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A New ABN Form . . . sort of!

in Medicare

ABN Made Super-Simple

Survey ten chiropractors about how to properly complete an ABN, and you will likely get 11 answers. The amount of misinformation regarding the use of the Advance Beneficiary Notice in chiropractic is astounding! Is it that it’s too simple to use it the right way? Once your patient has moved from therapeutic care to wellness care, a single ABN should be signed by the patient. This ABN is valid for 12 months from the date of signature, or until that patient receives another CMT that is covered.

Prepare for the new ABN

The ABN, Form CMS-R-131, and the form instructions have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal. While there are no changes to the form itself, providers should take note of the newly incorporated expiration date located at the bottom of the form. With the 2016 PRA submission, a non-substantive change has been made to the ABN. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), 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. The effective date for use of this ABN form is 6/21/2017. Be sure to start using this version of the form on this date. The new form reflects an expiration date of 03/2020.

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