Question:

Is RPM considered a Medicare telehealth service?

Answer:

Understand that remote physiologic monitoring services may be provided to patients with acute conditions as well as those with chronic conditions. However, it is imperative to note that RPM is not considered a Medicare telehealth service. It will not be subject to the restrictions imposed by the telehealth statute or waivers under the COVID- 19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). Looking into the future, CMS has proposed to make permanent the ability of auxiliary personnel such as respiratory therapists to furnish CPT codes 99453 and 99454 under a physician’s supervision beyond the PHE.

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