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The Q4FY15 release of the skilled nursing facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through September 2015 is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your SNF's PEPPER, which CMS compiles to help facilities identify improper reimbursement, your organization should:

1. Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide.
2. Review the instructions and obtain the information required to authenticate access. Note: A new validation code will be required. A patient control number or medical record number from a claim for a traditional Medicare FFS beneficiary with a "from" or "through" date in September 1-30, 2015 will be required.
3. Visit the PEPPER Resources Portal.
4. Complete all the fields.
5. Download your PEPPER.

The SNF PEPPER will be available to download for approximately two years. For more information, download the official PEPPER Guide Fourth Edition for SNFs.