CMS Remote Patient Monitoring Coding
As physicians, you and your staff are spending an ever-increasing amount of time utilizing the latest technology to enhance and improve patient care – especially regarding chronic illnesses. As such, you are finally being recognized for these services as the CMS has published a new set of Chronic Care Remote Physiologic Monitoring (CCRPM) codes.
Here’s what the AMA had to say about the latest additions to the CPT that reflect the coding demands of today’s modern health care technologies & systems:
“The AMA has urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to adopt the new codes for remote patient monitoring and internet consulting and designate the related services for payment under federal health programs in 2019,” said AMA President Barbara L. McAneny, MD. “Medicare’s acceptance of the new codes would signal a landmark shift to better support physicians participating in patient population health and care coordination services that can be a significant part of a digital solution for improving the overall quality of medical care.”
The 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule created 3 new codes in the category of CCRPM for the following:
- Initial set-up & patient education
- Initial device supply
- Monitoring data & interacting with patients/caregivers
What are the new Chronic Care Remote Patient Monitoring Codes?
Below are the final code descriptors for the new CCRPM codes:
- CPT Code 99453: Remote monitoring of physiologic parameter(s) (eg, weight, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, respiratory flow rate), initial; set-up and patient education on use of equipment – rate set at $21.
- CPT Code 99454: Remote monitoring of physiologic parameter(s) (eg, weight, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, respiratory flow rate), initial; device(s) supply with daily recording(s) or programmed alert(s) transmission, every 30 days – rate set at $69.
- CPT Code 99457: Remote physiologic monitoring treatment management services, 20 minutes or more of clinical staff/physician/other qualified healthcare professional time in a calendar month requiring interactive communication with the patient/caregiver during the month – rate set at $54.