HSRP&A PhD Student
Division of Health Policy and Management
Telemedicine, the use of telecommunications technology to remotely diagnose and treat patients, has the potential to address provider shortages for patients, and provide lower-cost alternatives for health care services. Recent federal and state legislation expanding coverage and increasing provider reimbursement for telemedicine services could lead to expanded use of telemedicine, including novel approaches in new patient populations. However, little is known about the impact of telemedicine visits on follow-up care. Using the Minnesota All Payer Claims Database, Yu examines how episodes of care initiated with a direct-to-consumer telemedicine visit compare to those initiated with an in-person visit for the commercial enrollee population in terms of utilization, quality, and spending.