March 15, 2023
Telemedicine utilization rose 5.5 percent in December, up slightly from November, according to Fair Health’s national monthly tracker. COVID-19 stayed as the third top telemedicine diagnosis nationally and accounted for a larger share of claims in December, Fair Health found, according to reporting by Hailey Mensik in Healthcare Dive.
Acute respiratory diseases and infections remained in the second spot and also continued to grow as a percentage share of claim lines nationally, the Fair Health report notes.
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Virtual visits rose 7.1 percent in the South, 5 percent in the Midwest and 3.3 percent in the Northeast while they stayed the same in the West, the tracker, which uses claims data for patients on private insurance, including Medicare Advantage and excluding Medicare fee-for-service and Medicaid, found.
Top provider specialties delivering telemedicine did not change, with social worker in first place nationally, though it fell as a percentage share of claim lines in every region but the Northeast. Primary care physician took second place nationally and increased as a percentage of claim lines nationally.