In push for data security, practices need a plan
February 9, 2016 -- In too many instances, practices are not prepared when their information technology is disabled or when there's a security breach, writes Lindy Benton, president of MEA|NEA. She explains how a little planning and preparation goes a long way toward securing your practice.
Dos and don'ts for marketing: Track and upgrade the mix of marketing strategies
February 8, 2016 -- A truly effective marketing program will consist of more than a dozen ongoing strategies. For this to work, however, you have to know how each strategy is doing and be prepared to change the lineup at the first sign of trouble, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Keeping your inventory under control
February 8, 2016 -- While it might seem basic, managing your inventory is an integral part of an efficient dental practice. But, as practice management consultant Teresa Duncan writes, inventory management is often not addressed until it becomes a drain on your cash flow and your bottom line. She offers some tips to keep your inventory issues under control.
Georgetown Univ. gets $1.2M to study oral health disparities
February 8, 2016 -- A Georgetown University researcher has received a $1.2 million grant from the George E. Richmond Foundation to study oral health disparities in Washington, DC.
The Naked Dentist: Small wins add up
February 5, 2016 -- How do elite athletes, such as swimmer Michael Phelps, tip the odds in their favor and become the world's best? More relevantly, how can you duplicate this success in your dental office? As Dental Intel Vice President Curtis Marshall writes, success happens when small wins accumulate.
Web tool may bring primary care screenings to dental offices
February 4, 2016 -- Researchers have created an online support system to help hygienists provide basic primary care screenings at the dental office. The tool advises hygienists how to screen patients for tobacco use, diabetes, and hypertension, as well as how to provide nutritional counseling.
Mo. to briefly expand Medicaid dental benefits
February 4, 2016 -- Missouri announced it would expand dental benefits to about 300,000 Medicaid recipients in January, but details are now emerging that the coverage will only likely last three months, from April until the end of June.
4 ways to improve your team's performance
February 3, 2016 -- If you want your team members to succeed, they have to know what's expected of them. They need to strive to achieve individual and practice goals and know they're part of an overall effort to help build a thriving, profitable practice. As practice management consultant Sally McKenzie writes, this process is too often ignored.
Western Dental seeks new solutions to Calif. issues
February 3, 2016 -- When Western Dental temporarily stopped accepting new Denti-Cal patients in 2015, it was a wakeup call to California leaders. Dr. Ronald Inge, Western's chief dental officer, explains his company's reversal of that decision and his organization's hopes for solutions to better serve these and all patients.
Specialist referrals take time and commitment
February 2, 2016 -- As you start prepping a tooth for a crown, it fractures at the gumline. This has probably happened to you or someone you know. As Corinne Jameson-Kuehl, RDH, writes, this is one of many examples where a successful relationship with a specialist makes everyone's practice better.
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