Urology Times: Study shows how Medicare patients are using interstate telehealth visits

A study published last month by the University of Michigan shows that most out-of-state telehealth in Medicare is used for continuity of care, not acquiring new patients. The findings contradict the notion that extending pandemic-related flexibilities that allow for interstate telehealth would result in out-of-state doctors poaching patients from their current physicians. The study found that about two-thirds of out-of-state telehealth visits among Medicare beneficiaries were with a physician in a bordering state, and that a higher percentage of rural patients used both out-of-state in-person and telehealth services compared to patients in non-rural areas.

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