Practice Management
Hiring an associate should be rewarding
December 14, 2018 -- Is your practice at a point where you are considering adding an associate? It's a process that can lead to additional practice growth and satisfaction, but it also is a big step with many stages to consider. Cindy Bickers, manager of Henry Schein Nationwide Dental Opportunities, details the practical steps, some of which you may not have considered before.  Discuss
Are periodontists where they're needed? Yes and no
December 13, 2018 -- Where are the periodontists? As the number of people with periodontitis continues to increase in the U.S., are periodontal specialists located where they're most needed? To find out, researchers examined the geographic proximity of periodontal offices throughout the U.S. to the homes of the people who need their care.  Discuss
DentaQuest launches new payment model with Texas DSO
December 13, 2018 -- DentaQuest has entered into an agreement in Texas to administer a contract in the state's Medicaid program with dental service organization (DSO) Brident Dental using a value-based care and payment model.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for answering patient calls: Use the phone to your advantage
December 10, 2018 -- The telephone is your practice's main connection for bringing in new patients. Your front desk coordinator must always use answering the phone as an opportunity to welcome new callers enthusiastically, build value for the practice, gather information, and schedule an appointment, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
4 tips to improve collections in your practice
December 6, 2018 -- Getting patients to pay on time can be quite a challenge for any practice. And beyond the stress and hassle in collections, the lack of cash flow can affect a practice's ability to expand. In her latest column, practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers four practical tips to improve collections and your practice's finances.  Discuss
Western Dental acquires 63 practices from Guardian insurance
December 6, 2018 -- Premier Dental Holdings, the parent company of Western Dental, has agreed to acquire the dental service organization (DSO) operations of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. The DSO includes 63 practices located in Alabama, California, and Texas.
Tab32 updates patient communication software
December 6, 2018 -- Software developer Tab32 has released an updated version of its HelloPatient patient communication and management software system.
Legal Cases: Disruptive patient and incomplete restorative work
December 5, 2018 -- In their latest Legal Cases column, William S. Spiegel and Dr. Marc Leffler present a case in which a patient became disruptive and had to be removed from the dental office by the police after incomplete restorative work. Read on to learn how the case was resolved and what you can do to help your practice.  Discuss
Heartland Dental adds 11 new practices
December 5, 2018 -- Heartland Dental has added 11 new practices in seven U.S. states.
JAMA: Nearly a quarter of U.S. dentists were born abroad
December 4, 2018 -- The need for healthcare professionals is expected to grow as the U.S. population ages, so researchers explored the current field of U.S. health professions, including dentistry, and how country of origin and citizen status vary among them. Almost a quarter of U.S. dentists were born in other countries, they reported in a new research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
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