In May 2011, CMS released an updated version of the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (ABN) (form CMS-R-131), which will replace the 2008 version of this form. The 2008 and 2011 ABN notices are identical except that the release date of “3/11” is printed in the lower left hand corner of the new version. The ABN is used by all providers, practitioners, and suppliers paid under Medicare Part B institutions.
Providers and suppliers are allowed to use either the 2008 or 2011 version of the ABN through the end of this year; beginning Sunday, January 1, 2012, they must begin using the 2011 version. ABN has issued that after Sunday, January 1, 2012, any providers or suppliers that are prepared using the 2008 version of the notice will be considered invalid by TrailBlazer.
A copy of the 2011 version can be found online at HERE under the “FFS Revised ABN” link.