Compilation of Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia
Department 360 - RULES OF GEORGIA COMPOSITE MEDICAL BOARD.
Chapter 360-8 - PAIN MANAGEMENT CLINICS
Rule 360-8-.03 - Pain Management Clinic License Requirements
RULE 360-8-.03. Pain Management Clinic License Requirements
(1) Effective July 1, 2013, all pain management clinics must hold a license issued by the Board to operate in this state, and must be owned by physicians holding current licenses to practice in this state.
(a) A pain management clinic who can present satisfactory evidence to the Board of being in existence on June 30, 2013, may also qualify for a licenses at each location if it is jointly owned by one or more Georgia licensed physicians and one or more Georgia licensed physician assistants or Georgia licensed advanced practice registered nurses. However, the non-physician owners must meet all the qualifications for licensure except being a licensed physician.
(b) A pain management clinic who can present satisfactory evidence to the Board of being in existence on June 30, 2013, may also qualify for a license at ONE location even though it is not wholly owned by Georgia licensed physicians. However, the owners must meet all the qualifications for licensure except being a licensed physician.
(2) All applicants for licensure as pain management clinic must submit an application on a form approved by the Board for each location and a non-refundable application fee for each application, and must submit all of the following:
(a) An affidavit from each owner that each owner is a United States citizen, a legal permanent resident of the United States, or that he/she is a qualified alien or non-immigrant under the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act. If the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, he/she must submit documentation that will determine his/her qualified alien status. The Board participates in the DHS-USCIS SAVE (Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements or "SAVE") program for the purpose of verifying citizenship and immigration status information of non-citizens. If the applicant is a qualified alien or non-immigrant under the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act, he/she must provide the alien number issued by the Department of Homeland Security or other federal immigration agency.
(b) A secure and verifiable document from each owner.
(c) Proof that each licensed owner who holds a license to practice healthcare in this state and each physician, physician assistant and advanced practice registered nurse who practices at the clinic are in good standing with the Board or their respective licensing board.
(d) Each owner, principal, manager, agent, officer, and licensed health care practitioner must pass a criminal background check and further investigation, at the Board's discretion.
(e) Each owner must submit an affidavit of ownership and current photograph.
(f) A National Practitioner Data Bank and Health Integrity and Protection Data Bank Report is required for all health care providers owning or practicing in the pain management clinic.
(g) A copy of the current Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) card for all owners and all health care providers practicing in the pain management clinic that holds such license.
(h) Proof of ownership.
(3) Pain management clinic applications are valid for six month from initial receipt.
(4) The Board may require the owner and/or physician(s) practicing at the pain management clinic to appear for a personal interview before the Licensure Committee of the Board.
(5) The physical location of the applicant pain management clinic may be inspected before the application is considered. In addition, if a license is granted, the pain management clinic may be inspected at the Board's discretion at any time. The pain management clinic must have the necessary medical equipment to provide the medical treatment or service offered and must comply with sanitation standards.
(6) An application may be denied for any of the reasons authorized by law, or the Board may grant a license with restrictions.
O.C.G.A. Sections 43-34-5, 43-34-8, 43-34-282, 43-34-283, 43-34-284, 43-34-286, and 43-34-288.(Original Rule entitled "Pain Management Clinic License Requirements" adopted. F. Jun. 23, 2014; eff. Jul. 13, 2014.)