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
Countdown: 10 essential tips for growing your practice
May 11, 2018 -- There's a difference between how you grow a practice and how you make it profitable, writes practice management consultant Jen Butler. In this column, she counts down the essential tips on how to grow your practice. Here's a hint: It doesn't have to cost a lot of money to see a sizable return.  Discuss
5 practical ways to increase practice production
May 10, 2018 -- In the debut of a new monthly column, Dr. Roger P. Levin brings you the most thought-provoking topics from the Dental Business Study Clubs, a new organization focused on the business of successful dentistry. This month, Dr. Levin explores practical ways you can increase your production.  Discuss
Do's and don'ts for practice technology: Invest in technology wisely
May 7, 2018 -- Technology is an important asset to your practice. New technologies can increase convenience, improve patient care, and attract new patients. Before making any investment in new technology, always evaluate your return on investment and create a plan for redesigning practice systems and implementing team training, advises Dr. Roger P. Levin in his latest Practice Success tip.  Discuss
Stepping forward into growth
May 2, 2018 -- As a periodontist, Dr. Alvin Danenberg was taught that dental plaque should be removed. But as he has learned, the real key to treating your patients is to help them address the underlying causes and them learn what changes they need to move forward in their health.  Discuss
Practice Rescue: Ways employees hijack your business culture
May 1, 2018 -- Do you ever discuss treatment with a patient, then later find that the treatment plan was changed after reviewing the chart? This is an example of a "practice hijack." In her new Practice Rescue column, Corinne Jameson-Kuehl, RDH, of Custom Dental Solutions offers practical tips to make sure everyone on your team is pulling in the same direction.  Discuss