Program for Evaluating Payment
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Training & Resources for Skilled Nursing Facilities

PEPPER Resources

Training to help Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) use and understand PEPPER are under development. TMF will develop a recorded web-based training session in August, which will be made available on this website. In addition, a listing of target areas will be added.

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Current PEPPER User’s Guide


  • View a list of the 12 MAC jurisdictions and the number of providers in each jurisdiction in total and by state for PEPPER Q4FY13 (56 KB XLS).
  • View a list of the 14 MAC/FI jurisdictions and the number of SNFs in each jurisdiction in total and by state for Q4FY12 (58 KB XLS).

PEPPER Training Update (May 2014):

PEPPER Training (August, 2013):

Demonstration PEPPER:

  • Demonstration PEPPER version Q4FY13 (572 KB XLS, updated 3/19/2014)

What is PEPPER?

The SNF PEPPER is a report that summarizes a SNF’s Medicare claims data in areas that may be at risk for abuse or improper payment. PEPPER compares a SNF’s claims data statistics with aggregate statistics for other SNFs in the state, MAC/FI jurisdiction and the nation. SNFs with high billing patterns (at or above the national 80th percentile) are identified as “outliers” 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.


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Curious as to how the SNF PEPPER looks? View a SNF demonstration PEPPER version Q4FY13 (572 KB XLS, updated 3/19/2014).