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Medical and Physician Spa Practices: A practical guide in avoiding costly and regulatory mistakes

Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen presents "Medical and Physician Spa Practices: A practical guide in avoiding costly and regulatory mistakes" in a webcast for lawyers sponsored by West Legal Education Center. The webcast will be held Thursday APril 3 at 12:30 pm. For details, see West LegalEd:
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The program description is as follows:
The medical spa industry is exploding with potential business opportunities. Coinciding with the burgeoning medical spa industry is an enormous health and wellness sector, integrating complementary and alternative medical therapies such as acupuncture and massage therapy with conventional health care. Few attorneys are unfamiliar with the complex mix of corporate and health care law issues that they must address when guiding the physician or entrepreneur seeking to open a medical spa. This seminar will help you learn how to help your clients navigate corporate practice of medicine, licensing, anti-kickback and fee-splitting considerations, and other legal and regulatory issues in the niche area of medical spas and integrative medicine and wellness centers.

The seminar will include discussion from among the following topics:

Identifying the best legal structure for the business

What is the best business structure for a medical spa, given corporate practice of medicine concerns?

Developing the clinical practice structure

In general, what licensing and scope of practice considerations go into structuring the clinical practice structure for the physician, allied health providers (such as nurses), and complementary care providers (such as massage therapists) within the medical spa or wellness center? Which therapies require medical supervision, and which can be performed independently by a nurse-practitioner or other legally qualified provider?

Understanding concerns about credentialing health care providers

Is the entity better off developing a system to try to vet practitioners, or better off staying out of credentialing altogether?

Managing risks of medical malpractice

Can organizations help limit the risk of shared liability with the providers, or are there ways to develop liability "Chinese walls?"

Handling informed consent

What kind of informed consent process and documentation will best serve risk management needs?

Addressing professional discipline concerns

How can the risk of professional discipline by the relevant professional board be mitigated when therapies are emerging, innovative, or otherwise challenging to the dominant medical paradigm?

Anti-Kickback and Fee-Splitting Considerations

What contractual arrangements should be made to address the federal and state law prohibitions against receiving an illegal discount or payment in exchange for referring patients?
A free e-book on these topics is available through the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Management.
The Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen offers corporate legal services, litigation consultation, and expertise in health law with a unique focus on holistic, alternative, complementary, and integrative medical therapies. The law firm represents medical doctors, allied health professionals (from psychologists to nurses and dentists) and other clinicians (from chiropractors to naturopathic physicians, massage therapists, and acupuncturists), entrepreneurs, hospitals, and educational organizations, health care institutions, and individuals and corporations.

Michael H. Cohen is Principal in Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen and also President of The Institute for Integrative and Energy Medicine, a nonprofit organization exploring legal, regulatory, ethical, and health policy issues in the judicious integration of complementary and alternative medical therapies (such as acupuncture and traditional oriental medicine, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine, homeopathy, massage therapy, energy healing, and herbal medicine) and conventional clinical care. Michael H. Cohen is author of books on health care law, regulation, ethics and policy dealing with complementary, alternative and integrative medicine, including Healing at the Borderland of Medicine and Religion, Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Legal Boundaries and Regulatory Perspectives (1998), Beyond Complementary Medicine: Legal and Ethical Perspectives on Health Care and Human Evolution (2000), and Future Medicine: Ethical Dilemmas, Regulatory Challenges, and Therapeutic Pathways to Health Care and Healing in Human Transformation (2003).
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Health care and corporate lawyer Michael H. Cohen has been admitted to the Bar of California, Massachusetts, New York, and Washington D.C. In addition to qualifying as a U.S. attorney, he has been admitted and to the Bar of England and Wales as a Solicitor (non-practicing). For more information regarding the law practice of attorney Michael H. Cohen, see the FAQs for the Law Offices of Michael H. Cohen. Thank you for visiting the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Law Blog.
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