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Gastroenterology Consultants of South Jersey
Amherst Commons, Building A, Suite 2
693 Main Street, Lumberton, New Jersey
Telephone: (609) 265-1700    Visit us Online: www.GCSJ.org

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Patients Name: ________________________________ Medicare# (HICN): ___________________________

ADVANCE BENEFICIARY NOTICE ( ABN )

Note: You need to make a choice about receiving these health care items or services.

We expect that Medicare will not pay for the item(s) or service(s) that are described below. Medicare does not pay for all of your health care cost. Medicare only pays for covered items and services when Medicare rules are met. The fact that Medicare may not pay for a particular item or service does not mean that you should not receive it. There may be a good reason your doctor recommended it. Right now, in your case, Medicare probably will not pay for:

Items or Services: Consultation New Patient 
(Evaluation and Management Services CPT Code 99241, 99242, 99243, 99244, 99245)*

Because:  Medicare does not cover routine or well-care visits.

The purpose of this form is to help you make an informed choice about whether or not you want to receive these items or services, knowing that you might have to pay for them yourself.

Before you make a decision about your options, you should read this notice carefully.

  • Ask us to explain, if you do not understand why Medicare probably won't pay.
  • Ask us how much these items or services will cost you ( Estimated Cost: $225.00* ).

PLEASE CHOOSE ONE OPTION.   CHECK ONE BOX.   SIGN & DATE YOUR CHOICE.

OPTION 1 : YES. I want to receive these items or services.  
I understand that Medicare will not decide whether or not to pay unless I receive these items or services. Please submit my claim to Medicare. I understand that you may bill me for items or services and that I may have to pay the bill while Medicare is making a decision. If Medicare does pay, you will refund me any payments I made to you that are due to me. If Medicare denies payment, I agree to be personally and fully responsible for payment. That is, I will pay personally, either out of pocket or through any other insurance that I have. I understand that I can appeal Medicare's decision.

OPTION 2 : NO. I have decided not to receive these items or services.
I will not receive these items or services. I understand that you will not be able to submit a claim to Medicare, and that I will not be able to appeal your opinion that Medicare won't pay.

____________________      __________________________________________________________
        Date                                    Signature of Patient or person acting on patient's behalf

NOTE: Your health information will be kept confidential. Any information that we collect about you on this form will be kept confidential in our office. If a claim is submitted to Medicare, your health information on this form may be shared with Medicare. Your health information which Medicare sees will be kept confidential by Medicare.

OMB Approval No. 0938-0566 Form No. CMS-R-131-G (June 2002)

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