Legal lines blur between coaching, hypnotherapy, and psychology (unlicensed practice)

Is hypnotherapy the unlicensed practice of medicine or psychology?  Is life coaching legally safe?

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Lawsuit Challenges Board Investigation Re Non-Licensed Nutritional Advice

A blogger is suing the North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition for First Amendment violations of his free speech right, after he was investigated and charges with unlicensed practice of dietetics.

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Scope of practice issues continue raise turf battles among health care professions

Turf battles are common in health care, as evidence by continuing legal battles over scope of practice.

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Licensure of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practitioners

The American Medical Association (AMA) published an article on licensing of complementary and alternative medicine practitioners in Virtual Mentor.

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Non-licensed intuitive healer in legal trouble for spinal manipulation

An 'intuitive healer' who did not have a chiropractic or acupuncture license is in legal trouble for performing spinal manipulation and other techniques on a patient.

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Corporate practice of medicine doctrine varies by state and by prohibition

Does the corporate practice of medicine bar apply to other allied health professionals, such as physical therapists, and prohibit a layperson or general corporation from directly hiring these health care practitioners?

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Health care freedom debate continues with prosecution for colonic irrigation

Is colonic irrigation the unlicensed practice of medicine, or a legally sanctioned non-licensed healing art?

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Telemedicine, Telepsychology, Telepsychiatry and Telehealth Legal Issues

Telemedicine and other online health services pose novel legal issues, but these tele-health practices are the wave of the future.

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Hypnotherapy laws in California

If you open a practice as a lay hypnotherapist, are you violating any laws?

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Arizona proposes licensing law for practitioners of homeopathy and nutrition

Arizona has introduced legislation to allow non-licensed practitioners of homeopathy and nutrition to offer health care services.

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Telemedicine legal exceptions require careful scrutinty

You won't always find telemedicine legal exceptions in the telemedicine box of a given state's laws.

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Telemedicine laws vary by state

Because telemedicine laws vary by state, and the health care professional offering medical services to patients out-of-state is subject to the laws of both the home and the remote state, it is critical to get the right legal guidance.

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Legal Rules Restrict Scope of Practice Boundaries in Acupuncture

Every state has legal rules that restrict practice boundaries (scope of practice) for non-medical health care professionals, such as acupuncturists, chiropractors, nurses and psychologists.

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Health Care Provider Licensing Laws Spell Out Who Can Practice

Some states, such as New York, spell out clearly who can offer health care practices and the legal definitions for and boundaries of these practices.

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New York's Strong Corporate Practice of Medicine Requires a Professional Corporation for Professional Services

Corporate practice of medicine rules can be quite complex, and range from "strong" to "weak" doctrines.

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California Medical Legal Issues

Recently we have seen a surge of clients seeking attorneys who can provide legal advice on telemedicine laws.

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California Naturopathic Doctors Act

California is one of the states licensing naturopathic doctors.

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Is homeopathy a scam?

Homeopathy is bunk, skeptics continue to claim.

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Australia accelerates CAM accreditation

Australia accelerates CAM accreditation in a lead story about naturopathy.

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Yoga therapy reviewed in India

India is looking again at credentialing complementary and alternative medicine practitioners, who are really doing traditional healing methods.

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Federal court case involving unlicensed health care practice

This federal court case involving unlicensed health care practice sheds light on some CAM testing methods.

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Unlicensed health care provider statute interpreted in RI

An acupuncturist not only had his license revoked by the Department of Health, but also was charged with violating the unlicensed health care practices law.

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Practicing medicine across state lines: telephone health advice

Is it the illegal practice of medicine to offer health advice by phone in tele-consults across state lines?

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Unlicensed practice of medicine - advice on nutrition and diet

One of the legal issues non-licensed practitioners of complementary health must consider is advice on nutrition and diet.

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Physician practice of energy healing: boundary issues

Does physician practice of energy healing raise legal, ethical, and regulatory boundary issues?

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Physician obligation regarding medical records

Medical regulations governing patient privacy exist at the state as well as federal level.

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Health Freedom Florida

Florida apparently has some cases against unlicensed practitioners of alternative medicine, including naturopathic and energy healing providers.

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Use of machine to 'read energy' and treat disease

Can a licensed or non-licensed health care provider use a machine that gives 'energy readings' and seems to help patients?

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Drug prescription by optometrists

Since we were just looking at Attorney General legal opinions, this next sample shows clear legal analysis on a particular health care turf battle.

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Chiropractor and Osteopath Association

Can chiropractors and osteopaths share the same professional corporation, since both provide overlap health care services?

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Is energy healing the unlicensed practice of medicine

Whether energy healing can be considered the unlicensed practice of medicine depends on laws in a given state.

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Washington Post mentions camlawblog in article on massage therapist and CAM credentialing

Jennifer Huget writes a wonderful blog on health care issues for the Washington Post.

