US News just released a summary of a study done by FAIR Health which looked at telehealth trends based on insurance claims in the year 2017. Here are some of the highlights:
- In the single year from 2016 to 2017, telehealth usage as measured by claim lines grew 53 percent – a rate greater than for any of the other venues of care studied.
- Telehealth has been growing more rapidly in urban areas than in rural areas. The rural increase in telehealth claim lines from 2012 to 2017 was 482 percent, compared with an increase in urban areas of 1,289 percent. From 2016 to 2017, rural growth was 29 percent and urban growth 55 percent.
- In 2017, the top five states for telehealth claim lines as a percentage of all medical claim lines were Oklahoma, Wyoming, Ohio, Hawaii and West Virginia, in order from most to least. None of those states were among the top five in 2016
- The bottom five states in 2017 for telehealth claim lines as a percentage of all medical claim lines, in order from least to most, were New Jersey, Rhode Island, Nebraska, Connecticut and South Dakota.
- Telehealth was most associated with individuals ages 31 to 60, who accounted for 44 percent of the reimbursement claims in 2017.