Practice Management
Survey: Most U.S. dentists support adding dental to Medicare
November 21, 2018 -- A majority of respondents to a survey of 20,000 U.S. dentists support adding dental coverage to Medicare, according to research from the ADA's Health Policy Institute and Oral Health America. The survey findings were presented at the recent American Public Health Association annual meeting.  Discuss
Dental Care Alliance adds 13 Texas practices
November 21, 2018 -- Dental support organization Dental Care Alliance has added 13 new affiliated offices in Texas.  Discuss
How do you get low-income smokers to go to the dentist?
November 20, 2018 -- Smokers have an increased risk of oral disease but use dental healthcare at lower rates than nonsmokers, so researchers sought to understand the factors affecting dental care use in low-income smokers. They found that the issues involved went beyond cost to characteristics such as motivation and self-efficacy.  Discuss
Coding case study: Midyear changes can impact your reimbursement
November 19, 2018 -- If your practice accepts insurance, you've probably been faced with a situation in which the provider implements contractual changes. And sometimes, despite everyone's best efforts, you find yourself unprepared for the effect of this change to your reimbursement projections. Dental benefits analyst Cindy Hartwell with the California Dental Association's CDA Practice Support illustrates a case study of one such occurrence.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for retaining patients
November 19, 2018 -- Many practices today find it challenging to retain patients in the face of competition, changing insurance plans, and the effects of the internet. Because of this, it's imperative that practices employ effective strategies to retain patients so that their patient base remains strong and they always have a healthy influx of new patients, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
6 tips for when your decision-making process is stressed
November 16, 2018 -- Research shows that stress can negatively affect your decision-making process, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. So what can you do when faced with both stress and the need to make crucial decisions about your practice? Butler offers 6 tips to help.  Discuss
How practices can best manage inappropriate patient behaviors
November 15, 2018 -- Dr. Lisa Knowles addresses an important topic: managing -- and addressing -- inappropriate patient behaviors. As Dr. Knowles writes, these situations must be addressed with empathy and directness.  Discuss
MetLife again tops list of large-group dental carriers
November 14, 2018 -- DrBicuspid.com brings you an updated list of the top five large-group dental carriers in the U.S. While it is no surprise that MetLife is the first company on the list, four of the five companies saw their total dental premiums drop from 2017 to 2018.  Discuss
Exercise and dental health are interlinked
November 14, 2018 -- Alvin Danenberg, DDS, tells his patients that their gut and health are dependent on moving their body. But many of his patients don't know that even dental health is indirectly affected by healthy exercise. In his latest column, he outlines recent studies with a clear message about oral and overall health.  Discuss
Heartland Dental adds 6 new practices
November 13, 2018 -- Heartland Dental said it has added six new practices in three U.S. states.
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