Practice Management
Wisc. tops U.S. dental health in new report
February 4, 2019 -- Which U.S. states have the most and fewest dentists per capita? Which have the best and worst overall dental health? A January 31 report from a personal finance website has the answers to those questions.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for effectively motivating patients
February 4, 2019 -- Every interaction with patients is an opportunity to motivate them toward something. When you approach patients, keep practice objectives in mind so that you can go beyond merely providing information and exchanging pleasantries, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. By being intentional, you can more effectively influence patients to accept treatment, show up for appointments, comply with instructions, and refer new patients.  Discuss
Bartering your dental services? Get it in writing
January 31, 2019 -- You may think that bartering services for dental treatment is in the past, but it's not, according to the risk management staff of The Dentists Insurance Company. In this Second Opinion highlighting legal issues, they remind readers that while bartering is not new, you still need to protect yourself and your practice.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for maintaining a good work-life balance
January 28, 2019 -- One of the perks of dentistry is that it can offer practice owners enough flexibility to achieve a great work-life balance. Unfortunately, not every dentist takes advantage of this. Be sure to create a practice schedule that maximizes production and enhances your life, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
The damage stress can cause in your practice
January 25, 2019 -- Mistakes and accidents happen in a dental practice -- even yours. Some of these mistakes might be simple human error, but others may be caused by stress. Practice management consultant Jen Butler details some of the consequences stress may have on a dental practice.  Discuss
CAMBRA gets an update for its 21st anniversary
January 24, 2019 -- A little more than two decades ago, John Featherstone, PhD, set out to create a one-page tool to prevent caries. The result, caries management by risk assessment (CAMBRA) has come to redefine how the newest generation of dentists think about dental decay.  Discuss
A way to talk with your patients about nutrition
January 23, 2019 -- The awareness by practitioners and patients of the importance of proper nutrition in maintaining oral health may be growing, but actually talking with your patients about their nutrition can be a difficult conversation. In his latest column, periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg offers a way to make these conversations a little easier.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for keeping control of inventory
January 22, 2019 -- As a dental practice leader, you must always be in control of your inventory. Having too much inventory can lead to high overhead and low revenue, while a shortage can negatively affect your daily business tasks. Taking time to ensure that your practice has the proper inventory levels will help increase practice success, Dr. Roger P. Levin notes in his latest Practice Success tip.  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
DSOs, private equity, and the future: An interview with Michael Roub
January 16, 2019 -- The past six months has seen continued growth in the dental service organization (DSO) market, including some major acquisitions and milestones. To get a sense of where these organizations are going, interviewed Michael Roub, managing partner at Inflection 360, who has run a DSO and now helps private equity firms and healthcare companies find and complete mergers and acquisitions.  Discuss
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