Practice Management
New codes and fee assessments go hand in hand
February 5, 2019 -- Practice management consultant Teresa Duncan asks her clients an important question around the turn of the year: Have you re-evaluated the fees your office charges? If your office's lab and other fees have increased over the past year, then it's time to reconsider what you are charging patients.  Discuss
Time to update your CDT codes
January 18, 2019 -- The beginning of a new year signifies change and refocus for many people in their personal lives. This period of change also should be recognized in your practice when it comes to which Codes on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT) you are using, writes practice management consultant Teresa Duncan. She offers a timely reminder that using inactive codes can be costly to your practice.  Discuss
Coding case study: Midyear changes can impact your reimbursement
November 19, 2018 -- If your practice accepts insurance, you've probably been faced with a situation in which the provider implements contractual changes. And sometimes, despite everyone's best efforts, you find yourself unprepared for the effect of this change to your reimbursement projections. Dental benefits analyst Cindy Hartwell with the California Dental Association's CDA Practice Support illustrates a case study of one such occurrence.  Discuss
CDA Presents 2018: Can medical billing improve your practice's revenue?
September 7, 2018 -- SAN FRANCISCO - What you don't know about medical billing may be costing your practice tens of thousands of dollars in revenue, according to Dr. Olya Zahrebelny. She detailed what practices are missing and how they can begin to capture this revenue in a presentation at the California Dental Association's CDA Presents 2018 meeting on September 7.  Discuss
Sheri's Solutions: Practice transitions and patients
June 6, 2018 -- When a small, private practice is sold to a group practice, adjustments are needed on all sides, writes Dr. Sheri Doniger in her latest Sheri's Solutions column. Dr. Doniger uses the example of time allotted to existing and new patients for appointments to illustrate the need for communication to ensure excellent patient care.  Discuss
Products to look for at Chicago Midwinter 2018: Part 2
February 21, 2018 -- One highlight of the upcoming 2018 Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting is the vast exhibit hall with hundreds of companies showing thousands of products. To help you maximize your on the floor, we bring you the second part of our preview of new and recently introduced products to look for at the meeting.  Discuss
What you need to know about fee schedules versus write-offs
December 20, 2017 -- When billing a preferred provider organization, does your office use a fee schedule or a write-off system? Dayna Johnson, founder of Rae Dental Management, considers the advantages and disadvantages of both systems to help you determine which is best for your practice.  Discuss
The truth about implementing CAMBRA
September 13, 2017 -- Drilling and filling may remove caries, but conventional dentistry doesn't address the underlying mechanisms that lead to the disease in the first place. That's why the profession has slowly begun to embrace prevention measures, such as caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA), according to Gwendolyn Essex, RDH.  Discuss
CDA Presents 2017: 10 things to know about Denti-Cal
August 28, 2017 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Denti-Cal expert Nirmala Prabhu, DMD, shared 10 things you need to about Denti-Cal, California's dental Medicaid program, at the California's Dental Association's CDA Presents 2017 meeting on August 24.  Discuss
Mass. dentist to return $500K to state Medicaid program
August 22, 2017 -- A Massachusetts pediatric dentist will return $500,000 to the state's Medicaid program for improperly billed palliative care, according to the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office.
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