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Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) Form (English Version)

by | Aug 24, 2022 | CMS-lca, Essential, Lab Compliance Advisor

Here’s the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-Coverage that you should present to patients, starting August 31, 2022.

The first step in processing Advance Beneficiary Notices (ABNs) is making sure you present the right ABN form to patients, since forms won’t be recognized unless they’re labeled with the appropriate OMB Number (0938-0566) and CMS-R-131. Here’s the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage, from the fee for service ABN section of the CMS website, that you should present to patients, starting August 31, 2022. A Spanish version is also available.


A.   Notifier:
B. Patient Name:                                                C. Identification Number:


Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN)

NOTE:  If Medicare doesn’t pay for D.                            below, you may have to pay.

Medicare does not pay for everything, even some care that you or your health care provider have good reason to think you need.  We expect Medicare may not pay for the D.                                                                               below.

D.E. Reason Medicare May Not Pay:F. Estimated Cost


  • Read this notice, so you can make an informed decision about your care.
  • Ask us any questions that you may have after you finish reading.
  • Choose an option below about whether to receive the D. listed above.

Note: If you choose Option 1 or 2, we may help you to use any other insurance that you might have, but Medicare cannot require us to do this.

G. OPTIONS:        Check only one box. We cannot choose a box for you.
[ ] OPTION 1.  I want the D._________________ listed above. You may ask to be paid now, but I also want Medicare billed for an official decision on payment, which is sent to me on a Medicare Summary Notice (MSN). I understand that if Medicare doesn’t pay, I am responsible for payment, but I can appeal to Medicare by following the directions on the MSN. If Medicare does pay, you will refund any payments I made to you, less co-pays or deductibles.
[ ] OPTION 2.  I want the D.______________ listed above, but do not bill Medicare. You may ask to be paid now as I am responsible for payment. I cannot appeal if Medicare is not billed.
[ ] OPTION 3.  I don’t want the D._________ listed above. I understand with this choice I am not responsible for payment, and I cannot appeal to see if Medicare would pay.

H. Additional Information:

This notice gives our opinion, not an official Medicare decision. If you have other questions on this notice or Medicare billing, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227/TTY: 1-877-486-2048).

Signing below means that you have received and understand this notice. You also receive a copy.

I. Signature:J. Date:
CMS does not discriminate in its programs and activities. To request this publication in an alternative format, please call: 1-800-MEDICARE or email: AltFormatRequest@cms.hhs.gov.

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, no persons are required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0938-0566. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 7 minutes per response, including the time to review instructions, search existing data resources, gather the data needed, and complete and review the information collection. If you have comments concerning the accuracy of the time estimate or suggestions for improving this form, please write to: CMS, 7500 Security Boulevard, Attn: PRA Reports Clearance Officer, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

Form CMS-R-131 (Exp. 06/30/2023)                                                                                                  Form Approved OMB No. 0938-0566

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