3 practical ways to improve team performance
June 7, 2018 -- Dr. Roger P. Levin explores practical ways you can improve your team's performance in his latest monthly column, based on the most thought-provoking topics from the Dental Business Study Clubs, an organization focused on the business of successful dentistry. This month, Dr. Levin discusses three strategies to improve your team's performance.  Discuss
Sheri's Solutions: Practice transitions and patients
June 6, 2018 -- When a small, private practice is sold to a group practice, adjustments are needed on all sides, writes Dr. Sheri Doniger in her latest Sheri's Solutions column. Dr. Doniger uses the example of time allotted to existing and new patients for appointments to illustrate the need for communication to ensure excellent patient care.  Discuss
3 reasons why your patients don't show up
June 5, 2018 -- You'll never completely eliminate broken appointments, but you can take certain steps to significantly reduce them in your practice, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. But first you have to understand why broken appointments are a problem. She shares three reasons why your patients might not show up and offers practical steps you can take to make it more likely they will keep their appointments.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for budgeting: Develop a comprehensive budget
June 4, 2018 -- As the practice leader, you need to track your overhead and production numbers. Remember, you are the CEO of your practice, so it is up to you to know how your practice is progressing toward its profitability goals. To create a viable budget, analyze past performance and evaluate how it relates to your practice's potential, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin.  Discuss
Is biohacking the answer?
May 30, 2018 -- The term biohacking has come into vogue, whether referring to foods and drinks, supplements, technology, or the numerous genetic tests on the market. Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg keeps an open mind about possible advances but wonders if some less complicated solutions might exist.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for focusing more on elective procedures
May 29, 2018 -- Elective procedures offer your practice the opportunity to increase your production and decrease your reliance on compensation from insurance providers. Set a target of making cosmetic and other elective services account for at least 30% of total production, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Using the (driving) force to unite your office
May 25, 2018 -- One of the most memorable concepts introduced in the "Star Wars" movies is that of a force that connects everyone. Now, practice management consultant Jen Butler isn't writing using this force, or something like it, to fool stormtroopers but rather to bring together your front- and back-office staff to improve communications, production, and collections.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts to help guide your front desk team to success
May 21, 2018 -- Your front desk team is the first and most consistent point of contact for all your patients. It is important that your front desk team project a positive, upbeat, and welcoming attitude in every patient interaction, notes Dr. Roger P. Levin. Whether making appointments, taking payments, or answering questions, your front desk team has the power to make patients feel good about your practice.  Discuss
5 questions to help your patients self-motivate
May 17, 2018 -- Dr. Alvin Danenberg's hygienist came to him last week to discuss a patient who was not taking care of her mouth. However, this was not a new patient -- she had been coming to his office for a while. This is a question all dentists and hygienists grapple with: How can you help your patients self-motivate? Dr. Danenberg suggests five questions that might help.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for community involvement: Have an impact on your community
May 14, 2018 -- The higher your practice's profile in the community, the more successful it will be. The best way to accomplish this is with personal involvement -- not just by the doctor but by everyone. All team members should be familiar with the practice's brand so they can project this image in all their community activities, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss