The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new classification of reimbursable digital health services. The Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) codes were designed to complement the existing suite of Remote Physiological Monitoring (RPM) codes and expand the scope of digital health technologies to include monitoring non-physiologic data.
The current RTM codes recognize the benefit of remote monitoring as they continue to foster the use of digital health tools that give clinicians a more comprehensive data set of their patients’ health conditions. While there are some similarities between the RPM and RTM codes, CMS specified some primary differences like the type of data collected, how it is collected, and who are eligible to order and bill for RTM services.
The CMS final rule on RTM advanced the ability of clinicians to employ remote monitoring technologies. Providers and ACOs who offer remote monitoring technologies and services should start utilizing these new revenue streams to drive recurring revenue and improve the patient care experience.