The GMCM Health Risk Assessment offers your doctor a fast and non-invasive way to effectively measure the state of your health in these and many other areas:
With this vital information immediately in-hand, your doctor can quickly formulate a treatment plan.
NO, not at all! Medicare covers the service and most other insurance plans. (Standard co-pays and deductibles may apply)
Yes it is! This test is completely non-invasive and can be repeated multiple times with no side effects.
Not at all! This test is completely non-invasive and can be repeated multiple times with no side effects.
The results are available immediately for the doctor to review and discuss with you.
This test is done by measuring blood pressure (BP) at the ankle and in the arm while a person is at rest using the ABI machine designed for this type of measurement. Some people also do an exercise test. In this case, the BP measurements are repeated at both sites after a few minutes of walking on a treadmill. The ABI result is used to predict the severity of peripheral artery disease (PAD). A slight drop in your ABI with exercise means that you probably have PAD. This drop may be important, because PAD can be linked to a higher risk of heart attack or stroke.
A normal resting ABI is 1.0 to 1.4. This means that your BP at your ankle is the same or greater than the pressure at your arm, and suggests that you do not have significant narrowing or blockage of blood flow.
Abnormal values for the resting ABI are 0.9 or lower and 1.40 or higher. If the ABI is 0.91 to 1.00, it is considered borderline abnormal. Abnormal values might mean you have a higher chance of having narrowed arteries in other parts of your body. This can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Problems with the ANS can range from mild to life threatening. Sometimes only one part of the nervous system is affected. In other cases, the entire ANS is affected. Some conditions are temporary and can be reversed, while others are chronic and will continue to worsen over time. Diseases such as Diabetes or Parkinson’s disease can cause irregularities with the ANS. Problems with ANS regulation often involve organ failure, or the failure of the nerves to transmit a necessary signal.
Sudomotor dysfunction testing may indicate to physicians of a patient’s peripheral nerve and cardiac sympathetic dysfunction. Neuropathy is a common complication in diabetes mellitus (DM), with 60%–70% of patients affected over lifetime. Symptoms of neuropathy are very common, and subclinical neuropathy is more common than clinical neuropathy. Neuropathy may remain undetected, and progress over time leading to serious complications. The most common associated clinical condition is peripheral neuropathy, affecting the feet. Autonomic nerve involvement is common but probably the most undiagnosed. Low scores in the sudomotor may lead a medical provider to look at clinical neuropathy.
Current evidence suggests that endothelial function is an integrative marker of the net effects of damage from traditional and emerging risk factors on the arterial wall and its intrinsic capacity for repair. Endothelial dysfunction, detected as the presence of reduced vasodilation response to endothelial stimuli, has been observed to be associated with major cardiovascular risk factors, such as aging, hyperhomocysteinemia, post menopause state, smoking, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension.
Insulin resistance is defined clinically as the inability of a known quantity of exogenous or endogenous insulin to increase glucose uptake and utilization in an individual as much as it does in a normal population. Insulin resistance occurs as part of a cluster of cardiovascular-metabolic abnormalities commonly referred to as "The Insulin Resistance Syndrome" or "The Metabolic Syndrome". This cluster of abnormalities may lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, accelerated atherosclerosis, hypertension or polycystic ovarian syndrome depending on the genetic background of the individual developing the insulin resistance.
The specific factors that can cause this increased risk include: obesity (particularly central), hyperglycemia, hypertension, insulin resistance and dyslipoproteinemia. When patients have one or more risk factors and are physically inactive or smoke, the cardiometabolic risk is increased even more. Medical conditions that often share the above characteristics, such as type 2 diabetes, can also increase cardiometabolic risk. The primary focus of cardiometabolic risk treatment is management of each high risk factor, including dyslipoproteinemia, hypertension, and diabetes. The management of these subjects is based principally on lifestyle measures, but various antihypertensive, lipid-lowering, insulin sensitizing, anti-obesity and antiplatelet drugs could be helpful in reducing cardiometabolic risk.
