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Dental Consultants Tip: Calling Patients

Whenever calling or writing a patient, find out all you can about the person from a prior contact note. For instance, if the treatment chart has a notation saying the patient just had a baby, start the letter or conversation by saying: "Hi, Janet! Congratulations on your new baby! Did you have a boy or a girl?" Then gently go into the reason you're calling. It's always more effective to start a conversation or letter in this fashion. This way the patient gets the feeling that he/she is not just a dollar sign to you and that you really do care...
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Dental Consultant Tip: Insurance Best Practices

Insurance is the patient’s responsibility. It is their insurance after all however, quickly and accurately verifying insurance is an opportunity to provide patients with excellent customer service.  Staying on top of insurance every day is crucial. It is vital that insurance does not backlog. Backlogs cost you time and money and reflect poorly on your practice.  When a patient receives a bill from the practice due to insurance denial it can cause an upset. Sometimes it is a front desk error, however the upset is often partially or fully due to the bill being unexpected because the patient had not been effectively educated on how...
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Dental Consultants DA Hiring Tips

A few questions you will want to include: 1. What expanded duties did you do at Dr. X's office? 2. What brands and kinds of cements and bonding materials are you familiar with? 3. Per OSHA regulations, how do you sterilize instruments? 4. Explain how you handle a patient who shows signs of being afraid. Keep in mind that until you see a new hire in action you really won't know what kind of employee you have.   Kevin Tighe, Cambridge Dental Consultants, Senior Consultant, got bitten hard by the business and marketing bug during long summer days working at his dad's...
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Dental Consultant Advice: Working With Your Spouse

A few thoughts about having a spouse work in a dental practice: a. It can be the worse of times for obvious reasons. b. It can be the best of times as the spouse has a vested interest in the practice.  c. The spouse can never use the "spouse card" in interacting with the other staff. d. Just as you would not interact at home with your spouse as if he or she is an "employee" you shouldn't interact with your spouse at work as you would at home. In my opinion, the ideal situation is for the spouse to learn...
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There is the good, the bad and the ugly of dental practice management, but many dentists will still tell you the probability is your dental consulting will work if you and your consultant are on the same page. It stands to reason that if a dental consultant had little value, worth or benefit that consultant could not stand up to harsh economic realities for long.  A veteran dental consultant is also a "personal coach" who shold bring management wisdom based on "in the trenches" experience along with systems and protocols to that have been successfully implemented in other practices. Top dental consultants talk and network with each other. They pay attention to what systems work and don't across many dental practices. 

Systems

New Patient Phone Call

Insurance Processing

New Patient Experience and Patient Education

Financial Arrangements

Scheduling

Confirmation

Unscheduled Treatment 

Reactivation

Daily and Weekly Checklists

General Policy Manual 

Staff Accountability

What gets monitored, gets managed. It is as simple as that. The only way to monitor what gets done is with daily stats especially for your weak areas. For example, one employee should be specifically responsible for calls to patients who are unscheduled, overdue for re-care or need reactivation. Other staff can and should help in coordination with the accountable employee.

Leadership

What most practice owners are lack in knowledge is not how to book an appointment, but rather how to be an effective leader. The best systems in the world are useless if the staff do not comply. Good leaders know how to get staff to willingly follow through and comply. 

Questions To Ask 

  1. Do you and/or your staff have to travel or does the consultant come to you?

  2. Is the program mostly one on one consulting versus seminars or courses with multiple clients in attendance?There are advantages to both.

  3. If the dental consulting is one on one who will actually deliver the consulting? I recommend knowing who your specific dental consultant will be prior to signing on the dotted line.

  4. Is program based on a specific dental practice management system? You want to avoid cookie-cutter programs. Ensure the program will be tailor-made to fit your practice's specific needs.

  5. The cost (including travel expenses and downtime) is certainly not the only factor, everything else being equal, it is still a major factor to consider. It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little.  

 

Top Dental Practice Mangement Consultant

Shane Blake DDS Coudersport, PA

My name is Kevin Tighe. Consultant. Coach. Mentor.

My mission is to advise, recommend and help implement proven systems to grow your practice . 

Before joining the Cambridge team I was in charge of setting up workshops for large nonprofits throughout the United States and Canada. During that time, I was fortunate to receive mentoring from several world-class business consultants, including a dental practice management guru, which led to a position at Cambridge as their seminar organizer. In time, I began crisscrossing the country delivering seminars myself for the better part of a decade. Subsequently, I moved up to senior consultant and eventually partner and now sole owner. 

  

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