Film-Based Imaging Reimbursement Cut (January 2017)

By Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC
January, 2017

If you rely on film-based imaging in your practice, Medicare reimbursement will change when you bill for an x-ray. Film-based imaging services billed globally, or when billing the technical component only, must be submitted with a modifier FX. The new modifier, required as of January 1, 2017, triggers a reduction of 20% to the technical reimbursement. No modifier is required if you have digital or computed radiology (CR). Note, however, that CR is slated for a similar reduction in payment beginning on January 1, 2018. 

See CMS’ article for more information on the new cut here.

Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

About the Author

Elizabeth Woodcock is the founder and principal of Woodcock & Associates. She has focused on medical group operations and revenue cycle management for more than 20 years and has led educational sessions for the Medical Group Management Association, the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, and the American Medical Association. She has authored and co-authored many books. She is frequently published and quoted in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Family Practice Management, MGMA Connexion, and American Medical News. Elizabeth is a Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives and a Certified Professional Coder. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University, she completed a Master of Business Administration in healthcare management from The Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

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