RPM is not a new buzz word; it dated back to the 1800s where the doctor’s provided consultation through smoke signals but there is no solid documentation to prove that.

Progression of RPM

In 1924, A Radio News Magazine introduced physician consultation through a radio program named “The Radio Doctor Maybe!”.

Later in 1948 when the technology emerged, an x-ray image was shared through telephone wires from a physician to another in Pennsylvania.

Bi-directional transmission 

The clinicians from the University of Nebraska are the first people to use Video communication for medical objectives. They established a 2-way television set up to transfer information for off-campus students.

Later in the ’60s and ’70s, the US Health and Human Services Department, NASA, Public Health Department, and Department of Defense invested in research of Telemedicine.

Well… That’s how today’s RPM healthcare evolved and developed to smart and convenient smaller devices. 

Telemedicine

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What is Telemedicine?

Modern patients expect 24/7 access to their physician nowadays, thanks to the technology development. Physicians can now talk to their patients through facetime or skype for consultation. 

Offering medical consultation through telephone or any electronic medium without a physical presence in the doctor’s office is called Telemedicine.

Remote Patient Monitoring Devices

Through RPM healthcare , a physician can easily monitor the patients’ health from home. These digital devices record and transmit the patient’s data like blood pressure, weight, etc., to the physician’s mobile device. 

Devoid of cyberspace 

Our remote patient monitoring device does not require an internet connection as it uses GSM to transmit data to the doctor’s office.

Invariable consultation 

Using this method, a physician can monitor the patient’s health constantly and at a check. Providing consultation whenever required to prevent serious illness.

Among the entire world, the US spends more than $2.9 trillion for healthcare; of which $200 billion are avoidable, unwanted expenditure. 

Pros of Remote Patient Monitoring:

  • Convenient care, accessible for patients even in remote regions breaking down geographical barriers.
  • Beneficial for elder patients with mobility issues.
  • Extended access for specialist consultation.
  • Enhanced care and patient engagement.

RPM Reimbursement

To bill for RPM, a patient should have received 20 minutes of active communication with the physician, Nurse / Nurse practitioner, or a qualified healthcare professional regarding his/her condition in a month.

CPT Codes that can be billed under RPM are 99453,99454,99457 and 99458.

Remote Patient Monitoring service is surely a great advantage for both the physician and patients during pandemic days as it does not require face-to-face consultation, which avoids the risk of getting infected with viral diseases. For more information on Remote Patient Monitoring or CPT codes, feel free to contact us here.

Read Also: Medicare CPT Codes For Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) – 99453, 99454 and 99457