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Reasons Why You Should Download Your PEPPER

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 2:09 AM

Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) became available for hospices to download at the beginning of April. The PEPPER is only available via download from the PEPPER Resources portal.  PEPPER is a data report that contains a single hospice’s claims data statistics.

The PEPPER lets you see how your hospice compares with other hospices in your state, MAC jurisdiction and nationally in 10 areas.  It will allow your facility to learn your hospice’s strengths, see where it can improve and which areas you could be audited.

“Please note that the data from hospices participating in the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM), approximately 97 hospices, is included in the PEPPER results.  These hospices are only required to include the principal diagnosis on their claims.  Therefore, they may appear in the 80th percentile or above in this year’s PEPPER for the target area, Claims with Single Diagnosis Coded. NAHC understands CMS is working on removing the data for these hospices on at least this particular measure in the future.”

Source: NAHC Report


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