The most important question in dentistry August 12, 2015 -- Having patients complete a satisfaction survey can be a great way to figure out what is going well and what needs improvement. But these surveys can be a bit cumbersome. The longer the survey is, the less likely patients are to actually take the time to complete it. As the Madow Brothers discuss, it's best to get right to the point.
Lack of adult dental coverage mars Medicare anniversary August 12, 2015 -- On the 50th anniversary of the institution of Medicare and Medicaid, DentaQuest Chief Dental Officer Dr. John Luther celebrates the critical health coverage the programs provide, but asks when dental coverage for adults will be included in these programs.
CODA begins midlevel provider program accreditation process August 11, 2015 -- Education programs for midlevel dental providers could be accredited as soon as August 2016, after a recent Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) meeting determined that the accreditation process can begin for these programs.
Does more Medicaid coverage cut ED use for dental care? August 11, 2015 -- Expanded dental coverage through Medicaid and an increased number of dentists were not associated with fewer visits to the emergency department (ED) by patients with nontraumatic dental conditions in 2010, according to a new study in Health Affairs.
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Keeping more patients active August 10, 2015 -- A growing number of adults have stopped making dental appointments regularly. If you have a substantial number of inactive patients, take steps to maintain your relationship with them and, ideally, bring them back in for a visit. Otherwise, you may lose them forever, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.
Encryption is only as good as its use August 10, 2015 -- Maintaining HIPAA-compliant communications among dental providers, specialists, facilities, and patients is a must in today's environment. While just about every office relies on email, many do not realize these communications are often not secure, encrypted, or HIPAA-compliant. In her latest column, MEA|NEA CEO Lindy Benton explains why secure encryption matters and offers some solutions for practices.
3 solutions for healing the dental-and-hygiene schism August 7, 2015 -- In this Second Opinion, hygienist Deborah Stewart and Dr. Michael W. Davis come together to examine what, in their view, contributes to the schism between the dental and hygiene professions. They offer practical solutions to both heal this schism and put the focus back on patient care.
Meet the dentist who helped 360 athletes -- in 7 days August 6, 2015 -- If athletes are suffering from severe dental pain, how are they supposed to compete at their best level? They can't, which is why several organizations partnered to offer free healthcare screenings and treatment to participants in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. Dr. Santosh Sundaresan, from the University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, led a team that provided dental treatment to the athletes.
Do HPV16 antibodies predict oral cancer survival? August 6, 2015 -- A specific antibody to human papillomavirus type 16 (HPV16) improved the survival of patients with HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma in a new study in Clinical Cancer Research. Specific antibody status can be used to alter treatments for such patients.
Celebrities who went bankrupt August 5, 2015 -- When you see the headlines about famous actors, musicians, and the like who seemingly have millions of dollars and yet go bankrupt, the response is to shake your head and move on. Yet, as the Madow Brothers write, in these seemingly unrelated bankruptcies, there are important lessons for building your practice and your retirement income.