Simplifying Medical Waste Management for Rehab and Nursing Home Group Practices

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Given the healthcare industry’s trend towards consolidation, facilities are joining together, operating under a corporate or larger organization. This often creates a number of challenges in managing the Regulated Medical Waste (RMW) that is generated across a group’s multiple locations.

Ideally, predictable billing, a single trusted vendor across locations, and ease of reporting to regulatory agencies should be the goal. Traditionally, this is not what happens.

What often occurs is:

  • Management struggles with invoice variances resulting from multiple vendors contracted at their various locations.
  • Costly bills result due to over or under-scheduling when anticipated waste generation does not match up to the contracted service levels.
  • The geographic spread of an organization’s facilities forces the contracting with multiple hauling vendors, mitigating bargaining power and detracting from any standardization initiatives.
  • Service barrier issues ensue with remote locations having limited medical-waste service options.
  • Reporting errors across locations, leading to severe fines: i.e., Medical Waste Manifests, Certificate of Destruction, DOT papers, and applicable local and state reporting requirements

If you represent a multi-site healthcare organization, one of the best options you can take advantage of is to use a certified on-premise option that allows each location to efficiently treat the medical waste and then dispose of that treated waste in the regular municipal trash.

An on-premise option means no more scheduling third-party hauler trucks, no piling up of RMW at a facility (wasted space!), and no confusing multiple vendor invoicing. The on-premise unit is loaded at the location by staff, and with a press of a button, the waste is treated and then easily disposed of along with the facility’s regular trash.

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