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The 191st General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Section 273: Unauthorized practice of naturopathic medicine

[Text of section applicable as provided by 2016, 400, Sec. 5.]

Section 273. (a) No person shall represent or assume the character or appearance of a licensed naturopathic doctor in the commonwealth unless that person is licensed under this chapter. A person who is not licensed under this chapter shall not use any of the following titles: naturopathic physician, naturopathic practitioner, natural doctor, naturopathic doctor, doctor of naturopathy, doctor of natural medicine, doctor of naturopathic medicine, NMD, doctor of nutritional medicine, N.D., naturopathic medicine, naturopath or any other term that indicates or implies that the person is licensed to practice any form of naturopathic health care.

(b) A licensed naturopathic doctor shall not use the term physician nor assume the character or appearance of a primary care provider.

(c) A person acting or purporting to act as a naturopathic doctor without first obtaining a license under this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 1 year in a house of correction, or by both such fine and imprisonment. Upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense, the person shall be punished by a fine of not more than $10,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 2 years in a house of correction, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

(d) A person who receives money or an equivalent item of value as a fee, commission, compensation or profit by or as the consequence of a violation of sections 267 to 273, inclusive, shall, in addition to any other penalty, be liable for a fine of not less than the sum of the money so received and not more than 3 times the sum received, as determined by the board.

(e) There shall be no action brought by a person for recovery of compensation, nor actual recovery of compensation, for services rendered by that person as a licensed naturopathic practitioner unless that person held a current valid license under this chapter at the time the act or service was provided.