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Jun2019

Alveolar Ridge Preservation and Fear

By |June 24th, 2019|

It was July of 2017 when a 43-year-old male patient came to my office complaining of pain in #27. Much to my surprise he was missing all lower molars and bicuspids, with an RPD anchoring on both mandibular canines. He also had a full maxillary denture that flopped around like a fish out of water. The remaining lower mandibular teeth, 22 through 27, were not in the best condition [...]

Apr2019

The Dichotomy of Dentistry

By |April 24th, 2019|

For years I’ve given this topic a lot of thought. It’s a subject that, not until now, I had any answer to. First, let’s define the word “dichotomy”. di·chot·o·my /dīˈkädəmē/ noun: a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different. synonyms: contrast, difference, polarity, conflict;  gulf, chasm, division, separation, split; "the great dichotomy between theory and practice" Now let’s discuss the typical background of the dental office [...]

Mar2019

Practice Fees

By |March 10th, 2019|

Each year in January many dental practices adjust their Fee-for-Service (FFS) fee schedule to help cover rising expenses in their dental business, and to hopefully generate higher profit margins. There have been many approaches throughout the years I have seen dental practices use to determine these new fees: There is the “across the board” approach where practices increase fees between 3% and 7% for all services. This works great if [...]

Feb2019

The Statistical State of Dentistry, in Utah and Beyond

By |February 19th, 2019|

In the State of Utah our Dental Association puts out a publication every two months called the UDA Action. In the January February 2019 publication Dr. Chamberlain, our UDA President, shared some fantastic stats on dentistry here in Utah. If you live in another state, listening to this podcast, you might want to take note on my comments to this article, as it may have some cross-over where you practice. [...]

Jan2019

This is the Way We’ve Always Done It: The Dangers of “Status Quo-itis”

By |January 11th, 2019|

Oh my, where do I even begin? Many years ago, I lectured on digital imaging and radiography. Trying to help practices understand the benefits of this technology was difficult back then, and now it’s the norm for most practices. However, how many offices still use analog radiographs today? With the constant changes in dental technology, it’s not healthy to embrace the status quo. Most of you have heard the [...]

Dec2018

Where Did MY Profits Go?

By |December 12th, 2018|

I’m finally getting around to looking at my first quarter results in my dental practice. Sound familiar? I was shocked to see our profits were down. How could this be? The number of patients seen and procedures worked were both up. But, profits were down for the first time in years. It was time to dig a little deeper and learn why. We discovered several things that have changed [...]

Nov2018

Self-induced Insurance Courtesies

By |November 16th, 2018|

The other day we got a phone call from a new dental insurance company attempting to build their panel of dentists in the Salt Lake area. My office manager asked them to send us their fee schedule and we would consider joining. The fee schedule came, and we made a close observation to see if they cover our top forty codes we use the most. We noticed they had [...]

Oct2018

Insurance Dirty Tricks and How to Battle Them

By |October 18th, 2018|

We’ve all seen them, the dirty little tricks insurance companies do to make our lives a living hell, right? At My Practice My Business our dental consulting helps practices deal with this “hell” head on with our Clinical Business of Dentistry Training. However, here is a small list of typical insurance tricks they use to torment us, and how to deal with them. -Baked in codes: This is one of my favorites. [...]

Sep2018

The Nickel and Dime Syndrome: Only Dentists…

By |September 15th, 2018|

One of our team members at MPMB reached out to a long-term client of ours, and spent some time training a new office manager on our cloud-based dental software and key concepts with the Clinical Business of Dentistry Training. When it came to teaching the OM about upgrading, and the documents in My Dental Docs to print out, she said, “Oh no, we don’t upgrade as we have chosen not to nickel [...]

Aug2018

Codes and Fees Blindness & Give-It-Away-Itis

By |August 17th, 2018|

Whenever I give a lecture with the Clinical Business of Dentistry Seminar, which is the introductory to our Clinical Business of Dentistry Training at My Practice My Business, I always ask a few questions to watch people squirm in their chairs. Question 1: How many of you take intraoral photos on your patients to show or prove the need for treatment and charge for it like you would an x-ray? Question 2: [...]

Jul2018

Insurance Dirty Tricks and How to Battle Them

By |July 16th, 2018|

We’ve all seen them, the dirty little tricks insurance companies do to make our lives a living hell, right? At My Practice My Business, our dental consulting helps practices deal with this “hell” head on with our Clinical Business of Dentistry Training. However, here is a small list of typical insurance tricks they use to torment us, and how to deal with them. -Baked in codes: This is one of [...]

Jun2018

Disney and Your Dental Practice

By |June 15th, 2018|

It’s no mystery with all who know me that I love Disney! I grew up watching the Wonderful World of Disney every Sunday at 6pm, eating dinner on a TV tray in front of an RCA color television. I was so blessed… We teach in our Clinical Business of Dentistry Training the importance of giving our patients, what we call, the Disney experience. One of our Facebook reviews exemplifies what I’m [...]

May2018

How DO Insurance Companies Determine Their Contracted Fees?

By |May 14th, 2018|

There I was, sitting in a Utah Dental Association (UDA) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) meeting that all practicing dentists in our state must attend if they want their malpractice insurance rates to stay low. These meetings are conducted by our UDA officers, and they do a good job at bringing issues to light which help us be better practitioners. On one occasion, our UDA President was taking questions and [...]

Apr2018

Verifying Insurance: why?

By |April 15th, 2018|

For all of you who verify insurance coverage on every patient coming in the next day, for all of you who verify insurance coverage on every procedure, for all of you who enjoy watching yellow stone set, for all of you who truly utilize about 30% of your practice management software system, for all of you who enjoy children screaming in your ear while doing a prophy, this article [...]

Mar2018

What Do Patients Remember?

By |March 15th, 2018|

Nothing! Most days that’s what it seems like. Some of my favorite phrases were: “That’s not the amount I was quoted” “You’re doing a root canal and crown today? Why?” “You want how much for that cleaning?” “You scheduled me for three hours but I only have an hour” Are you kidding me? Unbelievable! Those are just some of the phrases I’ve heard throughout the years. I use to hear [...]

Feb2018

Case Acceptance: It’s A Biology Thing!

By |February 15th, 2018|

What you are about to learn is something they should really teach us in dental school. That is, case acceptance is grounded in biology. Who would have guessed?! If we look at the brain from the top down, you would see three sections: The inner section is known as the Reptilian Brain. This section is where the fight or flight section resides. It’s the instinct and survival section. The [...]

Jan2018

Welcome to My Practice My Business

By |January 15th, 2018|

The team at My Practice My Business is made up of dental professionals and technology specialists who have been creating dental practice centric products and training since 2005. Our mission at My Practice My Businesshas been to create simple to use cloud-based dental software and easy-to-implement dental consulting that significantly increases practice revenues with need-based dentistry. We are specialized instructors of “clinical business” with our Clinical Business of Dentistry Training. We simply teach dentists, dental teams, and [...]

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