Remote Physiologic Monitoring, commonly known as Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), has redefined the way medical practitioners can treat their patients. With RPM, they can keep tabs on patients in between face-to-face visits and provide more personalized care. Effective RPM practices lead to improved patient outcomes, enhanced efficiency, and a more proactive approach to healthcare. In this post, we explain how Remote Patient Monitoring works, what its benefits are, and how to bill for RPM services. 

What Is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) is a Medicare telehealth service. It involves using digital technology to collect health data from patients outside of traditional healthcare settings. This data can include vital signs such as, blood pressure, weight, heart rate, blood sugar levels, and other relevant metrics. Both acute and chronic conditions can be monitored remotely. 

RPM uses various devices to collect data, such as blood glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, weight scales, and pulse oximeters. The data is transmitted electronically and in real time for continuous monitoring and analysis. It allows practitioners to track patient health in between office visits, so they can identify fluctuations and irregularities. They can then provide recommendations and intervene when necessary, improving their patients’ overall health. 

How Does Remote Patient Monitoring Work?

With the patient’s consent, a provider initiates an RPM program to collect specific types of data using one or more monitoring devices. For example, a patient with hypertension would be given a blood pressure monitor so they can measure their blood pressure at regular intervals from the comfort of their home. The device sends the blood pressure readings to the patient’s healthcare team, who can then analyze the data and work together to develop a personalized care plan. 

Five Benefits of Remote Patient Monitoring

1: Enhanced Patient Engagement

RPM empowers patients to take a more active role in managing their health. By receiving real-time feedback and insights, patients become more engaged in their own care. This helps them stick to their treatment plans and make healthier lifestyle choices. 

2: Early Detection of Health Issues

With RPM, practitioners can detect potential health issues at an early stage, even before symptoms manifest. This proactive approach allows for timely interventions, reducing the risk of complications and hospitalizations. 

3: Improved Chronic Disease Management

For patients with chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, or heart disease, ongoing monitoring and care management through RPM is crucial. By continuously tracking key indicators, practitioners can adjust treatment plans as needed to optimize outcomes.  

4: Efficient Use of Resources

Remotely monitoring their patients’ health status allows practitioners to prioritize their time and resources more effectively. Instead of scheduling frequent in-person appointments to track chronic conditions or check on treatment progress, routine check-ins can be conducted virtually, which frees up clinic space.

5: Leveraging Data for Enhanced Patient Care 

RPM generates vast amounts of patient data that can be utilized to inform treatment strategies. By analyzing trends and patterns over time, practitioners can tailor treatments to each patient’s individual needs, leading to more personalized and effective care.

How to Bill for Remote Patient Monitoring

Healthcare providers can bill Medicare and be reimbursed for the qualifying RPM equipment and services they provide. RPM services can also be provided by a practitioner’s clinical staff, and health professionals outside their office, such as pharmacists, as long as they are operating under the general supervision of the billing practitioner. The practitioner compensates the pharmacist for providing RPM, and in turn gets reimbursed by Medicare. 

In order to qualify for reimbursement, all of the following criteria must be met:

  1. The RPM service must monitor an acute or chronic condition.
  2. The data collection device must meet the FDA definition of a medical device.
  3. Data must be collected for at least 16 days of each month.
  4. Data must be electronically collected and automatically uploaded to a secure location that the billing practitioner can readily access.

To bill for RPM, you also need to use the right CPT codes

Implement RPM Services for Your Patients with ValueCare Suite

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) leads to better patient outcomes and more efficient care. However, keeping track of whether your clinic meets Medicare billing criteria can be challenging. ValueCare Suite offers intuitive software that streamlines your RPM programs with automated workflows to keep staff efficient and on track. Our software includes features like tracking staff time, calculating eligible billing codes, generating patient-centered reports, and providing daily completion alerts. Patient analytics are calculated and easily exported.  Book a demo today to learn more.  

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