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3 Things You Need to Know About PEPPER

by Blair Stokes

Home health and hospice agencies can benefit from the comprehensive data available for free in their PEPPER. But first, you need to know what it is, why you should use it, and how to get it. Here’s what you need to know about PEPPER, the valuable report that your agency should be using.

  1. What is PEPPER?
    PEPPER stands for the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report. Your PEPPER allows you to compare your agency to other Medicare providers using data statistics about target areas that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) associates with improper payments. You can do this all without hiring a consultant, a contractor, gathering additional data, or designing extra reports.
  2. Why should home health agencies and hospices use PEPPER?
    This powerful, but underutilized report helps home health agencies and hospices identify problems in their billing processes, stay prepared for audit scrutiny, and understand their positions in the competitive market of post-acute care. PEPPER is an invaluable resource for compliance and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI).​
  3. How can agencies access their PEPPER? 
    PEPPER is completely free and available electronically to your agency’s CEO, president, administrator, or compliance officer. For step-by-step information on how to get your PEPPER, download this free tip sheet written by renowned hospice consultant, Beth Noyce, RN, BSJMC, HCS-D, COS-C, HCS-H. Get the tip sheet here: The Hottest Report You’re NOT Using… PEPPER: What It Is & How To Get It


Want more compliance resources?

Home Health Tip Sheet: Frequently Asked Questions: Survey Strong: Best Practices for Survey Preparation
Hospice Webinar: The 2018 Hospice Final Rule: New Insights from Clinical and Financial Perspectives

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About Kinnser software

Kinnser Software, Inc. provides web-based solutions that deliver clinical and business results to the home health, hospice and private duty industries. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Kinnser Software serves more than 4,000 home health, therapy, hospice, and private duty home care providers nationwide. Kinnser helps thousands of clinicians and other staff in post-acute healthcare to manage scheduling, billing, electronic visit verification, day-to-day operations, and patient referrals. 

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