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Beginning in late August 2012, CMS will make available free hospice-specific comparative data reports for hospices nationwide. The Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) includes hospice-specific data statistics for Medicare claims that may be at risk for improper Medicare payments.
Hospices can use the data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities. The Hospice PEPPER is a free report comparing a hospice’s Medicare billing practices with other hospices in the state, Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) jurisdiction and nation.
CMS has contracted with TMF® Health Quality Institute to develop and distribute the reports.
PEPPER will be distributed to hospices in hard copy format via FedEx addressed to the CEO, with FedEx delivery in late August 2012. TMF will conduct a web-based training session for hospice staff, providing information on PEPPER and how to use it, on Thursday, September 13 at 1 p.m. Central time.
We encourage hospice staff to register for the training.