By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than 65 and eligible for Medicare. This transformative time in healthcare will make it necessary for practices to find new ways to treat the rising number of geriatric patients.
The field of telehealth offers promising ways to treat Medicare patients conveniently and effectively. However, current telehealth utilization among original Medicare beneficiaries is low. In 2016, only 0.25% of more than 35 million Medicare beneficiaries utilized telehealth services. Many factors contribute to that low utilization rate, such as the statutory restrictions placed on reimbursement. However, regulatory and legislative changes in recent years indicate a desire from Congress and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to expand the reach of telehealth services.