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An Examination of Private Payer Reimbursements to Primary Care Providers for Healthcare Services Using Telehealth, United States 2009-2013

This issue brief, in partnership with the National Academy for State Health Policy,  reports on reimbursement to primary care provides for health care services using telehealth. 

Key findings include: 

• Half of telehealth-related state policies were implemented in the last five years.
• Although many states permit reimbursements for telehealth services, only seven states have passed statutes mandating parity with reimbursements for non-telehealth services.
• Despite an increasing number of telehealth policies, claims for telehealth services to private insurers are rare.
• Lower average reimbursements for telehealth billings may discourage adoption of telehealth technologies.

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