The survey sheds light on AHRA member patterns in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, which included provisions that gave providers incentives for transitioning to a DR environment. The bill stated that payment for imaging studies performed using film instead of DR would be reduced by 20%, effective January 1, 2017, and payment for imaging studies performed using CR would be reduced by 7% from 2018 to 2022 and by 10% from 2023 thereafter.
AHRA's survey had a 28% response rate. Results included the following:
- Only 29% of participants have upgraded CR units to DR.
- 75% of AHRA members have one to five CR units in their departments.
- 42% plan to keep the CR units and take the payment reduction, due to the cost of upgrading to DR, which 53% stated would be more than $150,000.
Beginning this year, claims for CR services furnished for x-rays must include modifier FY, which triggers the payment reduction. The AHRA found that 42% of survey participants will apply the modifier for exams performed using a combination of CR and DR, if even one image is taken using CR.
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