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Ten Percent Cuts to CR X-rays Looming

August 4, 2017

Congress passed an omnibus appropriations bill in 2015 that led to cuts for computed radiography (CR) x-rays by 7 percent in 2018 and 10 percent in 2023. This was supposed to serve as an incentive for practices to upgrade to digital radiography (DR).  However, CR is still digital, which makes it capable of interfacing with the EHR, and a lot of orthopaedic practices upgraded from film over the past few years.

AAOS is working hard on addressing these cuts on Capitol Hill. However, it is critical for Texas orthopaedic practices to provide data regarding what these cuts would mean for their practices. Many practices cannot afford the upgrade, which could cost at least $70,000.

Please reply to TOA’s Bobby Hillert ( and AAOS’s Jordan Vivian ( with your data.

Click here to read AAOS’s one-page on this issue.