On Monday, March 3, 2008, CMS implemented use of the revised Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) (CMS-R-131). This form replaces the General Use ABN (CMS-R-131-G), and the Lab ABN (CMS-R-131-L) for physician-ordered laboratory tests. The form (English and Spanish versions) and notice instructions are now posted on the Beneficiary Notice Initiative web page (http://www.cms.hhs.gov/bni). Detailed manual instructions, including the official implementation date will be posted on the BNI webpage in the near future.
Some key features of the new form are that it:
The ABN-G and ABN-L will no longer be valid beginning March 1, 2009.