Publication date: Nov 28, 2023
An increase in the use of remote therapeutic monitoring (RTM) has been spurred by nationwide factors including the COVID-19 pandemic, authorized reimbursement of RTM by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and more frequent use of big data analytics in health care delivery. This article discusses the use of RTM by care teams at the point of care and explores the role of the case manager in RTM to address patients’ unmet needs. Although RTM may be utilized across inpatient and outpatient levels of care, this article focuses on outpatient care such as community clinics, provider groups, and home health care. When implemented along with care management interventions, RTM applications have the potential to improve patient adherence, enhance communication between patients and their providers, streamline resource allocation, and address social determinants of health impacting patient care and outcomes. RTM reimbursement models are rapidly evolving, utilizing real-world and patient-reported data to identify and initiate timely, individualized solutions that meet the holistic needs of each patient. Use of an RTM system allows the case manager to build rapport with the patient while quickly identifying care gaps and delivering appropriate interventions that can maximize patient outcomes. RTM can drive savings and bring revenue to the system or practice while providing salient documentation of social determinants of health that can be addressed with validation of proven care coordination interventions.