Cash Customer? ABN Still Gold Standard

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Many providers who primarily accept Medicare reimbursement are looking to cash as the answer. If a Medicare beneficiary wants to pay cash, do you have to let them know that the item may be covered by Medicare? The answer is yes. This goes for not only independent providers, but bigger national retailers as well. 

If a provider has a reason to suspect that a customer is a Medicare beneficiary, it's better to err on the side of caution and go through the Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) process.

HME News recently featured two articles about cash sales and ABNs. “Suppliers don’t get the luxury of turning a blind eye and assuming the patient doesn’t have Medicare,” Andrea Stark from MiraVista said. “It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you are participating or, non-participating or even if you don’t have a Medicare number at all, you would have to file a claim for all covered services and benefits.”

Read the full stories, "Reporter's Notebook: Cash Customer? ABN Still Gold Standard" and "When in Doubt, Get Out Those ABNs."


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