As Managed Care Embraces Telehealth, Medicare Slower to Change
JUNE 23, 2015
Both Aetna and UnitedHealthcare pay for telehealth services. Large employers are increasingly adding the benefit, making it easier for staff to get care without missing work. But Medicare, which would seem a logical place for telehealth to gain a foothold, has been slower to act.
The concern of the Congressional Budget Office, as reported by Kaiser Health News, is the potential cost. The fear is that if telehealth were widely available, it would be so convenient it would be overused.