Department of Health and Human Services approves coverage of telehealth for the duration of COVID-19

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Revenue Enhancement through Remote Physiological Monitoring

It wasn’t very long ago that the typical out-patient practice was full of activity.  Patients were coming in for care, assessments following elective surgeries and/or changes in functional status were being performed, therapy was being prescribed and patients were being helped to recover function.  Telerehabilitation was being discussed, but was not a primary part of care delivery, in large part because of reimbursement barriers.  Our main focus was managing our practices with personal contact with our patients.

Suddenly, the nation is working to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to allow our healthcare system to care for critically ill patients without being overwhelmed.  As communities, we are asked to “shelter in place” and limit our contact.  Our patients, many of which fall into a high-risk category for significant illness with COVID-19, appropriately want to limit their exposure.   Some practices temporarily closed their doors and some have stayed open, needing to maintain strict infection control standards and limiting their patient volume.  Like many other small businesses, this has created economic difficulty. 

Sometimes it takes a crisis to make us look at different ways to manage our patients.  There has been an avalanche of information posted through professional associations and other social media avenues to help us transition to providing care through telemedicine and telerehabilitation.  There have also been significant changes in reimbursement coverage to support the provision of telemedicine and telerehabilitation.  As of May 1, due to passage of the CARE Act,  the Department of Health and Human Services approved coverage of rehabilitation services under telehealth for the duration of COVID-19!!!  Expansion of coverage for Telerehab under state Medicare Advantage plans has also occurred.  This is a great opportunity!!!!

Not too long age we were wondering how our practices were going to survive the pandemic and patients may still be hesitant to make appointments or attend therapy sessions due to social distancing. With this in mind, now is a great time to start thinking about Revenue Enhancement which can easily be accomplished through Remote Physiological Monitoring (RPM). RPM is being reimbursed by most carriers including Medicare. RPM affords us the ability to earn up to $200 per month / per patient or nearly $2400 annually per patient to the bottom line. Most importantly, the rules for billing allow staff designated by the billing physician to collate the documentation and interact with the patient. Additionally, the waiver has allowed us to take care of patients throughout the year both in clinic or remotely. Use of RPM will also allow long term follow up of chronic patients with collection of functional data. This can be of particular importance to our senior, especially those at risk of falling and can benefit from our continued support.


MedHab supports remote monitoring between in-person or telerehabilitation visits.

Despite the confusing environment, providers are seeking creative ways to reach their patients by means of telerehabilitation, and this is a great time to do so!  Medhab has been in the business of developing wearable technology which allows remote physiologic monitoring of patients through rehabilitation and maintenance programs.  Medhab is in perfect synergy with the current implementation of telerehabilitation and supports remote monitoring between in-person or telerehabilitation visits.  Additionally, the remote monitoring devices are a great way to virtually coordinate care between the physical therapists and physicians to better manage patients at home.

MedHab, a remote wearable device technology company is in perfect synergy with the longer term RPM recommendations coming from CMS as well as with the White House as a way to decrease short term  in-person interactions. MedHab has implemented provider pricing, extended pricing and no outlay of practice funds are needed for their two technologies. MedHab is poised to support providers by providing these critical, distance, interventions to those who need them. Through the use of MedHab’s technology providers can now manage their patients through RPM. Please join in on one of our webinars to get started!

Steprite® and MyNotifi® are medical devices for remote/home monitoring which affords medical care prescribers the ability to customize physical rehabilitation protocols to meet each patient’s unique needs. They measure, pressure, gait and flexibility of upper and lower extremities, in order to guide physical therapy prescriptions both pre-operatively and post-operatively for hip fractures, knee replacements, hip replacements low back surgeries and upper extremity surgeries  All of the data captured by is sent and housed on the MedHab, HIPAA-secured server where it is available to health care providers. Protocols are customized to the extent the provider wishes and can be changed to meet the patient’s specific rehabilitative needs.  

MyNotifi®can also be used, post physical therapy for fall detection. In such, the user can wear it any place maintaining a continuous fall detection signal. In other words, the user is not relegated to the house as is the case if they were linked via a land line. Many of our aged population desire to live at home and MyNotifi® allows them to do so, while keeping them in close contact with loved ones. In the event of a fall, MyNotifi® sends a text to friends, family members, loved ones, informing them whether or not the person using MyNotifi® is conscious. This unique feature gives the user, family members, friends, and care givers the ability to communicate more quickly in an effort to better for care for mom and dad.

Both devices feature the OTAGO Exercise Program that is clinically proven to reduce falls by 35%. As well, both devices are coded to capture heart rate and oxygen saturation and are shipped with a medical grade pulse oximeter. These features meet Medicare’s recommendation for Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) and support provider’s ability to manage patients remotely throughout the year.

To contact MedHab visit www.medhab.com or call 800-541-1420. A technician is ready to help. You can also register to join one of our webinars to learn more.


Increase Revenue Up to $200 Per Patient Per Month

As of January 1, 2020, Medicare updated the reimbursement for remote physiological monitoring (RPM).

MedHab, LLC has developed new, patented technologies in the remote wearable device field, affording medical care prescribers (Orthopedic Surgeons and/or Physical Therapists), patients, and seniors the ability to meet therapy, prevention and fall detection needs with complete remote access.

RPM Revenue Calculator

Medicare Patient Enrolled in RPM program200
CPT 99453 – Device Education & Training (one time +/- $20) $3,800
CPT 99454 – Device Transmission Reimbursement (+/- $65 Monthly)$153,600
CPT 99457 – Patient Care Plan Management (+/- $50 Monthly)$122,400
Total Provider Compensation$279,800

 

Steprite™

Steprite™ is a Bluetooth wearable device interacts with a patient’s smart phone via an app (iOS or android). All data is sent by wifi to a HIPAA controlled server for real time review by the provider. MyNotifi can be used both pre and post-operatively to meet rehabilitation needs. It is also designed with a fall detection algorithm.

 

MyNotifi™

MyNotifi™ is a Bluetooth wearable device interacts with a patient’s smart phone via an app (iOS or android). All data is sent by wifi to a HIPAA controlled server for real time review by the provider. MyNotifi can be used both pre and post-operatively to meet rehabilitation needs. It is also designed with a fall detection algorithm.

 

MedHab products for remote monitoring for patient Therapy

For More information, call us at 1-800-541-1420 or email support@medhab.com