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Plum Healthcare Group Gains Visibility Into Senior Care Staffing

July 6, 2017 | Jim Rubadue

Relying on pencil and paper schedules or spreadsheets often means a complete lack of visibility into staffing—and this lack of visibility can be costly to any senior care organization. "Where are...

Senate's Proposal Cuts Medicaid Funding for Skilled Nursing Facilities

June 28, 2017 | Peter Corless

Healthcare is a topic on everyone’s mind right now—particularly those in the senior care industry. Titled the American Health Care Act, this bill, which would replace the current Affordable Care Act,...

Five-Star Quality Rating Staffing Strategies

May 30, 2017 | Peter Corless

A focus on transparency and quality improvement has led The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to up the ante on how Five-Star Quality Ratings are calculated and reported.

Since potential...

PBJ Update: Suppressed Star Ratings, Tracking Turnover & More

May 10, 2017 | Peter Corless

CMS has announced three changes it is making to this quarter’s Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) submissions in response to some perceived difficulties that long-term care (LTC) providers had during past...

PBJ Update: Employee Hire and Termination Dates Now Optional

March 1, 2017 | Kevin Holtz

Recently CMS released an updated file specification for PBJ submissions.  The major change to the Payroll-Based Journal requirements is that employee hire and termination dates are now optional. CMS...

PBJ 2.0 and Nursing Home Compare

February 6, 2017 | Peter Corless

Here it is February, 2017 and the second mandatory reporting date for Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data is almost upon us. Skilled Nursing Facilities have until February 14, 2017 to submit their...

Best of the Long-Term Care and Senior Living Blog 2016

January 19, 2017 | Marti Bowman

On my drive into work this morning, I found myself wondering how we are already more than half-way through January 2017. Seriously, where has the time gone?! I have mixed emotions about the time...

Five Star Quality Rating: Strategies For Long-Term Care Providers

January 4, 2017 | Peter Corless

Many of you may be aware that I have the distinct privilege and honor to serve on the Board of Governors of the American Healthcare Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).  AHCA...

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes in the New Year

December 20, 2016 | Mark Woodka

It’s hard to believe another year is almost behind us. And what a year it was! For OnShift, 2016 was a year of partnership, innovation and learning.

Payroll-Based Journal Update: What We Learned & What’s To Come

December 13, 2016 | Peter Corless

The first Payroll-Based Journal reporting period had its challenges, from confusion on which direct care hours providers should report to technical difficulties when submitting. These multiple issues...

Last Minute Relief for Payroll-Based Journal Stress

November 11, 2016 | Mike Pumphrey

The biggest news coming from Washington D.C. this week is that the new Payroll-Based Journal reporting information is due. OK maybe this is the second biggest story. But skilled nursing providers are...

Payroll-Based Journal—Don’t let the Deadline Pass You By

October 4, 2016 | Peter Corless

Believe it or not, calendar Q3 (federal government Q4) has come to an end. It’s now October and you can officially submit all of your PBJ data from the previous quarter.