Outlast, outperform, and outsmart corporate competitors September 8, 2016 -- With corporate dentistry expanding, the private practice owner can sometimes feel outgunned. But, as stress management consultant Jen Butler writes, there are ways to outlast, outperform, and outsmart the competition by embracing strategic and people planning.
3 ways offering raises just because hurts your practice September 7, 2016 -- Do you give your team members an annual raise? Did your practice grow? Did they earn it, or did you give them one just because? As practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, there are good reasons to have clear expectations as to how your staff can earn their pay raise.
Dentistry is getting it wrong September 7, 2016 -- We've seen numerous treatment and technological advances in oral healthcare, according to periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg. While he celebrates these advances and their impact on oral health, what he'd like to see is an emphasis on teaching patients the real causes of tooth decay and gum disease. As he writes, eliminate the cause of a disease and you eliminate the disease.
Get smart with your staff: Part 2 -- 4 key management tips September 6, 2016 -- In the first part of this series, Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Practice Consultants discussed how to look at staff disagreements and noncompliance in terms of the bigger picture of practice productivity. In part two, he offers four key management tips to improve the efficiency, productivity, and profitability of your practice.
Dos and don'ts for building patient relationships: Getting to know patients is golden September 5, 2016 -- The better your relationships with patients, the more likely they are to stay with your practice, come in for appointments regularly, and trust your advice. To establish and strengthen practice-patient relationships, you and your staff should use a technique known as the Golden 10 -- learning at least 10 personal facts about each patient, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Court: Ohio dentist's advertising lawsuit can proceed September 2, 2016 -- An appellate court has ruled that a lawsuit filed by an Ohio dentist regarding advertising as a specialist can proceed. The suit focuses on an Ohio law that forbids dentists from advertising as specialists when they also perform general dentistry.
ClearCorrect: Align, ITC won't appeal to U.S. Supreme Court September 1, 2016 -- Align Technology and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will not appeal a 2015 federal court decision that determined the ITC does not have the authority to regulate data, according to a statement from ClearCorrect. While the decision reinforces that the ITC doesn't have jurisdiction over data, legal disputes between the two aligner creators are not over yet.
Planning for a longer retirement September 1, 2016 -- The good news is that we, in general, are living longer. One of the outcomes of this pleasant development, however, is that we also need to make financial resources last longer. Financial planner John G. McCarthy III has some ideas you can put into practice immediately.