With many long-term care (LTC) communities already struggling with staff shortages, rising salaries, declining resident census, and other challenges, new government regulations can seem like just one more burden. However, changes to federal medication disposal regulations can actually help assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities,  memory care facilities, and other providers realize significant savings.
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Last updated on August 12, 2021

When a healthcare facility generates regulated medical waste (RMW) or hazardous waste (HW), it has cradle-to-grave responsibility for that waste. That includes the safe containment, packaging, transportation, and tracking of wastes that leave the facility for treatment. The federal Department of Transportation (DOT) issues regulations governing this process for waste transported over the road, across waterways, or in the air. Waste generators must ensure that employees are correctly trained to segregate wastes, package and label them properly, and follow documentation guidelines.

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