Health Affairs: Telemedicine for mental health is fast growing, but inconsistent

mobihealthnews, May 2, 2017

A new report on telemental health in Health Affairs shows that, among rural Medicare beneficiaries, use of telemedicine for mental health is growing quickly but inconsistently across the population. The piece is meant to provide perspectives for legislatures as they consider increasing Medicare coverage of telemedicine.

“We found that from 2004 to 2014 there was rapid growth nationwide in telemental health use among rural Medicare beneficiaries diagnosed with mental illness,” authors, led by Harvard healthcare policy professor Ateev Mehrotra, wrote in the report. “However, the use of telemental health within this population varied dramatically across states and was highly concentrated in terms of both who received that care and who provided it.”

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