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Management

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What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash

April 24, 2017

From: Time.com: There are no negotiated rates, no third-party reimbursements and almost no paperwork. “We say, ‘Here’s the price. Here’s what you’re getting. Here’s your bill,’” says Keith Smith, who co-founded the Surgery Center in 1997 Source: What Happens When Doctors Only Take Cash | Time.com The linked article is medical not dental and there is […]

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10 Principles of Leading Change Management

April 24, 2017

1. Lead with the culture. Lou Gerstner, who as chief executive of IBM led one of the most successful business transformations in history, said the most important lesson he learned from the experience was that “culture is everything.” Businesspeople today understand this. In the Katzenbach Center survey, 84 percent said that the organization’s culture was […]

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ADA unveils Find-a-Dentist online search tool for patients

April 18, 2017

The ADA launched April 3 an online search tool aimed to help prospective patients connect with local ADA members. The Association is encouraging ADA member dentists to fill out their Find-a-Dentist online profile, which takes about five minutes, on average, to complete. ADA member dentists with completed profiles, especially those with photos, are prioritized in […]

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Code Maintenance Committee OKs teledentistry, A1c codes

April 10, 2017

From ADA News: Teledentistry will for the first time be included in the ADA’s Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT Code).  The Code Maintenance Committee approved two codes relating to the process during its March 9 meeting at ADA Headquarters. Source: Code Maintenance Committee OKs teledentistry, A1c codes It’s a start. The codes are […]

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The best and worst states to work in a dental practice: 2017

April 10, 2017

From DPR: Using a set of 11 criteria, we examined the best and worst states to work in a dental practice. Source: The best and worst states to work in a dental practice: 2017 | Dental Products Report Interesting. Like all of these kinds of surveys the results depend on what the authors decided to […]

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The Cost of Recall

April 6, 2017

Do high tech Internet based communications make sense economically? Here is a very conservative estimate of the costs of a traditional paper and phone system. This estimate does not include the time needed to prepare the cards and keep a paper system up to date when appointments and addresses change. Recall Cards: 2500 patients, each gets a card twice […]

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DrBicuspid-Snapshot™

April 4, 2017

This is a very cool super easy to use tool from Dr. Bicuspid. Get a free practice valuation when you answer a few quick questions. Source: DrBicuspid-Snapshot™ It seems almost too easy. Just a few minutes answering basic questions most dentist know or can easily get from Dentrix and you have a valuation. The makers […]

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Save Money with Flat Rate eClaims

April 3, 2017

One of the truly revolutionary things digital technology and the Internet has been able to do is eliminate the “middle man” to increase efficiency and lower costs. Renaissance Electronic services has done that with e-claims. The product is called “Remote Lite”. The average dental practice spends up to $160 per month on processing claims and […]

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DentistChats – Live Chat

March 30, 2017

Getting potential patients to your website is a challenge. Once they are there converting them from browsers to patients is critical. Live chat is a great way to engage lookers and possibly convert them to customers. The world’s leading professionally managed online chat service exclusively for dentists. Our live chat service is staffed with in-house, college educated, […]

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Practice in Your Pocket

March 23, 2017

Another “Dashboard”. I like this one as it includes overhead pulled from Quickbooks and has an app version for use on a smart phone:

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Thanks Patrick

March 21, 2017

A wonderful testimonial from Technology on the Rocks veteran Patrick McGibbon

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Mary Otto, on the Dentistry-Medicine Divide

March 21, 2017

From The Atlantic: Doctors are doctors, and dentists are dentists, and never the twain shall meet. Whether you have health insurance is one thing, whether you have dental insurance is another. Your doctor doesn’t ask you if you’re flossing, and your dentist doesn’t ask you if you’re exercising. In America, we treat the mouth separately from […]

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Beauty and the Technologist: Why Mastering Technology is the Key to Future Dental Practice Success

March 20, 2017

From Dentalcompare.com: Researchers at Oxford estimate that as many as half the jobs people are doing today will be eliminated by technology. This includes dentists and dental team members. There is one sure fire way to ensure you still have a job during the high-tech revolution. Become the “Practice Technologist.” Source: Beauty and the Technologist: Why […]

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Training Training Training

March 13, 2017

Dentrix Webinar: You will learn how to identify what is going well within your practice and where there are opportunities for improvement. Also, you will learn how a personal practice advisor assessment can help you identify and review key metrics in your practice that will help you maximize your patient care as well as your […]

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Why is there any difference?

March 13, 2017

Interesting. Also interesting that the number has gone up since 2005.

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A Leap of Vision

March 9, 2017

Many dentists:  have viewed technology as an endless and unwanted expense that often causes more trouble than it’s worth. However if dentists start looking at their technology as not just a local machine but as a component in the big picture; then computer technology and information integration makes more sense. The computer and digital information […]

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Great Systems Require Great Training

March 9, 2017

If you have a great handpiece does that make you a great dentist? Of course not you need to know how to use it; you need to be a master clinician you need the hands of a master. The same is true with technology, just having a great technology system isn’t enough you need to […]

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The Cost of Paper Records

March 7, 2017

A few people still maintain that old fashioned paper records are less expensive than digital paperless records. But that is simply not true. Paper charts don’t just appear in the office for free. The paper folder and all the other papers cost about $4.40 each. If you have 3000 charts they cost you at least […]

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Supersmart Robots Will Outnumber Humans Within 30 Years, Says Bank CEO

March 6, 2017

From WSJ: Within three decades, artificial intelligence will be smarter than the human brain, supersmart robots will outnumber humans and over a trillion objects will be connected to the internet, says SoftBank’s CEO. Source: Supersmart Robots Will Outnumber Humans Within 30 Years, Says SoftBank CEO – WSJ What is true for business in general is […]

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Technology on the Rocks

March 6, 2017

Information and Registration If you are a mountain biker this is a MUST trip for you. Great trails, beautiful scenery and real CE that will help your practice run better. If you are not a biker don’t worry. Sedona has plenty to offer including awesome outdoor activities, shopping, spas and art galleries on every corner.

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