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Posted 4/10/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3625
Closing the Loop on Your State Dental Conference
A couple of weeks ago Karyn posted some tips on how to prepare for your state dental conference. This week I’d like to recommend some post-conference activities that will “close the loop” on your conference endeavors. “Close the loop.” An interesting expression that I...Read More
Posted 4/4/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3479
Over 8 million adults to gain dental benefits.  A burden or an opportunity?
With the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) approximately 8.3 million adults will gain dental Medicaid benefits in 2014. This is the result of increased Medicaid eligibility and states either expanding adult dental care or adding it for the first time. The ADA’s Health Policy Resources Center...Read More
Posted 3/27/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3877
What do art, wine, a brand new Ford Mustang and dentists have in common?  The Oregon Dental Conference!
This post specifically refers to Oregon’s dental conference, but offers advice applicable to any state’s conference. Where else can dental professionals go to learn updated clinical strategies, see and touch the latest technology, network with other dental professionals, buy a bottle...Read More
Posted 3/20/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3833
Track-and-Trace Law Strengthens Pharmaceutical Supply Chain
In November of 2013 the president signed into law the Drug Quality and Security Act which many are calling “track-and-trace”. Will it affect dentistry? Maybe. What is track-and-trace? The law calls for the FDA to set standards for tracking and tracing pharmaceuticals from...Read More
Posted 3/13/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4646
Bitcoins for Bitewings
A very brief news article on a trade website recently caught my eye with the title “Florida dentist accepts bitcoin for treatment”. I had a limited understanding of Bitcoin, considering it to be very leading edge technology and not one due to impact dentistry anytime soon. The idea of...Read More
Posted 3/6/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 2508
EHR, EDR, PMS, and now certified EHR.  Knowing the difference is the key.
The abyss of the acronym language that has become a part of our culture is ever present in both of our professional lives as well as our personal. I find that sometimes I have to refer to sites such as just to interpret what my college student is trying to say. The understanding of acronyms and...Read More
Posted 2/27/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4204
Healthcare Dominates Best Jobs for 2014
I love year-end lists: best movies, richest people, most popular books… That’s why, when U.S. News and World Report put out “”, I was all over it. I’ll admit to wanting to assure myself that my technology skills would still be in demand, but what surprised me was both...Read More
Posted 2/20/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4550
Changes in the Wind for the Handling of Credit/Debit Cards
Were you one of the 110 million Target customers whose credit or debit card was compromised over the holidays? No? You only shop at high-end stores where this kind of thing would never happen. That is except for the 1.1 million Neiman Marcus customers who suffered a similar fate. Changes are...Read More
Posted 2/13/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 2968
Will signature pads go away with touch screen computers?
The venerable signature pad has been a dental practice companion for years. It has been the principal tool to capture an electronic signature on documents needing a higher level of authenticity. Are their useful days numbered with the advent of touch screen displays and tablet computers? The answer...Read More
Posted 2/6/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 2952
Accessing your Dental Office Computers Remotely
On January 21st LogMeIn ( announced the end of their free remote connectivity application. Many dental offices have used this tool to access their systems from outside the office. The end of this free lunch may send you looking for an alternative and I have a few comments before you make that...Read More
Posted 1/30/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 5073
 The Passing of an Old Friend,  Windows XP (10/25/2001 – 4/8/2014)
On a nondescript October morning in 2001 Microsoft brought into the world the latest addition to its Windows family of operating systems, Windows XP. It became the beloved companion of millions of computers over the years. A web analytics firm, Net Applications, estimates that it is still being run...Read More
Posted 1/23/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 5270
Wi-Fi opens doors – Just maybe not the ones you wish
, businesses offering Wi-Fi connections to their customers are becoming increasingly common and dental offices are no exception. As you look at doing this, keep in mind that you are not a coffee shop or hotel. You are what HIPAA defines as a covered entity and that comes with rules and regulations...Read More
Posted 1/16/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3493
All Wi-Fi’s are Not Created Equal
It seems like everywhere you go businesses are offering Wi-Fi for their customers or employees. I recently sat in a car on a street corner and my phone found ten Wi-Fi networks within range. If you plan to provide this in your dental practice, here are a few technical points to consider before...Read More
Posted 1/9/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3664
Physicians will Experience ICD-10 Anxiety in 2014.  Should Dentists?
