Employers looking to reduce health care costs are increasingly offering plans that include e-visits and telemedicine appointments in addition to or, in some cases, instead of in-person doctor office visits. Online video or login portal physician visits are cheaper for employers, insurers and patients — and their relative speed means that physicians could complete more of them in a day.

A new study, however, published this year in JAMA Internal Medicine, indicates there could be differences in treatment from when a patient is seen in person versus e-visits. While follow-up rates were comparable, physicians in e-visits did order different care.

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