Frequently Asked Questions on RTM

What is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM)?

RTM is a practice that allows healthcare providers to remotely monitor patients' health and treatment progress in between visits. It requires the use of a medical device to collect non-physiological data. This data can be self-reported and digitally uploaded.

Why is RTM important for rheumatologic care?

RTM is vital for rheumatology because it supports proactive monitoring of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, permits timely interventions, and boosts patient engagement while offering convenience for all involved.

How can our clinic implement RTM?

When partnering with Elsa Science, we adapt the implementation and onboarding based on an evaluation of your clinic’s and patients’ needs. We train your staff, offer education support for your patients, and together we regularly review your RTM program to make further improvements as needed.

How does RTM benefit our clinic from a financial perspective?

Implementing RTM can open up new revenue streams for clinics. With consistent remote monitoring, clinics can offer additional billable services that cater to real-time patient care and intervention. In addition, the opportunities associated with RTM can help clinics mitigate the widespread staffing deficiencies experienced in healthcare today.

Can RTM services be billed in conjunction with other telehealth and care management services?

Yes, RTM services are billable alongside other telehealth as well as care management services (CCM, PCM). However, it’s important to note that some restrictions may apply depending on specific payors’ policies. It is also important to note that when billing for both RTM and care management services (CCM, PCM), the same minutes spent providing care cannot apply to both. The time requirements for each code must be met separately and double-counting of time is not permitted.

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