The latest version of the Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) is now available for immediate use and can be accessed via the link below. You can distinguish this form from the older form because the release date of 3/2011 is printed in the lower left hand corner. 508ABN In order for providers and suppliers to have time to transition to using the newly posted notice, mandatory use of this version begins on November 1, 2011. All ABNs with the release date of 3/2008 that are issued on or after November 1, 2011 will be considered invalid. The ABN form is designed to be used when Medicare rules are not met. Medicare recognizes that some non-covered services are beneficial to the patient. The form is used to inform patients of their choice to receive services, knowing that they might have to pay for them. An important tip is to be completely upfront with the patient about the fees that they are responsible for. Give the patient the opportunity to decide before you provide the service. This will ensure that the patient understands their financial obligation to the office. Here's the proper protocol in filling out the form: • Complete ABN forms with the patient's name and Medicare health-insurance number • Include the service that Medicare will likely deny in the appropriate box • Include the reason you anticipate the denial in the appropriate box • The provider may estimate the cost for the service. • If a patient requests an estimate, providers should complete the form to the best of their ability. • However, not including a price does not automatically invalidate an ABN. • Beneficiaries must select one of the following options on the form: YES: receive the services affected by coverage limitations NO: decline the services • Date the form and have the beneficiaries (or their representatives) sign it This tip was excerpted from ABN Training Handbook for Hospital Staff and Physicians, Copyright 2004 by HCPro Inc. https://www.cms.gov/BNI/02_ABN.asp This content is restricted to site members. If you are an existing user, please login. New users may register below.
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