New ABN Mandatory 1/1/21

Effective 1/1/21, the CMS-R-131 Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN) form will be required for the following 2 reasons:

  1. Part B services: Resident requests services, but the facility determines the services are not medically necessary

  2. Part B services are ending because: Therapy is no longer medically necessary, and resident indicates desire to continue therapy The Form and Additional information can be obtained through the below links provided by CMS:

For Part B items and services:

SNFs use the Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-coverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131. The ABN and information on this notice can be found at /Medicare/Medicare-General-Information/BNI/ABN.


Questions regarding the SNF ABN or ABN can be submitted at the Division of Appeals Policy Portal.


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Let's Get to the Point:

Keeping you in the loop on this change in form with clarification of the indication for use on Part B only therapy services in the SNF.