary of mandatory submission components.

Take this $49 course to learn:

  • What is PBJ?
  • Why is PBJ important?
  • What is required for PBJ reporting?
  • What is direct care staff?
  • What job titles are allowed in PBJ reporting?
  • How are PBJ hours recorded?
  • How do I collect and submit PBJ data?
  • What are some PBJ best practices?

PBJ Data Requirements & System Setup

A complete and easy-to-follow guide for teams doing PBJ data collection and submission.  Get clarity on PBJ gray areas!

PBJ Data Requirements and System Setup examines the intricacies of PBJ staff classifications and allowable hours, including how they pertain to data collection, preparation and reporting in your payroll or timekeeping systems.

Questions answered in this $97 course include:

  • What nursing staff can I count for PBJ?
  • How do I classify roles like MDS nurse or Personal Care Aide?
  • Can I report corporate staff and universal care workers?
  • Can I include all hours worked by salaried, contract & remote staff?
  • What is the midnight split?
  • How are meal breaks applied?
  • How should I record hours in my payroll/timekeeping system?

For group enrollments or volume discounts, please contact members@pbjcentral.com.
Or schedule a free PBJ review with PBJ Central.

Surviving a PBJ Audit

Coming Soon!

Surviving a PBJ Audit explores the components of a CMS PBJ audit – including audit selection, the actual audit process, and audit results – and delivers best practices for internally auditing PBJ data prior to CMS submission.

Questions answered in this course include:

  • Why does CMS conduct PBJ audits?
  • Which facilities get audited?
  • What happens if I receive a CMS audit?
  • How should I internally audit my PBJ data?
  • What should I look for when examining job titles and pay types?
  • What are best practices for reviewing worked and non-worked hours?

Understanding Five-Star Staffing Ratings

Coming Soon!

Understanding Five-Star Staffing Ratings explains the specifics of the five-star staffing calculation, which PBJ data inputs are used, and how changes in staffing can impact your five-star rating.

Questions answered in this class include:

  • What are the six components of the five-star staffing rating?
  • How are PBJ staffing hours calculated?
  • How is PBJ staffing turnover calculated?
  • What are the PBJ staffing scoring rules?
  • What is the five-star staffing rating methodology?
  • What strategies can I use to increase my five-star staffing rating?
  • How does the staffing rating impact the overall five-star rating?

Stay tuned for our new Minimum Staffing course coming in 2023!

Minimum Staffing Requirements

With upcoming Minimum Staffing rules under consideration by CMS, and some states already mandating their own staffing requirements, it is now imperative to understand the impact of how your PBJ data is being applied by governing authorities.

This course is under development and will soon be made available.

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

Get Access to the PBJ Library

Get a free Library Pass to the archives of key PBJ manuals, research, communications and web tools.