CMS has directed the PEPPER team to resume PEPPER distribution* according to the following schedule:
July 15, 2020: Q1FY20 ST PEPPERs (originally scheduled release date: June 3, 2020)
July 29, 2020: Q4FY19 PEPPERs for CAHs, LTACHs, IPFs, IRFs, hospices, and SNFs (originally scheduled release date: April 6, 2020)
August 12, 2020: Q4CY19 PEPPERs for HHAs and PHPs (originally scheduled release date: July 8, 2020)
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* PEPPER distribution was previously on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Training & Resources for Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals PEPPER will be available via PEPPER Resources Portal at

Notice: Change in CAH PEPPER Delivery Method
At the request of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), beginning with the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) version Q4FY18, released April 5, 2019, the CAH PEPPERs are available for access through a secure portal at Previously the CAH PEPPERs were uploaded to QualityNet Administrators and those who have basic user accounts with the PEPPER recipient role. An email with instructions for accessing the CAH PEPPER was sent to CAH QualityNet Administrators April 5.

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Current PEPPER User's Guide:


  • View a list of the 12 MAC jurisdictions and the number of providers in each jurisdiction in total and by state for PEPPER Q4FY18 (XLS, updated 3/28/2019).


Demonstration PEPPER:

  • Demonstration PEPPER version Q4FY18 (XLS, updated 3/28/2019)

Other Resources: