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Oral pain center agrees to pay $1M to settle false claims case
January 20, 2020 -- A pain treatment center in Wisconsin has agreed to pay $1 million to resolve allegations that it submitted false claims to Medicare and Tricare for oral appliances used to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for starting the new year off right
January 20, 2020 -- The new year offers a great opportunity to start fresh. Now's the time to look back on what went well, evaluate what went wrong, and devise a plan for improving performance in 2020, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
DSOs: Comparing startups to those operating and successful
January 20, 2020 -- A startup dental service organization (DSO) has a risk in maintaining an adequate capitalization base in the short term -- and especially in the long term. Certified public accountant Bruce Bryen explains some of the hardships and concepts for curing the problems necessary for a startup DSO to become a successful DSO.  Discuss
Wis. dental assistant claims fired for pro-Trump comments
January 16, 2020 -- A dental assistant in Wisconsin says she was fired when a bad review, claiming her employer had workers who spew racist comments, surfaced on the office's social media. She believes her own pro-President Trump comments on Facebook led to the review and firing, according to news reports.  Discuss
Proper introduction of associate dentist crucial to patient relationships
January 16, 2020 -- If you're considering hiring an associate dentist for your practice, it's important to heed some key advice when making this critical move. Dr. James Anderson explains why a proper introduction of a new associate to your patients is vital and shares tips on how to do so.  Discuss
Mass. practice charged with Medicaid fraud scheme
January 16, 2020 -- Two dentists and an office manager from Massachusetts were arrested and indicted on January 16 for allegedly running a scheme to defraud MassHealth, the Massachusetts Medicaid program.
5 ways to build teamwork into your practice culture
January 15, 2020 -- Teamwork is an essential component of running a successful practice. Cultivating a great team is beneficial for your quality of life at work -- and also your bottom line. Mike Monfredi, the practice manager at Monfredi Family Dentistry, details five ways to build teamwork into your practice culture.  Discuss
Ask the Dentrix Expert: Locating the correct AR number
January 15, 2020 -- This is the first in a new, year-long series that is designed to help dentists and team members understand their practice management software better. Dayna Johnson, a certified Dentrix trainer and founder of Novonee.com, offers helpful information on locating the correct accounts receivable number.  Discuss
Dental employee accused of swapping fentanyl for saline
January 15, 2020 -- A dental office employee in Ohio pleaded not guilty on January 10 to felony charges of stealing and tampering with drugs. She is accused of stealing fentanyl from the oral surgery center where she worked and refilling the vials with saline, according to news reports.
Patients, ex-staff wage online war against Wash. dentist
January 14, 2020 -- Former patients and employees of a Washington dentist have lit up review sites and social media with scathing reviews and allegations of unprofessionalism, misconduct, discrimination, questionable ethics, and mental abuse, according to a local news story.  Discuss
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