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What is PolicyWatch?

State-by-State Regulatory Content Simplified

Representation of PolicyWatch
Representation of PolicyWatch

Frequently Asked Questions

We provide a consolidated comprehensive, up-to-date point of reference for the optical industry telehealth regulation standards across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. We answer questions critical to understanding the telehealth optical policies for each state.

Legislation related to optical telehealth is a highly complex and evolving landscape, with each state and regulatory board interpreting standards in a wide variety of manners. Our service consolidates information into an easily accessible, organized platform.

Schedule time with The Vision Council Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs team during their office hours to receive a demo to learn more and set up your account

You can change the states accessible within your subscription when it is eligible for annual renewal.

The term "telehealth" encompasses various telecommunication technologies that deliver healthcare remotely. Telehealth is not a specific clinical service, but a collection of tools to improve the virtual delivery of care. The lack of a standardized definition of the term has caused confusion, especially with varying state and federal agency interpretations.

Contact a member of our team here. Members of The Vision Council are eligible for a 20% discount on PolicyWatch packages.

The PolicyWatch subscription is intended for organizational use. There is no limit to the number of users who can access your subscription.

When defining telehealth, the American Telemedicine Association states that Telehealth effectively connects individuals and their healthcare providers when in-person care is not necessary or not possible. Using telehealth services, patients can receive care, consult with a provider, get information about a condition or treatment, arrange for prescriptions, and receive a diagnosis. 

Existing state regulations are reviewed every 6 months, as existing statutory regulations do not change frequently. Pending legislation is reviewed monthly and updated accordingly as changes occur.

If you are a single location operating in one state, the Local package gives you access to information in your state. If you are a regional chain operating in multiple states, or if you are an ECP/OD practicing in multiple states, the Regional package allows you to access the legal content for 5 states. If you are a national chain, or a telehealth technology service provider, the National package provides full access to all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

You do not have to be a member of The Vision Council to subscribe to PolicyWatch, but members of The Vision Council receive a 20% discount.