How Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring Can Help Manage Hypertension

Jennifer Humbert and Maggie Lajaunie
June 20, 2023
January 17, 2024

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a grave concern, contributing to the leading causes of death in the United States: heart disease and stroke. Shockingly, nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have hypertension, with a majority lacking control over their condition. This mismanagement poses a significant health risk and burdens the healthcare system with an annual cost of $91.4 billion. However, there is hope. By embracing remote patient monitoring (RPM), healthcare providers can revolutionize hypertension management, improving patient outcomes while reducing costs.

The Problem with Traditional Care

Hypertension care relies heavily on patients self-reporting their blood pressure measurements through methods such as handwritten journals or phone-based storage. However, this approach leaves healthcare providers in the dark about patients' conditions between appointments, hindering effective management.

Unlocking the Potential of Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring

Veta Health offers a game-changing solution for cardiologists and healthcare providers in controlling blood pressure. By leveraging remote blood pressure monitoring, and our AI-driven platform, providers can easily access and transmit data-driven insights into patients' blood pressure trends. This wealth of information empowers providers to make informed decisions based on long-term trends, ultimately enhancing patient care.

The Benefits of RPM for Blood Pressure Management

Veta Health's solution introduces several advantages for patients, including:

  • Consistent Measuring Techniques 
  • RPM helps patients develop reliable blood pressure measuring techniques, ensuring accurate and consistent readings.
  • Medication Reminders
  • Patients receive timely reminders to adhere to their medication plans, promoting compliance with new and existing medications.
  • Symptom Surveys
  • Patients can provide valuable insights into their symptoms, enabling care teams to understand trends better and address changes in blood pressure.
  • Educational Content
  • Hypertension-specific education equips patients with the knowledge to control their blood pressure at home, encouraging positive lifestyle changes such as reducing sodium intake.
  • Real-time Readings
  • Patients and care teams can communicate in real-time, facilitating prompt action if a blood pressure reading is outside the normal range or if symptoms worsen due to non-compliance with the care plan.

The Economics of Remote Blood Pressure Monitoring

Beyond individual patient health benefits, RPM also delivers economic advantages, such as reducing hospital readmissions and shortening hospital stays for cardiac events. By tracking blood pressure data over time, RPM can identify abnormalities in readings and provide insights into the effectiveness of treatment plans. As hypertension is a key risk factor for chronic diseases, RPM plays a crucial role in cost reduction within the healthcare system. At Veta we help simplify this by providing a Monthly Billing Report to clients. This report is tailored to meet the client's billing team's needs . Our goal is to help you improve your efficiency and effectiveness when submitting for reimbursement

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             How to Enrich the Patient Experience Through Remote Care                                            Read our blog on enriching the patient experience through four primary remote care models.                                                                

 Billing Opportunities and Reimbursement

Providers in the U.S. can leverage RPM billing codes, such as 99453, 99454, 99457, and 99458, to generate new revenues by submitting monthly claims. This billing opportunity allows providers to offer remote support to patients at home and receive reimbursement for setup and patient education, further incentivizing the adoption of RPM.

Closing the Gaps

Technology, People, and Processes: To truly revolutionize hypertension management, a comprehensive approach is required. Traditional care often overlooks the importance of incorporating technology, supporting patients, and streamlining processes. However, with the right RPM program, these gaps can be filled, empowering patients with the necessary support, education, and accountability for achieving success in their health journey.

Conclusion

Remote patient monitoring is a game-changer in hypertension management. By bridging the gaps in traditional care and embracing technology, healthcare providers can deliver personalized support, monitor patients' blood pressure trends, and empower individuals to make lasting lifestyle changes. With the potential to improve patient outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and generate new revenue streams, RPM is poised to transform hypertension management and pave the way for a healthier future.

 Learn more how partnering with Veta Health can help you manage hypertension through virtual care.

*Reimbursement rates from private payers vary, but many base what they pay on CMS rates.

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