Background of Medical Spa Law in Nebraska:
There are currently no Nebraska laws, regulations or licensing requirements specific to medical spas and this area of the law is still in a significant state of flux in Nebraska. The following FAQs make several references to the Joint Board Dermatologic Workgroup’s August 15, 2011 Final Report (the "Final Report”). The Joint Board Dermatologic Workgroup (the "Workgroup”) was convened by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services ("DHHS”) to address the regulation of medical spa procedures in Nebraska and to make recommendations with respect to such procedures and the practitioners involved in rendering them. Specifically, the Workgroup’s recommendations were provided to DHHS "to use as guidance documents when considering complaints, disciplinary matters, and when answering questions related to scopes of practice.” But the Final Report does not carry the force of law in Nebraska. All references to, and applications of, the Final Report set forth in these FAQs are subject to this acknowledgement.
In the Final Report, the Workgroup declined to recommend additional regulations with respect to medical spa procedures or licensing. Rather, the Workgroup, which consisted of most of the state’s major practitioner boards, addressed the regulation of medical spa operations under existing law by providing DHHS with a table that identified which particular practitioners should be permitted to carry out typical medical spa procedures as well as the necessary training, supervision and other requirements that should be applicable to them. Although not legally binding in Nebraska, the Final Report documents the position of most of the state’s major health boards and in that sense it is persuasive authority. To determine whether a particular practitioner may perform a certain medical spa procedure in Nebraska, however, you should consult your health care attorney as this area of the law is still quite unsettled in Nebraska.
Who can own a medical spa?
Only licensed health care professionals can provide certain medical spa services. However, there are
Can a nurse, esthetician, PA or NP own a med spa by employing a medical director?
As discussed above, there are currently no
Can a nurse, esthetician, PA, or NP take a commission for administering laser treatments or injectables like Botox?
The Workgroup has determined that a variety of licensed health care professionals are permitted to administer laser treatments or injectables if
Does a physician have to examine every new patient before the patient is treated?
Whether a physician is required to first examine the patient is dependent upon
What about PAs and NPs—can they see new patients or does it have to be a physician?
If the procedure is within
Can a physician delegate medical tasks and duties to non-physicians?
Yes, but only to
Does a physician have to be present at the med spa at all times?
Whether a physician’s physical presence is required depends on
Who can perform laser treatments?
The Workgroup considers use of ablative laser procedures to be "high risk” in Nebraska, requiring a
Can estheticians perform laser treatments?
The Final Report does not include
Botox and other injectable fillers: who can inject?
The Workgroup recommended that the following practitioners be able to perform injection procedures (neuromodulators and dermal fillers), subject to the supervision and training recommendations noted in the table:
Can a dentist own a medical spa?
There are currently no limitations on the ownership of a medical spa under Nebraska law. However, only
Can a dentist serve as a medical director at a medical spa?
As discussed above, there are currently
Can dentists inject Botox or perform laser treatments?
The Workgroup has determined that a variety of licensed health care professionals are permitted to administer laser treatments or injectables if,
Can physicians delegate medical task to dentist?
Nebraska law only allows for delegation of medical tasks to
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Summary updated June 2014