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Telehealth vs. Telemedicine
As mentioned, telehealth and telemedicine are frequently used interchangeably by health care professionals and various organizations. However, some medical professionals use telemedicine to describe services provided only by physicians and use telehealth as a broader term to signify services delivered by health care providers in general, such as nurses or therapists.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology states that telehealth is not the same as telemedicine because it refers to a wide range of non-clinical services — such as administrative meetings — in addition to clinical services. Telemedicine, on the other hand, relates only to clinical services.
The Rise of Telehealth
Telehealth is being commonly used to replace the word telemedicine. The National Institutes of Health defines telehealth as the "use of communications technologies to provide health care from a distance." Telehealth services may be delivered via phone, videoconferencing, text messaging or email. Some doctors use telehealth to monitor patients remotely. For example, a patient might use a device at home to gather vitals or other health data and keep their doctor informed. Countless services may be provided through telehealth, including general exams, mental health counseling and medication consultations.
Types of Telehealth
According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, there are four main types of telehealth. These include:
Synchronous videoconferencing: Synchronous videoconferencing refers to a live, audiovisual link between the clinician and client. With synchronous videoconferencing, the health care provider and patient are present at the same time. For example, a therapist may hold a live therapy session with their client using a telehealth video platform similar to Skype or Zoom but compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Telephone calls between the patient and physician are also considered synchronous.
Asynchronous videoconferencing: Asynchronous videoconferencing, also called store-and-forward, includes the transmission of recorded medical history to a clinician, typically a specialist. A physician might transmit diagnostic images to another doctor electronically to enable a diagnosis. Asynchronous telehealth services may also include emails, secure text messaging or any form of communication that allows both parties to interact at different times. For example, some therapists work for text therapy services and respond to clients within a day rather than immediately.
Remote patient monitoring (RPM): RPM refers to the use of electronic devices to record medical data, such as vital signs or blood glucose levels, remotely. The data is typically sent to a remote diagnostic testing facility or home health agency for interpretation. RPM may be used to supplement the services of visiting nurses.
Mobile health (mHealth): MHealth allows patients to monitor and share health information via mobile devices. An example of mHealth includes health tracking apps or wearable devices. MHealth is also used to inform and educate patients about healthcare topics. This may include notifications regarding disease outbreaks or general education information.
TELEHEALTH & REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING REIMBURSEMENT & COST SAVINGS
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is more than just fancy activity trackers. It is a way to reduce hospital admissions, lower healthcare costs, and provide better care and outcomes for patients. With RPM, physicians can leverage data to help give patients better feedback regarding their conditions and treatment. In addition, RPM can also be a way to increase revenue for outpatient practices.
In simple terms, RPM is a device that collects patient data and transmits it via the internet to a physician. The collected data allows a physician to monitor changes in patient vital signs and act accordingly. There are many different types of devices on the market, which all monitor different vital signs.
RPM can be used for patients with chronic diseases such as COPD, congestive heart failure (CHF), diabetes and those who frequently visit the ER. However, RPM is not a replacement for emergency medical services. Monitoring is not done in real-time and patients will still have to call 911 for emergencies.
Telehealth is the perfect partner for remote patient monitoring. Remote patient monitoring detects worsening clinical status early when an intervention could prevent an ER visit or a hospital stay. Telehealth is how you rapidly deliver the needed interventions.
Remote Patient Monitoring is how you measure how well chronic illness is controlled. Telehealth is how you improve the control of chronic illness and prevent future complications. By adding Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring dramatically increases CPT revenue to the provider.
There are two approaches to Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). These two strategies are broadly described as Fee for Service (FFS) or Value.
The FFS model generates income from billing Medicare. This approach is most profitable when you minimize device expense by deploying one low-cost device such as a blood pressure cuff. While this strategy maximizes profit from RPM services it misses other opportunities to increase revenue and reduce total medical costs.
The Value-Based approach makes money by improving quality, reducing costs, earning quality bonuses, documenting illness burden, and sharing in the medical cost savings. The earnings opportunity is much greater with the Value-Based approach.