The Formula

RPM patients need to take measurements 16 days per month. Following The Formula can help your RPM coordinator keep patients on track throughout the month so you don’t end up with too few days. I have daily calls made to any patients who do not have the minimum number of days according to The Formula: (date/2) + 1. It is appropriate to start anytime after the first week of the month.

Increased CCM Payments

Medicare raised CCM payments in 2022.

Medicare now pays $58 – $83 monthly per completed CCM service (99490).

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Medicare has posted a booklet with more details.

Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

More Healthmote Experience

Healthmote continues to lend itself to a growth of patients using RPM. It is easier to set up than Qardio, and we have found that easily more than twice the number of Medicare patients can use the simple one-button Healthmote device compared to Qardio. Send your CCM and RPM questions to mark(at) Emails may not receive a reply, but answers to the most popular questions will be provided in future episode of the CCM Pays and RPM Podcast.

Medicare 2021 RPM Update

Link to Official CMS Policy

There are a couple updates to RPM rules which provide significant clarification to time necessary for RPM monthly management and the nature of communication satisfying the “interactive communication” requirement.

ForaCare D40g

I am sharing my initial thoughts on the ForaCare D40g cellular (3G) BP monitor and glucometer. It is ideally suited for Remote Patient Monitoring. It eliminates the need for patients to have or operate a bluetooth mobile device, as is required to use the Qardio Arm. It also has some innovative time-saving features included in their online monitoring dashboard, Healthview 24/7.

Promotional consideration was provided to me in the form of discounted units for review.

Companion Fora D40g Video

RPM Support

Qardio Support

Welcome to the mid-Summer CCM Pays podcast for 2020.  I’d like to focus again on aspects of providing Remote Patient Monitoring services.  By the way, if you are doing CCM without RPM, you are missing out on a great opportunity to better manage hypertensive patients and increase practice revenue by at least the amount you make with CCM alone.

RPM pays very well.  The 99454 code pays about $69 monthly.  We need to plan to provide platinum level support for these patients when the monthly payment is not that much less than your one-time cost for purchasing the unit.  Our practice is to help patients at no additional cost whenever they have any difficulty with their Qardio unit.  I say Qardio unit, because we have chosen to use the Qardio Arm in our implementation of RPM.  

If a patient has a problem getting the system to work, we try to troubleshoot by phone if possible.  If that doesn’t work, we have the patient bring in both the Qardio arm unit and the mobile device the patient uses with it.  Oftentimes we only have to bluetooth pair the unit to the mobile device following an accidental erasing of the Qardio from the Bluetooth devices on the mobile phone or pad.  Other times we find that the pairing is fine, but the Qardio device has an error.  Sometimes just having the patient reposition the unit in a more medial position on the arm and allowing a loose fit of the cuff fixes the problem.  Sometimes the unit just needs fresh batteries.  Other times we find a leak in the cuff or mechanical pump failure evidenced by a unit which never achieves a pressure high enough to measure the patient’s systolic pressure.  When we come across a mechanical failure, we just exchange the unit for a new one and re-pair the patient’s mobile device with the new unit.  We have even had success with getting replacements from Qardio by emailing support with the model numbers of the defective units.

I cannot overemphasize how great RPM has been for hypertensive management and practice revenue.  If you don’t already have your own in-house RPM program, visit to learn how to start your own program without having to share any of the revenue with outside parties.  Thanks for listening.

Medical Assistant Motivation

This month I wanted to give a couple aspects to consider in motivating your MA to keep doing CCM. Remind them of the great results CCM gets in patients with chronic conditions. Be sure to congratulate them when the pick up things that need to be addressed between office visits. The other way to help motivate CCM completion is to offer financial incentives based on production.


We review lessons learned installing the Qardio app on patients’ mobile devices and the latest pricing of Qardio on Amazon.

Review RPM Lessons Learned

Dates on Android: (tap on “Year”) to change year

iPad Mini did not show option to review “Terms and Conditions” while creating new account, so we had to create the account on another device and then log in on the iPad Mini.

PLEASE have iOS users put in their first AND LAST names.  The app only asks for a first name at registration.

Consider requiring patients to come in with the app already installed and registration completed.

Have patients send in readings weekly.  Have your MA copy and paste the data into a phone message for you to review.  Doing this weekly with every patient should cover the 20 minutes for the month, allowing you to still do 20 minutes of CCM each month.


It was on Amazon with Prime for a lower price than we can get it from the company.

On 2/26 it is already back up to $99.  I guess you have to get it using our “drmark” coupon code to get it for $90.  Keep checking Amazon to see if Qardio puts it back for $75.