7 ways to establish a solid fee schedule
August 20, 2015 -- You know you should probably raise your fees, but the thought of it probably makes you nervous. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers some tips to help you develop a fee schedule, retain your patients, and also grow your practice.
10 ways to annoy your team
August 19, 2015 -- It's National Annoy Your Team Day! OK, it really isn't, as the Madow Brothers just made that up, but what isn't made up is that if you want to get the worst out of your team, follow these steps.
Study: Oldest dentistry found in 14,000-year-old tooth
August 19, 2015 -- An infected 14,000-year-old tooth that was cleaned out with flint tools represents the oldest known dentistry, according to a study in Scientific Reports. The find represents the earliest archaeological example of a manual intervention on a pathological condition.
Former U.S. surgeon general advances oral health debate
August 18, 2015 -- In this exclusive interview with, David Satcher, MD, PhD, former surgeon general of the U.S., talks about the need to improve the oral health of all Americans, how the first surgeon general's report on oral health came into being, the need for more outcomes research in dentistry, and why it's not about dentists versus dental therapists.
Setting your target destinations
August 18, 2015 -- It's easy to become preoccupied with day-to-day matters while running a practice. Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier suggests that, occasionally, taking a step back and examining your priorities and the big picture are necessary. As he writes, if you don't have a destination in mind, you'll never get there.
Calif. hires dental director to resolve disparities
August 17, 2015 -- California legislators took the first step in resolving oral health disparities by hiring the state's first dental director, Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH. Dr. Kumar's first step is to create and implement a statewide oral health plan.
Dos and don'ts for referral management
August 17, 2015 -- When you refer your patient to a specialist, the communication plan is as important as the clinical plan. A haphazard approach to interoffice communication can too easily lead to miscommunication, with neither office understanding its responsibilities. To prevent this, take the lead in spelling out the who, when, and how of interoffice communication, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
The Naked Dentist uncovers hygiene productivity
August 14, 2015 -- How is your hygiene department doing? Is there office disagreement about productivity? In his latest column, Curtis Marshall details how he helped one practice increase the productivity of its hygiene department by tracking the numbers. The actual numbers might surprise you.
ADA: Big dental chains are doing big business
August 13, 2015 -- The number of large dental firms is growing, along with their profits and the number of employees, according to a new research brief by the ADA Health Policy Institute. The study findings present a continuation of recent trends toward larger, consolidated dental practices.
What dentists can learn about always improving
August 13, 2015 -- The concept of continuous cyclical improvement may not be a concept taught in dental school, but it is an established, practical way of improving a business of any size, including a dental practice. In the latest excerpt from his book, What Dentists Can Learn from Top CEOs, Dr. Roger P. Levin urges practice owners look at how this concept can improve their practices.
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