The following is taken directly from the CMS announcement of a revised ABN form change deadline from September 2011 to January 1, 2012. O&P providers should transition to the revised ABN form as soon as possible to remain in compliance with CMS regulations. From the CMS release:
The revised Advanced Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (ABN), Form CMS-R-131, is issued by providers (including independent laboratories), physicians, practitioners, and suppliers in situations where Medicare payment is expected to be denied. The revised ABN replaces the ABN-G (Form CMS-R-131G), ABN-L (Form CMS-R-131L), and NEMB (Form CMS-20007). See the revised ABN manual instructions below for detailed instructions on mandatory and voluntary use of the revised ABN.
Note: Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) must use the revised ABN for items/services expected to be denied under Medicare Part B only.
September 20, 2011: Extension of mandatory use date for REVISED ABN, FORM CMS-R-131, posted for download on May 16, 2011. Mandatory use date: January 1, 2012
The latest version of the ABN (with the release date of 3/2011 printed in the lower left hand corner) is now available for immediate use and can be accessed via the link below. In order for providers and suppliers to have time to transition to using the newly posted notice, mandatory use of this version begins on January, 1 2012. All ABNs with the release date of 3/2008 that are issued on or after January 1, 2012 will be considered invalid.