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This is the next panel in the series on 21st Century Blood Pressure management. This covers workflow, from the patient perspective, regarding diagnosis. Given that 20% of the time, a patient is inappropriately diagnosed as having high blood pressure in the office, and at least 10% of the time, inappropriately diagnosed as not having high blood pressure, the best way to confirm is via home measurement.
Because there is already a CPT code that covers an older type of blood pressure management outside the office, it’s possible (and reasonable) to reimburse a practitioner’s office for the time spent training a patient, and the cognitive work to make the determination. This is especially important considering that the determination means a lifelong diagnosis and treatment path.
As always comments welcomed. I especially welcome comments regarding how this might be applied in safety-net populations, based on the excellent discussion started on the last post.