Practice Management
Don't let rising interest rates catch you by surprise
November 9, 2017 -- Adjustments to interest rates might seem like an abstract topic on the news, but as financial planner John G. McCarthy III writes, the additional money you may have to pay each month on your student loans, practice mortgage, or credit cards is very real. He offers some options to help you adjust your finances to limit any surprising cost increases.  Discuss
3 times to ask for a referral
November 8, 2017 -- To attract new patients to your practice, referrals are still the most cost-effective way to obtain these patients, according to Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier. He outlines a strategy that everyone in your office can follow to help your referral numbers grow.  Discuss
ADA forecasts more DSOs in dentistry's future
November 7, 2017 -- More dentists than ever were associated with dental service/support organizations (DSOs) in 2016, and that number is expected to rise, according to new data from the ADA Health Policy Institute. These organizations were also in more states in 2016 than the previous year.  Discuss
Growth in U.S. dental spending remains moderate
November 7, 2017 -- Spending on dental care in the U.S. increased by almost 3% annually between 1996 and 2013. While that increase adds up to $38 billion, it fell short of growth in spending on other health conditions, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
4 ways to become a better practice CEO
November 6, 2017 -- Do you consider yourself the CEO of your practice? While most dentists do not think of themselves that way, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie details four areas in which embracing the CEO role will benefit your practice.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for strategic planning: Step back and focus on the big picture
November 6, 2017 -- With a new year just around the corner, it's a good time to review what your practice accomplished in 2017, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. What performance goals did your office meet or exceed? And in what areas did you fall short? With that information in hand, you can begin working on your strategic plan for 2018.  Discuss
Practice technology calls for an evolution, not a revolution
November 3, 2017 -- You've heard sales reps and manufacturers tell you for years that you should invest in technology that will change your practice. But this investment likely also includes money and time. Kim Miranda of Brighter writes that there is a way to spend 10 minutes to make a positive impact on your practice's bottom line and improve your patient retention.  Discuss
U.S. House passes CHIP funding
November 3, 2017 -- The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill to reauthorize funding of the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Discuss
New U.S. bill would remove Medicare prescription rule
November 2, 2017 -- A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on October 31 would remove the mandate for dentists to become a Medicare provider for their patient's prescriptions to be reimbursed by Medicare Part D. This bill would theoretically allow older Americans a wider range of dentists to choose from.
2 weeks to go in Dental Excellence Award voting
November 1, 2017 -- It's your turn to join hundreds of your colleagues in voting for the DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards. With tight races in many of the 10 categories, your vote matters more now than ever.  Discuss
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