Medical Xpress October 15, 2021
University of Michigan

About one in six doctor’s office visits by older Americans no longer takes place in an actual doctor’s office, but rather online or over the phone, a new analysis of telehealth visits billed to Medicare in the past two years finds.

The total number of such visits—the kind focused on evaluating a or symptom and making a plan for managing it—didn’t rise from 2019 to 2020, the analysis shows.

That’s despite some concerns that widespread access to because of the COVID-19 pandemic would lead to an increase in the total number of such visits.

But the data highlight another concern about telehealth: access issues for older adults living in rural parts of the country.

The report shows...

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