CMS: 30 Days Until Go Live for Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ)

Nancy Leveille in Clinical & Quality

CMS is ready to go live with their new Payroll Based Journal program July 1, 2016. All SNF will be required to submit staffing and census data. NYSHFA recommends that members start this process ASAP. Even though it looks like you have until the fall to submit, you will need to set up your systems and test them out to ensure accurate reporting for your facility. For assistance, see CMS’ informational notice below:

Staffing Data Submission Reminder:  Electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is required of all Long Term Care Facilities in 2016. July 1 begins the first date of data collection. You will have up to 45 days to submit data from July 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016. The last day to submit data for the quarter is November 14, 2016. ALL nursing homes are encouraged to register to submit data to prepare to meet this requirement and maintain compliance.

  • Step 1: Obtain a CMSNet User ID for PBJ Individual, Corporate and Third Party users, if you don’t already have one for other QIES applications (; (many users may already have this access for MDS submission).
  • Step 2: Obtain a PBJ QIES Provider ID for CASPER Reporting and PBJ system access

Training:  PBJ Training Modules for an introduction to the PBJ system and step by step registration instruction are available on QTSO e-University, select the PBJ option More information is available on the PBJ website. Thank you!


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20