Cutler Institute

Use of Telehealth Services by Rural Medicaid Recipients

In October 2018, the Journal of Rural Health e-published an article by Maine Rural Health Research Center staff. The study, “Patterns of Telehealth Use Among Rural Medicaid Beneficiaries” used data from the 2011 Medicaid Analytic eXtract. The research team, led by Research Associate Jean Talbot, found that rural Medicaid beneficiaries were more likely to use telehealth services than their urban counterparts. The researchers also found that as rurality increased, significantly higher proportions of telehealth users received services to address ADHD and other behavioral health problems usually diagnosed in childhood. The findings of the article provide a baseline for further policy-relevant investigations of telehealth use in Medicaid. 

The authors of the article are Jean Talbot, Amanda Burgess, Deb Thayer, Lily Parenteau, Nathan Paluso, and Andy Coburn.

Suggested Citation: Talbot JA, Burgess AR, Thayer D, Parenteau L, Paluso N, Coburn AF. Patterns of Telehealth Use among Rural Medicaid Beneficiaries. J Rural Health. 2018; e-pub ahead of print. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12324.