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Connecticut Governor Vetoes New Regulations For Medical Spas

New Regulations For Medical SpasConnecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy vetoed a bill that would have imposed new standards on “medical spas” providing cosmetic medical procedures.

The medical spas bill would have required a physician to act as a spa’s medical director, perform every initial assessment and perform or supervise all cosmetic medical procedures. The bills passed with the support of trial lawyers and labor lawyers and associations representing dermatologists and plastic surgeons who claimed that physician only oversight would improve patient safety.

Governer Malloy said that could unnecessarily limit the scope of practice of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and other licensed medical professionals and that a professional board or the Department of Public Health should make such recommendations and that both bills were "deficient".

“Protecting public health is an essential role of government, and I strongly support the objectives of this bill,” Malloy wrote. “Many of the procedures covered in this bill should only be performed by a licensed medical professional.”

But the governor said the bill may unnecessarily limit the scope of practice of other medical professionals like Advanced Practice Registered Nurses writing, “Requiring physicians employed or on contract with a medical spa to perform all initial assessments may also unduly burden small businesses if such assessments could be done by another medical professional or an individual’s own physician”.

Thoughtful comments welcome.

Reader Comments (5)

It's been ridiculous that plastic surgeons and dermatologists have been pushing this kind of legislation to protect turf that they can't hold in an open market. Anyone can point to 'safety issues' but everyone knows that it's really about money and their desire to keep their artificially high prices and profit margins... at least for treatments like IPL. I would say that liposuction and other invasive treatments should be physician only, but that's not what this legislation was about.

07.13 | Unregistered CommenterCRN

There's a reason that this law passed in the first place. The legislature was convinced that it was in the public good to make sure that real physicians are the only ones who are performing medicine.

07.13 | Unregistered CommenterTestyMD

Roger that.

07.15 | Unregistered CommenterTestyMD

Negative TestyMD. The legislators had no idea what they were passing as even a casual review of the house debate (which is on tape) will show,

It was the back room dealing of Haloran & Sage, the lobbyist hired by the Plastics and Derms that got this law snuck through.

They did not count on the mobilization of the medspa owners, NP's and PA's who worked tirelessly to expose this "pocket book " protection in the guise of public safety nonsense to the Governors office.

Hence the veto.

We have very strict and well defined scope of practice statutes in CT and this legislation would have trampled them.

We are quite sure they will be back next year and we are not opposed to logical legislation and regulation. We will just make sure all parties have a seat at the table.

I will also note here that in the 8 years I have been the Managing Partner of a CT Medspa we have had exactly 0 claims against our medical malpractice insurance.

07.16 | Unregistered CommenterMark

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