Practice Management
To avoid lost revenue, read your insurance contract's fine print
October 9, 2019 -- Being unfamiliar with limitations in insurance network contracts can cost your practice revenue and even patient goodwill. Dr. James Anderson of eAssist details why you need this information and how you can use it to improve your practice's bottom line.  Discuss
MetLife settles dentist misclassification suit for $3.4M
October 8, 2019 -- Metropolitan Life Insurance (MetLife) has agreed to pay about $3.4 million to settle a suit filed by dental consultants who claimed they didn't get overtime and benefits because they were wrongly treated as independent contractors, according to a settlement motion.  Discuss
CDA: Prepare for CDT 2020 dental code changes
September 30, 2019 -- Is your practice prepared for the additions, revisions, and deletions that will go into effect on January 1, 2020, to the Codes on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT)? This primer from CDA Practice Support will help your practice be ready for the changes.  Discuss
MCNA Dental acquires Healthplex
September 27, 2019 -- Affiliates of MCNA Dental have acquired New York-based dental insurance company Healthplex, growing their collective customer base to more than 8 million members across the U.S.
5 steps to appeal denied claims
September 25, 2019 -- Every practice experiences a denial of their claims, but why does it happen, and how can you increase the likelihood that your appeal will be accepted? Dr. James Anderson of eAssist notes the common mistakes to avoid and outlines five practical ways your practice can improve immediately.  Discuss
Oral health remains top medical concern in U.S.
September 24, 2019 -- U.S. patients are more concerned about their oral health than any other health issue, and the problem is compounded by patients' limited access to dental care, according to a September 23 research report by DentaQuest.
5 ways to open oral health access to Medicare recipients
September 19, 2019 -- As policymakers in Washington, DC, explore ways to make dental care more affordable for approximately 60 million Medicare recipients, the Kaiser Family Foundation on September 18 issued a brief that outlined five possible ways they may achieve this goal.  Discuss
CDA: No one-size-fits-all when it comes to dental benefit contracting
September 17, 2019 -- How do you decide whether to add or drop participation with a dental benefit plan/network? Cindy Hartwell of California Dental Association (CDA) Practice Support provides a look at some of the issues involved in the decision and cautions not making the decision solely based on fees.  Discuss
NJ adopts law banning sale of dental provider contracts
September 10, 2019 -- New Jersey has joined 15 other states in prohibiting the sale or lease of access to certain dental provider network contracts with the passage of new legislation banning the practice.
Top 5 dental benefit issues -- and what to do about them
September 5, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Chances are your dental school didn't cover dental benefits, but they're still an important part of running a practice. Staff from the ADA Practice Institute discussed common dental benefit issues at this week's 2019 joint ADA and FDI World Dental Federation meeting.  Discuss
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