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Benefits of Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM)

June 21, 2023
There are many benefits of Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) like patients' ability to easily receive support & communicate with providers outside of the clinic.
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The creation and approval of the Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) codes by CMS is a significant value add for providers, patients, and payors. There are many benefits of implementing a RTM service into your normal practice. Below are just a few key examples:

Benefit 1: Improve data-driven clinical decision making

RTM services enable providers to improve their clinical insight and understanding of a patient’s health status beyond in-clinic appointments. By improving visibility to health related outcomes (such as pain scores, patient reported outcome measures, and therapy adherence), providers can identify issues, intervene, and alter the patient’s care plan accordingly.

Benefit 2: Improve patient access to care

RTM removes barriers to care by meeting patients where they are, when they need it. The RTM service allows patients to receive care from the comfort of their own homes, which can be especially beneficial for those who have access issues (such as rural areas), and difficulty attending regularly scheduled in-clinic appointments. When questions arise between visits regarding symptoms or nuances of a prescribed home exercise program, patients now have the means to receive quick answers and remote support.

Benefit 3: Improve patient engagement and outcomes

The RTM service is an effective patient engagement strategy, providing patients with convenient toolsets to improve their understanding of their health condition. RTM empowers patients by giving them improved access to their health data and care plan, thereby encouraging them to take a more active role in managing their condition. As motivation waivers, the remote support of RTM improves engagement. When a patient understands their condition, their unique care plan, and feels supported along the way, they’re more likely to experience positive health outcomes.

Benefit 4: Improve patient-provider communications & relationships

RTM enables more opportunities for communication, thereby strengthening the patient-provider relationship. Research shows that there are several reported barriers to home exercise adherence, including time constraints, pain and level of physical activity, as well as lack of social support and self-efficacy. Frequent communication and motivation, outside of regularly scheduled clinic visits, can positively impact a patient’s perception of those barriers. It provides patients with knowledge that their provider is tracking their progress and is invested in their outcomes, thereby building a lasting rapport.

“I have found my patients are more dedicated to their home exercise programs which has improved their outcomes in the clinic. My patients love the video component of the Limber exercises as they are better able to maintain proper body mechanics during the exercises. They have also expressed that they appreciate having someone check in on them from the Limber team.” -Provider using Limber

Benefit 5: Increase net patient revenue

With the use of the RTM CPT® codes, the RTM service line provides further opportunities for revenue compared to the traditional clinical model. Not only are these remote services reimbursable, but they also improve clinical workflow efficiencies, enhance staff productivity, and reduce administrative costs associated with in-clinic care. 

Benefit 6: Reduce downstream total cost of care

RTM has the potential to decrease downstream healthcare costs by improving the ability to track existing health issues, detect new conditions before they become problematic, and triage patients appropriately. By enabling the provider to have improved visibility to patient data, and the patient to have improved access to support and care, RTM allows for early intervention,  which in turn, can reduce unnecessary surgeries, imaging, opioids, emergency room visits, and hospitalizations.  

The Bottom Line:

Incorporating RTM into your practice can have a meaningful impact across all aspects of the business, for both the provider and the patient but, to be most effective, you must implement the right workflow. Limber Health partners with you to seamlessly launch and scale your RTM services through its integrated web portal and mobile app. To learn more, we encourage you to Reserve a Demo with us.

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