Wednesday, May 15, 2019

New SNF PEPPER Webinar Available

Lilly Hummel

The RELI Group, which is a contractor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has released a transcript, slides, and recording of a recent webinar on the new 2018 fourth quarter skilled nursing facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) data. That most recent SNF PEPPER report was released April 5, 2019 and includes data from 2016 fourth quarter through 2018 fourth quarter.

The SNF PEPPER is a free Microsoft Excel file summarizing provider-specific Medicare data statistics for targeted areas often associated with Medicare improper payments. The SNF target areas include: Therapy RUGs with High ADL; Nontherapy RUGs with High ADL; Change of Therapy Assessment; Ultra High Therapy RUGs; 20 day and 90+ day episodes of care. During the webinar, the presenter noted that new target areas have not been finalized for once the Patient Driven Payment Model goes into effect, but gave insight on what current target areas could be kept or phased out.

To obtain more information go to the PEPPER Website. The website includes a lot of training materials to support providers using the data.

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