Lighthouse 360 adds last-minute cancellation feature
July 12, 2017 -- Group has updated its Lighthouse 360 patient communication software with a new, free feature that automatically detects and fills last-minute dental appointment cancellations.
Do's and don'ts for managing employee conflict: Be aware of what's going on
July 10, 2017 -- In a perfect practice, everyone would get along. But in the real world, people don't always agree, and that's to be expected, but you don't want a minor squabble turning into a major feud. As the practice owner, you need to be aware of what's going on -- the good and the bad -- with your team, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
New store lets dentists sell skincare products through website
July 10, 2017 -- A company has created a portal for dentists, oral surgeons, and physicians to encourage their patients to purchase skincare products through the practitioner's own website.
Sheri's Solutions: The Facebook dental search
July 7, 2017 -- You've probably received emails similar to the one Dr. Sheri Doniger received recently: "I'm so sorry, but I have to cancel my appointment. I spoke with the insurance company, and it would be much more affordable for me to go in-network." Dr. Doniger relates how her practice handles these situations and how the dental benefit situation has not changed.
Virtual nature scenes best at distracting dental patients
July 6, 2017 -- Looking for a way to distract your patients? Have them take a walk on the wild side. Researchers found that immersing dental patients in a virtual reality (VR) environment with nature scenes was most effective at distracting them during their procedures, compared with virtual urban scenes or no distraction at all.
What you should know about rent and lease renewals
July 5, 2017 -- In his previous two-part series on negotiating your office lease, attorney Matthew Odgers took you through the fine print of making sure you were prepared for negotiations. In his latest column, he addresses questions about rent, renewals, and lease assignments.
Do's and don'ts for financial success: How to collect more
July 3, 2017 -- Practices are only collecting 91% of their total fees, according to a recent survey conducted by the Levin Group Data Center. Your target should be 98%. Each percentage point you can raise collections means thousands of dollars in additional revenue, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip..
CDA launches practice management firm for dentists
June 30, 2017 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) has launched a new subsidiary, The Dentists Service Company, to support dentists with the business side of their profession.
Calif. raises dental Medicaid reimbursement rates
June 29, 2017 -- After years of criticism, California is raising reimbursement rates for the state's dental Medicaid program, Denti-Cal. The 2017-2018 state budget, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on June 27, allocates $140 million to increase rates for Denti-Cal providers.
Top 5 news stories from spring 2017
June 28, 2017 -- takes a look back at the most-read news and clinical articles from spring 2017, as measured by page views. The most popular article was our coverage of the ADA creating a new licensing exam, followed by our list of the 10 largest dental service/support organizations in the U.S.
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