5 reasons you need job descriptions
April 5, 2018 -- When everyone knows their job responsibilities, it can make for a more efficient, better operating team, writes practice management consultant Sally McKenzie. She offers five practical reasons why taking the time to create and discuss job descriptions with your team will help your practice thrive.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice leadership: Become a better leader
April 2, 2018 -- Efficiency, productivity, and communication are all reflections of your leadership skills. A mismanaged practice is a stressful place to work, but dentists who work to improve their leadership skills can measurably reduce the stress in their practices, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
3 components to your practice's mission statement
March 29, 2018 -- What is your practice's mission? You likely studied and practice dentistry because you want to help people live healthier lives and provide care to the ailing, but have you articulated that to your team and your patients? Practice management consultant Jen Butler suggests one way to get everyone in your practice pulling in the same direction is to create a mission statement that reflects your values.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for insurance: Stay on top of insurance participation
March 26, 2018 -- Practices should review patient insurance participation each year, according to Dr. Roger P. Levin. They should be aware of important data, such as what percentage of total practice collections is generated by insurance and which insurance plans pay the highest and the lowest reimbursement rates. This information will help practices make the best decisions regarding insurance participation.  Discuss
Fad diets and oral health
March 21, 2018 -- Periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg was forwarded an email about fad diets and their effects on oral health, including bad breath and dehydration. The practical issues for Dr. Danenberg, however, are what is a fad diet and what do you tell your patients about these diets and their side effects.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for new patients: Improve the new patient experience
March 19, 2018 -- Ensure that more new patients become loyal, long-term ones by creating a positive initial experience for them. Each aspect of the new patient experience should be planned and scripted for maximum effectiveness, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip. Practices that exceed expectations during patient interactions will continue to grow and be successful.  Discuss
7 ideas to move to higher-reimbursement patients
March 16, 2018 -- Is your practice meeting your production and collection goals? Is your schedule full, but your per-hour reimbursement lower than you would like? Practice management consultant Jen Butler has seen clients in this situation and offers seven practical tips to shift your practice to higher-reimbursement patients.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for better team communication: Improve practice communication
March 12, 2018 -- The success of your practice depends on how well you communicate with patients, but that begins with how well you communicate with each other. Always keep everyone informed and help each other maintain a positive attitude, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin. Patients will appreciate it.  Discuss
What do you tell your patients about detoxification?
March 7, 2018 -- Patients spend billions of dollars each year in the U.S. on so-called detoxification products. When periodontist Dr. Alvin Danenberg's patients ask him about the detoxification process and these products, he tries to consistently remind them that there are other methods that may be more effective and safer.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for education: Make business education a priority
March 5, 2018 -- The Great Recession and its aftermath have ushered in a host of permanent changes that have forever altered the dental profession. In this new competitive environment, the business of dentistry has taken on far greater importance than in the past. To be successful, dentists must continue to improve their business skills, Dr. Roger P. Levin advises in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss