Do dentists need to doctor up on the oral-systemic link? April 27, 2017 -- Michael Ventriello, owner of Ventriello Communications and an experienced voice in dental public relations, examines the need for more communication and collaboration around periodontal disease. Dentists and hygienists need to have difficult conversations with their patients and also work to bridge the dentist-physician communication gap, he writes.
The difference between treating symptoms and treating disease April 26, 2017 -- Do you have patients like this? Three separate doctors were treating a patient when he came to see Dr. Alvin Danenberg. He had bleeding gums, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, plus other health issues. What he needed was for his practitioners to treat the root problems, not just the symptoms, writes Dr. Danenberg.
7 strategies to attract new patients to your practice April 26, 2017 -- Rather than waiting and hoping for new patients, Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier advocates taking action to help attract these patients. He offers seven strategies ranging from improving how your practice looks to creating an office culture to help your practice grow.
Do's and don'ts for practice management: Measure, measure, measure April 24, 2017 -- "What gets measured gets done" said business guru Peter Drucker. By tracking performance, you'll know where your practice is performing well and what areas should be targeted for improvement, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip. If you don't measure performance, you're just operating in the dark.
6 tips to help your practice meet its full potential April 19, 2017 -- You're ready for a change. Your practice is nowhere near where you want it to be, and most days you find yourself dealing with broken appointments, staff conflict, patient complaints, and a host of other issues that take you away from what you do best: treating patients. Yes, you know you can do better. Sally McKenzie offers six tips to help your practice reach its potential.
Do's and don'ts for financial management: Where does the money go? April 17, 2017 -- The Levin Group target for general practice overhead is 59%, but most practices are at 75%, according to recent data. That's a huge difference. Reducing high overhead by even percentage points can yield significant savings to practices, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. In his latest Practice Success tip, he offers tips on how to track where your money goes and reduce overhead.
Want a successful practice? Turn off the radio April 12, 2017 -- With more than 1,300 different news-talk radio stations in the U.S., it is easy to get caught up in what you can't control and let it impact how you run your practice. Scheduling Institute President Jay Geier understands that temptation, but counsels his clients to focus on what they can control. Doing so will help you see opportunities to grow your practice.
Do's and don'ts for leadership: Bring your 'A' game to the practice every day April 10, 2017 -- If your practice were a basketball team, you would be both the head coach and the star player. As such, you've got to motivate your staff members with your words and also your actions, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Your team, consciously and unconsciously, will model their attitude and behavior based on your example.
Sheri's Solutions: Flossing debate April 7, 2017 -- Most of the mainstream media may have moved on when it comes to the debate over the effectiveness of flossing, but the importance of flossing remains a constant, writes Dr. Sheri Doniger. In her latest Sheri's Solutions, she describes recent patient conversations around the benefits of flossing and a recent study in the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Get smart with case acceptance April 5, 2017 -- When you talk with your patients about treatment acceptance, how often do they say yes? You might think your failure rate is below 20%, but Kevin Tighe of Cambridge Dental Consultants suggests taking a look at your patient files to see. He has some ideas to help you improve your case acceptance rate.