Med Spa Representation
Our Georgia-based business and healthcare law firm represents many physician and non-physician owners of med spa and similar other aesthetics businesses. The focus of our law practice is representation of healthcare and healthcare-related professionals and providers. We are often called up to represent and advise med spa owners about compliance-related issues that emanate from unique legal aspects of owning and operating a med spa. We find that most med spas are unique and require careful consideration of specific facts and details.
Georgia Med Spa Attorneys
We are often consulted by new and existing med spa owners regarding concerns about the subject of “compliance” and proper set up of a med spa under applicable state law. Common engagements of our law firm call up our assistance with, by way of example, the following types of med spa legal issues:
- The Proper Model and Corporate Set-up
- Proper Physician Supervision and Agreements
- Medical Board Rules and Scrutiny
- Corporate Practice of Medicine Advice and Protection
- Non-physician Ownership Representation and Solutions
- Drafting Proper Med-Spa Vendor Contracts
- Buying or Selling an Existing Med Spa
In each instance, we find that typically it is important to exhaustively explore the factual details of the intended “med spa” model, to, as counsel, fully understand the intended model and the compliance ramifications of how our client intends to conduct business. For example, we may evaluate corporate practice of medicine considerations if applicable to our client’s intended model and to advise our client on how to avoid unintended violations of the Georgia Medical Practice Act or other statutes that may apply.
Non-Physician Ownership Attorneys
If our client is a non-physician, our client’s operations may be limited by rules that prohibit “employment” of a delegating physician. For example, the Georgia law provides that an APRN cannot “employ” her delegating physician. See O.C.GA. § 43-34-25(n) (“[I]t shall be unlawful for a physician to be an employee of an [APRN] . . . if the physician is required to supervise the employing [APRN].”; Ga. R. 360-32-.04 (“[A] physician shall not be an employee of an APRN . . . if the physician delegates to and/or is required to supervise the employing APRN.”). Some medical boards with such limitations have indicated that the delegating physician cannot be employed by the APRN that the delegating physician supervises, but not without some ambiguity as to what constitutes “employment.” We endeavor to fully understand our client’s lawful objectives and determine appropriate options that comply with applicable rules.
Another area of inquiry with med spa services will involve “scope of practice” rules. For example, in Georgia an APRN’s scope of practice is defined in Georgia Rule 410-11-.01(4), which provides that APRNs are “authorized to perform advanced nursing functions and certain medical acts, which include, but are not limited to, ordering drugs, treatments, and diagnostic studies as provided in O.C.G.A § 43-34-26.1 and Chapter 410-11.” Specifically, as to nurse practitioners, Rule 410-11-.03(2)(a) provides:
The nurse practitioner provides advanced practice nursing care and medical services specific to the nurse practitioner’s respective specialty to individuals, families and groups, emphasizing health promotion and disease prevention as well as the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic diseases. The nurse practitioner collaborates as necessary with a variety of individuals to diagnose and manage clients’ health care problems.
Where one desires to own and operate the medical spa without a physician on site, more specific rules on delegating physicians are implicated and must be fully evaluated.
Hamil Little HealthCare Law has offices in Atlanta in the Four Seasons Building in Midtown and in Augusta, Georgia in the Enterprise Mill in the center of Augusta’s Medical District. One of our healthcare attorneys will be glad to speak with you regarding your med spa and associated legal needs. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our office nearest you, or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to meeting you.