Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage
By Robert Liles
Have you implemented the new “ Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage ” (ABN), required by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)? As CMS has noted, although the latest version of the form (ABN Form CMS-R-131) does not include any substantive changes, in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the form has been revised to include language informing beneficiaries of their rights to CMS nondiscrimination practices and how to request the ABN in an alternative format if needed. It also now includes an expiration date. Importantly, the effective date for providers to use this new ABN form was earlier this month — June 21, 2017.
To download the form in English and / or Spanish, click here: ABN Effective June 21, 2017