Training & Resources for Hospice
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Current PEPPER User's Guide:
- View a list of the 4 MAC jurisdictions and the number of hospices in each jurisdiction in total and by state for PEPPER version Q4FY13 (15 KB XLS).
- View a list of the 4 MAC jurisdictions and the number of hospices in each jurisdiction in total and by state for PEPPER version Q4FY12 (36 KB XLS).
- View a list of the 4 MAC jurisdictions and the number of hospices in each jurisdiction in total and by state for PEPPER version RY2011 (26 KB XLS).
Hospice PEPPER Update - October 2014
Hospice PEPPER Training Update - August 2014
What is PEPPER?
The Hospice PEPPER is a report that summarizes a hospice’s Medicare claims data in areas that may be at risk for abuse or improper payment. PEPPER compares a hospice’s claims data statistics with aggregate statistics for other hospices in the nation, MAC jurisdiction and the state. Hospices with high billing patterns (at or above the national 80th percentile) are identified as at risk for improper Medicare payments and are encouraged to ensure that they are complying with Medicare payment policy, that services provided to beneficiaries are medically necessary and that medical record documentation supports the services that are billed.
PEPPER cannot identify the presence of improper payments. Only a review of the medical record can determine whether services are medically necessary and appropriately billed.
TMF will distribute PEPPER according to this schedule and methods.
- Demonstration PEPPER version Q4FY13 (289 KB XLS, updated 3/19/2014)