Massage therapists in any state where licensure is required should make sure they are operating within the law before partnering with a daily deal site like Groupon or Living Social.

A statement now posted to the website of the Office of the Professions of the state of New York reads:

“Advisory Notice: In the case of coupons, including Internet coupons, licensed professionals who advertise these discounts should be cautious. Generally speaking, discounts cannot be limited to one segment of your practice without offering the same discount to the rest of your practice. Additionally, the fee you pay for these advertising services may constitute fee splitting. The offering of improper discounts and/or the improper sharing of professional fees may subject a licensee to charges of professional misconduct.

“There are several definitions of unprofessional conduct in Part 29 of the Rules of the Board of Regents which may be implicated by the use of coupons, including paragraphs 29.1(b)(2), (3), (4), and (12). The actual language of the Regents Rules is available at: http://www.op.nysed.gov/title8/part29.htm

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