TUCKER, Ga.—As interest in telehealth and telemedicine has soared across the eyecare landscape, the National Association of Vision Care Plans has taken note and moved to address what has become an important issue for eyecare professionals.

As a result, NAVCP has developed its Ocular Telemedicine Policy Statement, which the association expects will be available for public release at the end of June. “It has been a long process,” executive director Julian Roberts said. “The original plan was to release it at our Vision Health Retreat in April but that was canceled.”

NAVCP has a board session scheduled for June 29, at which time the policy paper is expected to receive the NAVCP board’s approval. NAVCP is the unified voice for the managed vision care industry, with members covering approximately 55 percent (179 million) of all Americans by partnering with eyecare providers in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.