Are State Telehealth Policies Associated With The Use Of Telehealth Services Among Underserved Populations?

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Summary of "Are State Telehealth Policies Associated With The Use Of Telehealth Services Among Underserved Populations?"

Using four years of data from a nationally representative consumer survey, we examined trends in telehealth usage over time and the role state telehealth policies play in telehealth use. Telehealth use increased dramatically during the period 2013-16, with new modalities such as live video, live chat, texting, and mobile apps gaining traction. The rate of live video communication rose from 6.6 percent in June 2013 to 21.6 percent in December 2016. However, underserved populations-including Medicaid, low-income, and rural populations-did not use live video communication as widely as other groups did. Less restrictive state telehealth policies were not associated with increased usage overall or among underserved populations. This study suggests that state efforts alone to remove barriers to using telehealth might not be sufficient for increasing use, and new incentives for providers and consumers to adopt and use telehealth may be needed.


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Name: Health affairs (Project Hope)
ISSN: 1544-5208
Pages: 2060-2068


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