Can a physician assistant open a medical spa?

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Can a physician assistant open a medical spa?

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Although most states require a physician or physician-owned corporation to legally own a medical practice, non-doctors can own a medical spa.

Due to the lack of strong regulations for med spas, lax standards are created across most of the country. While such an arrangement relies on participation of a physician, they are not always required to be on site. Unlike hospitals, med spas do not have to be inspected by the Department of Health. This allows others to play a significant role in day-to-day operations. Most states do, however, observe the corporate practice of medicine which dictates that only a physician or physician-owned corporation can receive payment for medical services. Typically, med spa owners govern by this doctrine.

Entrepreneurs that want to become a part of the medical aesthetic industry on an ownership level can set up a management service agreement (MSO) with a physician's company. This allows a non-physician to supervise most aspects of a medical aesthetic business (everything except medical services).

For more information about becoming a physician assistant, check out this article:Physician Assistant: Educational Requirements

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