Telehealth vs. RPM: What’s the difference?
When it comes to remote patient care, there are several branches of technology used by doctors when treating patients. When navigating through the different options for remote care, it can sometimes be confusing on what the new programs a doctor may be offering and how they may differ from others.
Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) are two similar products that are often confused. Telehealth is reactive care for patients if they are suffering from an infection and require a doctor’s visit. RPM is preventative care for a patient, like someone who may suffer from a chronic illness like diabetes and needs to monitor their glucose levels daily.
But, in-depth what are the real main differences, and who qualifies?
What Exactly is RPM?
Remote Patient Monitoring is a program that Medek Health offers in partnership with a healthcare provider. No matter what state, any practice can take advantage of this service.
This program works by enrolling qualified patients from the partner healthcare provider. Most private insurances, Medicaid, and Medicare cover RPM at no cost to the patient with waived fees. Medek Health team goes over with patients to verify that they do qualify.
Once the patients have been enrolled, Medek Health distributes a SMART device to track vitals and keep patients healthy. These SMART Devices can include a pulse oximeter, glucose meter, scale, and many more SMART devices. The information collected is then sent encrypted to the healthcare provider in order to review.
With accurate daily readings, lifestyles can be assessed and changed if the patient’s health goals are not being met. If any changes need to be made to reach the patient’s health goals both the Medek Health Team and the healthcare provider team can quickly make changes in order to prevent a trip to the E.R.
Who is the Right Fit for RPM?
In 2022, any healthcare provider who is currently and actively billing Medicare can prescribe Medek Health RPM plan and devices.
Patients who have one or more chronic illnesses out of the approved 21 can qualify for a prescription.
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is a remote type of active care that is on-demand that a patient can use in order to get connected to a doctor. A patient is able to mimic a traditional doctor’s visit all from the comfort of their home. This is especially well for patients who are looking for quicker, more economical, and unrestricted visits to a doctor when they need it the most.
Most patients can access telehealth from their pc or their cellphone regardless of whether it’s Android or Apple. Mobile devices usually use an app to access the telehealth doctor network. Pricing tends to be usually per visit but some providers might have a different plan such as membership and an additional payment per visit.
Who is the right fit for Telehealth?
Any individual that needs access to a doctor for a non-emergency consultation about their health or any topic regarding it is a prime candidate.
At the end of the day take a close look and know when to pick which program can make the difference for both practices and patients. If you are a practice trying to help your chronically ill patient population, increase MIPS and over patient satisfaction Medek Health Remote Patient Monitoring is the right solution for you. Contact us today to see the Medek difference.