New ABN Form is Here

by  Wyn Staheli, Director of Research
July 7th, 2020

The anticipated changes to the Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (ABN) Form (CMS-R-131) have arrived. This important form is issued to the patient or client by providers, physicians, practitioners, and suppliers in situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied. The last mandated change took effect on June 21, 2017.

Using the New ABN

You can begin using the new ABN immediately if you so wish. However, it becomes mandatory on August 31, 2020. The newest version can be downloaded directly from CMS by clicking HERE

The way to identify the correct new form is by looking at the expiration date located on the bottom left corner. The new form says (Exp. 06/30/2023).

What Changed on the New ABN?

On the actual form itself, there isn’t much that changed other than removal of some bold text found in several places throughout the instructions. However, there are quite a few changes in the official form instructions which are discussed below according to the section of the instructions: 

References:

New ABN Form is Here. (2020, July 7). Find-A-Code Articles. Retrieved from https://www.findacode.com/articles/new-abn-form-is-here-36660.html

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