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Dental associations' opposition to advanced practice providers is bad for dentists, patients
January 23, 2020 -- In this Second Opinion, Dr. Steven Krauss writes that it's time for dentistry to emulate the medical profession and support the licensure of advanced practice providers to improve access to care, lower costs, increase productivity, and enhance professional and public satisfaction.  Discuss
Assisted hygiene and the assistant's cornerstone role
January 23, 2020 -- The possibilities for growth and influence are endless for dental assistants who work in a practice set to measure patient care, patient education, and case acceptance. Assistants can be a key motivator, elevating the patient experience and, ultimately, the success of the practice, writes professional development coach Lisa Wadsworth, RDH.  Discuss
How to help patients see value in the care you provide
January 22, 2020 -- Many patients just don't make dental care a priority or fully understand the importance of routine checkups or recommended treatment. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie shares her tips on how to help patients see the value of the care you provide -- and grow your practice in the process.  Discuss
What is the weather policy in your practice?
January 22, 2020 -- The weather forecasters are predicting a "snowmageddon" this week in parts of the U.S. You have a full day of restorative and hygiene patients scheduled. What to do? In times like this, you have to think about the safety of both your team and your patients, advises Dr. Sheri Doniger.  Discuss
Va. dentist driving drunk with 'pharmacy on wheels' arrested
January 22, 2020 -- A dentist in Virginia was arrested for driving while intoxicated after he crashed his truck and got into a tussle with responding police. Prosecutors described the vehicle as a "pharmacy on wheels" because he was found carrying a bag filled with 150 pills, according to news reports.  Discuss
Dentist who pulled teeth while on hoverboard is convicted
January 21, 2020 -- An Alaska dentist who was filmed pulling a sedated woman's teeth while riding a hoverboard has been convicted of reckless endangerment and Medicaid fraud, according to a press release issued by the Alaska Department of Law.  Discuss
Oral pain center to pay $1M to settle false claims case
January 20, 2020 -- A pain treatment center in Wisconsin has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and Tricare for oral appliances used to treat temporomandibular joint disorders.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for starting the new year off right
January 20, 2020 -- The new year offers a great opportunity to start fresh. Now's the time to look back on what went well, evaluate what went wrong, and devise a plan for improving performance in 2020, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
DSOs: Comparing startups to those operating and successful
January 20, 2020 -- A startup dental service organization (DSO) has a risk in maintaining an adequate capitalization base in the short term -- and especially in the long term. Certified public accountant Bruce Bryen explains some of the hardships and concepts for curing the problems necessary for a startup DSO to become a successful DSO.  Discuss
Wis. dental assistant claims fired for pro-Trump comments
January 16, 2020 -- A dental assistant in Wisconsin says she was fired when a bad review, claiming her employer had workers who spew racist comments, surfaced on the office's social media. She believes her own pro-President Trump comments on Facebook led to the review and firing, according to news reports.  Discuss
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