Thanks to those who were able to join the Alliance for Connected Care and Healthcare Leadership Council for the Telehealth Expansion: What Does the Data Show webinar on November 17, 2022.
The Alliance for Connected Care and the Healthcare Leadership Council held a virtual discussion about telehealth data on November 17, 2022. Attendees heard from experts who discussed the implications of both their own and national telehealth data on our understanding of health care utilization, quality, and access.
The discussion on telehealth data supports the Alliance for Connected Care’s commissioned analysis on Medicare telehealth, which found no evidence that telehealth added to the total volume of Medicare services, and no evidence that patients initiating care who use telehealth had more E&M revisits for the same medical issue than patients with in-person visits.
Of significant note with respect to Medicare spending, the average per service cost of an E&M telehealth visit to the Medicare program is less than in-person services by approximately 20 percent. The reason for this difference was that telehealth clinicians generally billed shorted visit codes than in-person providers.