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The ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notification) is a formal information collection subject to approval by the Executive Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the paperwork reduction act of 1995 (PRA).

As part of this process, the notice is subject to public comment and re-approval every 3 years.

Well, it is that time again! Medicare has recently made some changes regarding the ABN (Advanced Beneficiary Notification). While there are no big changes to the form itself, it has been revised to include special guidance for people who are dually enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid as well as special guidance for non-participating suppliers and providers ONLY (those who do not accept Medicare assignment). Providers should take note of the newly incorporated expiration date found in the lower left corner of the form. (The new ABN will read 06/30/2023.)

  • Effective January 1, 2021, you MUST be using the new form.

  • The new ABN is available for use now.

  • The new form has "Form CMS-R-131 (Exp. 06/30/2023)" in the lower left corner.

  • The new ABN form and the current ABN form are IDENTICAL.

  • The difference is in the FORM INSTRUCTIONS.


Download the new ABN and updated ABN instructions using the link below.

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