tci Part B Insider - 2008 Issue 33

Documentation: CMS Offers You An Extra 6 Months to Prepare for New ABN

Effective March 1, labs and physician practices must use the new combined ABN/NEMBThe Sept. 1 deadline for implementing the new ABN has come and gone -- but if your practice hasn't complied with the new form yet, take heart. CMS changed the deadline at the last minute, now allowing practices to wait until March 1, 2009 to begin using the revised advance beneficiary notice.Earlier this year, CMS unveiled its new advance beneficiary notice (ABN). The new form not only replaced both the previous ABN-G (for physicians) and ABN-L (for laboratories), but also incorporated the notice of exclusions from...

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