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Pay per view: CMS releases an improved Advance Beneficiary Notice

APCs Insider, April 25, 2008

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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 new 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. CMS said that although providers may use the new form immediately, its use is mandatory as of September 1.

Click here to read more about the improved Advance Beneficiary Notice. Briefings on APCs subscribers have free access to this article in the April issue via their online subscriptions.

 



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