The following is a guest post from our partners at LimberHealth, a full-service solution for Remote Therapeutic Monitoring and home-exercise therapy.
It goes without saying that if a patient sticks with their home exercise program it will play a crucial role in recovery throughout their physical therapy episode of care. Nevertheless, studies show that only 35% of patients stay committed to their recommended home exercise program.
What is keeping patients from helping themselves? Traditionally, patients have been given a list of paper exercises by their provider to complete at home. However, this has not been the most effective delivery method because studies show that 80% of information told to patients is immediately forgotten. This leaves patients wondering how to complete the movements they were prescribed and trying to recall the tips their provider gave for successfully completing the exercise program.
Get More Patient Compliance with HEP and RTM Programs
Improving patient compliance to home exercise programs and improving patient outcomes is what led us to help pioneer the Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) CPT codes that were introduced in January of 2022.
Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) was developed to help improve patient adherence to home exercise programs and support patients out of the clinic. RTM refers to the use of digital technologies to monitor and capture therapeutic health data, such as PT adherence and changes in pain and function levels from patients, and transmits this information to their provider so they can better manage their patient’s care.
RTM enables improved engagement in a provider’s overall treatment plan and helps patients receive virtual support and communication in between their in-clinic appointments. Research shows that patients who receive check-ins and communications between office visits are 94% more likely to adhere to their home exercise program!
The goal of RTM is to provide clinicians real-time data, including whether their patients are adhering to their HEP and whether their patients’ pain and function is improving so that they have the most comprehensive information possible to oversee their care plan and intervene when appropriate. This will enable better support for patients in between visits, drive improved outcomes for patients, reduce unnecessary downstream costs (such as opioid use, surgery, etc.) and increase practice reimbursement.
Your Partner for Remote Therapeutic Monitoring
At Limber Health, we know practice owners and therapists are extremely busy and implementing something new can be difficult. Our top priority is empowering practices to implement RTM with minimal change to clinic workflow. That’s why our platform was developed with an emphasis on ease of use for both the therapist and the patient.
In addition to high-quality, easy-to-use software, we provide an RTM service that maximizes care without additional burden to your clinical staff. We also provide Care Navigators to support and motivate your patients outside the clinic and relay simple, relevant updates to guide clinical decisions.
It’s important to note that RTM with Limber is a supplement to in-clinic care and not a replacement for in-office visits. It is a tool to help improve patient engagement and communication outside of the clinic without adding to your plate. When practices partner with us, they get a solution that enables them to:
- Better support patients between visits
- Drive improved adherence to recommended home exercise programs
- Foster outcome improvement
- Establish a new revenue source
The best part? We make getting started with RTM simple, seamless, and free of charge. While reimbursements are shrinking, we want to offer this to the practices that need it most. For this reason, we try to eliminate as many hurdles as possible to getting started with RTM. It’s also the reason why a partnership with MEG made so much sense!
To learn more about Limber and RTM, reserve a demo at limberhealth.com/MEG