Remote Therapeutic Monitoring has many benefits for patients and clinicians

What Is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring & What Does It Mean for Practices?

The landscape of mental healthcare is constantly evolving, and private therapy practices need innovative approaches to improve patient outcomes while maintaining financial stability. Remote therapeutic monitoring, supported by sophisticated electronic health record (EHR) systems, has emerged as a game-changer.

Here, we explore the significance of remote therapeutic monitoring in modern care models. We also review how a sophisticated EHR system can help therapy practices increase revenue while providing exceptional patient care and outcomes.

What Is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring?

Remote therapeutic monitoring is an approach that leverages technology to remotely assess patients’ progress, symptoms, and treatment adherence. Traditional in-person care can sometimes fall short when it comes to providing real-time insights into patients’ conditions, which can lead to delayed interventions and less than optimal treatment outcomes. In contrast, remote monitoring empowers mental health professionals to stay connected with their patients, regardless of geographical barriers. A review of remote patient monitoring noted that the benefits of remote monitoring were “early and real-time detection of illnesses, ability to continuously monitor patients, prevention of worsening of illnesses and untimely deaths, cost reduction in hospitalizations, reduce the number of hospitalizations,” etc.

One of the most significant benefits of remote therapeutic monitoring is the potential for early intervention. Therapists can track patients either through daily forms on mood and mental state or through non-invasive vital sign trackers to detect subtle changes or early warning signs of relapse. This proactive approach enables therapists to intervene promptly, preventing potential crises and reducing the need for emergency interventions or hospitalizations.

Remote monitoring also enhances patients’ engagement and involvement in their own care. They can actively participate in tracking their progress through EHR-mediated tools like mood trackers or symptom diaries. This increased engagement fosters a sense of ownership in their treatment journey and can result in better treatment adherence.

Revenue Benefits of Remote Therapeutic Monitoring

Integrating remote therapeutic monitoring into private therapy practices can have substantial revenue benefits. Embracing telemedicine and virtual platforms expands the reach of mental health professionals, enabling them to serve patients beyond the confines of a physical office. This expanded patient base opens new revenue streams for the practice, as therapists can connect with individuals who may prefer virtual sessions due to convenience and accessibility.

Furthermore, remote monitoring significantly reduces no-show rates, a common challenge in traditional in-person settings. A 2022 study found that no-shows were reduced by nearly 3% in a psychiatry setting with the introduction of telehealth. Patients are more likely to attend virtual appointments due to the convenience of accessing care from the comfort of their homes. By minimizing no-shows, therapists can optimize their schedules, ensuring a steady stream of revenue and efficient use of their time.

Moreover, remote therapeutic monitoring can be more cost effective for patients and practices. Virtual appointments eliminate the need for patients to travel to the clinic, reducing transportation costs and time. For practices, remote monitoring reduces administrative expenses related to paperwork and physical infrastructure, leading to savings that positively impact the bottom line.

Additionally, the American Medical Association has added a number of new CPT codes to its catalog that will allow mental health providers practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to bill their patients’ insurance for Remote Therapeutic Monitoring services. By using these new codes, therapists can receive up to $100 more per patient per month for CBT from many payers.

Leveraging a Sophisticated EHR for Remote Therapeutic Monitoring

A sophisticated EHR system is crucial in successfully implementing remote therapeutic monitoring practices. It serves as the backbone of the monitoring process, facilitating seamless data collection, analysis, and secure communication between therapists and patients. A well-designed EHR solution updates patient information in real time and organizes it to be easily accessible. This, in turn, empowers therapists to make informed decisions and provide personalized care.

Advanced EHR systems support secure communication channels, enabling therapists to interact with patients virtually and ensuring that sensitive information is protected. They also enable seamless data exchange between different healthcare providers, promoting collaboration and continuity of care.

Furthermore, an advanced EHR streamlines administrative tasks, such as scheduling and billing, freeing up more time for therapists to focus on patient care. The billing process can be exceedingly time consuming and frustrating, especially when dealing with denials and rejections by insurance providers. An EHR can help alleviate this strain by “allow[ing] you to generate and submit claims with a single click of a button. Errors in online claims are significantly less frequent than handwritten claims.”

Conclusion

Remote therapeutic monitoring is a transformative approach that has the potential to significantly improve mental healthcare, benefiting patients while offering revenue benefits to private therapy practices. By embracing technology and integrating remote monitoring into their practices, therapists can expand their patient reach, reduce no-show rates, and enhance treatment compliance. With the support of a sophisticated EHR system, therapy practices can optimize revenue generation while delivering exceptional patient care and achieving long-term success in an ever-evolving healthcare landscape.

Here at CarePaths, we empower therapists to work more efficiently and improve patient outcomes with our innovative EHR system. Start your free trial today to find out more about how we can help you!

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