Rural Telemedicine for Mental Health Surges

From MedPage Today:

The use of telemedicine to deliver mental health services in underserved, rural areas of the U.S. has risen dramatically in recent years, but state-to-state distribution remains uneven, researchers reported.

An analysis of nationwide Medicare fee-for-service claims between 2004 and 2014 showed an average annual 45% increase in telemedicine single visits among rural patients, with dramatic variations across states.

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