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Advanced Imaging Claims Require New Modifiers and G Codes Effective January 1, 2020


From January 1, 2020, marks the start of the Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) program educational and operations testing period, at which time Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) will begin accepting AUC related modifiers on claims for advanced diagnostic imaging services furnished to Medicare Part B patients.

The voluntary participation period ends December 31, 2019.

During this phase of the program claims will not be denied for failing to include AUC-related information or for misreporting AUC information on non-imaging claims (e.g., failure to include one of the below modifiers and/or one of the below G codes or reporting modifiers on the wrong line or wrong service), but inclusion is encouraged.

In 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects ordering professionals to begin consulting qualified Clinical Decision Support Mechanisms (CDSMs) prior to ordering advanced imaging services in applicable settings for Medicare patients and providing information to the furnishing professionals for reporting on their Medicare Part B claims.

Advanced imaging includes:

  • Magnetic resonance image
  • Computed tomography
  • Single-photon emission computed tomography (CPT 76390)
  • Nuclear medicine
The list of clinical conditions, diseases or symptom complexes and associated advanced diagnostic imaging services identified by CMS as following,
  • Current Priority Clinical Areas
  • Coronary artery disease (suspected or diagnosed)
  • Suspected pulmonary embolism
  • Headache (traumatic and non-traumatic)
  • Hip pain
  • Low back pain
  • Shoulder pain (to include suspected rotator cuff injury)
  • Cancer of the lung (primary or metastatic, suspected or diagnosed)
  • Cervical or neck pain

Approved List of CPT Codes:

HCPCS Advanced Imaging Procedure Codes,

Magnetic Resonance Imaging:

70336, 70540, 70542, 70543, 70544, 70545, 70546, 70547, 70548, 70549, 70551, 70552, 70553, 70554, 70555, 71550, 71551, 71552, 71555, 72141, 72142, 72146, 72147, 72148, 72149, 72156, 72157, 72158, 72159, 72195, 72196, 72197, 72198, 73218, 73219, 73220, 73221, 73222, 73223, 73225, 73718, 73719, 73720, 73721, 73722, 73723, 73725, 74181, 74182, 74183, 74185, 75557, 75559, 75561, 75563, 75565, 76498, 77046, 77047, 77058, 77059,

Computerized Tomography:

70450, 70460, 70470, 70480, 70481, 70482, 70486, 70487, 70488, 70490, 70491, 70492, 70496, 70498, 71250, 71260, 71270, 71275, 72125, 72126, 72127, 72128, 72129, 72130, 72131, 72132, 72133, 72191, 72192, 72193, 72194, 73200, 73201, 73202, 73206, 73700, 73701, 73702, 73706, 74150, 74160, 74170, 74174, 74175, 74176, 74177, 74178, 74261, 74262, 74712, 74713, 75571, 75572, 75573, 75574, 75635, 76380, 76497

Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography:

76390

Nuclear Medicine:

78012, 78013, 78014, 78015, 78016, 78018, 78020, 78070, 78071, 78072, 78075, 78099, 78102, 78103, 78104, 78110, 78111, 78120, 78121, 78122, 78130, 78135, 78140, 78185, 78191, 78195, 78199, 78201, 78202, 78205, 78206, 78215, 78216, 78226, 78227, 78230, 78231, 78232, 78258, 78261, 78262, 78264, 78265, 78266, 78267, 78268, 78270, 78271, 78272, 78278, 78282, 78290, 78291, 78299, 78300, 78305, 78306, 78315, 78320, 78350, 78351, 78399, 78414, 78428, 78445, 78451, 78452, 78453, 78454, 78456, 78457, 78458, 78459, 78466, 78468, 78469, 78472, 78473, 78481, 78483, 78491, 78492, 78494, 78496, 78499, 78579, 78580, 78582, 78597, 78598, 78599, 78600, 78601, 78605, 78606, 78607, 78608, 78609, 78610, 78630, 78635, 78645, 78647, 78650, 78660, 78699, 78700, 78701, 78707, 78708, 78709, 78710, 78725, 78730, 78740, 78761, 78799, 78800, 78801, 78802, 78803, 78804, 78805, 78806, 78807, 78811, 78812, 78813, 78814, 78815, 78816, 78999

C codes:

C8900, C8901, C8902, C8903, C8905, C8908, C8909, C8910, C8911, C8912, C8913, C8914, C8918, C8919, C8920, C8931, C8932, C8933, C8934, C8935, C8936

The applicable settings (where the imaging service is furnished) include,

  • Physician offices
  • Hospital outpatient departments (including emergency departments)
  • Ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs)
  • Independent diagnostic testing facilities

HCPCS Modifiers:

MA Ordering professional is not required to consult a clinical decision support mechanism due to service being rendered to a patient with a suspected or confirmed emergency medical condition

MB Ordering professional is not required to consult a clinical decision support mechanism due to the significant hardship exception of insufficient internet access

MC Ordering professional is not required to consult a clinical decision support mechanism due to the significant hardship exception of electronic health record or clinical decision support mechanism vendor issues

MD Ordering professional is not required to consult a clinical decision support mechanism due to the significant hardship exception of extreme and uncontrollable circumstances

ME The order for this service adheres to the appropriate use criteria in the clinical decision support mechanism consulted by the ordering professional

MF The order for this service does not adhere to the appropriate use criteria in the qualified clinical decision support mechanism consulted by the ordering professional

MG The order for this service does not have appropriate use criteria in the clinical decision support mechanism consulted by the ordering professional

MH Unknown if ordering professional consulted a clinical decision support mechanism for this service, related information was not provided to the furnishing professional or provider

QQ Ordering professional consulted a qualified clinical decision support mechanism for this service and the related data was provided to the furnishing professional (effective date: 7/1/18)

G codes:

G1000 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism Applied Pathways, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1001 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism eviCore, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1002 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism MedCurrent, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1003 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism Medicalis, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1004 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism National Decision Support Company, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1005 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism National Imaging Associates, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1006 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism Test Appropriate, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1007 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism AIM Specialty Health, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1008 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism Cranberry Peak, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1009 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism Sage Health Management Solutions, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1010 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism Stanson, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

G1011 Clinical Decision Support Mechanism, qualified tool not otherwise specified, as defined by the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program

Reference: New Modifiers and G Codes Effective January 1, 2020
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