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The Payment Reform Landscape: How Does Telehealth Fit Into A High-Value Purchasing Strategy?
By Suzanne Delbanco and Lea Tessitore
From Health Affairs Blog on Friday, February 12, 2016
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According to a 2015 National Business Group on Health survey, 74 percent of large employers expect to offer telehealth services to their employees in 2016, likely either through a partnership with an independent vendor or through contracted health plans. While some of the benefits of the telehealth movement are obvious, such as introducing lower cost care options into the market, how it spins out may have bigger ramifications for the health care system pertaining to high-value purchasing strategies, market power, payment reform, and benefit design.