Long-Term Care

Revised ABN for Part B services went into effect March 1

Contemporary Long-Term Care Weekly, March 5, 2009

SNFs must use the revised advanced beneficiary notice (ABN) form for items or services expected to be denied under Medicare Part B beginning March 1, 2009, according to CMS. The revised ABN (form CMS-R-131) will replace the ABN-G (form CMS-R-131G).

You can find the revised ABN form and corresponding instructions at CMS’ Beneficiary Notices Initiative Web page.

SNFs should only the use the revised ABN for services provided under Part B; for example, if therapy is being discontinued or reduced. SNFs will continue to provide the SNF ABN or denial letters for Medicare Part A services that are reduced or eliminated.

Still confused about beneficiary notices? Billing Alert for Long-Term Care subscribers can read an article explaining the beneficiary notification process published in March 2009.

Editor’s note: This article was originally written for MDSCentral, your source for the latest MDS 3.0 information.

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