West Virginia Medical Laser Laws & State Regulations
West Virginia Code §30-3-4. Definitions: Practice of medicine and surgery
(3) “Practice of medicine and surgery” means the diagnosis or treatment of, or operation or prescription for, any human disease, pain, injury, deformity or other physical or mental condition. “Surgery” includes the use on humans of lasers, ionizing radiation, pulsed light and radiofrequency devices. The provisions of this section do not apply to any person who is a duly licensed health care provider under other pertinent provisions of this code and who is acting within the scope of his or her license.
Public Policy Statement on Surgery Using Laser, Pulsed Light, Radiofrequency Devices, or Other Techniques
In those cases where the surgeon may utilize the services of a nonphysician advanced health practitioner or nonphysician health practitioner as an assistant during the performance of laser surgery (including ablative or nonablative procedures), the assistant must meet the following requirements:
• Be properly licensed, certified, and/or credentialed to practice his or her profession;
• Have appropriate education and training for assisting the surgeon in laser surgery procedures: and
• Complete assigned duties under the direct supervision of the surgeon performing the procedure.