By: Chase Howard
Changes are coming to the way Electrologists in Florida may be supervised when performing laser hair removal. For years, direct, on-site supervision by a physician was required in order to allow an electrologist to perform laser hair removal. Recently, the Board of Medicine and Electrolysis Council agreed to a rule change, altering the method of supervision to include telehealth.
Specifically, the language for the rule change provides that, direct supervision shall require the supervising physician be on the premises or supervising by means of telehealth as defined by Florida law. The new language requires that the physician be located within 150 miles of the electrologist during the services and not supervise more than 4 electrologist in total. The proposed and approved language can be found on the Department of Health website and the F.A.C. 64B8-56.002.
While there are some other regulations to comply with, this will spur changes to how medical spas operate and the type of staff they employ. For physicians, this provides new opportunity and flexibility in supervising in these types of settings.
The change in the law should go in effect sometime this Spring.