Will state surveyors be knocking on your door Saturday night?

Feb 11, 2019 | Minimum Staffing, Nursing Turnover & Hours, Survey & FTags for Staffing

Will state surveyors be knocking on your door Saturday night?

As early as April 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services was planning to use Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data in ways other than calculating and reporting a staffing rating on the Five-Star Quality Rating System. In memo QSO 18-17-NH, CMS reported its intention to use PBJ data to inform the survey process to help surveyors identify if a facility’s staffing is an underlying root cause for quality issues.

Little details were given regarding definition of terms or the methodology CMS would use to analyze and then report the PBJ data. Seven months later, in a subsequent memo (QSO 19-02-NH), CMS notified state survey agencies that CMS would be providing them a list of facilities with potential staffing issues. CMS defines facilities with potential staffing issues as those facilities with low nurse staffing levels on weekends.

But what does low nurse staffing levels mean, and how will PBJ data be used to create the list? After posing these questions, CMS clarified how facilities with low nurse staffing levels on weekends will be identified.

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McKnights

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February 11, 2019

SOURCE

Chenail, Susan. “Will State Surveyors Be Knocking on Your Door Saturday Night?” McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, 11 Feb. 2019, www.mcknights.com/marketplace/marketplace-experts/will-state-surveyors-be-knocking-on-your-door-saturday-night.