A Study Finds that Telehealth Didn’t Lead to Unnecessary Care

Telehealth generally didn’t lead to duplicative care in late 2020, according to a study published this week. Patients treated for most acute conditions via telehealth were as likely or slightly more likely to need a follow-up visit as those who sought in-person care to start, the study in JAMA Network Open found. Telehealth patients with chronic conditions were less likely to need follow-up care. Telehealth patients with acute respiratory infections were more likely to require a follow-up visit than in-person patients, but this could reflect COVID-19-related concerns, according to the researchers.