Oral health policy for older adults is a mess July 28, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Oral health policy for adults in long-term care facilities is a mess, according to a presentation by Elizabeth Mertz, PhD, at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. Mertz discussed the depth of the policy problem and how four states are trying to solve it. Discuss
How effective is the recall program in your practice? July 27, 2017 -- Patient recall is considered one of the lifeblood statistics for every dental practice, but do you know how your practice stacks up against the national average? In her latest data-based column, Alitta Boechler of Sikka Software details national patient recall averages from specific dental codes. Discuss
A different kind of private practice July 26, 2017 -- Many misconceptions exist about dental service organizations (DSOs), writes Dr. Sidney Schulz. He shared these misconceptions for years, until he took a clear look at why the DSO practice near his office was thriving and his private practice was starting to dry up. His transition is an interesting case study as to the changing landscape of dental practice ownership. Discuss
Survey: Older Asian Americans lack dental care July 25, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - More than 61% of older Asian Americans living in central Texas do not have dental insurance, according to the results of a survey presented at this week's International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) 2017 World Congress. The study findings suggest these patients face challenges to obtain proper oral healthcare, the authors noted. Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice communication: Keep the team informed July 24, 2017 -- Too many dentists hold on to information that should be shared with the team, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. For example, if you have a practice vision, don't keep it in a notebook in a desk drawer, share it with your team! How can they help you achieve the vision if they don't know what it is? Discuss
Mass. adds new Delta Dental plan despite concern July 19, 2017 -- The Massachusetts Division of Insurance has approved a new low-cost preferred provider organization (PPO) plan from Delta Dental of Massachusetts, despite concerns from the state's dental society.