RPM is known as Remote Physiological Monitoring or Remote Patient Monitoring.  RPM gathers data on a patient outside of the normal clinical setting.  Utilizing technology to gather more information on a patient with a chronic or acute condition allows providers doing RPM or RPM companies like Prism Care to address problems as they start to occur.  Prism Care is a turnkey solution to Remote Patient monitoring because we do the monitoring for providers under 42 CFR section 410.26(b)(5). One of our designated clinicians can prevent an event that may require a more serious intervention by monitoring the patients’ trends. 

Providers, home health workers, and care givers gain more knowledge on a patient through the vitals that are taken daily or as often as the provider may require the patient to take these vitals. The trends help providers know more about their patients’ health and can adjust their care plan through this collection of data.  This keeps the provider and patient engaged by empowering and involving patients in their own healthcare.  With RPM, a patient can start a healthy routine, whether it be logging their meals, medication adherence, activity levels, and taking their vitals via Bluetooth. Through RPM, clinicians and patients stay engaged and it enhances the provider visit since the provider will have the patient’s real-time information through the portal.  Engagement is key in order to provide a great patient experience.  

Traditionally, a provider would see their patients in a clinical setting when scheduled where they will discuss any changes in trends in the vital signs.  The patient leaves with a recommendation of medication or a change in daily habits that affect their health.  The question is: how many patients do what their providers ask?  And, how many providers open the patient’s file in-between visits? Or, is there any other engagement between the provider and patient during the time period that a patient walks out the provider’s office door?  Proactively addressing trends is so important in a patient’s health!  Knowing this, RPM is a huge game changer in the patient-provider experience and the overall reason why CMS and private insurance companies pay for RPM. This type of reimbursement for proactive care is less costly in preventing unnecessary readmissions, unnecessary visits, hospitalizations, ER visits, and ambulance rides. According to CMS, the total amount spent for healthcare in 2019 was $3.8 trillion – of which a good portion could have been prevented.

RPM can be used to monitor and manage the following conditions:

  • hypertension
  • diabetes
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • chronic kidney disease
  • congestive heart failure

We are proud to partner with TVP-Care to deliver RPM services to patients who need it most.  We maintain constant communication with patients and develop a level of trust by sensing minute changes in health conditions through our partnership with TVP-Care’s providers.

Author: Sasha Sotelo

I have been with Prism Care from its beginning and currently assume many roles in the home office in Plano, TX.  I have gained a lot of knowledge of how RPM works and the changes it has had from 2019 to today.