Report: More than half of Calif.'s poor kids not getting dental care December 22, 2014 -- A new state audit has found that more than half of the 5.1 million children enrolled in Denti-Cal, California's Medicaid dental program, did not receive dental care last year and that Delta Dental, California's largest dental insurer, will have been paid as much as $8.6 billion since 2004 to administer the program.
Dos and don'ts for increasing per-patient production December 22, 2014 -- Since the dental economy became more challenging, most dentists have been looking for ways to increase production. There's one approach that can yield excellent results. Measure and begin tracking production per patient, then implement strategies to raise that number, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Regulatory hot spots in dental transactions: Part I December 22, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, a partner and two associates from healthcare law firm McGuireWoods detail the potential regulatory issues in dental transactions, focusing on dental service organizations (DSOs). They stress that due diligence is needed to determine if all federal and state laws have been followed.
Top 5 stories of fall 2014 December 19, 2014 -- With winter officially starting this weekend, DrBicuspid.com takes a look back at the most-read stories from the fall. Our most-read stories for the past quarter include a new Environmental Protection Agency proposal on amalgam separators, the historic agreement between Boston University and Sirona that was announced at ADA 2014, and the contentious North Carolina teeth-whitening case.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about creating sustainability December 18, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book What Dentists Can Learn From Top CEOs, Dr. Roger P. Levin explains why dentists should think about long-term sustainability for the success of their practice. He offers examples of how creating sustainability can work to a practice's advantage.
Calif. Supreme Court rules on medical malpractice awards December 18, 2014 -- California dentists breathed a sigh of relief this fall when a ballot measure to quadruple the state's cap on noneconomic damages for medical and dental malpractice was defeated. Less than a month later, however, the cap is already facing a challenge in California's Supreme Court.
3 ways to reduce overhead in your practice December 17, 2014 -- Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie asks if your overhead costs are more than 55% of your production. If they are, she offers three practical ideas to manage these costs, make your days more productive, and possibly increase your practice's profitability.
4 tips for less stress this holiday season December 17, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler offers four tips to reduce holiday stress and make this time of year memorable, for the right reasons. She writes that even during the holidays, having a plan is the key to success.
ADA: Dentists' earnings not recovering from recession December 16, 2014 -- Dentists' earnings are not rebounding despite several years of economic recovery, according to new ADA research. Recent years have seen a stagnation of consumer dental spending, an increased number of dentists, and stagnant dentist earnings, the study found.
Parental behavior modifications can benefit kids' oral hygiene December 16, 2014 -- A new paper in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene highlights the crisis in children's oral care and offers a proven program of treatment and behavior modification that has shown results in improving children's oral hygiene.