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COVID-19 drops out of top telehealth diagnoses in September even as virtual care use rises

A report in health journal, JAMA, shows data that folks are using telehealth not just for COVID 19 but substance use disorders.
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COVID-19 drops out of top telehealth diagnoses in September even as virtual care use rises

Has telehealth usage moved beyond COVID19 and into mainstream care?

In this Healthcare Dive article, you'll learn about:
  • The trends of telehealth usage before and after COVID nationwide and regionally

"Fair Health used its database of over 34 billion private claims records to analyze the monthly evolution of telehealth since last May. The nonprofit in July reported telehealth use had hit the lowest level since the pandemic started, though overall remained significantly elevated from 2019's volume."

  • Rising of new disorders among top telehealth diagnoses

"Also from August to September, substance use disorders joined the top five telehealth diagnoses nationally, and rose from the fourth to the third most common telehealth diagnosis in the Northeast."

  • How access to treament varies state to state

"Though it seems more people are turning to telehealth to access treatment for substance use disorders, access can be extremely uneven across different states.

A recent report in JAMA Health Forum found all states and Washington, D.C., have put at least one telehealth policy in place, but only 17 have plans that improve access to treatment for new patients."

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