New Louisiana Bill Provides Practice Standards for Physicians in Medical Spas

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Friday, February 28, 2020

A new bill introduced in Louisiana would create practice requirements for physicians who oversee medical spas. Senate Bill 199 (SB 199) is sponsored by State Senator Patrick McMath; it has been pre-filed and provisionally referred to the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection and International Affairs for further consideration. You can review the text of the bill in full here.
SB 199 would be known as the Medical Spa Safety Act and would create requirements for medical directors, supervising physicians and non-physician providers. Every medical spa would need a medical director and at least one supervising physician who provides onsite supervision at all times. The bill would require that a physician who acts as a medical director:
The requirements for physician training are to be set by the medical board, but SB 199 explicitly states that vendor and manufacturer training is insufficient to satisfy these requirements.
In addition to requiring a medical director for each medical spa, at least one “supervising physician,” who may be the same person as the medical director, would have to be present. The supervising physician would be responsible for:
SB 199 requires that all non-physician providers:
SB 199 is indicative of a broader trend we have seen. Many states are now seeking to pass rules for medical spas to address patient safety and unlicensed practice concerns. We will be monitoring this bill as it works its way through Louisiana’s legislative process this year. If you would like to contact SB 199’s sponsor, he can be reached via his page on the Louisiana Legislature’s website.