According to a notice from CMS (Centers for Medicare Services), the new ABN will NOT be required September 1.
The mandatory implementation date has been postponed until March 1, 2009. For further information, click on the link at the end of this story.
Per the notice posted on the CMS web site: “Beginning Monday, March 3, 2008, providers (including independent laboratories), physicians, practitioners, and suppliers may use the revised ABN for all situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied. The revised ABN replaces the existing ABN-G (Form CMS-R-131G), ABN-L (Form CMS-R-131L), and NEMB (Form CMS-20007). Beginning March 1, 2009, the ABN-G and ABN-L will no longer be valid.”
To access the complete notice online, go to: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/BNI/02_ABNGABNL.asp#TopOfPage and click on:
Revised ABN CMS-R-131 Implementation Announcement.