HMP Global May 9, 2022
People living in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in the United States had greater odds of using telemedicine than those living in the least disadvantaged neighborhoods after CMS expanded coverage to all Medicare beneficiaries in 2020, findings showed.
“Telemedicine is one means by which access to health care may be improved,” study authors said. “The utility of telemedicine has become particularly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, as remote consulting and triaging allow patients to maintain adequate physical distancing and avoid overburdening hospitals.”
CMS expanded telemedicine coverage to all Medicare beneficiaries on March 6, 2020. The retrospective cohort study was conducted using Medicare fee-for-service claims data for adult patients who had at least 1 outpatient visit from January 2019 through March 2021....