Why Remote Patient Monitoring, Inc. (RPM)?
Hospitals and Health Systems are experiencing a deluge of technology vendors supplying solutions for both telemedicine (video-visits) and remote patient monitoring (patient data). Looking across this landscape we have seen that these solutions become fragmented rather than strategic. In response, some seasoned, physician leaders including both Cerner and Epic expertise have created two new companies to help you put together a unique integrated strategy to meet your needs in this area.
What is RPM?
RPM creates a scalable health system solution to allow you to support many thousands of patients at a time instead of a few hundred home monitored patients. It directly connects FDA-certified health devices in the manner you prefer from standalone to full workflow integration into your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and/or patient portal. We also can provide Telemedicine capabilities as well as nurse call center support, either full-time or limited to after-hours, holidays and weekends. Our goal is to get you started with what you need today and create a roadmap that makes sense with your needs.
While many fear integration to the patient's electronic health record (EHR), we would like to show you how we can integrate to a remote patient monitoring order, that creates automatic fulfillment to the patient’s home of the appropriate hub and kit (e.g. CHF, Diabetes, Asthma, COPD) and data flowing into one or more EHR specialty flowsheets. This discrete data can be then tied to Clinical Decision Support (CDS) to add additional value and be summarized with the EMR. However, you will want to leverage the 46 web-based reports and dashboards for management of your patient population. We can also mirror your patient data to other EMRs within your enterprise. Many self-insured systems are starting with their covered lives (employees/dependents) and then Accountable Care Organization (ACO) members with chronic illness.
Are there CPT codes for remote patient monitoring and chronic care?
CMS pays $42.60 per patient per month for 20 minutes of virtual “non-face-to-face” visits (CPT Code 99490) for Chronic Care Management for any patient with two or more chronic conditions. Additional CPT codes exist for the first 30 days after discharge which reimburses $163.88 and $230.86 for Post Discharge Transitional Care Management (CPT Codes 99495 and 99496). This monitoring also avoids medically unnecessary 30-Day readmissions and rising penalties, which can run into the millions of dollars per year for a large health system.
Which EMR’s are compatible with our systems?
Multiple EMR's integrate seamlessly with our solutions. We are fully integrating Cerner and Epic clients and offer extended connections to others such as AthenaHealth, NextGen, Meditech, Allscripts, and other platforms. The system can even send concurrent feeds to more than one destination at a time (it is both web-based and supports HL-7). No need to worry if some doctors and hospitals are on different EMRs.
What are some additional Benefits of Connected Homes and Population Health?
There are tremendous cost savings for Hospitals and ACOs (the Leftward Shift).
Connected patient home monitoring also improves quality ratings, qualifies for your clinical improvement programs. It can also be a project leading to a Davies Award or other national recognitions. This is real-time connected health data that is viewable in your production EMR and your Enterprise Data Warehouse (EDW) reports.
There is also patient “Sticky-ness”. Once the patient data is flowing into your health system, why would a patient go to any other hospital?
Additional Connected Features:
With the ability to connect to Telemedicine Platforms it can feed vitals virtually, prior to and during visits. The ability to connect this platform to Clinical Decision Support Systems using external web services, such as meeting PAMA (Protecting Access to Medicare Act) requirements (Radiology orders) and decreasing internal maintenance for standard CDS rules, is also available.
By using integration with Charge-Routing (CDS) Rules, you can seamlessly support connected patient billing and decrease workloads for your clinicians. For example, any month that RPM data flows into the EMR, the billing system can drop a charge for the monitoring physician.
This solution also supports BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). As mentioned above we can also supply additional support services such as Chronic Care Coaching, 24/7 or after-hours Nurse Call Center Support, CDS rule sets, and configuration services, as needed.
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