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CMS Requires new ABN Form for 2012
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised the Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131. This form is used by health care providers, including physicians, when they expect Medicare will deny payment. The revised form replaces ABN-G (Form CMS-R-131G), ABN-L (Form CMS-R-131L), and NEMB (Form CMS-20007).
The latest version of the ABN (with the release date of 3/2011 printed in the lower left hand corner) is now available for immediate use and can be accessed via the link below.
Use of the revised ABN form will be mandatory starting January 1, 2012.
This date was extended from September of 2011 to January of 2012 to accommodate those with pre-printed stockpiles of ABNs. All ABNs with the release date of 3/2008 that are issued on or after January 1, 2012 will be considered invalid. Visit the
for copies of the revised form and more information.
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