Corporate Compliance

Use PEPPER to improve coding compliance

Strategies for Health Care Compliance, July 1, 2010

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Aside from being a catchy acronym, PEPPER (Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report) includes a wealth of information regarding MS-DRG outliers that might otherwise go completely unnoticed.

That was exactly what was happening at Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp. until the 15-hospital health system began using PEPPER in 2003, says Kathy Graham, RN, MSHA, CPHQ, ACM. Graham serves as system director of case management and regulatory affairs specialist.

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