Insurance data show more people seeking Lyme treatment
Greenwich Times, July 26, 2017:
By Amanda Cuda
Medical services to people suffering from Lyme disease jumped 185 percent in rural areas and 40 percent in urban areas nationwide over a nine-year period, according to new research from a national nonprofit.
Local experts said this could be one of the worst summers ever for tick-borne diseases such as Lyme.
FAIR Health, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing transparency to health care costs and insurance information, examined its database of more than 23 billion privately billed health care claims, and tracked lines (or medical codes) associated with Lyme disease in health insurance claims between 2007 and 2016. The study found big jumps in the number of claims and distinct differences based on where people were living. READ MORE.