New Jersey Medical Laser Laws & State Regulations
SUBCHAPTER 4A. SURGERY, SPECIAL PROCEDURES, AND ANESTHESIA SERVICES PERFORMED IN AN OFFICE SETTING “Surgery” means a manual or operative procedure, including the use of lasers, performed upon the body for the purpose of preserving health, diagnosing or treating disease, repairing injury, correcting deformity or defects, prolonging life or relieving suffering. Surgery includes, but is not limited to: incision or curettage of tissue or an organ; suture or other repair of tissue or an organ; a closed or open reduction of a fracture or extraction of tissue from the uterus. 13:35-4A.12 Alternative privileging procedure (d) A practitioner who seeks to utilize laser surgery techniques in an office, but does not hold privileges at a licensed hospital to do so, shall submit to the Board an application, which shall include: 1. Certification of successful completion of an accredited laser training program, in which the curriculum includes instruction in laser care, physics and clinical indications for utilization of the specific laser; or 2. Documentation from the program director of an accredited residency training program which the applicant has successfully completed, attesting to the inclusion of training in the specific laser therapy for which privileges are being sought during residency training. 13:35-4A.3 Minor Surgery http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/laws/BME_Regs.pdf
Additional examples of minor surgery include closed reduction of a fracture, the incision and drainage of abscesses, certain simple ophthalmologic surgical procedures, such as treatment of chalazions and non-invasive ophthalmologic laser procedures performed with topical anesthesia, limited endoscopies such as flexible sigmoidoscopies, anoscopies, proctoscopies, arthrocenteses, thoracenteses and paracenteses. Minor surgery shall not include any procedure identified as “major surgery” within the meaning of N.J.A.C. 13:35-4.1. “Monitoring” means continuous visual observation 13:35-9,11 Referral; informed consent A certified acupuncturist may perform initial acupuncture treatment only on presentation by the patient of a referral by or diagnosis from a licensed physician. The referring or diagnosing physician shall provide to the treating acupuncturist a diagnosis and pre-evaluation of the patient above, use any of the following methods to effect the stimulation of acupuncture points and channels as part of his or her professional practice: 7. Cold laser used for needle-less acupuncture; SUBCHAPTER 12. ELECTROLOGISTS “Electrology” means the removal of hair permanently through the utilization of solid probe electrode-type epila· tion, including thermolysis, being of a short wave, high frequency type, and including electrolysis, being of a galvanic type, or a combination of both, which is accomplished by a super.imposed or sequential blend. This definition specifically excludes laser and other intense light source hair removal from the definition of electrology.