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Minnesota Study of Telehealth Expansion and Payment Parity

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is conducting a study of the impact of the 2021 Minnesota Telehealth Act on private sector health insurance. The policy expands telehealth in Minnesota, and extends payment parity to include telephone-only visits through June 30, 2023.

This study evaluates the impact of the Telehealth Act under private sector health insurance relating to:

  • Access to health care services, quality of care, health outcomes, patient satisfaction, and value-based payments and innovation in health care delivery
  • Disparities and equitable access for underserved communities
  • Health care costs and premiums
  • Access to and availability of in-person care—including specialty care, particularly in rural areas

As part of the study, MDH is collaborating with Wilder Research to conduct qualitative research through interviews with Minnesota residents, health care providers, and payer organizations. Additionally, there is a quantitative component to the study, including analyses using the Minnesota All Payer Claims Database. MDH staff have scanned the literature and other resources and held informal conversations with colleagues in Minnesota.

MDH is forming a technical advisory group to assist with the study. Check back for more information!

When can we expect results?

A preliminary report will be released by January 15, 2023, which will include recommendations on whether audio-only communication should be allowed as a telehealth option beyond June 30, 2023.

A final report is due by January 15, 2024 to present all findings and recommendations.

Interested in participating in an interview?

Please contact Sera Kinoglu at Wilder Research by mail or phone: sera.kinoglu@wilder.org or 651-210-2921.

More information

View our Fact Sheet

MDH appreciates hearing from interested parties as the project progresses.

For more information about this study, please contact Stefan Gildemeister [Stefan.Gildemeister@state.mn.us] or Pam Mink [Pam.Mink@state.mn.us], Health Economics Program, Health Policy Division.

Note

A parallel study by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) focuses on the policy’s impact on Minnesota Health Care Programs—including Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. MDH and DHS are consulting with the help of the Department of Commerce as the study progresses.

 

Updated Tuesday, August 09, 2022 at 04:14PM