Home Health & Hospice

Revised HHABN Now Available

Homecare Insider, January 10, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the revised Home Health Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (HHABN), Form CMS-R-296. Home health agencies are encouraged to begin using the revised notice and accompanying instructions immediately, however, mandatory use begins on April 1, 2011. The few months prior to the mandatory date should allow agencies to have time to transition into using the newly posted notice. All HHABNs with the expiration date of 8/31/09 will be considered invalid on and after April 1, 2011.

CMS has updated the form and instructions by making minimal formative changes and removing the requirement for beneficiaries to list their health insurance claim number (HICN) on the form. The HHABN continues to include the option box which is interchangeable and flexible. The language for the option box remains unchanged and consistent with current use. The form and instructions can be accessed here.

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