CMS to Require Use of New Advance Beneficiary Notice Starting June 21


Effective June 21, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement mandatory use of the revised Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN; Form CMS-R-131). While there are no changes to the form itself, providers should take note of the newly incorporated March 2020 expiration date on the form.

The ABN is a notice given to patients with fee-for-service Medicare to convey that Medicare is not likely to provide coverage in a specific case. It gives a patient the opportunity to make an informed decision about whether to receive the service and accept financial responsibility if denied by Medicare.

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