Managed Healthcare Executive May 13, 2022
Findings reported in this month’s Health Affairs show high use of telehealth in disadvantaged neighborhoods among beneficiaries after Medicare restrictions on telehealth were waived.
Use of telehealth services surged during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The rate has fallen off since, yet telehealth has now been braided into the provision of U.S. healthcare services and with it have come some hopes that the convenience of telehealth will have a ripple effect on access, continuity of care, adherence and a host of other issues.
But one of the concerns about telehealth has been that its use (and benefits) is far from uniform. More particularly, a number of studies have found disparities in telehealth use by race, ethnicity and some...