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Telemental Health Background: Changes & Trends

  • Telemental health visits increased by 556% between March 11 and April 22, 2020.
  • Telehealth benefits noted during the pandemic include “expanding access to care, reducing disease exposure for staff and patients, preserving scarce supplies of personal protective equipment, and reducing patient demand on facilities.”
  • Federal and state legislation and regulation changes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
  • Several models now exist for using a hybrid in-person and telehealth approach to delivering MAT, due to these temporary changes which may or may not become permanent.
  • The Telemental Health market is expected to grow 40.5% each year from 2020 to 2027, with primary market drivers being the prevalence of mental health disorders across the lifespan, its facilitation of time-efficient and low-cost delivery of services, and a growing acceptance of telemental health.