advance beneficiary notice


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Advance Beneficiary Notice

A document signed by a patient accepting responsibility for paying for a test or diagnostic service which the patient’s primary care provider thinks is appropriate, but which Medicare may not think is appropriate under its “reasonable and necessary” standard.

ad·vance ben·e·fic·i·ary no·tice

(ABN) (ăd-vans' ben'ĕ-fish'ē-ar-ē nō'tis)
A document signed by or on behalf of a patient that authorizes a care provider to bill the patient for services that Medicare may consider not medically necessary and may thereby decline to cover.
Synonym(s): notice of noncoverage.
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at the university One solution to the payment dilemma is to include an advance beneficiary notice on the consent form.
If the laboratory is incurring additional costs because the SNF is not providing accurate billing information or is not having Advance Beneficiary Notices signed--both of which cause bad debt and write-off to occur--it will be hard for the laboratory to justify any discounts at all and most likely will result in some form of monetary penalty.
* Advance Beneficiary Notices. Knowing when to give patients these notices is problematic.