HHS Publishes Report on Telehealth Utilization Trends

On July 28, 2020, the Department of Health and Human Services released a new report showing utilization trends of telehealth services for fee-for-service Medicare services. Based on claims data collected from January through early June, the report found that in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) and the waiver of restrictions on where telehealth could be delivered and expansion of the types of services and service providers reimbursable under Medicare telehealth adoption increased, at the peak, by nearly fifty percent in primary care. The report, available here, also suggests that telehealth will have lasting impacts on the way healthcare services are delivered after the PHE ends.

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