JAMA January 25, 2022
Melissa Suran, PhD, MSJ

Telehealth visits for Medicare beneficiaries have increased significantly since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a report from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Medicare beneficiaries are making millions more telehealth visits since the COVID-19 pandemic began, according to a recent report.
 
Researchers in HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation reviewed 2019 and 2020 Medicare health care utilization trends. The authors found that overall Medicare Part B visits—when accounting for both in-person and telehealth—decreased from 1.1 billion in 2019 to approximately 989 million in 2020. However, 2020 telehealth visits increased to 52.7 million from approximately 840 000 in 2019. Ninety-two percent of telehealth visits occurred in beneficiaries’ homes, which generally wasn’t permitted before the...

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Topics: CMS, Digital Health, Govt Agencies, Health IT, HHS, Patient / Consumer, Provider, Survey / Study, Technology, Telehealth, Trends
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