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Rhode Island Summary of State Laws & Regulations
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Who can own a medical spa? Can a nurse, esthetician, Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) own a med spa by employing a medical director?

There is no Rhode Island statute addressing med spa ownership. Rhode Island does not have a clear prohibition on the corporate practice of medicine, and it is

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Can a nurse, esthetician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner take a commission for administering laser treatments or injectables like Botox?

The Rhode Island law governing medical licensure and discipline indicates that it is "unprofessional conduct” for

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What about physician assistants and nurse practitioners – can they see new patients or must it always be a physician?

Physician assistants and registered nurse practitioners may

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Does a physician have to examine every new patient before the patient is treated?

Yes; provided, however, that the use of

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Can physicians delegate medical tasks and duties to non-physicians?

Although procedures may be performed by an appropriately trained

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Does a physician have to be present at the med spa at all times?

Rhode Island law is not specific on this point, but the Rhode Island medical board advised in January 2014

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Who can perform laser treatments?

Non-physicians may perform laser treatments

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Can estheticians perform laser treatments?

So long as doing so is within

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Botox and other injectable fillers: Who can inject?

The injection of Botox and other chemicals is considered a medical procedure in Rhode Island. Although these procedures may be performed by an appropriately trained

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The information and answers contained in these frequently asked questions provide a general guide to certain laws that apply to "medical spas” in this particular state. The information contained on this site is for general reference only. This information is not intended to provide legal advice, and it should not be relied upon as legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers: You should not act upon this information without seeking knowledgeable legal counsel that takes the laws of your jurisdiction into account. All uses of the content of this site, other than personal uses, are prohibited.

Summary updated June 2014

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