New Home Health Agency PEPPER Available

The Q4CY19 release of the Home Health Agency (HHA) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through December 2019 is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your agency’s PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President, Administrator Compliance Officer, or Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Officer should: Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide. Review the instructions and…

ABN Use Delayed, Home Health PEPPER Webcast

Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) Use Delayed Due to COVID-19 concerns, CMS is going to expand the deadline for use of the renewed ABN, Form CMS-R-131 (exp. 6/30/2023). At this time, the renewed ABN will be mandatory for use on 1/1/2021. The renewed form may be implemented prior to the mandatory deadline. The ABN form…

Hospice PEPPER Available & Key CMS Updates for Hospice & Home Care in New Open Door Forum

Hospice PEPPER Available The Hospice PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report) is now available. PEPPER is a data report that contains a single hospice’s claims data statistics (obtained from the UB-04 claims submitted to the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC)) for areas targeted by CMS as being at risk for improper Medicare payment. Each…

CMS Directs Release of PEPPER

The annual release of the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) for all provider types was put on hold by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the beginning of the current Public Health Emergency (PHE).  The hospice PEPPER is usually released in April and the home health PEPPER is usually…

Home Health Operators Need to Use the PEPPER Report. This Webinar Will Show You How

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present a critical new educational webinar, Home Health PEPPER Report, on Thursday, August 15, 2019 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern. This webinar is free to NAHC members and costs only $100 for non-members. The Home Health Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report…

Have You Retrieved Your Hospice PEPPER?

Don’t miss this NAHC webinar on how to understand and use PEPPER. It’s free to members! As previously reported, the Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) became available for hospices to download at the beginning of April. The PEPPER is only available via download from the PEPPER Resources portal.  PEPPER is a…

How to Understand the Hospice PEPPER Report and Use it to Help Your Agency

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar entitled The Hospice PEPPER Report on Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM EDT. This webinar is free to NAHC members. If you’re a hospice provider, you know the importance of PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns…

Get Ready — Annual Hospice PEPPER Release is Tomorrow!

Don’t miss the PEPPER webinar from NAHC on April 25 (free to members) The Hospice PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report) is scheduled for its annual release tomorrow, April 5, 2019. PEPPER is a data report that contains a single hospice’s claims data statistics (obtained from the UB-04 claims submitted to the Medicare…

CMS Holds Hospice, Home Health “Patients over Paperwork” Listening Sessions at NAHC Conference

–Sessions part of CMS’ expansion of “customer engagement” initiatives Approximately one year ago the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its “Patients over Paperwork” initiative, under which the agency began in-depth discussions on steps that could be taken to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens on health care providers, increase efficiencies, and improve the beneficiary…

PEPPER Webinar for Home Health!

PEPPER Resources, the website devoted to providing information about the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) will be holding a webinar on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, to review the most recent Home Health Agency (HHA) PEPPER, version Q4CY17. The webinar will be held from 2:00 PM to 3 PM Central Daylight Time. As…