December 6, 2021
  • An analysis from the American Medical Association found that Medicare spending on physician services fell an estimated $13.9 billion (14 percent) below expected levels in 2020. Despite a mid-year rebound after sharp declines early in the year, spending never recovered to its pre-pandemic trend. Telehealth accounted for 5 percent of spending, up from 0.1 percent of spending prior to the pandemic. Mental health providers accounted for the most use of telehealth: psychologists comprised 38 percent of telehealth spending in Medicare and psychiatrists made up 31 percent. (Analysis here)