Skilled Nursing News March 21, 2023
Shelby Grebbin

Operators in small towns are beginning to lean more heavily on telehealth providers to fill gaps in mental health care, citing ease of use and convenience, according to a Kaiser Health News report.

“Telemedicine visits became much more common throughout the American health care system during the pandemic, as guidelines on ‘social distancing’ curtailed in-person appointments and insurers eased restrictions on what they would cover,” the KHN article said. “The number of telehealth visits paid for by Medicare jumped tenfold in the last nine months of 2020 compared with the same period a year before.”

Encounter Telehealth, the mental health provider cited in the article, serves more than 200 nursing homes and assisted living centers, mostly in the Midwest. About...

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