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Volume: 5 Issue: 5
(May 2018)

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us states ocular care battle technology innovation versus in-person eye care development telehealth led numerous legislative court battles us

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US states and the ocular care battle: Technology innovation versus in-person eye care

The development of telehealth has led to numerous legislative and court battles in the US, typically pitting traditional care interests on one side against the telehealth industries on the other. A facet of this battle has involved access to ocular care via telehealth, which has been the subject of numerous laws and proposed bills at state level, several of which have sought to prohibit or restrict ocular telehealth on the grounds that eye care provided in this way is not adequately comprehensive; the telehealth industries meanwhile have argued that such technology expands access to care. Michele Satterlund, SVP Government Relations - State at McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and Partner at McGuireWoods LLP, provides an overview of action at state level in this area, the arguments for and against ocular telehealth, and the recent involvement of the US Federal Trade Commission.

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