by Erika Mehlhaff

Intravenous therapy has been growing more and more in demand in recent years. While intravenous (IV) therapy has been used for rehydration and to provide nutrition in hospitals and other medical facilities for decades, it has become more accessible and is now being used to treat everything from hangovers and jet lag to fatigue and flu symptoms to migraines and malnutrition in medical spas and concierge clinics.

Greater accessibility is the good news. The bad news is that, unfortunately, one IV infusion therapy business is not like all the others: they do not always offer the same level or quality of service. Because of this, it is key that people choose a provider that satisfies certain criteria. If you are wondering what to look for in an IV infusion therapy clinic, make sure you choose a reputable provider with skilled experts who specialize in the field and offer convenient, personalized care.

To find a reputable IV therapy business to meet your needs, you also must understand that such a business is a medical practice, since the skin of patients is pierced to place IV drip lines. As such, that business must comply with what is called the corporate practice of medicine (CPOM) for the state in which it operates.

The CPOM doctrine generally prohibits non-licensed medical professionals from practicing medicine; it also prohibits non-licensed medical professionals from owning medical clinics (even if they employ physicians). Each state has its own CPOM position. If an establishment in the State of California is offering IV therapy, it must be in compliance with the legal guidelines set forth in the state CPOM that requires those administering IV therapy to either be a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner, or a registered nurse under the supervision of any one of those. A licensed vocational nurse can administer IV therapy in some instances if he or she has completed an intravenous therapy course approved by the California State Board of Nursing or has submitted a qualifying certification received for passing a state exam of an IV Education Therapy Program; they must prove in this way that they have the knowledge, skill, and ability to render IV therapy services safely.

If you are interested in learning more about IV hydration therapy for business in the Carmel, CA area, you should reach out to the health professionals at Vivere Drip Therapy. Vivere Drip Therapy is a concierge IV hydration provider offering drip therapy using a variety of fluid blends to meet your IV hydration needs. Please don’t hesitate to contact Vivere Drip Therapy online at any time, or by calling (831) 253-9537 to speak directly with a knowledgeable Vivere wellness specialist. You can also reach them via email at any time at this address:


Update to Laws Regarding IV Therapy in Medical Spas

State by State IV Certification Requirements

For Purposes of Applying for the Administration of IV Therapies Specialty

(Licensees only)

2022 California Code

Business and Professions Code – BPC


CHAPTER 8.2 – Naturopathic Doctors Act

ARTICLE 4 – Application of Chapter

Section 3640.8

Corporate Practice of Medicine Doctrine: Increased Enforcement on the Horizon?