Volume XXXI, Number 5
May 2016

New SNF PEPPER Reports Available

The newest report of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through September 2015 (Q4FY15) is now available!


Free-standing SNFs

Download PEPPER through the PEPPER Resources Portal. The SNFs chief executive officer, president, administrator, or compliance officer should do the following:

  1. Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide
  1. Review the instructions and obtain the information required to authenticate access. Note—A new validation code will be required; a patient control number or medical record number from a claim for a traditional Medicare FFS beneficiary with a from or through date in September 1–30, 2015 will be required
  1. Visit the PEPPER Resources Portal
  1. Complete all the fields
  1. Download the PEPPER


Hospital-based SNFs

PEPPER was uploaded to the AutoRoute inbox of QualityNet account administrators and those with user accounts with the PEPPER recipient roles. The PEPPER file will be available for download in QualityNet for 60 days from the date it was uploaded. View instructions here for downloading your PEPPER.


Revised in this release

The Therapy RUGs target area has been discontinued.



PEPPER is an educational tool that summarizes provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Providers can use the data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities. Visit the PEPPER website to access updated resources for using PEPPER, including recorded web-based training sessions, a sample SNF PEPPER, and the current SNF PEPPER User’s Guide. PEPPER is distributed by TMF® Health Quality Institute under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Do you have questions or comments about PEPPER or need help obtaining your report? Visit TMF’s help desk to request assistance with PEPPER.

President’s Report

 Legislative Update

Commitment to Care


If you have any questions about the THCA Commitment to Care Initiative or would like to share your facilities successes please contact Gloria Bean-Williams by email or call (512) 458-1257.

State / THCA News

  • New SNF PEPPER Reports Available

National / AHCA News

Announcements & Recognition


Associate Business Member News

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