Stericycle to Acquire Shred-it International

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 03:35 PM

Creates Global Leader in Business-to-Business Compliance Solutions

Today, we announce plans to add Shred-it, the global secure information destruction services provider, to the Stericycle family. This acquisition will enable Stericycle to offer an additional compliance solution to our customers.

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Topics: Stericycle

Achieving Healthcare Compliance With a Strategic Perspective

Posted by Richard Best on Sun, Jul 12, 2015 @ 06:30 PM

 

“Compliance” is a pretty broad term—especially in the healthcare space. Noncompliance can have a major impact on smaller practices, with indirect and direct costs putting practices at risk. These fines and penalties threaten long-term viability, ranging from thousands to millions of dollars depending on the scope and regulation.

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Topics: Healthcare Compliance

How Committed Are You to Healthcare Sustainability?

Posted by Enrico Vona on Wed, Jul 08, 2015 @ 06:42 PM

Enrico Vona is Vice President, Integrated Waste Stream Solutions Operations and Training.

Every spring, Practice Greenhealth (PGH) announces the nation’s hospital and health system award winners for their commitment to sustainable, eco-friendly practices.

We are pleased to see many Stericycle customers were recipients of PGH awards at the CleanMed conference in May. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with them and help them meet their sustainability goals by utilizing our Healthcare Solutions, such as:

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Topics: Sustainable Business Solutions

Leveraging Technology During a Healthcare Merger

Posted by Richard Best on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

The healthcare industry is moving toward a more value-based driven model, which is causing many physicians’ practices, hospitals and health systems to consolidate. Integrating and managing different settings, including smaller practices, under one larger enterprise can be a difficult process.

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Topics: Compliance

Parkway General Surgeons: One Practice’s Approach to HIPAA Compliance

Posted by Digital Manager on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 02:17 PM

Building and Maintaining a Strong HIPAA Compliance Program

In healthcare today, safeguarding your patients’ data is critically important, so organizations must build and maintain a strong HIPAA compliance program to protect patient privacy and avoid potential data breaches or financial penalties.

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Topics: HIPAA Compliance

OSHA Compliance: Laying the Groundwork for Patient-Focused Care

Posted by Richard Best on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

Patient-focused care has become a major strategic goal for many healthcare organizations, including smaller practices. But to be able to provide this type of care, the staff of a practice—from the doctors and nurses to administrative staff—must drive the effort. They are the lynchpin for patient-focused success.

One main strategy to get staff on board is to make sure they are happy and safe during their workday. Staff satisfaction can be directly tied to patient satisfaction, so it’s important to make sure employees feel they have a caring and safe work environment by complying with OSHA regulations.

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Topics: OSHA Compliance, OSHA Compliance Program

Prepare for ICD-10 and Earn CEU Credits

Posted by Digital Manager on Wed, Jun 03, 2015 @ 02:57 PM

Have you registered for our ICD-10 continuing education series, hosted by nationally recognized coding expert Susan Thurston? These 90-minute webinars with Q&A are focused on making sure your organization is fully prepared and educated for the ICD-10 coding changes.

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Topics: icd-10

Key Strategies for Ensuring Proper Hazardous Drug Disposal

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, Jun 02, 2015 @ 10:30 AM

Focus on Long-term Care Facilities

Did you know that long-term care facilities are some of the biggest producers of drug waste? This high volume comes from the populations they treat. Patients with comorbidities require more medication that is likely considered “hazardous”—equating into more hazardous waste. While some wastes may be hazardous or non-hazardous by EPA regulations, it is important to understand what is being generated and what regulations both at a federal and state level apply. Additionally, facilities should be assessing how they are managing controlled substances based on the DEA regulations which came out in autumn 2014.

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Topics: Hazardous Pharmaceutical Waste

Are My Healthcare Facility’s Drugs Hazardous?

Posted by Wade Scheel on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 05:01 PM

Read on to learn about the types of hazardous drugs commonly found in healthcare organizations.

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Topics: Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Medical Waste Incineration Is an Essential Component of Our Healthcare System

Posted by Selin Hoboy on Tue, May 26, 2015 @ 02:44 PM

By Selin Hoboy, Vice President of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Stericycle

We are very fortunate in the U.S. to have an excellent and readily available healthcare system. However, maintaining such a system requires many behind-the-scenes support services that many of us are unaware of or take for granted. Managing medical waste is one such service. Every day, a wide range of potentially infectious or chemical waste is created requiring special disposal; this includes needles from routine vaccinations, tumors removed from patients, trace chemicals remaining in an IV line, or bloodied supplies from treating an accident victim.

Of millions of tons of waste generated from our ho spital systems each year, just 6-8% percent (per Practice Greenhealth) is considered “regulated medical waste” requiring treatment from companies like Stericycle.  While most people think that all regulated medical waste is incinerated, only about 10% is treated via incineration.
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Topics: Medical Waste

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