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6 Ways to Reduce No-Show Dental Appointments

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Sep 13, 2017 9:37:21 AM

There was another patient who really wanted that 4 p.m., Friday evening timeslot but your staff had to tell them that the slot was already taken. Now that the patient has cancelled, your team is scrambling, calling other patients to see if they are available to be seen at that time. And if they can’t find someone to fill the gap, you’ve just lost money. It’s no wonder why no-show dental appointments concern dentists. 

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New EPA Amalgam Separator Rule: Is Your Dental Office in Compliance?

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Aug 9, 2017 10:19:19 AM

Does your dental office still use amalgam fillings? There’s a new federal rule governing amalgam disposal that went into effect on July 14, 2017, with an expected compliance date of July 14, 2020. Is your dental office in compliance?   

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Topics: Amalgam Separator

Improve your Patient Dental Care Experience and Raise Your Bottom Line

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Jul 28, 2017 3:00:00 PM

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Topics: patient dental care experience, customer experience

Importance of Online Reviews to the Success of Your Dental Practice

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Jul 3, 2017 10:21:03 AM

The famous “word of mouth” business approach has been around for centuries. Whether you were a bread maker, dressmaker, tailor or a dentist, having satisfied customers who told others about your quality products and great service was the best way to get people in the door. As we fast forward to 2017, we understand that a shift in the way we do business has taken place. The digital age is in full swing.

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Topics: online reviews, dental marketing

Three Advantages of Becoming a Contracted Dental Provider

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Dec 28, 2016 10:28:57 AM

Opening your own dental practice is one of the hardest things you’ve ever done. Whether you took over an existing practice or you started from scratch, taking this leap took determination, grit, faith and a tenacity to succeed. And it requires that, because opening and maintaining a successful business is downright hard. Per the SBA Office of Advocacy, only 50 percent of businesses that are opened survive beyond five years. And after 10 years, the survival rate drops to one-third. But chances are, you already knew this before you started, and the fact that you opened your practice anyway is likely proof that you have what it takes to succeed.

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Topics: becoming a contracted dental provider, dental provider

Dentists Can Screen Young Patients for Childhood Obesity

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Dec 2, 2016 3:00:27 PM

To say that obesity is a serious issue that’s impacting children across this nation is an understatement. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over the past 30 years, the incidence of childhood obesity among kids ages 6 to 11 years old has doubled; it has quadrupled in teens ages 12 to 19. In fact, per the CDC, one in six children and adolescents in the United States are obese.

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Topics: obesity in young patients

Dental and Vision Providers: The 3 Cs for Managing a HIPAA Breach

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Oct 27, 2016 3:50:28 PM

 

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Can Dental Implants Fail Because of Antidepressant Medication?

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Aug 24, 2016 11:25:44 AM

"My work is my signature." It’s a phrase dental providers would say in a heartbeat because they understand that the quality and longevity of the work they do for patients reflects them as a professional. Bottom-line, great work is better than any business card. And this applies no matter your specialty. If you are a dental provider who does implants, you want to know the ones you install have a great success rate and your patients get the smiles they desire. Therefore, it’s important to be aware that certain medications can impact the success of these artificial tooth roots. An example is antidepressants. A recent study at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine shows a strong connection between failure of dental implants and taking this type of medication.

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Topics: dental implants

MACRA: What Optometrists Should Know About Medicare Payment Reform

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on May 2, 2016 11:33:56 AM

The American Optometry Association considers MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015), a fairly recent healthcare payment reform, to be a big win for optometrists. Why? Because it distinguishes optometrists as physicians. Why is this important? It means that while optometrists are subject to the quality standards established by the new legislation, they are also eligible for the incentives that will be awarded to clinicians who meet the standards. As a result, it’s important for optometrists to understand this reform, the criteria that’s used to evaluate the overall quality of a physician’s services and the two avenues they can use to grow their payments from this federal health insurance program. 

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Topics: medicare, MACRA

Dental Providers: Stressed? Exercise and Kick Stress to the Curb

Posted by Deborah Pinnock on Jan 21, 2016 1:09:10 PM

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Topics: alleviate stress, Handling stress, Exercise

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