Effective January 1, 2016,Â the definition for modifier CT has changed. The new definition may change the way you report claims for computed tomography (CT) scans.
Modifier CT Computed tomography services furnished using equipment that does not meet each of the attributes of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) XR-29-2013 standard
â€œAttributesâ€ of this standard are:
- DICOM dose structured reporting
- Pediatric and adult reference protocols
- CT dose check
- Automatic exposure control
When to Report Modifier CT
Report modifier CT with the following CPTÂ® radiology codes when the service is furnished on non-NEMA standard XR-20-2013-compliant equipment:
70450-70498, 71250-71275, 72125-72133, 72191-72194, 73200-73206, 73700-73706, 74150-74178, 74261-74263, 75571-75574 (and any succeeding codes)
What Happens if You Donâ€™t Comply
Providers that fail to attest to this standard beginning this yearÂ will be subjected to a 5 percent payment reduction for all CT-designatedÂ procedures for Medicare, as it applies to the technical component of the procedure. Beginning inÂ 2017 and subsequent years, the penalty will be 15 percent.Â System attestation by providers will be verified through the periodic supplier accreditation process (e.g., JointÂ Commission, ACR, IAC, etc.).