Increasing Medical Waste Disposal Costs

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Increasing Medical Waste Disposal Costs

Last year ADAnews published an article regarding dental offices issues arising from their medical waste contracts. Multiple dentists across the country are contacting the ADA to report escalating fees that were not explicitly stated in contracts from a leading medical waste pickup service.

The contracts are also automatically renewing with increased prices and a small window to cancel before it re-ups for several more years.

The full article is found at the following link Stericycle contracts: Read the fine print

Medical Waste Mailback Services: No Contracts, No Escalating Fees

HealthFirst continues to hear from our customers the same story that is told in the ADAnews article. Many of our dental offices are finding relief from their traditional medical waste contracts by moving to mailback services, such as the HealthFirst Sharps Management line of products, which are endorsed by ADA Business Resources. Sharps and medical waste mailback services provide an economical alternative to costly, long-term contracts normally associated with traditional pick up services.

Sharps-Management-Group-Shot-wShadow_800pixTypical mailback kits include specially packaged sharps containers with pre-paid shipping, waste processing and tracking services included.   Smaller 1-quart to 2-gallon containers, ideal for dental needles and ampules, are available in single and multi-packs for use in each operatory. Large capacity containers are also available, which are perfect for the removal of full sharps containers and “red bag” medical waste from your practice.

These self-managed programs allow the generator to fill a package to capacity and decide when to return the package for waste processing.  This allows the customer to maximize the cost savings for the service.

Calculate the Cost Savings by Moving to Sharps Mailback Services

how-much-calculator-buttonUse the handy Cost Savings Calculator, which is located on the Sharps Management product page to determine how much you can save by switching to sharps mailback services.

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Dr. Donald Cohen, a trusted figure and key opinion leader, has been a licensed and practicing dentist for over 30 years. Additionally, Dr. Cohen has 20 years of teaching experience at Columbia University SDOS, and 20 years as an Attending Dentist at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. With his many years of experience in the field and in the classroom, “Dr. Don” is an expert in the areas of dental compliance, regulations, and best practices.

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