Your Questions About IV Infusion Therapy, Answered

Many nurse practitioners have found professional and financial success by offering IV infusion therapy in their practice. Want to know if IV infusion therapy is a good fit for you and your business? Learn about the science of IV infusion here, and get a sneak peek at the key features of Elite NP’s IV Infusion Clinic Course.

Do I need specialized certification to operate an IV infusion clinic?

Some states require nurse practitioners hold certain pharmacological certifications to practice IV infusion medicine. This is because a nurse practitioner is technically producing a drug when mixing IV bags. Otherwise, there generally are no specific certifications or licenses necessary to start an IV infusion clinic outside of the normal medical licenses required by each state.

Are IV infusion supplies expensive?

Most of the supplies needed to run an IV infusion clinic are fairly inexpensive. If sourcing supplies from Elite NP’s preferred vendor network, NPs can expect to pay approximately $10 in supplies per IV infusion.

How much money can I expect to make providing IV infusions?

Profit margins for IV infusions vary widely by region, and will also depend on the rates charged per infusion. The average cost of an infusion in the U.S. is around $150. Therefore, if an NP sees ten patients on a Saturday morning to provide IV hangover treatments, they can expect to earn $1,500 in revenue. Minus expenses like supplies, rent, utilities, and marketing, you can expect to see around $900-$1,000 in profit. Not bad for a few hours of work!

Do I need a physician “medical director” to run my IV infusion clinic?

Medical director regulations for IV infusion clinics vary by state. If you operate in a state with restrictive nurse practitioner laws, a physician collaborator/medical director is required to run an IV infusion clinic. On the other hand, if you live in a full practice authority state that allows nurse practitioners to function independently, your clinic will not need a medical director. Use this tool by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) to learn more about your state’s specific restriction status.

Should I start a stand-alone IV infusion clinic?

Yes! IV infusion clinics can be a great niche side practice. Anyone can start an IV infusion clinic by following the advice in our IV Infusion Clinic course!

I already own a practice. Is IV infusion a good supplementary service?

Absolutely. Businesses like med spas and aesthetic clinics are a great fit for IV infusion services. IV infusion can be a great supplementary revenue stream that is low liability and low overhead.

Do I need a DEA number to operate an IV infusion clinic?

DEA numbers are required when prescribing controlled substances. Since the ingredients in IV bags are not DEA-regulated, providers do not need to register with the DEA to operate an IV infusion clinic.

Are IV-Infusions FDA approved?

Unless the individual presents with dehydration, IV therapy for wellness purposes are not considered a medical necessity. Therefore, this type of therapy is not FDA approved. IV infusions are safe and can be effective for boosting overall well-being, but are not placed in the same class as most prescription drugs.

Does medical insurance pay for IV infusions?

No, insurance does not reimburse for IV infusion services, unless the patient presents for dehydration and receives IV therapy as part of a larger treatment protocol. This makes IV infusion more costly for patients but more lucrative for providers. Operating a cash only practice drastically simplifies revenue streams, helping providers get paid faster. This eliminates insurance reimbursement waiting periods because the patient is directly paying the practice at the time of service.

Will this course teach me how to start an IV infusion clinic from scratch?

Yes, the course covers startup strategies, required supplies and where to source them, effective IV cocktails, and more.

Will this course cover marketing tips?

Absolutely! Remember, marketing is a top priority for any business. You have to get the word out about your practice. If you do not, no one will know you exist! This course will provide actionable steps for creating a marketing strategy for your clinic.

Will I have unlimited access to this course?

Yes, all The Elite Nurse Practitioner Courses are accessible at any time indefinitely!

Will this course offer CME?

Unfortunately, this course does not offer CME.

The IV-Infusion Clinic Course includes EVERYTHING you need to start a Drip Lounge from scratch!

59 Responses

  1. I don’t have my NP degree yet but would like to enroll in IV Infusion clinic, can I start my IV infusion clinic as an RN.

  2. Does your program include info re: LLC, collaborating agreement templates also? I’m in Michigan.
    Thank you

    1. Kristin,

      Yes, it includes the business creation components and everything you need to know to get started. We do not include a physician collaboration agreement as half the states in this country don’t require it, but you can certainly email me for one after you take the course.

  3. Do you have any guidance on finding a MD collaborator? I’m licensed in a FPA state but am presently in a state that requires a collaborative agreement.

  4. Do you happen to know if FL required physician supervision to have an infusion clinic? I have an autonomous FL NP license.

    1. You are only autonomous in FL if you are providing primary care services. If you are doing IVs out of a primary care office, then you are good. If you are doing just IVs, then you can’t.

  5. Does the Dr. need to be working with you or i mean i partnership with you to get the orders or can you just randomly call up a good friend who is a dr and have the orders placed each time? Not sure how to go about this part. If i want to own the company as a RN, do i ask a dr to come work for me or ask them to go in partners with me? I would like to be the sole owner. I have lots of friends that are drs and nurse pracs. but not sure how to go about asking them. I am in arkansas and read the nurse care act and dont quite understand the terms about the nurse prac. do they have to be working for som mnany hours before they can apply for their independent license? please email me back so i can understand this better?

    1. Tamara,

      You need a formal agreement with a physician to be signing off on standing orders. Just work them as a 1099 contractor and give them the title of a medical director. No need to give them ownership in your business.

      I do not know Arkansas specific NP law.

      Everything you need is explained in the IV course.

  6. Can a LPN that is IV certified start an IV nutrition business under an agreement (as the sole owner) with a local Nurse Practitioner who would sign off on standing orders of IV nutrition?

