Frequently Asked Questions about Remote Therapeutic Monitoring
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What is required to bill the RTM device codes?
To bill device codes for remote monitoring services, healthcare providers must meet the following requirements: 1) Have an established provider-patient relationship: Providers must have an established relationship with the patient and must have seen the patient in person within the past year or have provided a remote evaluation for the patient within the past six months. 2) Obtain patient consent: Providers must obtain the patient's written consent to participate in remote monitoring services and document the consent in the patient's medical record. 3) Provide patient education: Providers must educate the patient on how to use the remote monitoring device and explain the purpose of the device. 4) Monitor patient data: Providers must regularly monitor the patient's data collected from the remote monitoring device and take appropriate actions based on the data. 5) Document services provided: Providers must document the services provided in the patient's medical record, including the device codes billed and any actions taken based on the data collected. Meeting these requirements will ensure that providers can properly bill for device codes related to remote monitoring services.
Who can bill for RTM?
Physicians and eligible qualified healthcare professionals, are permitted to bill RTM as general medicine services. A physician or other qualified healthcare professional is defined in the CPT Codebook as “an individual who is qualified by education, training, licensure/regulation (when applicable) and facility privileging (when applicable) who performs a professional service within his/her scope of practice and independently reports that professional service.” Accordingly, RTM codes could be available for physical therapists (PT), occupational therapists (OT), speech-language pathologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical social workers.
Is RTM intended to be used for non-physiological data?
Yes, RTM is intended to be used for non-physiological data. This includes data related to a patient's therapeutic response, such as medication adherence, symptom management, and therapy response. While Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) focuses on physiological data like heart rate and blood.
Why is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring important?
Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) is important for several reasons: 1) Improved Patient Outcomes: RTM allows healthcare providers to remotely monitor patients and intervene if necessary, which can lead to improved patient outcomes. By closely tracking a patient's therapeutic response, healthcare providers can adjust treatment plans as needed to optimize outcomes and prevent complications. 2) Better Management of Chronic Conditions: RTM can be particularly useful for managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes or mental health disorders. By monitoring medication adherence and therapy response, healthcare providers can help patients better manage their conditions and avoid exacerbations. Increased 3) Access to Care: RTM can also improve access to care for individuals who have difficulty accessing traditional in-person healthcare services, such as those living in rural or remote areas. By using technology to remotely monitor patients, healthcare providers can provide care to patients who may not be able to travel to a healthcare facility. 4) Cost-Effective: RTM can be cost-effective for both patients and healthcare providers. By reducing the need for in-person visits, RTM can lower healthcare costs and improve efficiency. It can also reduce the burden on patients, who may not need to take as much time off work or travel long distances for healthcare appointments. Overall, RTM has the potential to improve healthcare outcomes, increase access to care, and lower healthcare costs, making it an important tool for healthcare providers and patients alike.
How do Remote Therapeutic Monitoring and Remote Patient Monitoring differ?
Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) are two different approaches to use technology to remotely monitor patients. RPM collects physiological data like heart rate and blood pressure. RTM collects non-physiologic data related to a patient's therapeutic response, such as medication adherence, symptom management, and therapy response. RTM can be used to monitor and manage a wide range of conditions, such as mental health, musculoskeletal conditions, respiratory diseases, and more.
What is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring?
Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) refers to the use of technology to remotely monitor a patient's health status and treatment progress, typically for individuals with chronic or complex medical conditions. RTM can collect a wide range of non-physiological data related to a patient's therapeutic response, including respiratory system status, musculoskeletal system status, medication adherence, and medication response, without requiring them to come into the office for frequent check-ins.