Category: Remote Patient Monitoring

Telemedicine in a pandemic: the best tools for elder home care

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risks for seniors who receive in-home elder care. Caregivers use masks, handwashing, and social distancing to increase the safety of home visits, but for many, reducing the frequency of visits can be a valuable piece in the puzzle of pandemic safety protocol. Especially...

When setting up in-hospital RPM systems, consider the inputs and outputs

COVID-19 has made clear the importance of reducing contact between potentially infectious patients and providers – while ensuring those patients get the highest quality of care. One solution, proposed panelists at a recent HIMSS20 Digital session, lies with a robust remote patient-monitoring system inside hospital rooms.  “COVID-19 has introduced...

A Quick Reference Guide to Remote Patient Monitoring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) is real-time or near real-time evaluation of a patient’s clinical status outside of a traditional healthcare setting. RPM leverages wireless devices (e.g., weight scale, blood pressure monitor), often integrated with a software platform, to monitor patients’ health status. Providers can use RPM to manage patients...

COVID-19 tips the scales in favor of remote monitoring for cardiac care

An estimated three million-plus patients live in the United States with implanted cardiac devices, with 400,000 implanted annually. Follow-up care for these patients continues to evolve and become more challenging due to increasing clinical complexity of patients and diagnostic device features.  Cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) include pacemakers, implantable cardioverter...

CMS Guidance for Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) During COVID-19 (CPT Codes 99453, 99454, 99457, 99458, and 99091)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided some guidance within the “Medicare and Medicaid Programs Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency” interim final rule (IFR), allowing for remote patient monitoring, or RPM. This type of patient care is very helpful...

Feasibility and Acceptability of Using a Telehealth Platform to Monitor Cardiovascular Risk Factors

American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
Feasibility and Acceptability of Using a Telehealth Platform to Monitor Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Survivors at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease EllenChang1, AleksiIukuridze2, MeaganEchevarria2, Jennifer BeranoTeh2, DayanaChanson2, BonnieKy3, Eric J.Chow4, RyotaroNakamura5, LanieLindenfeld2, Saro H.Armenian2 1Department of Hematology and Oncology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 2Department...

The Time is Now for Providers to Apply for Some of the Remaining $130 Million Available Under the FCC’s COVID-19 Telehealth Program

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 As previously reported, Congress and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have removed longstanding regulatory barriers to the broad deployment of telehealth for general care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In parallel, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has established the Federal Communication...

Some temporary telehealth provisions will become permanent, CMS chief says

The number of CMS beneficiaries has grown from 12,000 weekly telehealth visits to “well into six figures” during the pandemic, and both President Donald Trump and CMS Administrator Seema Verma aim to continue those benefits. Kellyanne Conway, assistant to the president and senior counselor, and Ms. Verma spoke at...

Medicare considering making telehealth expansion permanent, Verma says

May 27, 2020By Rich Daly, HFMA senior writer and editor Medicare considering making telehealth expansion permanent, Verma says Medicare is reviewing whether to make telehealth waivers permanent. Waivers have expanded provider eligibility lists and available payment from Medicare. Hospitals are asking Congress to expand other federal telehealth programs.   Medicare...

New CMS Medicare Advantage Rule Creates Incentives for Providers to Invest in Telehealth

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Friday it has finalized changes to Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare Part D. The changes — detailed in a final rule for 2021 — partly seek to strengthen access to telehealth services, an increasingly important component of the health care system amid...

CMS Finalizes Telehealth Reimbursement for MA Plans, ESRD Patients

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule on expanded telehealth coverage for members in Medicare Advantage plans and those living with end-stage renal disease. By Eric Wicklund May 22, 2020 – The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is finalizing plans to expand telehealth coverage in Medicaid...
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