Blind Spots: Why your practice needs an annual meeting
April 23, 2014 -- Practice management consultant Jan Keller helps you explore, and work through, the blind spots in your practice. In her first column for DrBicuspid.com, she explores the idea of an annual meeting for your practice: why every practice, no matter the size, should have one; who should participate; and how to get the most out of the meeting.
Making in-office products an opportunity, not a crisis
April 21, 2014 -- One of the best opportunities for your patients to improve their oral health is to receive useful information at the dental office about home care products. As patients are looking to dental professionals for accurate and relevant information, doesn't it make sense for staff to have a better understanding of how to most effectively use the products?
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Branding your practice
April 21, 2014 -- Factors that make your practice special and unique are known as your competitive advantages, and they help determine your practice brand. They are a powerful way to convince patients in your community that your office is their best choice, according to Dr. Roger Levin.
Bipartisan protectionism rears its ugly head in the states
April 18, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Patrick Gleason, the director of state affairs for Americans for Tax Reform, looks at recent legislation in Texas and North Carolina concerning dental service organizations and how these bills may affect competition for dental services.
Sheri's Solutions: 'Do you have a minute?'
April 15, 2014 -- Has this happened to you? On a recent flight, a flight attendant found out that Dr. Sheri Doniger is a dentist and said to her, "I hate to do this to you, but I have a question." In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Doniger wonders, if patients have a concern after a dental procedure, why they wouldn't call their dentist? And it's OK to ask a "strange" dentist?
Dos and don'ts for practice finance: Coping with dental insurance
April 14, 2014 -- Dental insurance is a complex issue for many practices. It can require a great deal of administrative time, and team members may find it challenging to provide proper information and customer service to patients. But practices that assist patients with insurance issues will be viewed very favorably -- something that's essential for patient retention, according to Dr. Roger Levin.
Photos are not a replacement for a custom shade
April 10, 2014 -- One technological advancement that has brought the clinician and technologist closer together is digital photography. However, even with all the advantages of this technology, variables still remain. Certified dental technician Mike Dominguez looks at how to maximize the quality of your digital images to obtain the best custom shade.
Praise for prosecutors: Ind. attorney general sets high standard
April 9, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Michael W. Davis analyzes the impact of the recent charges filed by the Indiana attorney general against principles and employees of a dental practice. Dr. Davis hopes this criminal case sets a template for future investigations and prosecutions of dental Medicaid fraud nationally.
Sheri's Solutions: The $59 initial event
April 8, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger spells out her practice's strategy for patients seeking the best deal versus the best dentistry. For her, it starts with communicating with patients and showing them that their time is just as important to us as our time is to them.
Dos and don'ts for increasing production: Don't neglect cosmetic services
April 7, 2014 -- Some dentists have been tempted to de-emphasize cosmetic dentistry in the belief that few people want it in a difficult economy. The truth is that many people place a high priority on an attractive smile and will pursue cosmetic dentistry if the practice promotes it, according to Dr. Roger Levin.