Pandemic Spike in Telehealth Levels Off

July 31, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified August 3, 2020

According to this recent article in Medpage Today, the use of telehealth in primary care declined somewhat but appears to have leveled off at a persistent and significant level by the beginning of June. It still accounted for 22.7% of Medicare beneficiaries’ primary care visits as of June 3rd. Overall, weekly primary care visit rates have not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels.

“Based on early experience with Medicare primary care telehealth at the start of the COVID-19 public health emergency, there is evidence that Medicare’s new telehealth flexibilities played a critical role in helping to maintain access to primary health care services — when many beneficiaries and providers were concerned with transmission of COVID-19,” the authors noted. “The stable and sustained use of telehealth after in-person primary care visits started to resume in mid-April suggests there may be continued demand for telehealth in Medicare, even after the pandemic ends.”

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