As an example, the short-term acute care hospital PEPPER version Q4FY13 includes reportable data from Q1 FY 2011 (first quarter of the federal fiscal year 20118) through Q4 FY 2013 (fourth quarter of the federal fiscal year 2013). The federal fiscal year begins October 1 and ends September 30. The PEPPER version Q4 FY 2013 (named based upon the most recent time period in the report) summarizes data for hospital discharge dates (paid, inpatient claims) from October 1, 2010 (Q1 FY 2011) through September 30, 2013 (Q4 FY 2014). For subsequent releases of ST PEPPER, the oldest quarter from the previous release will roll off as the most recent quarter is added.
For other types of PEPPERs (LT, CAH, IPF, IRF, Hospice, PHP, SNF) which summarize three federal fiscal years, the reference to “Q4FY13” indicates that the most recent quarter of data included in the report is the fourth quarter of federal fiscal year 2013. For subsequent releases of the PEPPER, the oldest year of statistics rolls off as the new year is added.