MEDICARE WAIVER OF LIABILITY
Also known as the Advance Beneficiary Notice, the Medicare Waiver of Liability basically protects patients. As a patient, it gives you the opportunity to either accept or refuse various items or services and protects you from getting stuck with a hefty bill that you weren't expecting due to Medicare denying payment.
It's important to know that when you sign a Medicare Waiver, that you automatically become "on the hook" for payment - either out-of-pocket or through an insurance company.
Patients have been known to receive frequent ABN notices. In these cases, certain items are only covered up to a certain number of times by Medicare. If you receive a notice like this, it means that typically you'll need this service multiple times, but that it may not be covered each time.
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CMS extends Medicaid waiver in Massachusetts
December 20, 2011
By Sam Baker
The federal government on Tuesday extended a Medicaid waiver in Massachusetts, which was first implemented as part of then-Gov. Mitt Romney's healthcare overhaul.