Goldman: "The Advanced Beneficiary Notice
also protects you as a provider, because it shows you're not trying to balance-bill the patient."
1, the industry was required to initiate use of a new Advanced Beneficiary Notice
(ABN) issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Before getting into the latest developments regarding Medicare's Advanced Beneficiary Notice
(ABN), we want to mention that the Laboratory Coalition's legislative "Fly-In," noted in last month's column, did not take place as planned on Sept.
The work plan for 2002, for instance, states that the OIG is going to pay special attention to "advanced beneficiary notices
" given to Medicare beneficiaries.
The work plan for 2002, for instance, states that the OIG is going to focus on "advanced beneficiary notices
," which warn patients that Medicare may not pay for the services they are about to receive, and that they may have to pay out of pocket.
Practices can further limit their financial liability by obtaining signed advanced beneficiary notices
(ABNs) from Medicare patients, Ms.
Clarification of when advanced beneficiary notices
should be completed.
The Health Care Financing Administration is moving ahead with plans to standardize advanced beneficiary notices
(ABNs) that laboratories and other Medicare Part B providers give to beneficiaries.
If an LMRP is in place, the appropriate individuals must also be educated on the use of Advanced Beneficiary Notices
. The compliance program should specify who is involved in these processes, how they will be educated, and how that education will be documented.