The Corporate Practice of Medicine

Most states have regulations prohibiting the corporate practice of medicine, but violations are widespread in the field of medical aesthetics.

The corporate practice of medicine (CPoM) doctrine prohibits a business entity from practicing medicine or employing a physician to provide professional medical services. Most states have CPoM regulations, which may manifest themselves through state law, medical boards and/or court opinions addressing ownership or control of healthcare providers by individuals or corporations that are not directly licensed to provide healthcare services. Some states merely prohibit the practice of medicine without a license or the sharing of fees between licensed and unlicensed individuals, while other states flatly prohibit unlicensed individuals from owning medical practices or employing medical professionals.