CMS Issues Changes to Home Health Beneficiary Notices
September 11, 2013 04:00 PM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released Change Requests 8403 and 8404 that announce changes to the Home Health Advanced Beneficiary Notice (HHABN) and instructs agencies on the use of the Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) and the Home Health Change of Care Notice (HHCCN).
In their effort to “streamline, reduce, and simplify notices,” the CMS has eliminated the HHABN. The liability format of the HHABN (Option Box 1) will be replaced with the existing ABN, the form currently used by other Medicare providers to notify beneficiaries of Medicare non-coverage as required by the Social Security Act.
The HHCCN, a new form, has been created to notify beneficiaries of reductions in service for other reasons as required by the Lutwin v. Thompson decision. The HHCCN will replace both Option Box 2 and Option Box 3 formats of the HHABN.
Agencies may begin using the ABN and HHCCN now, but must use these forms to notify Medicare beneficiaries of any financial liability and /or changes in care beginning December 9, 2013. For items and services provided on or after December 9, 2013, the HHABN will no longer be valid.
To view Change Request 8403 click here.
To view Change Request 8404 click here.