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Restrictions apply. Not valid on ownership agreements. Collaborations must start on or before Mar. 29, 2024.

How to Form a Collaboration with a Physician for Your Med Spa Business

Dr. Lev Grinman, Founder

Dr. Lev Grinman is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine with a subspecialty focus in intraoperative monitoring. Dr. Grinman lives in New York with his wife and 3 children.

One of our most popular collaboration opportunities is matching providers with physicians in med spa services. Med spas are becoming increasingly popular as a way for people to relax and rejuvenate, and many people are turning to non-invasive treatments like facials, massages, and chemical peels. Legally operating your med spa may require a collaborating physician or medical director.

Navigating State-Specific Regulations

Each state has its own rules and regulations when it comes to med spas, so it’s important to check with your state’s Board of Nursing or Medical Board. However, there are general guidelines that apply to most states. It’s important to note that the provider must be licensed and in good standing with their state’s Board of Nursing, Medical Board, or other licensing board, and must be up to date on their continuing education requirements.

Essential Steps for Med Spa Services

First and foremost, to provide services in a med spa, you must have a written agreement in place with a collaborating physician or medical director. This agreement should outline the scope of practice for the NP, PA, RN, and any other spa providers, as well as the physician’s role in providing oversight and supervision. The spa’s medical director would also typically review and approve protocols to ensure they are safe and effective for clients. The physician must also be licensed and in good standing with their state medical board. Legal representation should be prepared to draft the written agreement between the provider and the physician once the collaboration is ready to begin. In some states the physician must also have an ownership stake in the med spa. This means that in some states the physician must be listed as a partner or owner on the med spa’s business license.

At Doctors for Providers, we strive to find the perfect fit for your collaborating physician or medical director so that you can operate your business with confidence.

Navigating Collaboration Resources for Your Med Spa Success

To help you navigate the process of forming a physician-provider collaboration for a med spa, we recommend the services available from Allied Beauty Experts and American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), among others found on our Resources page. They can also help you understand the laws and regulations for your state and provide guidance on opening and growing your med spa business.

Implementing Collaborative Operations: Service Delivery and Supervision

Once the collaboration has started and the agreement is in place, the provider can begin providing services in the med spa. However, it’s important to note that the physician must be available to provide oversight and supervision. This means that the physician is available by phone or email, and that procedures are set up for treatments, ordering supplies, and for emergencies.

Ensuring Safety and Compliance through Collaborative Partnerships

In conclusion, forming a physician-provider collaboration for a med spa is an important step in ensuring that the services provided are safe and effective. By working with organizations like Allied Beauty Experts for malpractice insurance and AmSpa for training resources, state laws and regulations, you can ensure that your med spa is operating in a legal and ethical manner. If you are a provider or physician interested in working with a med spa, sign up with “Doctors for Providers” and let us help you find the perfect fit.