Pharmacy Times December 2, 2022
Ashley Gallagher, Assistant Editor

Data show that despite declines in visit rates to federally qualified health centers, patients with psychological disorder diagnoses during COVID-19 did well when telemedicine was available.

Telehealth availability at federally qualified health centers was associated with better care engagement for individuals enrolled in Medicaid who had a mental health diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite declines in overall visit rates to the health centers, according to the results of a study published on JAMA Network Open.

Investigators included individuals aged 18 to 64 years who were enrolled in Medicaid and had any baseline mental health diagnosis, including anxiety, bipolar disorders, and depression. All individuals were from the Community Care Cooperative in Massachusetts, which is the largest US federally qualified health...

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