The U.S. Government Accountability Office has examined the use of telehealth services in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

In a study that looked at current Medicare practices, sampled Medicaid practices in six states, and consulted selected provider, payment, and patient associations, the GAO evaluated the extent to which telehealth is used in Medicare and Medicaid today, factors that affect the use of telehealth in Medicare, and the degree to which new payment and delivery models might affect future telehealth utilization in Medicare.  The report does not offer recommendations.

The GAO released its findings in a new report titled Telehealth:  Use in Medicare and Medicaid.  Find it here.