Category Archives: Center for Professional Success

Secure yourself from identity theft

Identity theft occurs when someone acquires key pieces of another person’s identity – such as name and credit card information or Social Security number – with the intent to commit fraud. In 2016, the Federal Trade Commission recorded 399,225 cases of identity theft in the United States. Identity theft can happen to anyone, regardless of whether or not… Read More »

How to cultivate loyal dental patients

Taking the time to get to know your patients on a personal level — and letting them get to know you — goes a long way when it comes to patient retention, according to the ADA Center for Professional Success. Let’s face it, most people don’t like going to the dentist. If your chair-side manner is impeccable and… Read More »

FAQ on name change and licensing

Changing one’s name due to marriage or other reasons can lead to confusion for both dentists and patients. Keep in mind that whatever name you elect to use personally or professionally, ensure that the proper name is used on all pertinent documents. This means you need to check your Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) number, state drug license, malpractice… Read More »

When entering practice, make your first choice the right choice

What issues do you need to consider when entering practice? How can you make significant lifestyle changes with a minimum of stress? In general, your practice entry choices come down to the following options, each of which has advantages and disadvantages: Purchase a practice immediately Become an associate, followed by purchasing the practice in 1 to 3 years… Read More »

Managing professional risks: Preparing for natural, man-made disasters

While the idea that the best defense is a good offense has often been used in sports, it’s also appropriate for dentistry, according to the ADA Center for Professional Success. On the field, coaches do everything they can to train, protect and prepare their teams; in the practice, the dentist is responsible for training, protecting and preparing the… Read More »

Top five dental benefit concerns of new dentists

New dentists may have many concerns when it comes to their patients’ dental plans, benefits and thirdparty payers, often because little of their dental school education relates to learning how to navigate these issues. Among the concerns are preauthorization requirements, delays in processing claims, claim denials, refund requests and the lack of assignment of benefits to nonparticipating dentists.… Read More »