Practice Management
Utah tops lists of states with most dentists per capita
August 6, 2019 -- Utah is the U.S. state with the most dentists per capita, according to new data from personal finance website WalletHub. Utah had three times more dentists per capita than the last-ranked state, Louisiana.  Discuss
Don't make these 3 mistakes when hiring an office manager
August 6, 2019 -- One key component in a practice's success is having a qualified office manager. But what do you do if your present office manager leaves or your practice has grown to where you need to hire one? Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie offers practice advice to help you avoid three common mistakes.  Discuss
New product: SkyDent launches perio referral software
August 6, 2019 -- Software development company SkyDent Technologies has launched new cloud-based software for periodontal practices.
Are dentists obligated to treat unvaccinated kids?
August 5, 2019 -- Are dentists obligated to treat children without vaccinations? This is a question that the staff of The Dentists Insurance Company hears frequently. They explored the ethical and legal considerations in the August issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for payments: Make treatment affordable
August 5, 2019 -- Some practices wrongly assume that only a small portion of patients can afford elective treatment and, therefore, present cosmetic dentistry only to these select few. Many people are willing to pay for elective treatment if they are aware of all the available financial options, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his weekly Practice Success tip.  Discuss
CDA: Pause before postpayment chart review
August 2, 2019 -- Has your practice received a phone call from an insurance plan asking to conduct a postpayment chart review? Are you a contracted provider for that plan? The California Dental Association (CDA) provides an overview of this situation and recommends pausing before agreeing to a review if you are a noncontracted provider.  Discuss
Dentist fined after firing dental assistant for texting
August 1, 2019 -- A dentist from British Columbia has been ordered to pay roughly $5,500 after she fired a dental assistant for texting during a meeting. A Canadian agency ruled the offense did not qualify as just cause to not compensate the employee for her six years of service.  Discuss
Biological dentistry: Part 2 -- 10 questions to ask
July 31, 2019 -- In the conclusion of his series on biological dentistry, periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg lists 10 questions he urges other practitioners and patients to ask a provider using the label biological dentist. Dr. Danenberg also offers his suggested answers to these questions and how they impact patient care.  Discuss
4 steps to more productive scheduling
July 30, 2019 -- The entire day of a dental practice revolves around the appointment schedule. Yet many practices experience chaotic days far too frequently. Dayna Johnson, founder of Rae Dental Management, offers some practical and productive scheduling tips for practices that use Dentrix.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for consultations: Work on case presentation
July 29, 2019 -- It takes time for even the most experienced dentists to master case presentation skills. Case presentation has to be learned, practiced, and mastered if doctors are committed to taking the next step toward greater profitability. A little short-term frustration will be offset by long-term gains to the practice, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
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