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How the Affordable Care Act is Impacting Nursing Homes

Posted by Barry Rubin on 2/15/2016 to Tips and Resources

Nursing facilities feeling a bit under the weather

The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on 23rd March, 2010 was designed to assure working people without health insurance, as well as those as those with pre-existing conditions have access to affordable health care coverage. The intent of the ACA was also to help small businesses get affordable health insurance for their employees. Like any new legislation, while certain elements within the ACA are very popular, there is confusion and concern that over regulation will be injurious to business, especially when sections of the law are industry specific.

No industry is more directly affected by the ACA than healthcare itself, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities are feeling a particular pressure for compliance

Per Section 6160 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it is compulsory for all nursing homes to submit the staffing, agency, and contract staff information through an electronic filing system such as an electronic time clock or workforce asset management

This requirement has led Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement a process named Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) to assist the facilities with compliance.

On a national scale nursing facilities have discovered that a time and attendance system, featuring the PBJ export feature will not only maintain compliance within the ACA, but eliminate employee time theft, stop unapproved overtime, and assure scheduled coverage.

Specialty healthcare firms find best value through fully-integrated and flexible workforce and employee time keeping systems that works in concert with clinical/EMR and administrative software which create a complete suite of solutions.

Additionally many are using an integrated time clock workforce asset management system to maintain staff and census reports based on flexible timelines, and create projected schedule reports based on anticipated census.