Townie® Poll

Practice Management

Poll conducted from 1/12/2006 To 2/7/2006

Do you have a team member that is designated as Office Manager?
1128 total votes
48%
Yes
18%
Yes, it is my spouse
34%
No, the dentist is the office manager
Do you charge a fee for no-shows and cancellations?
753 total votes
28%
Yes, we charge a flat fee
15%
Yes, we charge according to length of appointment
44%
No, we just dismiss the patient from the practice after a pattern develops
13%
No, this is not a problem in our office
Do you require deposits for large cases?
757 total votes
8%
Yes, cases over a certain dollar amount must be paid in full to schedule
43%
Yes, we collect a percentage of the case fee in advance
44%
No, we collect the fees after the treatment has been started
5%
No, I don’t think patients would schedule
Are you currently sending electronic attachments to with your e-Claims?
726 total votes
33%
Yes
14%
Yes, but I am not happy with the number of companies that accept attachments
33%
No, I do not send e-Claims
20%
No, I didn’t know we could send electronic attachments
Have you ever hired a practice management consultant? If so, were you satisfied with the results?
750 total votes
13%
Yes, and I will never do it again
30%
Yes, and the experience had a positive impact on our practice
24%
No, but we are considering it in the future
33%
No, I do not think it is worth the money
What was the cost of the consultant?
700 total votes
22%
5000-10000
11%
11000-15000
16%
16000+
51%
We have never hired a consultant
Do you take your staff to CE courses out of town?
752 total votes
49%
Yes, at least once a year
39%
No, we just attend local CE
12%
No, we do not take our staff to CE
Aside from the dentistry, what is the most difficult part of running your practice?
750 total votes
52%
Employees
6%
State and Federal regulations
26%
Dealing with dental insurance
14%
Marketing the practice
2%
Planning my exit / sale of practice
Which of the following issues will be a hot topic on Dentaltown in the year 2020?
743 total votes
11%
Lack of dentists in many rural communities
20%
Older dentists finding buyers for their practices
17%
The decline of solo practice and growth of group practice
44%
New technology of the day
8%
Other
What is your favorite benefit as a dental professional?
752 total votes
36%
Flexible schedule
21%
Income
20%
Working with people
18%
Working with my hands / procedures
5%
New technology

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