via HR Dive
Speaking to a doctor via video chat may be a hard sell for some, but more and more employers are looking to it as one potential healthcare solution.
At the 2015 Benefits Forum and Expo in October, quite a few of the sessions were dedicated to telemedicine and how employers could incorporate it into their health plans. Only in the past 18 months, telehealth implementation by employers has increased by double digit percentages. Toward the end of 2014, 48% of employers offered some sort of telehealth option, according to the National Business Group on Health. In 2016, 74% of employers will offer telehealth options.
Some employers may feel confused about the compliance, payment structures and accessibility of these programs — or why these programs have surged now.