A small fiber neuropathy occurs when damage to the peripheral nerves predominantly or entirely affects the small myelinated fibers or Unmyelinated C fibers. The specific fiber types involved in this process include both small somatic and autonomic fibers. The sensory functions of these fibers include thermal perception and nociception. These fibers are involved in many autonomic and enteric functions.
High blood glucose levels over a period of years may cause a condition called autonomic neuropathy. This is damage to the nerves that control the regulation of involuntary function. When the nerve damage affects the heart, it is called cardiac autonomic neuropathy (CAN). CAN encompasses damage to the autonomic nerve fibers that innervate the heart and blood vessels, resulting in abnormalities in heart rate control, vascular dynamics and the body’s ability to adjust blood pressure. CAN is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality associated with a high risk of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden death.
The PTG CVD risk factor is the combined total of the other seven risk factors assessments. It takes into consideration the cardiovascular, as well as, the autonomic nervous system (ANS) measurements.
The GreenMCMeds (GMCM) Health Risk Assessment is a powerful analytical tool for managing your patients’ health. Scientifically validated and FDA cleared, this medical device conducts a range of tests incorporating the use of an oximetry, galvanic skin responses and blood pressure intake. The Test is:
Recording includes a baseline phase where the patient is relaxed, and a testing phase where the patient is asked to perform breathing exercises during the exam.
The software uploads the compiled data of the devices and displays 8 Risk Factors on the dashboard screen.
It is intended for use in clinical settings as an aid for health care professionals to review and evaluate the comprehensive Physician Report Summary.
The GMCM Health Risk Assessment performs the following tasks:
This medical device is a powerful analytical tool in managing your patients’ health. Scientifically validated and FDA cleared, this medical device performs a range of tests covered and reimbursed by most insurance companies. This system is fast, non-invasive and takes less than five minutes to complete an assessment. The one-page Physician Dashboard provides a comprehensive overview of a patient’s health at-a- glance. The analytical system provides patient insights covering 8 Risk Factors that are described in the pages that follow. Depending on the risk score for each factor, you will be able to determine the best course of action to resolve the patient’s condition as well as motivate your patient to immediate action.
The ordering physician (MD, DO, NP, PA, or APN) must establish medical need for testing. This includes completion of a thorough history and physical examination consistent with the nature and complexity of the patient’s presenting complaint. This full patient assessment must be made prior to testing. ANS function testing is covered as reasonable and necessary when used to evaluate symptoms indicative of vasomotor instability – such as hypotension, orthostatic tachycardia and hyperhidrosis – after more common causes have been excluded by other means of testing. The ANS testing is directed at establishing a more accurate or definitive diagnosis, or contributing clinically useful and relevant medical decision-making.
All “indications” must be clearly documented in the patient’s medical record and made available to Medicare upon request. This documentation is critical and will reduce the risk of Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audits and recovery. Documentation must support Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) “signature requirements”. Physicians can bill an Evaluation and Management (E/M) code (office visit) along with these services. Also, physicians can bill one test more than once if they can document the need (i.e. borderline findings or inconsistency in critical values).
A. Check your signed contract with this carrier. Your contract should have come with a table of payable codes and the reimbursement amounts. You can try to renegotiate your contract.
A. Review your diagnosis codes and ensures that the correct diagnosis codes are reporting to the correct CPT codes. Then appeal with your medical records that show medical necessity.
A. CPT 95921 and 95922 are bundled codes. In order to unbundle the codes use a “59” modifier, “distinct procedural service indicates two separate procedures performed on the same day by the same provider.” Some states require that modifier 59 be placed on all testing codes. Please check with your state’s payers to ensure their particular practices.
A. Medicare did process the claim correctly; but because of the reduction in federal spending or “sequestration”, it is a mandatory 2% reduction on payment to all physicians. Unfortunately we cannot bill the patient for this.
A. Yes you can. Affix the modifier 76 to the repeated test. Make sure that the reason is documented in the records for the repeat testing (borderline findings/critical tests negative).
A. Yes! Make sure that a complete and thorough history and physical are done that is consistent with the patient’s current complaints.
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