Would telehealth really decrease spending? Experts discuss

What impact could telehealth have on overall spending? In an "Ideas and Opinions piece," published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, experts discuss growing interest and outline the possible implications of the technology in the healthcare space.

Adam Licurse, MD, MHS, and Ateev Mehrotra, MD, question the perceived benefits of telehealth as a cost-effective route of care to reaching more patients. While over 200 bills were passed in 2017 expanding the coverage of telehealth, the authors debate what impact it could have on overall spending.

Specifically, Licurse and Mehrotra mention the concerns posed by the Congressional Budget Office and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission that stated the expanded coverage of telehealth could increase healthcare spending by to the overall use of care.

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