Medical Records are protected by federal law- it’s important to be sure that you secure and properly destroy patient medical records to avoid penalties and persecution.

Learn more about what steps your practice needs to take to ensure you comply with HIPAA and FACTA, and read recent stories of some of the consequences involved with improper handling of medical records.

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How to Manage a Proper Medical Record Destruction Log

A medical record destruction log is a detailed record that tracks when, what, and how inactive medical records were destroyed. These logs are important for ensuring that medical records are being destroyed properly to maintain compliance with HIPAA. What Should a Medical Record Destruction Log Include? Each medical record...
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Different Types of Medical Waste & Their Disposal Methods

Medical waste—usually defined as any potentially infectious material produced in a healthcare facility—comes in many different types. For example, a routine checkup may produce sharps waste (like needles) or “red bag” waste like bandages or surgical gloves. Proper handling and disposal of the different types of medical waste is...
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Is It Safe to Throw Away Old Pill Bottles?

Over 70% of Americans use prescription medications. With hundreds of prescriptions ordered every day, pill bottles—full or empty—require safe handling to prevent the leak of sensitive PHI. The label on pill bottles contains several pieces of private PHI such as a patient’s name, address, an RX number, how often...
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Pill Bottle Shredding: What to Do With Old Bottles

With over 70% of Americans using prescription medications, the amount of pill bottles used each day in the US is staggering. To efficiently manage the private information contained on prescription medication packaging, you must streamline safe disposal processes. Watch the video or read the transcript below to find out...
Chemotherapy Waste Black and Yellow Bins

Do I Need Yellow or Black Containers for My Chemo Waste?

Properly disposing of your medical waste reduces exposure for your employees and helps keep the environment clean and safe. If you produce chemotherapy waste, you will be dealing with hazardous and borderline hazardous waste that you must handle and dispose properly. What Is Chemo Waste? Chemo waste includes materials...
Properly Disposing of Medical Waste

How To Properly Dispose Medical Waste

Medical waste can be harmful and aid in the spread of infectious diseases. In order to protect patients and employees, medical waste needs to be properly disposed. Watch the video below or read the following transcript for a guide on proper medical waste disposal. Video Transcript What is Medical...
Safe Disposal of Medical Waste

How to Safely Dispose of Medical Waste

Medical waste must be properly handled and disposed of to prevent the unnecessary spread of infectious diseases. What is Medical Waste Medical waste is any type of material that is itself or is contaminated by (or even potentially contaminated by) infectious materials. This type of waste includes items such...
Medical Record Shredding Guidelines

Medical Records Shredding Guidelines and Processes

All types of sensitive documentation requires secure destruction at the end of its lifecycle. But medical records require extra attention because they contain such a high volume of personally identifiable information and are highly targeted by criminals and hackers. The best way to protect patient health records is to...
Medical Record Shredding

Medical Records Shredding Guidelines

The healthcare industry is constantly burdened with documents containing confidential patient information which require strict regulations to keep the information protected. However, even with some of the most stringent regulations put in place by HIPAA and other government-based institutions, data breaches are an all-too-familiar occurrence. Proper disposal of old...