New POCA member benefit — Sharps Disposal, Pick Up & more…

fellow POCA members,

Our cooperative has a new member benefit that directly affects day to day clinic expenses in a good way—discounted sharps pick–up and delivery service!

Stericycle is offering all POCA clinics a 20% discount off of the ground floor price of your local service area. This is a good deal for any acupuncture clinic. What makes the relationship with Stericycle extra special is that they understand POCA’s staying power and want to do business with us over the long haul. With long term business relations in mind, Stericycle has offered a deeper discount POCA wide once enough clinics are already using the service. So, sign up when your current sharps contract is over and compare pricing for this company. Let’s move toward a deeper discount in sharps services as soon as possible.

The folks at Stericycle have many aspects of their business that benefit POCA clinics:
•       Strong leader in the industry of sharps management
•       Whole business is focused on medical waste management and heath care compliance. This means Stericycle manages the disposal of acupuncture sharps as well as the OSHA requirements around blood borne pathogens in acu clinics. They stay up to date with all OSHA requirements so we can focus on patient care.
•       The only sharps company in the US that services nationwide and owns all of their service facilities and equipment in each state. Your sharps truck driver lives where you do. Local ownership means supporting local business.
•       Mail back sharps service is the best option for Nevada and Hawaii; yet, the vast majority of US states are available for sharps pick up service
•       Price for service depends on the service area of your clinic

To get a quote for your clinic service area, call or email POCA's super helpful sharps service representative:

Rick Barnhill
Stericycle, Inc.
Direct: (847) 943-6515
Fax: (800) 915-4189

Moses Cooper
Author: Moses Cooper

hello POCA family, I found community acupuncture in the early days of Working Class Acupuncture. I was lucky enough to be the first trial employee at WCA in 2005 after Lisa and Skip survived a string of uncomfortable independent contractor acupuncturists. I remember showing up during a clinic expansion painting moment and grabbing a brush. I was feeling grateful to be working with folks that were so obviously helping people of all kinds afford pokes. That was a very attractive bottom line at the time, and still is! I consider my family roots working poor where I come from, so I was both familiar with and willing to 'walk through the fire' to figure out how to punk. I was a well-meaning, yet slow and mentally mired punk in the early days. I made all the communication mistakes you can make as a newbie poker... It took all of my energy to develop a punk mindset and clinic awareness. I often felt like I was on trial both from my employers and my patients as I figured out the basics of being a real punk. Having solid boundaries instead of being over-comforting; connecting with subtle body language as much as...

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  1. Agree with acupunkgirl! We’re starting up and using a cobbled together grouping of sharps boxes, mostly purchased during school. This is one of our remaining missing pieces. Perfect timing Moses!
    Thanks so much!
    Amy and Jill