A new release of the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) is now available for skilled nursing homes. PEPPERs will no longer be mailed to providers who previously received their PEPPERs by mail. They will now be able to access them through a secure website portal, http://pepperresources.org/PEPPER/SecurePEPPERAccess.aspx.
Those providers who have been receiving their PEPPERs through QualityNet will continue to do so. The Chief Executive Officer, President, or Administrator of the provider can obtain their PEPPER. Information on accessing and downloading the PEPPER is available in the Secure PEPPER Access Guide.
Training and Resources are available on the website: www.pepperresources.org/TrainingResources/SkilledNursingFacilities.aspx.
PEPPER Training Update (May 2014):
PEPPERresources.org is the official site for information, training and support. If you have questions about the PEPPER reports, you may submit questions on this website through the Help/Contact Us tab. Please do not contact your state QIO or state survey agency for assistance with PEPPER.
Are you a new MDS Coordinator? Are you unsure where to begin? Print and save the helpful tips below from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation:
Support groups for Minimum Data Set (MDS) Coordinators meet monthly in each of Missouri’s seven regions. These meetings provide an opportunity to discuss issues relating to MDS, PPS, and the RAI Process. For more information, please visit the Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) at http://nursinghomehelp.org/supgr.html.
Cat Without a Tail
Do you see a TIGER in your percentages when you expect a KITTEN? Are unexpected names on your Quality Measure (QM) Report for antipsychotic drug usage? Even the “appropriate” diagnosis of Schizophrenia will trigger the measure if not correctly reported. Schizophrenia, Tourette’s, and Huntington’s are the three accepted diagnoses for the use of an antipsychotic. Report these on the pre-printed section of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Resident Assessment by checking I6000 for Schizophrenia, I5350 for Tourette’s Syndrome, and/or I5250 for Huntington’s Disease. In I8000 Additional active diagnoses, you may manually input “Schizophrenia with a tail.” One example is “Schizophrenia with Psychosis.” Please view CAT Tip #7 here: CAT_Tip_7. View more tips at http://primaris.org/tool. The Missouri Local Area Network for Excellence (MOLANE) is the state coalition for Advancing Excellence.
New Minimum Data Set (MDS) Sections I, G, M, and O provider training videos have been uploaded to YouTube. To learn more and access these videos, please visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services at www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/NHQIMDS30TrainingMaterials.html.