The management of pain by New Mexico physicians is regulated by the Pain Relief Act, Sections 24-2D-1 through 24-2D-5, NMSA 1978, and Section 16.10.14 NMAC of the Board rules, adopted January 20, 2003. Anyone who has questions about pain management should review these documents.
New Mexico allows a non-physician to perform laser or light activated hair removal. However, these services to be performed under the supervision of a licensed physician. The rules require:
the supervising physician must have interviewed the patient and recorded appropriate history and physical information;
the unlicensed person who will be performing the hair removal must have been trained on the procedure;
the supervising physician must be on the immediate premises at all times during the procedure;
the unlicensed person performing the service must be fully insured under the physician's medical malpractice policy;
the patient must be informed that the person providing the service is not a physician; and
the Board must have a record of non-licensed staff who are performing these services.
Complete information is provided in Part 16 NMAC 10.13 of the Rules.