This is the time of year that I tend to lose focus in my practice. I want to finish the year out strong but at the same time I want to find time for friends and family during the holidays. It is also the time when I start to look ahead to things I want to accomplish for the upcoming year.
Don’t get me wrong. Goal setting is a good thing. What I am talking about is a simple case of looking forward to the next game while in the middle of one.
Way back in September I published a post about HIPPA compliant communication systems for dental professionals. I promised to update everyone about the final choice and here it is…
Link here for a great article about how to reduce excess cement under an implant crown. Cleanup is easier with a reduction in perimplantitis. It will reduce chair time and make you more productive.
Here is a nice reference guide for my dental colleagues using locator abutments.
This past weekend, while most folks were watching college football, a group of 12 dedicated dentists gathered in a board room to discuss some rather difficult clinical cases.
During the course, various topics such as occlusion, treatment sequencing, lab costs, TMJ health, dental implant options, bone grafting, restorative options, etc., were discussed.
However, one theme kept surfacing.
“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.” – Paul Meyer
Does your office staff get tired of fielding phone calls from the oral surgeon, endodontist, periodontist, etc. asking for x-rays, dental histories, or referral information?
If so, maybe you need to speak to them about communicating through a HIPPA compliant, cloud based, referral system.
Below is a nice summary on why a number of our insurance claims get denied. Fortunately, they are basic mistakes that can be corrected quickly. It is a re-post of information from the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC).
Click image for ADA 2013 claim form instructions
There are plenty of reasons an insurer might deny your claims, but the most common billing errors are also the simplest and easiest to correct. Here are the top 3:
“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”
― Francine Jay, Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify
This past weekend Dr. Bruce Ouellette took time out of his busy schedule to meet with several dental professionals in my area to discuss comprehensive dental treatment.
In his lecture he pointed out three things preventing our patients from accepting our best treatment plans.