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Research Letter
November 27, 2018

Trends in Telemedicine Use in a Large Commercially Insured Population, 2005-2017

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
  • 2Department of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 3Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2018;320(20):2147-2149. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.12354

Telemedicine may improve access to specialty care, particularly in underserved, rural areas.1 To promote telemedicine adoption, “parity” laws, which mandate coverage and reimbursement for telemedicine, have passed in 32 US states (64%) as of 2016.2 However, little is known about telemedicine adoption nationally among the commercially insured. To address this gap, we examined trends in telemedicine use and its association with regional factors (parity legislation and physician supply) within a large commercial health plan.