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Newly forged partnership set to revolutionise disposal of hazardous medical waste in SA

Media Release Tech and know-how combines to deliver sustainable healthcare risk waste management   Tuesday 27 August 2019, The safe and effective management of healthcare waste emanating from hospitals and other healthcare facilities has long been a matter of grave concern locally and internationally.   This has been emphasised by the World Health Organization (WHO), which ...

May 2019 Vol. 149

Using the internet for ICD-10 Coding   The internet has become the single most important search tool in the world today and there are precious few, if any, medical practices that do not have access to the internet.The internet can be a very efficient and accurate way of accessing and utilising information, but not if it is incorrectly used, as this can result in errors and en ...

April 2019 Vol.148

Cancellations and No-ShowsSpesNet has recently received a number of queries relating to the charging of consultations that patients fail to attend, or to cancel timeously. We would consequently like to clarify the rules and ethical guidelines for those practices that may have any uncertainty in this regard. The current rules and guidelines related to the billing of such consult ...

March 2019 Vol. 147

Social Media Ground RulesBusiness entities including hospitals and medical practices have embraced social media as a key enabler of their business to engage, inform and network with clients and patients. The ease of creating social media accounts and connecting to clients and patients exposes us to a false sense of security when using these platforms and create unintended risk ...

February 2019 Vol. 146

Informed consentInformed consent is legislated under the:- National Health Act;- National Patients’ Rights Charter;- Health Professions Act; - Ethical Rules of Conduct for Practitioners Registered under the Health Professions Act;- Ethical and philosophical principles, such as the right to individual autonomy andself-determination. Practitioners are required to inform patients ...

January 2019 Vol. 145

Changes made to the 2018 SAMA Medical Doctors’ Coding structure for 2019In line with their mandate from their members, SAMA (South African Medical Association) has been updating the procedure coding system used by medical doctors in order to keep abreast of new developments in medical practice. No tariffs are included, but relative value units were assigned to the codes as the ...