SNF PEPPER Training Part I
Recorded on November 7, 2013 (60 minutes)
On August 30, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) distributed to each individual SNF facility, through its contractor (TMF Health Quality Institute), a Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER).  Although these reports have been distributed to other types of health care providers (e.g., hospitals, psychiatric facilities, hospice, etc.), this is the first time that the SNF profession has received PEPPERs, and many AHCA members have questions about how to read and use the report.  To address those member concerns, we have asked the CMS Contractor, Kimberly Hrehor with TMF Health Quality Institute, to provide us with additional information about the history and background of the PEPPER, a description of the risk areas for improper SNF Medicare payments, a discussion of the percentiles and the comparison groups, and a demonstration of how to read and use the report. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Share basic PEPPER information
  2. Review SNF PEPPER target areas
  3. Discuss percentile and comparison information
  4. Understand the PEPPER formatting 


Kimberly Hrehor, MHA, RHIA, CHC
Project Director
TMF Health Quality Institute

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