December 6, 2021
Health IT
  • A new report from the HHS found that there were nearly 52.7 million fee-for-service telehealth visits by Medicare beneficiaries last year, up from only 840,000 in 2019. Visits to behavioral health specialists showed the largest increase – jumping from under 10 percent to 33 percent of total visits. Approximately 70 percent of telehealth visits to behavioral health specialists were eligible for reimbursement. Overall health care utilization dropped by 179 million visits in 2020, an 11.4 percent drop from 2019, even accounting for the increased telehealth visits. (Report here; Article here)