2016 Hospice PEPPER Report Educational Training Set for April 28
Mark your calendars!
March 23, 2016 11:23 AM
Annually the TMF Health Quality Institute issues a hospice-specific Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) that identifies areas where the provider may be vulnerable to potential improper payments. The PEPPER includes statistics for “target areas” that compare the performance of the hospice with state, Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) jurisdiction, and national statistics. As reported previously in NAHC Report, the 2016 Hospice PEPPER, which will include data from the fourth quarter for Fiscal Year 2015, is scheduled for release in mid-April and will include the following new target areas:
Live Discharges - Revocations
Live Discharges with Length of Stay between 61 and 179 days
Claims with a Single Diagnosis Coded
No General Inpatient Care or Continuous Home Care
All of the new target areas are ones which CMS has identified (through its data analysis on hospice payment reform) as areas of concern, making the new Hospice PEPPER a useful tool for agencies that want to know how they compare in these areas to peers in their state and MAC jurisdiction, as well as how they rank on a national basis. Some materials related to the forthcoming Hospice PEPPER are availablehere; these include an updated Hospice PEPPER User’s Guide and a spreadsheet with information about the number of hospice programs per state that will be included in the 2016 Hospice PEPPER Report. Additional materials will be added as they become available.
Following is information on a Hospice PEPPER Update WebEx presentation being offered by the TMF Health Quality Institute AT NO CHARGE. Please mark your calendars for this important session.
WHAT: Hospice PEPPER Update WebEx, Presented by Kimberly Hrehor, TMF Health Quality Institute
WHEN: Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 1 to 2 p.m. CENTRAL (2 to 3 p.m. EASTERN)
CONTENT: An update on what is new in the Q4FY15 Hospice PEPPER
REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED -- Click here to join the event
Event number: 921 780 666
Event password: lavender
HANDOUTS: Will be posted on the PEPPERresources.org website on the Hospice Training and Resources page by April 27, 2016
Please join the event 15 minutes before the start time in order to ensure you are able to participate.
Individuals are encouraged to listen to the audio portion of the webinar through the on-line broadcast platform using their computer speakers. However, some individuals may prefer to listen to the session via telephone. To connect via telephone, please dial 1-415-655-0003 (toll); the access code is 921 780 666. The cost of this connection will be your responsibility. This number will be active 10 minutes prior to the start of the session. For those unable to attend the live session, a recording of the session will be posted on the Hospice Training and Resources sections of PEPPERresources.org by May 13, 2016.