Tuesday, April 21, 2015

New PEPPER Data Now Available

Dianne De La Mare

The Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 4th Quarter release of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), with statistics through September 2014, is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your SNF’s PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President or Administrator of your organization should:

1. Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide

2. Review the instructions and obtain the information required to authenticate access. A new validation code will be required for this release (medical record number or patient control number from a claim for services from September 1, 2014 through September 30, 2014)

3. Visit the PEPPER Resources Portal

4. Complete all the fields

5. Download your PEPPER

The SNF PEPPER will be available to download for approximately two years. The PEPPER is an educational tool that summarizes provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Providers can use the data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities. Visit the SNF Training and Resources page at PEPPERresources.org to access updated resources for using PEPPER, including recorded web-based training sessions, a sample SNF PEPPER and the current SNF PEPPER User's Guide.

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