Substance-use disorders among top telehealth diagnoses in Northeastern U. S.

Substance-use disorders within July emerged as one of the top five telehealth diagnoses in the Northeast, ranking 5th, according to new data from Midtown-based nonprofit Fair Health.

The finding is the very first time the diagnosis breached the top 5 this year, Fair Health noted. They have consistent with an increase in substance-use problems that has been noted during the pandemic with the Centers for Disease Control plus Prevention and other agencies as well as a pattern toward using telehealth to treat the wider variety of conditions.

Substance-use disorders accounted for regarding 2% of telehealth diagnoses within the Northeast in July, data demonstrated. They followed mental health conditions (52%), joint and soft tissue illnesses (4%), developmental disorders (3%) plus general signs and symptoms (2. 3%).

Mental health conditions had been the number one telehealth diagnosis nationally and every region, Fair Health discovered, as they have been since March.

Overall, telehealth declare lines increased 3, 806% country wide from July 2019 to This summer 2020, rising from 0. 15% of medical claim lines in order to 6%, Fair Health said. Telehealth claim lines fell 12% country wide on a month-to-month basis, as they symbolized almost 6. 9% of healthcare claim lines in June 2020.

The Northeast had the greatest percentage increase in amount of any region from July 2019 to July 2020: 8, 987%. From June to July 2020, it also had the greatest percentage reduce: 16%.

The information represent the privately insured human population, excluding Medicare and Medicaid.