Changes in Outpatient Care, Use of Telemedicine After Hospital Discharge

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What The Study Did: In this analysis of 1.6 million hospital discharges before and during the COVID-19 pandemic in a large, commercially insured population, overall use of outpatient visits after hospital discharge didn’t change significantly, even as telemedicine use increased, with telemedicine appearing to be a substitute for in-person visits.

Authors: Eric Bressman, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, is the corresponding author.



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