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CMS releases new ABN instructions

Patient Access Weekly Advisor, September 17, 2008

CMS posted new instructions for the revised Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) form.

Last month, CMS had pushed back the mandatory date for using the new form from September 1, 2008 to March 1, 2009. Providers may still use the revised ABN for all situations in which Medicare payment is expected to be denied.

The revised ABN, CMS says, replaces the existing ABN-G (Form CMS-R-131G), ABN-L (Form CMS-R-131L), and NEMB (Form CMS-20007). Beginning March 1, 2009, the ABN-G and ABN-L will no longer be valid.

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