AJMC July 16, 2021
Larger primary care practices in downside risk–only payment models and capitation saw the highest telemedicine utilization rates by their patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) plans.
A study published Friday in JAMA Health Forum found a significant association between the type of primary care payment model and telemedicine use during the COVID-19 pandemic for beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA).
Patients used telemedicine services at the highest rates when they were in primary care groups “reimbursed under advanced value-based payment models,” according to the authors, most of whom are executives at Humana, the second-largest MA insurer in the country.
When the primary care groups were reimbursed under fee-for-service (FFS), patient telemedicine use was lower; the authors noted that those organizations...