  7. As an APRN doing initial assessments for an IV clinic, are we required to chart ICD10 codes on patients seeking IV hydration?

    1. Not for a cash practice. You can just use a symptom diagnosis or whatever. No need to put an ICD code in your chart when accepting cash.

  8. Do you know if in the state of Louisiana, is it within the scope of practice for a Psych NP to write and sign orders for these types of IV infusions? I have not been able to find a definitive answer on this.

    1. It is within the scope of any psych NP to order an IV. But LA has made starting an IV clinic difficult with their compounding laws just FYI…. You can only infuse bags of saline and IV push various vitamins.

  9. Hi Justin! Quick question. Would you ever consider offering a live seminar for iv hydration business startups where we can meet suppliers, pharmacies, etc? Also, what are your thoughts on what is happening in Louisiana also happening in Florida?

    1. I have considered it, but I don’t see how it would be any more beneficial compared to an online class. Suppliers and pharmacies change so much as well. I am just not sure if it would be the most effective use of time and resources for everyone. And yes, LA is ridiculous… but there are ways around that.

  10. I am a NP- BC in NJ and NY. Do I need a Medical Director to oversee the Outpatient infusion center in New Jersey

  11. Hi. i am A NP, FNP, B-C. In florida do you need a medical director to open a mobile hydration services?

  12. Hello,
    In Texas, would I be required to have a physician be majority owner in an IV vitamin infusion mobile business? Furthermore, can I have an NP write my orders as well and NOT an MD? Just want to make sure I understand the TX market regulations.

    If I am not an RN, LVN, MD, NP or any medical certified person, can I own majority of business as well?

    1. No, you don’t need to do that in TX as long as medical or medicine is not in the name.

      Yes, an NP can sign off on orders, but they need to still be “supervised” by a physician.

      Yes, you can own the business. Just follow the steps in the course. Piece of cake!

  13. I am reading about good faith exams all over social media. As an RN who opened a health and wellness lounge, I started with IV hydration. I have a medical director and standing orders signed. Does a mid-level need to do gfe for IV hydration if I am doing a nursing exam and have standing orders in Indiana? I understand I will need a mid-level to do gfe when I start administering Botox; however, I cannot find anything regarding good faith exams (gfe) anywhere. I did take your IV hydration class and loved it! It was very helpful!

    1. Kristen,

      It is usually a good idea that a GFE is done at least one time on the patient. It just shows that a true patient/provider relationship has been established and would cover you in the event something adverse happened.

      Is it required? It is state by state, but a lot of states have zero regulations surrounding this.

  14. Usually, a GFE should be performed on the patient at least once. It simply shows that a genuine patient/supplier relationship has been laid out and would cover you in the occasion something unfriendly occurred.

  15. I’m interested to put up a mobile IV therapy business, is it allowed in the state of Illinois to own the business 100% by a RN? Or I need a physician or an NP to be a partner in the business? Can I hire an NP as an independent contractor who can act as a medical director for a fixed monthly fee instead of offering a percentage of the business?

    1. You should be able to own any business you want as an RN. And yes, you can hire an NP to do that if they have independent practice in your state.

  16. In your course, do you have templates that can be used for collaborative agreements, protocols, GFE, standing orders, etc?

    Also information regarding paying collaborative MD as 1099.

    Thanks, FNP-BC from CA

    1. Yes, includes most forms you need but we do not provide collaborative agreements – those need to be state specific but can be found on BON and state NP organization websites often.

  17. Hi. In idaho we are not required to have a MD be our DON or be physical owned. My question is can my Standing orders come for a PA in a different state? or must the PA reside in the same state as the iv hydration business ?

    1. The PA needs to have a license in the state and have the appropriate MD/DO supervisor. I don’t know of any state that does not require PAs to have a physician supervisor

  18. NP in NH. Starting my own aesthetics practice and I know NH has independent practice. Are there any regulations on mobile clinics or going to peoples houses to perform services versus doing it in an office?

  19. I live in michigan and work for a chiropractor who wants to turn their place into a med spa. I am licensed emt, what would ut take for them to do that? does he need an MD to supervise or be medical director? and if I go through your certification class would I be able to start the ivs

  20. Good afternoon. I am a dental implant surgeon in Louisiana and own my building. The other dentist that was renting the other suite in my building is retiring and I thought that it would be perfect for an IV infusion practice. My nurse anesthetist and my good friend who is an Internal Medicine Physician were talking about opening an IV infusion practice in the suite rather than me leasing the space again. How difficult would it be to get that started and do we need any other medically credentialed personnel to start the IVs?

  21. Would I need a “dispensing” license in Nevada if I start my mobile infusion services? Thank you!

  22. Multiple states have put forward nursing advisories regarding the “compounding” of IV bags and abiding by federal compounding laws which states if you add more than 1 ingredient – you are compounding. Do you go over giving the vitamins IV push in this course?

    1. Most boards of nursing don’t have jurisidiciton about this, its the board oh pharmacy. You are literally mixing an already compounded medication into an IV bag…. but yes you can do IVP

  23. I ama RN in NJ and my cousin is Chiropractor in NJ who owns her own practice. We want to start an IV Infusion practice together in her office. Does her DO degree count or we need MD or NP? Again we are in NJ. Thank you.

  24. I am a nurse practitioner in CT. Do i need a collaborating physician to clear patients for IVs that are just hydration and vitamins?
    Danielle

    1. CT is an independent state, so you do not need to worry about medical supervision/collaboration to open/administer IV infusion and Injectables.

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