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Insurers Paid Comparable Rates for In-Person and Telehealth Assistance in 2020

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Published On: January 23, 2023

In 2020, insurers paid similar costs for in-person and telehealth treatments, according to recent analysis reported by Becker’s Payer Issues.  

The Peterson-Kaiser Family Foundation Health System Tracker report found that prices for in-person and virtual medical assistance were largely comparable after examining reimbursement rates among privately insured patients. 

The average cost for established patient evaluations was $33 for in-person treatment and $34 for telehealth assessments. 

In a statement, the researchers wrote: 

“We do not know at this point if private insurers continue to pay for telehealth in parity with in-person care. However, if telehealth payments continue to be the same as those for in-person care, then this raises questions as to whether telehealth will reduce the spending on common health services, as some have predicted.” 

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