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Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Mandatory Reporting


 Latest CMS Data


CMS has posted PBJ data for the third quarter of the calendar year 2017 to the public through a public use file (PUF) posted here. This file contains preliminary data submitted by providers for the third quarter of the calendar year 2017. You can view CMS' previously posted data available here as well for the first and second quarters of the calendar year 2017. CMS will continue to publicly post data for the subsequent quarters.


 Vendors with a PBJ Solution

Looking for a tailored PBJ solution? This document contains information on AHCA Associate Business Member companies that offer services.


If you have question on PBJ, you can review our FAQ documents on ahcancalED. Additionally, please contact us via our dedicated email address.

 Resources on ahcancalED


ahcancalED is a one stop shop for members needing information about the Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Mandatory Reporting requirement. Check out our dedicated page for members-only access to webinars, background information, and more resources.

Check out this list of Time & Attendance vendors who have solutions to submit data to CMS. This list will be updated periodically. 

NOTE: To access ahcancalED, members MUST 1) login using their AHCA username and password and 2) register for FREE to gain access to resources on ahcancalED. Email if you have any questions or concerns.




The Affordable Care Act requires CMS to collect electronic staffing data from nursing centers. The Act requires this data to be auditable and verifiable. The information is intended to collect direct care staff (employed and contracted), employee turnover and tenure, and must include census data and case mix.

CMS developed the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) to collect this data. The first mandatory reporting period began July 1, 2016. More information on PBJ and the manual can be found here. CMS has stated it will release risk adjusted measures on the average hours per resident day by nursing job categories this spring. CMS will also incorporate these measures into your Five-Star Ratings. The exact date of release is not yet known nor it is known when or if there will be a preview period for SNFs.