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    Data Driven Patient Satisfaction for your Practice

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016

    Yes, I admit it – I LOVE DATA! In this article I will detail some real life examples from my group dental practice of how objective data can support best possible customer satisfaction. Customer service is more than a smile and the warm and fuzzies.Let’s start with asking what are the primary goals of your […]

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    Eat what you kill

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016

    Now I am not much of a hunter however the saying “Eat what you kill” is a great business strategy to follow to ensure your financial success in dentistry and any other kind of business. “Eat what you kill” translates to running your practice on a cash flow basis as an astute business owner and […]

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    This Tango Takes Three!

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016

    You, as a manager, have an obligation called stewardship and a privilege called management authority. The former requires you to care for your assets. The latter allows you to acquire and dispose of your assets. The more diligently you discharge your stewardship responsibility, the more impenitently you can exercise your management authority. But, remember, this tango takes three.

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    Patients Like Email

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    Did you know? 58% of consumers start their online day by reading their emails. 76% of dental patients said email is the best way for companies to communicate with them.

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    Stop the Stress! 9 Tips for Increasing Work Happiness

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    Everyone deserves to love what they do and be happy at work. After all, we spend nearly half of our waking hours there! But life has a habit of stressing us out, and then work piles even more obligations onto our teetering pile of To-Dos, Must-Dos, and (eek!) Past-Dues. Sometimes it’s just difficult to feel alert and excited when we arrive at the office each morning.

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    Hygiene Codes to Maximize Insurance Benefits

    Wednesday, April 13, 2016

    Picture this: your hygienist has a full day of patients. A couple of S/RPs, a couple of new patients, and some nice recalls. Ahh… it’s a beautiful thing. But wait! What’s that I see here? She hasn’t been using the correct CDT codes for her procedures. Oh no! Poor coding is about more than just […]

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employee-appraisal
Jan
20

Employee Performance is not just about Results

Happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing holiday and are back to an exciting start for 2016. For some of you this might also be the start of a fiscal year and you might be considering employee performance appraisals. This topic is a logical, structured way to approach performance appraisals. In appraising an […]

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Nov
18

Dentist Marketing Ideas: New Way to Track ROI

As a consultant, one of the first things I normally do with a new client is to work with the front desk team to set up a system to track new patient referral sources. This often requires making sure the health history includes a question about referring, the front desk team asks new patients on […]

walking-with-socrates
Oct
21

Walking with Socrates

“We need to improve our communication” — it’s a refrain we hear often in our line of work. Sound familiar? Does your company/department/team have this “communication thing” licked? Probably not. Of course, “improving communication” is a pretty diffuse phrase. It encompasses everything from “please use the ‘reply all’ function in Outlook judiciously” to “have the […]

file insurance claims
Oct
7

Obnoxiously Detailed Insurance Narratives

Your Secret Weapon…Obnoxiously Detailed Narratives You’ve experienced it before…the dreaded letter from a patient’s insurance company: We need more information, there is not enough evidence of need, please send us a diagnostic film (after you have initially sent one!). Several things are critical when submitting dental claims on behalf of your patient: Most patients are […]

Message from my mentor
Sep
16

Message from my mentor

Message from my mentor: One of the greatest influences in my professional experience was way back in the day, in the early 1990’s. At that time my 3 children were young, under the ages of 7, and my mental state was mostly a blur. My husband and I had purchased a dental practice in Raleigh/Durham, […]

Dicom
Sep
9

DICOM

DICOM stands for Digital Image Communication in Medicine. It is an international standard for digital radiography that covers everything from hospital CAT Scans to dental periapicals. It is the DICOM standard that assures the reliable transfer of images from one system to another. The DICOM standard also calls for the transfer of essential data along […]