Corporate Practice of Medicine

Corporate Practice of Medicine States

Explore our interactive map to understand how each state governs business ownership and operations of aesthetic and IV therapy practices under Corporate Practice of Medicine (CPOM) laws. Each state offers unique guidelines, and our compliance and clinical services clarify these differences to streamline your operations. Then, review our FAQs for more insights. At Old Mission IV Nutrition and Old Mission Aesthetics, we are deeply committed to helping healthcare businesses navigate the legal landscapes that will allow you to ensure you operate not just compliantly but successfully.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Corporate Practice of Medicine (CPOM)?

CPOM is a legal doctrine prohibiting corporations from practicing medicine or employing physicians to provide professional medical services. This is intended to ensure that medical decisions are made based solely on medical considerations and not business interests.

Why are med spa and IV clinic services considered practices of medicine?

These services often involve procedures that affect the body's structure or function, such as injections, administering IVs, or using lasers, which are considered medical in nature and require professional medical judgment.

Who can practice medicine in the context of CPOM?

Only licensed medical professionals, such as physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants, can legally practice medicine. In many states, these individuals must also have a controlling interest in the business if it provides medical services.

How does ownership equate to practice in CPOM states?

In CPOM states, owning a medical practice often means having direct responsibility for the medical services provided. Business owners must ensure that all services meet medical standards and are performed by licensed professionals.

How can a med spa legally operate under CPOM regulations?

Many med spas operate under arrangements called Management Services Organizations (MSOs), where a separate business entity provides non-medical services to the practice, allowing the medical practice to remain owned by licensed medical professionals. Violating CPOM laws can lead to serious penalties, including fines, loss of license, and the potential closure of the business.

What is the role of a medical director in a med spa?

A medical director oversees clinical standards and compliance with healthcare regulations, ensuring that all treatments meet safety and efficacy standards. Staff must be properly trained and often licensed to perform the specific treatments offered, adhering to both state regulations and best practice standards.

How often should compliance reviews be conducted in med spa and IV therapy practices?

Regular compliance reviews are crucial to ensure ongoing adherence to both CPOM regulations and general medical standards. These reviews help identify potential issues before they become serious violations.