Developing Trends in Telehealth Over the Last Four Years

FAIR Health, a non-profit national, independent
organization, recently conducted a study
to see how much the use of telehealth increased from 2014 to 2018. As the
company explained in a press release, “The study draws on
data from FAIR Health’s comprehensive repository of over 29 billion private
health care claim records—the largest in the country.” So what did they find? According
to the report, non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew 1,393
percent, the greatest growth of all the types of telehealth. The study further noted
that growth was greater in urban areas than rural, by a little over 300
percent. In addition to non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth, FAIR
Health also examined data on three other types of telehealth encounters:
provider-to-patient-discharge telehealth, physician-to-patient-emergency
department/inpatient telehealth, and provider-to-patient telehealth. These four
types cover virtually every type of telehealth interaction.

In addition to discussing the four telehealth options, the
report documented a number of other findings. For one, private insurance claim
lines related to telehealth in general increased over 624 percent over the four
years. In 2014, 52 percent of those insurance claims were non-hospital-based
telehealth, while in 2018, 84 percent of those claims were for
non-hospital-based telehealth encounters. The study also found the age group
most associated with telehealth was adults aged 31 to 40; that age group
accounted for about 21 percent of insurance claim distribution. The ages most
associated with discharge telehealth, however, were 51 and older. Also notable:
the majority of telehealth claims are made by or on behalf of females. Lastly,
“the top three reasons individuals sought treatment from a
provider via non-hospital-based telehealth, from most to least common, were
acute upper respiratory infections, mood (affective) disorders, and anxiety and
other nonpsychotic mental disorders.”

Like the American Telemedicine Association’s survey (see previous post), FAIR Health’s white paper provides extremely helpful information to doctors, patients, and providers about trends in telehealth. For FAIR Health’s President Robin Gelburd, “the report is for the benefit of all health care stakeholders with an interest in the emergence and contours of telehealth.”

Click here to read the press release from FAIR Health on the telehealth study.


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