Nearly two years of the covid-19 pandemic is the booming use of and availability of telemedicine here to stay, according to John Ruser, President and CEO of the Workers Compensation Research Institute.
Legislative and regulatory action in federal and state level. continues to address the process and reimbursement of telemedicine services.
"With the future of telemedicine yet to be observed, the use and prices of telemedicine services delivered through telemedicine remain important measures to monitor worker remuneration," Mr. Ruser said in a statement.
In a new report, WCRI examined how telemedicine services are used in work compensation and the prices paid for these services, and found that the costs are relatively the same as personal care. [1
In a typical state, about 4% of applications with evaluation and management had their first office visit as telemedicine, according to the report. When evaluating workers with sprains and constrictions, 6% began their evaluation and management care via telemedicine, compared to 3% for workers with traumatic injuries.
WCRI notes that the setting of the initial evaluation and management service is an important factor in explaining the use of telemedicine for follow-up services. If a patient had the initial doctor's visit via telemedicine, approximately 65% of all follow-up visits were given for that patient as telemedicine. However, on average, only 3% of all follow-up visits were made via telemedicine for patients with first personal visits.