March 16, 2022
Health IT
  • A new analysis from KFF and Epic Research revealed that telehealth continues to account for more than a third of outpatient mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) visits. The analysis examined Epic’s HIPAA-defined limited data set of more than 126 million patients from hospitals and clinics across the country. It found that visits for outpatient mental health and SUD services went from virtually zero percent in 2019 prior to the COVID-19 pandemic to a peak of 40 percent in mid-2020 – and continued to account for 36 percent of such visits in the six months ending in August 2021. (Issue brief here)