John Commins is a content specialist and online news editor for HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.
The healthcare sector has lost 503,000 jobs since the start of the pandemic in February 2020.
The new deal extends the contract through the end of 2024.
The health system is urging its customers to "take action" and "call Anthem at the number on the back of your insurance card and urge them to work with Dignity Health doctors and hospitals on a new agreement."
The average rate change for the past three years is only 1.1%, which also marked the third year since the launch of California's state subsidy program.
Virtual care advocates note that telehealth demonstrated its value as a care option for seniors during the pandemic, when in-person care venues were shuttered.
The 32nd annual version of widely read rankings featured mostly the same top 20 hospitals that make the list in year's past.
By greatly boosting the numbers of people using telehealth, COVID-19 may have jumpstarted broader adoption of telehealth for mental health conditions.
The new platform provides patients with hundreds of videos and more than 8,000 leaflets in 20 languages and at a remedial reading level.
Favorable patient responses and new investments in the technology will propel the growth of telehealth in 2021
Researchers estimate that transportation-related carbon emissions for outpatient healthcare were cut nearly in half in 2020 as patients stayed home and flocked to telehealth.