HHA Peer Group Charts Available on PEPPER Website
New HHA PEPPER to be released soon
July 11, 2016 11:46 AM
TMF Health Quality Institute, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) PEPPER contractor, has developed peer group charts for the home health agency (HHA) PEPPER target areas; they are available for three categories:
Location (rural, urban)
Ownership type (for-profit, non-profit, government-sponsored)
Size (number of episodes)
For each target area, the charts display the target area percent that is at the 80th, 50th and 20th percentile for each peer group category for episodes ending in calendar year 2015 (January 1-December 31, 2015). HHAs can compare their Q4CY15 target area rate/percent (from their PEPPER, which will be available in the near future) for the target area to the peer group subcategory they consider is most similar to their agency. A document describing the methodology used to develop the peer groups and a listing of all HHAs and their peer group classification are also available on the "Data" page of PEPPERresources.org on the "HHA" tab. These resources will be updated annually.
Also available on the PEPPER Data page are state and national reports for the HHA PEPPER target areas, top 20 diagnoses, and therapy utilization.
SPECIAL NOTE TO HHA PROVIDERS: The second round of Home Health PEPPER Reports is scheduled for release ON OR ABOUT JULY 18, 2016 and will be available electronically to the agency’s CEO, president, administrator or compliance officer via the PEPPER RESOURCES PORTAL. You will need to enter your 6-digit CMS Certification Number (also referred to as Provider Number or PTAN). The 3rd digit of this number will be a 1. An educational webinar about the forthcoming HHA PEPPER will be held on July 28; for additional information, click here.
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