Posted 2/24/2017 by OpenADentalOffice in How To Open A Dental Office   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 17
When to participate with PPOs…(are they jerks?)
Warning: is controversial. Sometimes I say, “Participate requires self-medication” PPOs are the anger of many private practice owners…and for good reason. But WHEN does it make sense to sign up with PPOs? Today, I’ll teach you something few will discuss publicly...Read More
Posted 6/8/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 82
Unlocking the Mysteries of Dental Fees
Ever wonder why some dental procedures are considered basic and others major? If you answered “so the dentist can charge more,” you should know that cynical thinking has been found to cause cavities and may lead to premature tooth loss - accidentally on purpose. Just kidding. In this...Read More
Posted 1/13/2016 by OpenADentalOffice in How To Open A Dental Office   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 129
Get MORE from PPOs? Learn from the Insurance Coding EXPERT, Teresa Duncan
Get MORE from PPOs? Learn from the Insurance Coding When do PPO fee schedules not matter? The world of PPO insurance is messy and complex. Some may wonder if its designed like that intentionally. But if...Read More
Posted 11/11/2015 by shell0150 in New grads required to be PPO by Delta Dental   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 192
Curious to know if other states are requiring new grads to accept PPO fees as opposed to being Premier providers, as they are doing in Michigan. Specifically Ohio and Indiana. We are a multi associate practice and the new associate is being required to accept the PPO fees.Read More
Posted 8/31/2015 by Bill Rossi in Bill Rossi: Advanced Practice Management   |  Comments: 1  |   Views: 170
Balancing PPO Participation
For many practices, PPO participation is their biggest “expense” after staff wages (or even greater than wages in some cases). Historically, practice collection percentages have been 95%+ (of gross production). Now it’s not uncommon to see collection percentages of 70%-80%...and...Read More
Posted 6/25/2015 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 64
What Kind of Mileage Should I Expect with this Dental Plan?
Have you ever thought about how shopping for a dental plan is like shopping for a car? A new car, that is; we don’t offer pre-owned insurance plans and would discourage anyone from enrolling in one. If you haven’t thought about the new car/dental plan analogy, that’s okay;...Read More
Posted 4/29/2015 by Jill Kring Carter aka Practice Prudence™ in Practice Prudence ™   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 283
#BusinessOneWord - Dear New Grad Dentist
#PracticePrudence #BusinessOneWord Dear New Grad Dentists, As a new grad dentist, you have years to go to master your current clinical skills, and you will be forever learning to utilize new technology with the procedures you elect to perform in-house, rather than refer out. You have years to go...Read More
Posted 2/3/2015 by RSRadin in Protection from Insurance Oligopoly   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 70
Over the course of the near future, I plan to introduce a rationale for negotiating with PPO networks through this blog. I also hope to establish a groundswell of support for pushing for legislative reform to address and provide redress to our profession. First I will tell how I came to this...Read More
Posted 6/23/2014 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 2111
The Waiting Period Waiting Game
We live in an age of instant gratification. Instant meals, instant movie downloads and instant financing to buy things we saw an instant ago on a Pinterest board wish list. In almost every instance the mere idea of having to wait for anything creates instant unhappiness. With that being said, I...Read More
Posted 5/20/2014 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 2784
A Father to Son Heart to Heart About PPOs
Patrick PPO knew something was wrong as soon as he got home from work and saw his son Pat sitting on the front porch. Walking up to his son, he set down his laptop bag, loosened his tie and sat down next to Pat. “Something wrong, son?” Sniffing, Pat wiped his sleeve across his nose and...Read More
Posted 5/13/2014 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 2981
PPO's Offer Freedom and Flexibility
How many of you have ever bought into the illusion of a one-size-fits-all purchase, only to learn later that the outfitted size is for someone taller/shorter, skinnier/heavier, narrower/wider, or younger/older than you? News flash: people are unique. Not only do we come in different shapes and...Read More
Posted 4/15/2014 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3361
She Can "Bearly" Contain Her Excitement
Once upon a time there was a young woman named Goldie Lockes. A native of California, she had graduated from a local high school where she had perfect tooth brushing attendance four consecutive years. Goldie also gained some local notoriety after getting 5,000 signatures on a petition suggesting a...Read More
Posted 4/8/2014 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3618
Tooth, Justice and the American Way
They are America’s mightiest dental heroes, created to fight bad oral health and tooth decay no mere mortal can withstand alone. These heroes know that tooth brushing, flossing and oral rinsing are good habits, but more is needed in this age of super-sized soda drinks, sugary foods and...Read More
Posted 4/1/2014 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3680
The Dental Plan Dating Game
Hello, and welcome to the Dental Plan Dating Game! At this time we’d like to introduce you to our three contestants. Bachelor #1 is a local guy who prides himself on frugality and prefers working close to home. He likes being organized and knowing where every dollar spent on his dental...Read More
Posted 1/21/2014 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 3260
Are Copays and Coinsurance Confounding and Confusing?
A colleague and I have a bet. She says insurance terminology was devised by a group of spelling bee contestants cleaning up an accidental interstate spill of Scrabble tiles and Boggle cubes. I disagree. I'd bet those complex insurance terms that bemuse and confuse originated after a massive...Read More
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