Sheridan, WY, December 22, 2019 --(PR.com
)-- Medical evidence and clinical guidelines published over the last decade have shown the importance of 24-hour remote patient monitoring as the reference standard, alongside self-measured blood pressure monitoring (SMBP) as an acceptable alternative for obtaining Blood Pressure to diagnose and treat hypertension.
“Remote Patient Monitoring provides clinically useful information to help physicians and other care providers make more accurate treatment and management decisions for people suspected of having uncontrolled high blood pressure based on routine office BP measurements,” said CENSON Care President, Simon Censon. “And the reason is that using Remote Patient Monitoring provides more BPs over a longer period of time, which yields a more representative picture of a patient’s BP than BPs obtained during a single office visit.”
“Most importantly, the out-of-office measurements are more predictive of future cardiovascular risk than measurements taken in the office,” said Mr. Censon.
Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, physician practices that educate patients to perform SMBP remote patient monitoring can submit claims using CPT codes associated with clinical services. The two new codes - 99473 and 99474 - support home blood-pressure monitoring, which provides useful information physicians can use to better diagnose and manage hypertension. Home BP monitoring also helps patients to take an active role in the process.
Training, patient education and device calibration
CPT code 99473 can be submitted when physician practice staff provide training, device setup and calibration of SMBP devices validated for clinical accuracy for patients, and patients are instructed to properly monitor their BP at home. This code can only be submitted once.
Ongoing treatment decisions
Physicians can also submit CPT code 99474 once a month for ongoing treatment decisions. This code can be used when patients and/or caregivers report their BP readings back to the practice - whether it is done electronically or in person with a SMBP recording log - which then allows the physician to make ongoing treatment decisions based on the patient’s BP readings.
CENSON Care can work with your agency to provide the Remote Patient Monitoring that can be shared with the patients primary care physician, forming a closer bond, and increased revenue for both parties.
CENSON Care can be contacted at 1-888-564-8829 for more information and to set up a free Remote Patient Monitoring trial for your agency.