The percentage of psychiatrists practicing telemental health varied across the U.S. between 2014 and 2016, from less than 1% in some states to about 20% in others, according to Medicare data. Those who did use telemental health were typically in practice for a shorter time, and more likely to practice in rural areas.
Throughout the U.S., many people don’t have access to specialty mental health care, but telemental health — video visits between a patient and a remote mental health specialist — may address these barriers, according to Ateev Mehrotra, MD, MPH, from Harvard Medical School, and colleagues.
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