As COVID-19 isolates patients, telehealth becomes lifeline for behavioral health

From Fierce Healthcare:

Aetna is among the plans covering behavioral visits through telehealth, said Cara McNulty, president of Aetna Behavioral Health. The insurer is also working in some states to expand access to mental healthcare.

Janie Jun, Ph.D., associate director of quality and provider strategy at Lyra Health, a mental health benefits startup, told FierceHealthcare that demand for video visits has nearly doubled as the pandemic stretches on.

Jun said that 85% of Lyra’s mental health visits are now conducted via secure video or telephone calls.

“This has been a huge topic of conversation our providers and clients are discussing, like, ‘Thank God we’re in the day and age where we have the technology to connect with people,’” she said.

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