Dos and don'ts for increasing per-patient production
December 22, 2014 -- Since the dental economy became more challenging, most dentists have been looking for ways to increase production. There's one approach that can yield excellent results. Measure and begin tracking production per patient, then implement strategies to raise that number, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Regulatory hot spots in dental transactions: Part I
December 22, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, a partner and two associates from healthcare law firm McGuireWoods detail the potential regulatory issues in dental transactions, focusing on dental service organizations (DSOs). They stress that due diligence is needed to determine if all federal and state laws have been followed.
What dentists can learn from CEOs about creating sustainability
December 18, 2014 -- In the latest excerpt from his book What Dentists Can Learn From Top CEOs, Dr. Roger P. Levin explains why dentists should think about long-term sustainability for the success of their practice. He offers examples of how creating sustainability can work to a practice's advantage.
3 ways to reduce overhead in your practice
December 17, 2014 -- Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie asks if your overhead costs are more than 55% of your production. If they are, she offers three practical ideas to manage these costs, make your days more productive, and possibly increase your practice's profitability.
4 tips for less stress this holiday season
December 17, 2014 -- In her latest column, stress management expert Jen Butler offers four tips to reduce holiday stress and make this time of year memorable, for the right reasons. She writes that even during the holidays, having a plan is the key to success.
How to appeal a denial for covered services
December 15, 2014 -- has teamed with former dental insurance executive Dr. Doyle Williams to provide expertise to you and your staff for maximizing your patient's benefits. In this column, Dr. Williams explains how to appeal an insurance denial for covered services.
Dos and don'ts for patient communication: Help inexperienced patients understand oral health
December 15, 2014 -- It's easy for dental professionals to forget that some patients may have very low dental literacy, such as those who rarely see or have never seen a dentist. They may also be apprehensive about what's about to happen in the treatment chair. Make the effort to inform and reassure them, even though doing so calls for a little more time and effort, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin.
SC's Healthy Connections program supports oral health
December 10, 2014 -- In this Second Opinion, Rebekah Mathews, the regional director of DentaQuest South Carolina, examines the issues surrounding the far-too-frequent lack of adult dental care for many Medicaid programs and the benefits of South Carolina's recently enacted legislation for adult preventive dental care.
Sheri's Solutions: MacGyver tape
December 8, 2014 -- In her latest Sheri's Solutions, Dr. Sheri Doniger recalls a recent patient visit in which she was able to build a connection by explaining what common dental terms mean. If patients hear "plumber's tape" for instance, they are likely to wonder what kind of product you are using.
Dos and don'ts for building patient relationships
December 8, 2014 -- In the new dental economy, it's almost as important to document personal information about patients as it is to record clinical details, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. Collecting and using such information will help you build lasting relationships -- ones that will stand up to challenges from new competition and preserve your patient base for long-term growth.