Who can own a medical spa?
Effective July 1, 2014, House Bill 1896 is codified under Tenn. Code Ann. 63-1-152 and called the "Tennessee Patient Safety Cosmetic Medical Procedures Act.” In Tennessee, a medical spa is defined as "any entity, however named or organized, which offers or performs cosmetic medical services;
Can a nurse, esthetician, Physician Assistant (PA) or Nurse Practitioner (NP) own a med spa by employing a medical director?
The new law does not expressly limit who can own a medical spa; however, the conditions
Can a nurse, esthetician, PA or NP take a commission for administering laser treatments or injectables like Botox?
Tennessee, like many other states, does
Does a physician have to examine every new patient before the patient is treated?
As written, the new law in Tennessee does
What about Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners – can they see new patients or must it always be a physician?
As addressed above, the new law does
Can physicians delegate medical tasks and duties to non-physicians?
The new law does not prohibit delegating duties. However, no duties should be delegated
Does a physician have to be present at the med spa at all times?
On March 20, 2013, the Board of Medical Examiners in a letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam addressed the issue of whether the new law should encompass "direct” or "indirect” supervision by the supervising physician. The Tennessee legislature did
Who can perform laser treatments under Tennessee law?
Under Tennessee law a licensed
Can Aestheticians Perform Laser Treatments?
The new law does not prohibit aestheticians from providing such services. However, as shown above, Tennessee law appears to encompass laser treatments as
Botox and other Injectable Fillers: Who can inject?
According to the Attorney General for Tennessee, a doctor practicing medicine, dentist, or a
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Summary updated August 2014