Dos and don'ts for leadership: Traits of an excellent leader
March 24, 2014 -- To be a good leader, you must possess a way of thinking and acting based on motivation, skills, training, and specific behaviors. Be ready to learn, and don't just talk the talk but walk the walk, according to Dr. Roger Levin.
Study compares products to battle marginal shrinkage
March 21, 2014 -- Marginal shrinkage can jeopardize the success of composite restorations, and a new study has tested different bonding strategies. Single Bond, One Coat Self-Etching Bond, and Adper Easy Bond Self-Etch Adhesive products were included, but which produced the best continuous margin?
Promoting ethical code on agenda of DGPA
March 20, 2014 -- During a period of time when dental group practices are under increased pressure because of the high-profile actions of particular organizations, the Dental Group Practice Association (DGPA) is implementing a new ethical code that works to ensure practitioners put their patient's healthcare first.
Study: Recurrent OP cancer less deadly when caused by HPV
March 20, 2014 -- Patients with late-stage oropharyngeal (OP) cancer that recurs after chemotherapy and radiation treatment are twice as likely to be alive two years later if their cancer is caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins University.
HIPAA enforcement activities impact small group practices
March 19, 2014 -- On February 24, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it will survey up to 1,200 covered entities and business associates to determine suitability for its HIPAA Audit Program. Small group practices need to take action and ensure they are in compliance or risk serious consequences.
OPC patients report post-treatment voice problems
March 19, 2014 -- Oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) patients treated with combined chemotherapy and radiation therapy reported a decrease in their voice and speech quality for up to one year after completing treatment, according to research presented at the recent Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium in Arizona.
Congressional committee has continuing concerns about DMSOs
March 18, 2014 -- A congressional oversight committee expressed impatience that little has been done to rein in scofflaw dental management service companies (DMSOs), according to a recent letter to the Office of Inspector General (OIG). The OIG subsequently excluded the owners of the Small Smiles dental chain from federal healthcare programs for multiple breaches to a compliance agreement.
Sheri's Solutions: Sticker shock
March 18, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger uses a "case history" of a woman who waited years for treatment as an example of how to defuse the all-too-common question of "This is going to cost how much?"
AAID sues Texas dental board over 'specialist' ads
March 17, 2014 -- The American Academy of Implant Dentistry has filed a federal lawsuit against the Texas dental board over a rule that limits dentists from advertising themselves as "specialists." The group, which has won similar suits against other states, says the rule violates free speech rights.
8 reasons why to make friends, not besties
March 17, 2014 -- Dr. Lisa Knowles looks at how practitioners' leadership evolves over time, and why there's a line between being friends with your staff but not best friends. She offers eight reasons why it's better to be friends and not besties.