Remote therapeutic monitoring expands coverage for remote monitoring by allowing reimbursement for additional conditions, device, and ordering providers.
Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) is an expansion of remote monitoring services, introduced by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2022.
RTM expand the coverage of remote monitoring in several important ways, including:
- Conditions and Devices: CMS created two RTM device codes focused on devices that monitor a patient’s respiratory system or musculoskeletal system.
- Types of Data: RPM only allows physiologic data, such as blood pressure, blood sugar levels, or weight. RTM is more expansive and allows “non-physiologic” and “self-reported” data. This includes “therapy adherence” and “therapy response” data. RTM data can be also self-reported in an app or online platform that is shared with the provider.
Ordering Providers: Unlike RPM, RTM can be ordered by Qualified Health Care Practitioners (“QHCPs”) who cannot independently order and bill evaluation and management (E/M) services, including physical therapists, occupational therapists, dietitians, and clinical psychologists.