Training & Resources for Short-term Acute Care Hospitals

Short -term acute care hospitals receive their PEPPER via QualityNet Portal at

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Current PEPPER User's Guide:


  • View a list of the 12 MAC jurisdictions and the number of hospitals in each jurisdiction in total and by state for PEPPER version Q4FY16 (XLS).

Q1FY16 ST PEPPER Update– Special Focus on ICD-10 Statistics; June 2016:

  • PEPPER Update (Duration 49:05): This session reviews changes in the Q1FY16 release of the ST PEPPER with a special focus on the first quarter of statistics reflecting ICD-10 data. Also included is a review of the resources available on the “Data” page (national- and state-level reports, National High Outlier Ranking distribution, peer group graphs).
  • Download the PowerPoint slides for the PEPPER training sessions. (PDF)
  • Review Questions and Answers (PDF) from the session.

PEPPER Training, May 2014:

  • Short-term Hospitals PEPPER Training Session 1 (Duration 46:33): This session reviews the history and basics of PEPPER, explains percents and percentiles, discusses the MAC jurisdiction, and reviews the PEPPER target areas and reports as of the Q1FY14 release.
  • Short-term Hospitals PEPPER Training Session 2 (Duration 38:48): (Updated December 2015)This session provides a demonstration of the ST PEPPER version Q3FY15, including a review and discussion of the reports and statistics reported. A new target area “Defibrillator Implants” is reviewed, as are changes to the graphical display of the hospital’s target area percent and hyperlinks to improve navigation within the report.
  • Short-term Hospitals PEPPER Training Session 3 (Duration 23:29): This session explains how to prioritize PEPPER findings, how to access PEPPER, and how to access support and resources related to PEPPER.
  • Download the PowerPoint slides for the PEPPER training sessions. (PDF)

Demonstration PEPPER:

  • Demonstration PEPPER version Q4FY16 (XLS)

Other Resources: