While most health care organizations and providers intend to make greater use of telehealth in the coming years, the manner and speed with which that use grows is being limited in part by reimbursement issues.

A survey conducted for the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives found that

About half of the study respondents listed reimbursement as a limitation, noting that some payers have been slow to reimburse telehealth visits and or reimburse at rates that are lower than face-to-face care.

Survey participants reported using telehealth in three primary ways:  scheduled patient “visit,” on-demand urgent needs, and specialist consultations.

Learn more about the study from this news release on the web site of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.