Payment Reduction for X-Rays Taken Using Computed Radiography

Effective January 1, 2018, payments for imaging services that are X-rays taken using computed radiography (including the technical component portion of a global service) provided during CY 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022, will be decreased by 7 percent. For CY 2023 and subsequent years, payments will be decreased by 10 percent for these services. Computed radiography technology is defined as cassette-based imaging which utilizes an imaging plate to create the image involved.

A new modifier is being established to be used on claims that describe X-ray services taken using computed radiology. Beginning for dates of service January 1, 2018, service suppliers will be required to use Modifier FY (Computed radiography services furnished) on claims for X-rays taken using computed radiology.

Please see MLN Matters Number: MM10188 for full explanation of this new payment reduction at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM10188.pdf