Practice Management
Former dental clinic owner sentenced to prison for fraud
October 14, 2019 -- Pamela Van Drie, a former owner of a Springfield, MO-based dental clinic, has been sentenced in federal court for multiple fraud schemes totaling more than $1 million in Medicaid payments, failing to pay payroll taxes, and collecting unemployment benefits she wasn't entitled to receive.  Discuss
CDA warns of email gift card scam
October 14, 2019 -- The California Dental Association (CDA) is warning its members about an email scam that's using the name of its president, Dr. Del Brunner, to try to trick dentists and dental professionals in California into purchasing a high-value gift card from a multinational retailer.
Startup targets dental offices with comfort-focused care
October 11, 2019 -- The former CEO of SmileDirectClub has created a new startup that aims to "reinvent the dentist's office" by creating a more relaxed patient experience in a high-tech atmosphere.
The 4 ways to grow a practice
October 10, 2019 -- There are four ways to build any business -- and these same models apply to dental practices, writes Dr. Roger P. Levin. In his monthly column from the Dental Business Study Club, he explores the four options, which range from building on what you do well to opening a new practice.  Discuss
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
Using follow-up calls to educate your patients
October 8, 2019 -- It would be great if patients agreed to a treatment plan before they left your office, but most of them don't. Practice management consultant Sally McKenzie recommends making follow-up calls to these patients to educate them on the benefits of treatment. Her tips can help your practice improve your acceptance rates and help your patients at the same time.  Discuss
U.S. Oral Surgery Management enters Tenn. market
October 8, 2019 -- Management services company U.S. Oral Surgery Management has announced a partnership with an oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in Tennessee.
Do's and don'ts for increasing efficiency
October 7, 2019 -- Inefficient offices are breeding grounds for confusion and chaos. Practices must always look for ways to improve efficiency in every area. Those that do will decrease stress and increase revenue, Dr. Roger P. Levin writes in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Why you need to upgrade before the Windows 7 end of life
October 7, 2019 -- In all the discussion about protecting your practice from cyberattacks, one important factor is not being discussed: Many dental practices are still running Microsoft's Windows 7. With support for Windows 7 ending in January 2020, you should plan your operating system's transition now to keep your practice safe, advises Tom Terronez of Medix Dental IT.  Discuss
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