Practice Management
Texas dental firm to pay $20K to end discrimination suit
October 18, 2019 -- A dental office in Texas must pay $20,000 to settle a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit after allegedly firing a receptionist after learning of her pregnancy.
Membersy to acquire CDI Group
October 18, 2019 -- Digital health firm Membersy announced that it plans to purchase dental benefits company the CDI Group.
YouTube is better for watching dental injuries than fixing them
October 17, 2019 -- YouTube is probably not the best source of information for managing dental trauma, according to a new study. Researchers analyzed 120 online videos and found the platform is better for seeing people knock their teeth out than learning how to manage an avulsed tooth.  Discuss
Owner of Wash. dental practice fined in boy's death
October 17, 2019 -- The owner of Must Love Kids Pediatric Dentistry in Vancouver, WA, has been fined $5,000 in connection with the death of a 4-year-old patient.
3 largest DSOs add practices
October 15, 2019 -- In's latest list of the largest dental service organizations (DSOs) in the U.S., the three largest ones have continued to add affiliated practices. Heartland Dental, Aspen Dental, and Pacific Dental have all added about 40 practices since the last list was published in April 2019.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for scheduling: Rethink your schedule
October 14, 2019 -- In business, time is money. In dentistry, time is controlled by the practice's scheduling system, but many practices are using outdated schedules. While dentistry is different than a corporate business, some business time management principles can be reoriented to work well within a dental scheduling system, increasing efficiency and decreasing stress, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin.
Former dental clinic owner sentenced to prison for fraud
October 14, 2019 -- Pamela Van Drie, a former owner of a Springfield, MO-based dental clinic, has been sentenced in federal court for multiple fraud schemes totaling more than $1 million in Medicaid payments, failing to pay payroll taxes, and collecting unemployment benefits she wasn't entitled to receive.  Discuss
CDA warns of email gift card scam
October 14, 2019 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) is warning its members about an email scam that's using the name of its president, Dr. Del Brunner, to try to trick dentists and dental professionals in California into purchasing a high-value gift card from a multinational retailer.
Startup targets dental offices with comfort-focused care
October 11, 2019 -- The former CEO of SmileDirectClub has created a new startup that aims to "reinvent the dentist's office" by creating a more relaxed patient experience in a high-tech atmosphere.
The 4 ways to grow a practice
October 10, 2019 -- There are four ways to build any business -- and these same models apply to dental practices, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. In his monthly column from the Dental Business Study Club, he explores the four options, which range from building on what you do well to opening a new practice.  Discuss
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