Monday, October 21, 2013

Coming Soon: Two-Part Series Webinar Event!

By Adrienne Riaz-Khan

Dates & Times:

  • Thursday, November 7, 2013 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
  • Friday, November 8, 2013 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
Webinar titles:

  • SNF PEPPER Training – Part I
  • SNF PEPPER Training – Part 2
Speakers:  Kimberly Hrehor, MHA, RHIA, CHC Project Director, TMF Health Quality Institute
Registration Links:


Session Description: 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.  In order to cover all this material, and allow participants the opportunity to digest the information, we have scheduled two separate webinars that build upon each other on Nov. 7 at 3:00PM EST and Nov. 8 at 3:00PM EST. 

Learning Objectives: SNF PEPPER Training - Part I

  • Share basic PEPPER information

  • Review SNF PEPPER target areas

  • Discuss percentile and comparison information

  • Understand the PEPPER formatting
Learning Objectives: SNF PEPPER Training – Part II

  • Review an actual SNF PEPPER

  • Learn to read the PEPPER accurately

  • Discuss provider uses for the PEPPER

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