The implementation of ICD-10 codes will have a major impact on physicians and hospitals and an industry is sprouting up around preparing them for the 10/1/2014 start date. estimates that it will cost a small physician practice $83,000 to implement the new codes. But will it impact dentistry? After...Read More
Posted 1/2/2014 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 5713
Meaningful Use and Dentistry
In February of 2009 the federal government passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) which became known as “The Stimulus”. This provided for over $780 billion to be invested in various segments of the U.S. economy. One of these segments is healthcare and dentistry can...Read More
Posted 12/19/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 5900
A View from the Other Side of Healthcare
I have worked in the healthcare technology field for over 30 years and this has given me a pretty good handle on knowing what goes on in a typical healthcare setting. However, in early November I was afforded the opportunity to see the industry from a different perspective, that of a patient. I...Read More
Posted 12/12/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4381
CDT 2014 Codes: The winds of change are upon us once again
As I work through our coding list for DAISY clients and incorporate the changes that the ADA has made to the CDT 2014 code set, I have to work at recalling how the office staff stays informed of the changes that are coming more rapidly to their everyday workflows. Coding changes are no easy task...Read More
Posted 11/27/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4173
Oregon Mission of Mercy- The Dental Community Addresses Access to Care
The Oregon Dental Association is hosting our fourth Mission of Mercy event on Monday & Tuesday, November 25th & 26th. Oregon Mission of Mercy is a dental clinic with 100 portable dental stations set up in an exhibit hall at the Oregon Convention Center. Dental screenings and services are...Read More
Posted 11/21/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6979
Section 179 incentive program can benefit you!
As it turns out, our friends in Congress may be a dentist’s greatest ally. Technology options for dental professionals have continued to evolve at an exciting pace. Such technologies can help providers to build patient trust and empowerment through information and education. Developments in...Read More
Posted 11/14/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4635
Oral hygiene:  From the beginning to the end
Whether your news source is the old- school newspaper, or online, you can’t dodge news that links your oral health to your overall health. The latest article I read was titled, “Research Links Oral Bacteria to Colorectal Cancer.” The article describes an anaerobic organism in the...Read More
Posted 11/7/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4481
ADA 2012 paper claim form connects the patient’s oral and systemic health conditions
With the movement of every industry to move to an eco-friendly environment and reduce our use of paper, it is surprising the need to produce another paper form to add to the problem that we are working to resolve. Regardless, the need is still present to submit dental claims on paper. And on these...Read More
Posted 10/31/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6537
SHOP Marketplace Offers Small Business Owners a Simplified Way to Purchase Group Health Insurance
The Affordable Care Act mandate that requires businesses with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees to provide employee health insurance benefits has been waived for one year. Beginning in 2015, employers who fall into this category will face penalties for not offering employee coverage that...Read More
Posted 10/24/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 6449
The Individual Health Insurance Marketplace is Now Open for Business
Consumers anxious to browse for individual health insurance options and determine their eligibility for financial assistance to purchase health insurance, and those ready to initiate the application and enrollment process, have already experienced many bumps in the road. Much of the frustration has...Read More
Posted 10/17/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4428
The Strategy that Will Fix Health Care
Are you sick of reading about health care reform, Obama-Care, the Affordable Care Act or whatever name it is going by? Take an antacid because this post is worth your consideration. My primary purpose is to encourage you to read the Harvard Business Review article entitled “The Strategy that...Read More
Posted 10/10/2013 by Bill Hockett in Right Click Dentistry   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 4808
Medical Identity Theft and the Dental Practice
In I advocated the use of authentication tools such as fingerprint readers to shore up security in the practice or at least the strengthening of password management habits. I did this because of the recent rise in medical ID theft and not wanting the dental office to be an enabler of this fraud....Read More
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