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CMS Reduces Payment for X-Rays Taken Using Film

Effective January 1, 2017 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the reduction in payment of 20 percent for the technical component of X-ray imaging services using film. The new rate will take effect January 3, 2017.

CMS has created modifier FX (X ray taken using film). Beginning in 2017, claims for X-rays using film must include modifier FX. Adjusted claims will reflect remittance advice remarks code (RARC) N775 – “Payment adjusted based on x-ray radiograph on film.” For more details, here is the link to the MLN Matters® article MM9727