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CMS releases an improved Advance Beneficiary Notice

Briefings on APCs, May 1, 2008

In a much anticipated move, CMS released its new Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) of Noncoverage March 3. Hospitals must use this form (also known as the ABN-R-131) for all Medicare Part B provider and supplier services. The form replaces the existing ABN-G and ABN-L forms, and hospitals may also use it for voluntary notifications in place of the Notice of Exclusion from Medicare Benefits (NEMB). It does not replace the SNFABN-G form, which is currently under development.

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