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Two Reports to Focus on During Down Time

April 6, 2020

From Dentrix: The linked article will take you step by step through some of the tasks I suggested you do while we are shut out of the office; Two Reports to Focus on During Down Time The world is experiencing challenging times. It can be especially difficult for dentists and dental office managers because dental […]

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COVID-19 Resources for Dentists

March 26, 2020

From the ADA, includes coding and billing guidance for tele-dentistry Source: COVID-19 Resources for Dentists

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Technology Costs Too Much

March 24, 2020

One of the primary reasons dentists cite for not using advanced technology is that it costs too much. On the other hand, one of the primary benefits dentists cite when they do use advanced technology is cost savings. Obviously there’s a gap here between perception and reality. Which is true?  Does technology cost too much? […]

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Yes, you can use technology to deal with the Corona Pandemic

March 24, 2020

I wrote yesterday that the Corona Pandemic was the ultimate “Black Swan” and although no one was prepared to deal with it having digital technology in place can help. How? A primary protocol for control of the disease is to avoid other people, stay home and if possible work from home or telecommute. In order […]

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A BIG Black Swan

March 23, 2020

From the summary of “Black Swan” by Nicholas Taleb The Black Swan is named after a classic error of induction wherein an observer assumes that because all the swans he’s seen are white, all swans must be white. Black Swans have three salient features: They are rare (statistical outliers); They are disproportionately impactful; and, because of that […]

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Digital Workflow

March 19, 2020

In many ways work flow is data flow. In the past when the data was on paper or film or even a plaster model, it (the data) could only be in one place at a time and moving it from place to place was time consuming and relatively expensive. Thus we assigned work to a […]

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A GREAT new resource from Carestream Dental

March 12, 2020

Download free educational materials, infographics and more to share the Digital Dentistry Difference story, and see the difference it makes for your patients and your business. Source: Home – Carestream Dental

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Hinman Dental Society March 19-21

March 6, 2020

I will be presenting sessions on Google Juice, Digital Workflow and Data Security. The Thomas P. Hinman Dental Meeting is an annual tradition, providing dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and dental office staff with the latest and most comprehensive continuing education in dentistry today. Our meeting is known for its Southern Hospitality, extraordinary […]

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Domain Name Scam

March 2, 2020

Is this a scam? Almost certainly. I recently received the following e-mail from a company called ids/us: Dear Sir/Madam, One of our customers has applied for the domain name www.drlarryemmott.net. Since you are the owner of www.drlarryemmott.com, we would like to inform you about this registration request. If our customer registers this name, this can […]

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Dentrix Tip Processing Payments Promptly by Adding a Credit Card to a Payment Agreement

February 25, 2020

With Dentrix Pay, you can add a patient’s credit card to their payment agreement and use that card to process payments when they’re due.* You’ll be paid promptly, and your patients won’t have to remember to send you a check! Source: Dentrix Tip Tuesdays: Processing Payments Promptly by Adding a Credit Card to a Payment […]

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7 best cities for dental tourism in 2020

February 20, 2020

Interesting. Do people traveling to Budapest or maybe Istanbul or wherever believe they are getting better, higher quality treatment than they could get back home? Patients Beyond Borders partnered with Medical Departures to determine the best cities for medical tourism in 2020. The list is based on cities’ healthcare rankings, available transportation, savings and other […]

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Janice Hurley at AADP March 5

February 13, 2020

One of the BEST Meetings in Dentistry. I will be hosting a panel on Cyber Security at the AADP Meeting. One of our panelists will be Janice Hurley, her topic: Your Social Media Footprint Matters Answer these three critical questions before you post ANYTHING on social media and you’ll be delighted with the results. Confidently […]

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Nearly half of dental practices experience theft from staff, ADA survey finds

February 10, 2020

From Dr. Bicuspid. This hurts as most dentists tend to look upon team members as family which makes employee theft even more devastating than the simple loss of money, it is the betrayal of trust. Nearly 49 percent of dental practices said they had experienced employee theft,… …In response to the survey results, the ADA […]

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More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy

January 30, 2020

From  Reuters: Over one third of all healthcare costs in the U.S. were due to insurance company overhead and provider time spent on billing,…“The average American is paying more than $2,000 a year for useless bureaucracy,” said lead author Dr. David Himmelstein, Source: More than a third of U.S. healthcare costs go to bureaucracy – […]

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 Using Electronic Prescriptions for Dentrix Users

January 28, 2020

From The Dentrix Office Manager Blog: Using Electronic Prescriptions: In Florida, and as of January 1, 2020, a new law became effective that requires prescribing doctors to send all prescriptions electronically. Arizona, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island also have mandates that took effect January 1, 2020; and in September 2018, California passed a […]

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Woman says she was fired after making pro-Trump comment on Facebook

January 27, 2020

From Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Before Robyn Polak attended President Donald Trump’s Jan. 14 rally in Milwaukee, she expressed her support for him on Facebook by posting a “MAGA 2020” comment on a news story about the visit. She said that comment, and possibly a few others like it, got her fired from her job. Polak, a […]

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AADPA Annual Meeting March 4-7 2020

January 24, 2020

Source: AADPA | Annual Meeting | Dental Meeting | Dental Conference | AADP One of the best meetings in dentistry. This organization has had a powerful positive effect on my life. Both personally and professionally. I will be moderating a panel on Cyber Security with Debi Carr, Janice Hurley and James McQuiggam. Mark your calendars […]

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Janice Hurley AADP Preview

January 20, 2020

In this digital era, providing excellent clinical care isn’t the only key to a successful dental practice; in fact, a significant part of a dentist’s success can be chalked up to the image the professional projects to patients and the community. In this new podcast, Dr. Julie Kellogg talks with Janice Hurley, author of Dental Image Branding: […]

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Utah’s Merit Medical gives employees on-site dental care

January 16, 2020

From Deseret News: Interesting Since opening in May, the Merit dental clinic — with two part-time dentists, three hygienists and bilingual assistants — has served 1,136 patients with 2,724 appointments, providing more than $340,000 in benefits to employees. Patients don’t pay anything out of pocket and can get up to $3,000 in care per person each […]

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Google defends amassing health data on millions of people

January 9, 2020

“These organizations, like Ascension, use Google to securely manage their patient data, under strict privacy and security standards,” he added. “They are the stewards of the data and we provide services on their behalf.”Known internally as “Project Nightingale,” The Journal reported that Google’s deal involves data such as “lab results, doctor diagnoses and hospitalization records, […]

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