Best practices accounting needed for dental industry
April 17, 2015 -- With total annual revenue of $125 billion in 2014, U.S. dental practices are on a revenue level with AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, and other similar companies. But for all this revenue, too often best accounting practices are missing. Consultant Thomas Climo, PhD, writes that better financial reporting ultimately leads to better practice valuation when it comes time to sell your practice.
Ill. bill seeks coverage for sedation of special needs patients
April 16, 2015 -- A bill sponsored by Illinois legislators would require insurance companies to cover sedation during dental procedures for special needs patients.
And the 'official dentist' is ...
April 15, 2015 -- How do you build trust and name recognition for your practice? In their latest column, the Madow Brothers offer a suggestion that is both unique and cost-effective -- become the "official dentist" of a local organization, sports team, or school.
U.S. Senate passes CHIP funding bill
April 15, 2015 -- Following the lead of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate passed a bill on April 14 to continue funding the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Insurance marketplace enrollment offers practice growth opportunity
April 14, 2015 -- As enrollment in the U.S. health insurance marketplace increases to almost 12 million people, general dentists should use this opportunity to attract new patients, according to Marcia Vannuccini of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America.
Dos and don'ts for scripting: Subtle scripting for superior service
April 13, 2015 -- What you say to patients, and how you say it, has a huge impact on customer service and your ability to influence and educate. Detailed scripting can help you and your team interact with patients in powerful ways, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
4 reasons you can't ignore staff conflict
April 13, 2015 -- Are unresolved staff conflicts slowly, but surely, undermining your practice and costing you revenue? In her latest column, practice management expert Sally McKenzie reminds you that if you as practice CEO are sensing staff conflict, it's certain that your patients are also.
GAO report on CHIP: More access but fewer dental visits
April 10, 2015 -- Children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) had higher rates of dental access and more checkups than privately insured children, but fewer in the program actually visited dentists, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).
ADA, Pew criticize Supreme Court ruling on Medicaid reimbursement
April 9, 2015 -- The ADA and the Pew Children's Dental Campaign are criticizing the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dentists and other private healthcare providers cannot sue to force states to raise their Medicaid reimbursement rates, saying low reimbursement may keep many dentists from treating these patients.
Patients delay dental care because of financial concerns
April 9, 2015 -- Many U.S. adults say they will delay dental care because of their financial situation, even though waiting may have long-term implications, according to a new survey.
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