Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ)


May 15, 2018 is the deadline for submitting staffing data for the Q1 of CY 2018 (1/1/18 through 3/31/18). CMS uses PBJ data to determine each facility’s staffing measure on the Nursing Home Compare tool on website, and calculate the staffing rating used in the Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System.

CMS encourages facilities to check provider preview reports in the CASPER system for information regarding submitted PBJ data and to run CASPER reports (1700D Employee Report, 1702D Individual Daily Staffing Report, and/or 1702S Staffing Summary Report) to ensure their PBJ data was submitted accurately.

Questions regarding PBJ policy information can be directed to

Questions regarding PBJ Data Specifications can be directed to