Report: Minn. dental therapists are making an impact
March 6, 2014 -- Dental therapists are having a positive impact in several areas in Minnesota, according to a preliminary progress report by the state's health department and dental board issued to the state Legislature. However, the Minnesota Dental Association says it's too early to tell.
Analysis of ADC vs. Texas Health and Human Services Commission
March 6, 2014 -- Why should anyone care about a dental Medicaid ruling from an administrative law court in Travis County in Texas? Not just because it potentially involves millions of taxpayer dollars, but also because public record disclosure revealed mechanisms for defrauding taxpayers.
2 portraits of Dr. Fritz Pfeffer, Anne Frank's roommate
March 5, 2014 -- In his latest history column, Daniel Demers writes about a fortunate find at a flea market that uncovered the true story of Dr. Friedrich "Fritz" Pfeffer, the dentist who hid along with Anne Frank before they were betrayed to the occupying Nazi forces.
Dental Group Practices Association names new executive director
March 4, 2014 -- This week, the Dental Group Practices Association (DGPA) announced the appointment of a new executive director, Quinn Dufurrena, DDS, JD. Dr. Dufurrena comes to the association with an extensive resume and background in dental fields. In a discussion with DrBicuspid.com, Dr. Dufurrena said that dental support organizations are the way of the future in dentistry, which is where the DGPA can be a positive force.
Sheri's Solutions: The 'new' piece of equipment
March 4, 2014 -- When it is finally time to replace or add equipment, how can you ensure that you know all that you need to know about it until you actually try to use it? Always ask for instructions, even if you think you know how it works, Dr. Sheri Doniger advises.
Dentist climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro in honor of his wife and diabetes
March 3, 2014 -- A Kentucky dentist climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness and money for diabetes on behalf of his wife who has type 1 diabetes. Louisville dentist Dr. David Shorten said scaling the 19,341-foot peak was challenging but not as hard as the daily hurdles that his wife must overcome.
Where should you look for the funding you need?
March 3, 2014 -- What do you need to be aware of when pursuing funding? In some cases, private equity is more accurate in assessing needed funds than banks. Banks may be more concerned with their own metrics, whereas private equity realizes that its only real collateral is the success of the business to which it is lending money, according to consultant Thomas Climo, PhD.
Dos and don'ts for leadership: The importance of setting targets
March 3, 2014 -- The first step in creating a more efficient, more profitable practice is setting targets. This is essential, because starting out with vague, simplistic goals does not drive change. Targets must be clearly defined, then the objective becomes very clear, according Dr. Roger Levin.