Practice Management
Blind Spots: How to easily lose long-time patients
November 16, 2017 -- A friend of practice management consultant Jan Keller called her and said that the team members at her general dentist's practice admitted that they did not know how to check emails that come through the practice's website. Keller writes that if this is happening at your practice, you could be losing both patients and practice revenue.  Discuss
Dentist earnings rise for 1st time in more than a decade
November 15, 2017 -- Earnings for general dentists have significantly increased for the first time in about 17 years, according to new data from the ADA Health Policy Institute. The average income of specialists also has increased in recent years.  Discuss
New product: Dentsply Sirona debuts Cerec data-storage unit
November 14, 2017 -- Dentsply Sirona has introduced a hardware product that allows backup of and access to CAD/CAM data from any Cerec workstation in a practice's network.
Adults aren't visiting the dentist -- and no one knows why
November 13, 2017 -- Riddle me this: More adults have dental benefit coverage, and fewer adults report cost as a barrier to dental care, yet dental visits stayed flat in 2015. Marko Vujicic, PhD, chief economist for the ADA Health Policy Institute, recently discussed what could be driving these trends.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for a strong finish: Keep focused
November 13, 2017 -- As we approach the end of the year, the distractions multiply. The holidays will soon be here and that means family gatherings, preparations, shopping, travel, etc. Without strong leadership, your practice could limp to the finish line. Use morning meetings and encouragement throughout the day to build momentum, so your practice can finish the year strong, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Dental Excellence Award voting ends November 14
November 10, 2017 -- Have you joined hundreds of your colleagues in voting for the DrBicuspid Dental Excellence Awards? If you haven't, do it now as voting ends soon. As multiple categories have very close races, your vote could make the difference.  Discuss
DentaQuest tops J.D. Power's dental insurance survey
November 10, 2017 -- DentaQuest has again topped J.D. Power's annual consumer survey of dental insurers.  Discuss
Record dental care coverage, dentist visits for U.S. kids
November 9, 2017 -- More children than ever before are visiting the dentist, and that could be because 90% of children in the U.S. have dental benefit coverage. These record statistics are just the latest in a long trend that show federal dental health policy may be having a real impact.  Discuss
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
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