Practice Management
The intentional calendar
December 13, 2017 -- 2018 is right around the corner. How can you ensure that it will be a successful year? Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier uses a simple tool you probably have in your office already -- a calendar. A successful year, he writes, includes much more than just your practice's patient schedule.  Discuss
Winners lose more than losers
December 12, 2017 -- It may seem counterintutive, but winners lose more than losers. Why? Because they are willing to look at why they lost and get back in the game. In his latest Naked Dentist column, Curtis Marshall of Dental Intel looks at a practice in Michigan that embodies the approach of learning from their mistakes when it comes to presenting implant treatment.  Discuss
Second Opinion: Concentrating on what you are good at
December 11, 2017 -- Dr. Eric Garver started his dental career in his father's small private practice. However, after two attempts at practice ownership, he realized he needed a role that better suited his personality and his skills. In this Second Opinion, Dr. Garver relates how a part-time position at a dental service organization helped him find a path that would allow him to help other dentists.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for creating a happy work environment: Be a great doctor -- and a great leader
December 11, 2017 -- Every day you strive to provide great dental care, but as the practice leader, you are also responsible for helping to keep your team happy, enthusiastic, and inspired. Keep in mind that the way you lead your staff can have a tremendous positive or negative influence on the morale and performance of staff members, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
CHIP not included in U.S. government funding bill
December 11, 2017 -- Funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was not included in a stopgap resolution that keeps the U.S. government funded until December 22, 2017.  Discuss
U.S. dental spending jumps 5% to $124B in 2016
December 8, 2017 -- Spending on dental and oral healthcare in the U.S. increased to more than $124 billion in 2016, up from $118.9 billion in 2015, according to a new study in Health Affairs. The 4.6% increase in spending outpaced the 4.3% overall healthcare spending increase.  Discuss
5 reasons production is down
December 8, 2017 -- It is December and you are probably looking at your practice's year-end numbers. If your production numbers are down, it can impact your bottom line and also your team's morale. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie has five reasons your production numbers might be lower and what you can do to improve them.  Discuss
Hold on: How your on-hold message affects your practice
December 5, 2017 -- You've probably talked with your team about not putting patients on hold when they call your office, but sometimes it is necessary to do so. But rather than considering this lost time to reach your patients, you can use hold time to your practice's advantage to boost profitability and customer service, according to Mark Williamson, CEO of an audio branding agency.  Discuss
Legal Cases: Failure to diagnose squamous cell carcinoma of the anterior mandibular region
December 4, 2017 -- A 45-year-old law-enforcement officer presented to an oral surgeon when his general dentist found a white lesion near a recent lower incisor extraction. As William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc R. Leffler discuss in their latest Legal Cases column, this patient's treatment and case are a reminder that chart entries are crucial to patient care and for legal documentation.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice finances: Get a clearer idea of where you're headed
December 4, 2017 -- Did you have a good fiscal year? Remember, you're the CEO of your practice, so it's up to you to know how your practice is progressing toward its profitability goals. If your financial picture is unclear, now's the time to bring everything into focus, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
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