2014 SNF PEPPER Reports Available in May Via Electronic Portal

2014 SNF PEPPERs Available in May Via Electronic Portal

TMF Health Quality Institute, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contractor responsible to produce and distribute the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) for various professional groups, including skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), has just announced a WebEX entitled The SNF Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) on May 8, 2014, at 2:00PM, Central Daylight Time.  The WebEX will focus on:  1) Updates for the new SNF PEPPER, summarizing statistics for FYs 2011-2013; and 2)  the new method for accessing the 2014 SNF PEPPER via the Secure PEPPER Access portal on http://PEPPERresources.com.  Registration is not required to join the event.  Simply click on https://tmfpepper.webex.com/tmfpepper/onstage/g.php?d=924457628&t=a about 15 minutes prior to the start time of the WebEX. The event number is: 924 457 628 and the event password is: flower.  AHCA has advocated strongly for this process and is pleased that CMS is making this change.

Currently, the SNF PEPPERs are scheduled for release on May 5, 2014; however, TMF will send an email to announce the formal release when the SNF PEPPERs are available to access. To receive this email, join the email list at http://PEPPERresources.org.  SNFs do not have to register to receive a PEPPER report; however, TMF has asked us to share the following specific information:

  • Access to the SNF PEPPER will be restricted to the provider’s Chief Executive Officer, President or Administrator. Note: Corporate offices and/or facility management companies will need to obtain PEPPERs from each individual provider in their organization.
  • Requestors will be required to enter their 6-digit CMS certification number (also referred to as a provider number or PTAN) (third digit of “5” or “6” for SNFs). This is *not* the same number as the tax identification number or national provider identification number.
  • For verification purposes, requestors will be required to enter either a Patient Control Number (form locator 03a on the UB04 claim form) *or* a Medical Record Number (form locator 03b on the UB04 claim form) for a patient who received services at the provider during September 2013 (“from” or “through” date is between September 1-30, 2013).

Note: If providers use only letters in both of these fields they must contact TMF to request assistance. Patient names cannot be entered due to patient privacy laws.

If you have individual or specific questions regarding the 2014 PEPPER reports, please visit PEPPERresources.org to submit questions.