The trend: Healthcare providers are filing more claims than ever before to get reimbursed for conducting remote patient monitoring (RPM) services, according to a recent report from Definitive Healthcare, a healthcare commercial intelligence company. That’s driven RPM adoption among clinicians, but several barriers are impeding further uptake.
How we got here: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) began reimbursing physicians in 2018 for performing RPM services.
Digging into the data: Researchers analyzed claims data for RPM services conducted across 10 CPT codes between 2019-2022.
They found that RPM claims filed by physicians have significantly grown since 2019, particularly for certain specialties and conditions.
Yes, but: Only 25% of healthcare leaders say their practices currently use RPM, per a June 2022 MGMA Stat poll.
Higher rates of adoption are being hampered by challenges such as data security and quality, inconsistent reimbursement policies, and technology barriers, per Definitive researchers.
Our take: Clinicians’ RPM adoption has nearly tripled since 2016. Diabetes and heart disease—two of the most severe and costliest chronic conditions to manage—are naturally the two highest use cases for RPM since they require frequent check-ins from primary care physicians and specialists.
Despite this growth, around three-quarters of providers still aren’t using RPM today. Simplifying the technology aspects for providers and patients—and appropriately reimbursing physicians—will be necessary for further RPM uptake.
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