My broker just introduced the idea of telemedicine to me for my employees. Are many employers really starting to offer this benefit?
In the 2016 Medical Plan Trends and Observations report released by DirectPath and CEB, telemedicine was just one benefit that was reported on. That report indicates that almost two-thirds of the reporting organizations are offering or plan to offer some type of telemedicine program by the year 2018. There are many different plan options out there so make sure you do your research and clearly understand how you are going to be billed for offering the service. Telemedicine is answering the need of many patients today offering 24/7 access and many times without an appointment. It is becoming more widely accepted and it is a huge driver to help with cost control in high deductible health plans.
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