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New Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) Required for Use by August 21

The Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) Form CMS-R-131 is issued by providers (including independent laboratories, home health agencies, and hospices), physicians, practitioners, and suppliers to original Medicare (fee-for-service) beneficiaries in situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a revised ABN that includes an expiration date; there are no additional changes. The old forms were acceptable until June 21, 2017, at which time the renewed form became mandatory for use. CMS allowed a 60-day transition period for the renewed forms, thus use of the new form is required as of August 21, 2017.

More information may be found at on the CMS website. The new forms may be downloaded at: