ABN Update

September 14, 2013
Rick Gawenda

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has issued an article that provides instructions for home health agency (HHA) use of the ABN as the replacement notice for the outgoing Home Health Advance Beneficiary Notice (HHABN), Form CMS-R-296, Option Box 1. In addition, this transmittal includes ABN issuance guidelines for therapy services and therapy specific examples. Examples for therapy includes when to issue an ABN when the patient is below the therapy, above the therapy cap, and when an ABN is not to be issued when the patient is above the therapy cap. Minor editorial changes were made to clarify existing manual instructions regarding ABN issuance. To read the full article, including the therapy specific instructions and examples, click

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