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Medical licensing and non-licensed healers

Vermont has an interesting way of legally handling non-licensed healers and other complementary and alternative medicine practitioners.

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Unlicensed practice of osteopathy

A new UK case shows the dangers of unlicensed practice of medicine.

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Testimony on Training, Education, Credentialing of CAM Practice

I just found this testimony on Testimony on Training, Education, Credentialing of CAM Practice given to the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Continue Reading...

Regulation of CAM on NCCAM website

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has this snippet on regulation on its website. Continue Reading...

Naturopath Banned From Practice

A naturopath was banned from practice in Australia. Continue Reading...

Naturopathy licensure in all U.S. states

The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy once asked me whether naturopathic physicians should be licensed in all states.

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Connecticut massage therapy legislation improved

New and improved Connecticut massage therapy legislation has arrived.

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Massage and bodywork membership questioned

Massage therapy licensure, certification, and national examination issues are canvassed in a piece questioning membership requirements.

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Licensure of non-medical professionals: researching information

How do you know whether a specific CAM practice -- say, hypnotherapy -- is 'legal' or 'illegal' in a specific state?

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Physician assistants seek broader scope of practice in Indiana

Physician assistants have licensing authority to write prescriptions in forty-nine states plus the District of Columbia.

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Massage licensing, credentialing and the NCBTMB

Massage licensing, credentialing and the NCBTMB (National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork): some comments and corrections from a massage therapist who tracks regulatory trends.

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Massage Therapy Licensure and Regulations

Massage therapy licensing requirements vary by state (some states regulate by town ordinance), although once again the Department of Labor website has some helpful information about massage therapy licensure rules.

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Psychologists, Counselors, and Mind-Body Professionals

Psychologists, Counselors, and Mind-Body Professionals: what's the difference?

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Naturopathic Licensing Urged to Follow Marketing

The Mind-Body-Spirit Journal suggests that naturopathic physicians need to rebrand themselves so as to better distinguish "medically-trained" MD's from lay naturopaths, both of which are sometimes known as "naturopathic doctors."

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Massage Therapy Programs Using Distance Education in Possible Jeopardy

Congress has enacted legislation removing the restriction that universities have at least 50% of education in-residence, opening the door for more distance education.

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Indiana Midwife Prosecuted for Practicing Medicine Without a License

Prosecution of an Indiana midwife for practicing medicine without a license shows that criminal enforcement of medical licensing laws against practitioners continues.

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Legal status of registered healers

How do legal licensure requirement affect alterantive practitioners and the furnishing of medical (or other health) advise by phone or online?

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Should Naturopaths Be Licensed

The debate continues across the country, including recently Colorado, where an unlicensed "naturopath" treated a pediatric cancer patient by injecting him with hydrogen peroxide.

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National Acupuncture Foundation Reissues "Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine State Laws"

The National Acupuncture Foundation has just re-released the popular Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine State Laws & Regulations book.

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Chiropractor Ranked High on List of Professions

According to the February issue of Fast Company, a magazine and website that chronicles how the business world is changing, the chiropractic profession is ranked fourth among the nation's top jobs to pursue in the next five years.

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South Dakota Passes Massage Therapy Licensing Law

On February 25th, 2005 governor Bill Rounds of South Dakota signed a new law that will regulate the state's massage therapy profession.

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South Carolina Passes New Acupuncture Legislation

The state of South Carolina amended its medical practice statutes by adding the "Acupuncture Act of South Carolina."

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Patients Seeking Empowerment Through Non-Medical Specialists

U.S. News and World Report recently reported on "the subtle yet revolutionary changes in the way Americans receive their healthcare," changes that have implications for integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies into hospitals and mainstream health care."

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Credentialing Physicians as Holistic and Integrative Medicine Doctors

How do you know whether a physician is properly certified as a holistic and integrative medicine doctor? The answer isn't easy, because the field is new, and lots of providers would like to claim the title.

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Credentialing CAM Providers

It's important to remember that a variety of personnel may be offering CAM services: physicians; allied health providers (such as nurses); and CAM providers (such as acupuncturists).

Physicians typically get privileges as members of the hospital staff; such privileges will need to be modified to add specified CAM therapies. This may be heavily contested or negotiated with the hospital's medical executive committee.

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Yoga Credentialing

"The movement toward national teaching standards in yoga ("Wag the Down Dog", May/June 00, p. 80) is part of a larger spiral toward greater standardization, uniformity, and professional coherence in complementary and alternative medical ("CAM") modalities generally," Michael wrote in Yoga Journal letters to the editor (July 2000).

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Naturopathic Physicians Win California Licensure

California became the 13th state to allow graduates of accredited institutions to practice to the full extent of their education and training in naturopathic medicine.

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