Use of Telehealth Services Among Rural Medicaid Enrollees: A Baseline Inventory

Research center:
Rural Telehealth Research Center
Phone: 319.384.3830
Lead researcher:
Contact:
Project funded:
September 2015
Anticipated completion date:
October 2017

The goal of this project is to generate a multi-state, baseline description of telehealth services provided to Medicaid enrollees in rural and urban settings. Specific objectives will be to assess: 1) the volume of telehealth services/utilization by rural providers and for rural beneficiaries; 2) the types of services for which telehealth is being used; and 3) variations in the use, volume, and types of telehealth services across rural geographies. The project will also test the feasibility of using MAX data to evaluate the effects of Medicaid telehealth policies on rural telehealth use and on the accessibility and quality of care delivered to rural Medicaid populations.

This study will use data from the MAX for 2011. We will provide descriptive statistics on Medicaid telehealth users, services, and providers in both rural and urban contexts. Bivariate analyses will be conducted to determine whether the volume of Medicaid telehealth use, as measured by numbers of users and claims per enrollee, differs across levels of rurality and Census Bureau regions.