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Entries from August 2009

Patients’ Texting is Testing Dentists’ Patience

August 31st, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Chicago Dental Society ran a Facebook poll back in June/July: Is cell phone texting by patients in the dental chair a problem for the dental care team? Four out of five responding dentists said that their patients do text in the chair, and nearly half of those dentists gave a hearty “yes!” in regards […]

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Tags: Administrative

OSAP Announces Call for Abstracts

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

Annapolis, MD: August 27, 2009 – The Organization for Safety & Asepsis Procedures (OSAP) has announced a call for abstracts for their 2010 Annual Symposium, which will be held June 10-13, 2010 in Tampa, Florida. The Symposium will feature leading experts on infection control and occupational health and safety sharing information of critical concern to […]

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Tags: Administrative · Clinical

Informed Consent: Greater Risk for Practitioners

August 31st, 2009 · No Comments

In two recent cases, in Maryland and Wisconsin, proof of medical negligence was not required for the plaintiffs to bring an informed-consent claim. So what does that mean to the average dental practitioner? A lot! We are responsible for providing the appropriate technical information by which our patients make choices, i.e. a root canal or […]

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Tags: Business of Dentistry

Dentists Should Know About New HIPAA Rules

August 28th, 2009 · 6 Comments

In February, the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) was passed as under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). The purpose of the act was to create a nationwide information technology infrastructure that would allow controlled electronic dissemination of health information (EMR). HITECH rules, which are currently being […]

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Tags: Administrative · Clinical · Compliance

Dental Practice Transition Planning

August 27th, 2009 · 4 Comments

This informative article about planning for a giant career move, practice transition, was submitted to DentalBlogs by our friends at Henry Schein. Your principal asset For most dentists, ownership of their dental practice is the major focus of their energy expenditures, financial situation, and professional lives. Years of blood, sweat, and tears, coupled with the […]

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Tags: Business of Dentistry · Practice Transitions

Cranham on Dentistry in the Recession

August 26th, 2009 · No Comments

As dentists, we must consider how we act in diagnosis and treatment planning. It’s very important that we don’t stop doing comprehensive examinations. In my practice, we’ve still been seeing the same number of new patients. What’s changed is the speed at which patients want to complete treatment. Only after thorough diagnosis can you create […]

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Tags: Administrative · Dental Direction from Dr. John Cranham

Smart Dentists Overcome the Recession

August 25th, 2009 · 4 Comments

In “Dentists work on reducing costs” by Arlene Furlong, an article posted on the American Dental Association’s website, we’re told that dentists are making these changes to weather the economic storm: Adding or Adjusting Hours of Operation Adding Services Hiring Associates (for extended hours & services) Do More General Dentistry Cut Overhead Cut Staff Hours […]

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Tags: Administrative · Marketing

Press Release: New Patient Financing Company

August 24th, 2009 · 20 Comments

Orange County, CA – National medical lender launches newest financing program for medical providers. US Based American Benefit Credit, Inc., announces it’s newest medical financing program after a successful pilot earlier this year. Aug 22, 2009 — Orange County, CA – American Benefit Credit, Inc., a US based finance company, today announced that it has […]

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Tags: Financing

TNT Dental: Make Your Website a Workhorse

August 21st, 2009 · 4 Comments

This week, TNT Dental’s Tips blog shares 5 secrets to using your website to promote new services, technology, or products. The tips are great, so if you have a website, be sure to check it out. If you don’t have a website…get in the game!

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Tags: Administrative · Marketing · Tips from TNT: Dental Websites & Internet Marketing

Sleep Dentistry News: Sleep Apnea Can Increase Fatality Risk by Nearly Half

August 20th, 2009 · 4 Comments

According to a report from Reuters, for patients with severe sleep apnea, the risk of death is 46% greater than for those without sleep apnea. This statistic is not valid for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. “Severe” assumes that the patient stops breathing about every two minutes, or 30 times per hour, while […]

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Tags: Clinical