Q: Operating a diagnostic ultrasound facility in Michigan
I was thinking about opening a small diagnostic ultrasound clinic in Dearborn, Michigan. I am an experienced sonographer with more than 10 years of experience. I want to cater to clients/patients who will be self pay. I will not be billing insurance companies. I wanted to know what the legalities were in Michigan to operate this kind of business. Do patients have to have orders/referrals from doctors if they are self pay? I know some states don’t require doctors orders/referrals for self pay patients for ultrasounds. As ultrasounds do not emit radiation and there have been no documented side effects and it’s relatively safe what are the laws for this. I will also be offering gender reveal ultrasounds.
A: You will likely need to seek out an attorney who has experience in health care law. I would inquire about whether or not a sonographer can operate independently, the type of license a diagnostic facility requires, and whether or not a diagnostic facility needs a physician in a director role. And, I would also learn more about other options (animals, industrial/commercial) if you discover medical services and diagnosis of humans has special requirements.
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