July 30, 2020

If you have Original Medicare and go for medical services, supplies or equipment, you may be asked to sign an ABN, or Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage.  This transfers the liability of payment to you, if Medicare denies the claim.  If a medical provider has reason to believe Medicare will deny a claim for a service, (e.g. Medicare only pays for a test/durable medical equipment every 2 years)  they must provide you with an ABN before you accept the service/equipment.  However, an ABN is not required for services Original Medicare never covers such as hearing aids.

Don’t be intimidated by all the forms you may be asked to sign.  Understand what they are before you go.  Empower yourself!

To understand more about ABNs, click here.

Source: Medicare.gov