The proposed 2022 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule released on July 13 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) includes a new category of CPT codes for “remote therapeutic monitoring” (RTM). The new codes are in addition to the set of codes introduced in 2019 for remote physiological monitoring, usually called remote patient monitoring (RPM).
The new RTM codes list respiratory system status, musculoskeletal system status, therapy (medication) adherence, and therapy response as examples of what can be monitored and reimbursed, and include:
The new RTM codes will give healthcare providers more opportunities to be reimbursed for remote monitoring services. CMS’s commentary suggests that nurses, physical therapists, and other types of practitioners who cannot currently bill for RPM will be able to use the new codes, in addition to physicians. While the collection of RPM data must be automated, patients will be able to self-report and manually upload RTM data.
CMS will be accepting public comments on the rule until September 13.