By Monica E. Oss The percentage of beneficiaries of federal health care programs using telehealth technologies ranges from under 1% per year for Medicare and the Department of Defense (DOD) – to 12% in the Veterans Administration (VA). For Medicaid, the states set parameters on reimbursement and coverage, so utilization is highly variable by state. These data were in a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), Telehealth and Remote Patient Monitoring Use in Medicare and Selected Federal Programs – and it shows that for all the “potential” of telehealth, the utilization numbers are low. In fiscal year 2015, 25,389 DOD beneficiaries…
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