The upward trend in telehealth usage began in March 2020, when the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic. (Photo: Miriam Doerr Martin Frommherz/Shutterstock)

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues unabated, people are ever warier of spending time in places with the potential of greater risks of exposure, like doctors’ offices. Telehealth has quickly become a popular way to prevent that risk, and a new study shows just how popular an option it is.

According to FAIR Health’s Monthly Telehealth Regional Tracker, telehealth claim lines increased from 0.15% of medical claim lines in April 2019 to 13% in April 2020. That amounts to an increase of 8,336% nationally, the report says.

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.

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