Laying the Groundwork

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Monday, March 7, 2016

By Alex R. Thiersch, AmSpa Founder/Director
Starting a business is a challenging task in any field, but it’s difficult to think of an industry where “what you don’t know can hurt you” quite as much as in the medical spa industry. That’s why, if you are planning on opening a medical spa, it is imperative that you engage a knowledgeable, experienced healthcare attorney as early in the process as possible.

Not What It Seems

The medical spa industry is not necessarily what it appears to be. Because medical spas offer treatments that are entirely elective and are not covered by healthcare plans, it is easy to mentally categorize them in the same space as retail outlets, such as traditional spas and salons. But doing so is an enormous mistake—medical spas are medical facilities, it’s right there in the name—and must be operated as such. That means a medical spa must observe the same rules that govern medical facilities, such as hospitals or doctor’s offices. And although that high standard of patient care might seem to be difficult to attain, it is vital that a medical spa’s owners and operators understand and respect the laws that regulate the industry.
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