Edition 2: CMS Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN)

TLC gets many questions about the ABN. This bulletins intent is to provide clarification on the use of the ABN. An ABN must be issued by providers, physicians, practitioners and suppliers in situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied.

 

The link https://www.cms.gov/BNI/Downloads/ABNFormInstructions.zip provide an example and instructions on various items pertinent to its use. Key points of the ‘Form Instructions, Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), OMB Approval Number: 0938-0566’ are identified below:

  • Use for ‘Original Medicare’ beneficiaries (not Advantage)
  • Complete and deliver the notice to beneficiary or representative before providing services
  • Verbally review the ABN with the beneficiary or representative
  • Answer beneficiary questions before obtaining signature
  • Retain original copy of signed ABN
  • Provide ‘signed copy’ to the beneficiary
  • Pre-printing of lab-specific key information and denial reasons is permitted
  • May be used to provide voluntary notification of financial liability, thereby not requiring the additional form, ‘Notice of Exclusion from Medicare Benefits (NEMB)’…(Read More Here)

Edition 2: CMS Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN)

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TLC gets many questions about the ABN. This bulletins intent is to provide clarification on the use of the ABN. An ABN must be issued by providers, physicians, practitioners and suppliers in situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied.

 

The link https://www.cms.gov/BNI/Downloads/ABNFormInstructions.zip provide an example and instructions on various items pertinent to its use. Key points of the ‘Form Instructions, Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), OMB Approval Number: 0938-0566’ are identified below:

  • Use for ‘Original Medicare’ beneficiaries (not Advantage)
  • Complete and deliver the notice to beneficiary or representative before providing services
  • Verbally review the ABN with the beneficiary or representative
  • Answer beneficiary questions before obtaining signature
  • Retain original copy of signed ABN
  • Provide ‘signed copy’ to the beneficiary
  • Pre-printing of lab-specific key information and denial reasons is permitted
  • May be used to provide voluntary notification of financial liability, thereby not requiring the additional form, ‘Notice of Exclusion from Medicare Benefits (NEMB)’

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Edition 1: Medicare’s Coverage for Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening Tests[1],[2]

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Medicare now provides coverage for screening of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as coverage for high intensity behavioral counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs. The screening tests that will be covered are for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Hepatitis B.

 

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Screening

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screening tests are only indicated for the following beneficiaries:

  • Pregnant women who are 24 years old or younger when the diagnosis of pregnancy is known then repeat testing during the third trimester if high-risk sexual behavior has occurred since the initial screening test
  • Pregnant women who are at increased risk for STIs when the diagnosis of pregnancy is known then repeat testing during the third trimester if high-risk sexual behavior has occurred since the initial screening test
  • Women at increased risk for STIs annually

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Edition 1: Medicare’s Coverage for Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening Tests[1],[2]

Medicare now provides coverage for screening of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as coverage for high intensity behavioral counseling (HIBC) to prevent STIs. The screening tests that will be covered are for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Hepatitis B.

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Screening

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea screening tests are only indicated for the following beneficiaries:

  • Pregnant women who are 24 years old or younger when the diagnosis of pregnancy is known then repeat testing during the third trimester if high-risk sexual behavior has occurred since the initial screening test
  • Pregnant women who are at increased risk for STIs when the diagnosis of pregnancy is known then repeat testing during the third trimester if high-risk sexual behavior has occurred since the initial screening test
  • Women at increased risk for STIs annually …(Read More Here)