Getting patients to just say 'yes' to treatment: Part 1 June 1, 2016 -- How do you get patients to say yes to your treatment plans? The Scheduling Institute's Jay Geier has been studying this question for years and has some ideas. In the first of a two-part series, he offers principles that can create a mutually beneficial situation for both your patients and your practice.
The ABCs of beneficiaries June 1, 2016 -- When you buy life insurance, participate in a retirement plan, or open a retirement account, you're asked to designate a primary beneficiary. Too often, dentists give little thought to this decision, writes financial planner John G. McCarthy III. But who you name as a beneficiary can make a difference in how the benefits are distributed and how much will be received.
Changing Denti-Cal: Part 2 -- Will $740M investment fix Denti-Cal? May 31, 2016 -- What happens when hundreds of thousands more children enroll in California's troubled dental Medicaid program, Denti-Cal? In part two of this series, learn how the Dental Transformation Initiative, a $740 million investment, hopes to improve the system.
Blind Spots: After practice purchase, now what? Part 2 May 31, 2016 -- You've taken the huge step of purchasing a practice. Now that you've got your hands on the reins, what do you do next? In the second of a three-part series, practice management consultant Jan Keller discusses next steps and team communication.
Dos and don'ts for patient service: Become the trusted home care resource May 30, 2016 -- Your established patients already rely on you as their oral healthcare expert. So it makes perfect sense for your practice to offer recommended oral care products for patients to use at home. Think of this not as a way to generate more revenue but as a professional service available only to your patients and their families, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.
NHL team dentist stitches players up, sends them back out May 30, 2016 -- The National Hockey League's Stanley Cup Finals begin this evening featuring the San Jose Sharks, for the first time in their 25-year history. We thought it was an appropriate time to highlight a 2014 interview with the Sharks' team dentist, Dr. Donald Goudy, conducted by Features Editor Donna Domino.
Taking the 'Groundhog Day' out of provider credentialing May 27, 2016 -- In the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day," Bill Murray's character, Phil, finds himself living the same day over. However, unlike Phil, who found a way to change his life, the repetition of filling out credentialing forms for a payor's network never seems to change. Skygen USA's Mike Lessila proposes a single solution for the issue.
A clinician's journey into the third dimension: Part 4 -- Implantology cases May 26, 2016 -- While replacing a single posterior tooth with an implant may be becoming more common, it is still a procedure that needs comprehensive preoperative planning, Dr. Anthony Ramirez writes. In the latest installment of his series, he details two case reports in computer-assisted guided implantology.
Will expansion swamp California's Denti-Cal program? May 26, 2016 -- What will happen when about 175,000 additional children become eligible to enroll in California's troubled dental Medicaid program, Denti-Cal? The first of a two-part series explores the origins of this enrollment expansion and a California oral health stakeholder's hopes and concerns for the evolving program.
5 tips to create a successful family-run practice May 25, 2016 -- If you own a family-run dental practice, you know how challenging it can be. It's not uncommon for emotions and family dynamics to take over, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. No matter how much you love your family, this complex business arrangement can turn into a nightmare if you don't handle it right from the beginning.