3 ways to reduce overhead in your practice December 17, 2014 -- Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie asks if your overhead costs are more than 55% of your collections. If they are, she offers three practical ideas to manage these costs, make your days more productive, and possibly increase your practice's profitability.
4 tips for less stress this holiday season December 17, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler offers four tips to reduce holiday stress and make this time of year memorable, for the right reasons. She writes that even during the holidays, having a plan is the key to success.
ADA: Dentists' earnings not recovering from recession December 16, 2014 -- Dentists' earnings are not rebounding despite several years of economic recovery, according to new ADA research. Recent years have seen a stagnation of consumer dental spending, an increased number of dentists, and stagnant dentist earnings, the study found.
Parental behavior modifications can benefit kids' oral hygiene December 16, 2014 -- A new paper in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene highlights the crisis in children's oral care and offers a proven program of treatment and behavior modification that has shown results in improving children's oral hygiene.
How to appeal a denial for covered services December 15, 2014 -- DrBicuspid.com has teamed with former dental insurance executive Dr. Doyle Williams to provide expertise to you and your staff for maximizing your patient's benefits. In this column, Dr. Williams explains how to appeal an insurance denial for covered services.
Study: Experienced radiation centers have better outcomes for HNC December 15, 2014 -- Experienced radiation centers have better outcomes for patients with head and neck cancer (HNC), according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Researchers found that patients who underwent radiation therapy at treatment centers with less experience had higher cancer recurrence and poorer overall survival.
Dos and don'ts for patient communication: Help inexperienced patients understand oral health December 15, 2014 -- It's easy for dental professionals to forget that some patients may have very low dental literacy, such as those who rarely see or have never seen a dentist. They may also be apprehensive about what's about to happen in the treatment chair. Make the effort to inform and reassure them, even though doing so calls for a little more time and effort, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Study: HPV vaccine, riskier sexual activity not linked December 12, 2014 -- The sexual behavior of teenage girls does not appear to be affected after they obtain the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, according to a new study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.
Antacids linked to better survival in HNSCC December 11, 2014 -- Patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) who took antacid medicines to control acid reflux had better overall survival in a new study, published in Cancer Prevention Research.
Study: ACA leaves many children without important benefits December 11, 2014 -- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandate for essential health benefits has resulted in a state-by-state patchwork of coverage for children that has significant exclusions, particularly for children with special healthcare needs, according to a study in Health Affairs.