Archive for Best Practices

Getting Hip with HIPAA

Aug 10, 2018 No Comments by

Four Areas for Front Office Team Members to Know. HIPAA, formally known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, was signed into law in 1996. According to the California Department of Health Care Services, HIPAA’s main function is the following: Provide the ability to transfer and continue health insurance coverage for millions of American […]

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The Dr. Dick Barnes Structure

Feb 24, 2018 No Comments by

3 Steps That Move You Forward. If you are not moving forward, you are moving backward. This saying is applicable to many things in life—especially dental practices. It means that there’s no such thing as simply maintaining the status quo. If you aren’t actively moving forward, then by definition you are going backward, because everything […]

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Maximize the Value of Your Practice

Nov 16, 2017 No Comments by

Considerations When Hiring an Associate Dentist. According to the American Dental Association® (ADA), in 2016, more than 39 percent of dentists in active practice were aged 55 years and older. That statistic should be a reality check because after practicing dentistry for 20-plus years, many of us start feeling some aches and pains. A lot […]

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Tools of the Trade

Nov 16, 2016 No Comments

Increase Precision and Productivity with Surgical Guides. My career in the dental industry started when I worked as a dental assistant for about five years. As a dental assistant, I specialized in implants—I did all the implant surgeries with the dentist. So when I took a job with Arrowhead Dental Lab, it was a natural […]

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Taking a Closer Look

Jul 11, 2016 No Comments

The Benefits of a SWOT Analysis. When was the last time you analyzed your practice from a business perspective? If you haven’t done it lately, now is a good time. A simple and fast way to analyze your practice is with a SWOT analysis. This analysis is a tried-and-true way to assess your business and […]

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White Wax-Up 101

Feb 24, 2016 No Comments

A Stuning 3D Model Shows Patients What’s Possible. Some dentists hear the term White Wax-Up and have a preconceived notion about it. But most dentists really don’t understand just how beneficial White Wax-Ups can be for large-case dentistry. Diagnostic wax-ups can solve many problems associated with large cases and will bring consistency to the outcomes […]

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Nov 23, 2015 1 Comment

Five Dentrix Tips to Transform Your Practice. For more than 20 years, I have worked in the front office of a dental practice. During that time, I’ve watched the ebbs and flows of the industry and have witnessed many changes. Today, technology offers more options than ever for the organization and management of dental practices. […]

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Form and Function

Sep 02, 2015 No Comments

THE BENEFITS OF USING AN AESTHETIC RELEASE. Whether in digital or print, all dentists are required to keep a certain amount of paperwork. As a dentist, you already know the various requirements for mandatory dental records, including a dental history, a medical history, treatment records, a notice/acknowledgement of privacy practices (HIPAA), informed consent forms, financial […]

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Give a Little Bit: Taking a Calculated Risk Pays Off

Jun 01, 2015 No Comments

Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. For her sister’s bachelorette party, “Maria” (name has been changed), a twenty-year-old, did everything right. She called a cab to take her and the other bridesmaids to celebrate in downtown Chicago. That night, no one needed to be a designated driver—everyone could enjoy the evening, worry free, and have […]

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The Proof Is In The Pictures

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

GET FEWER INSURANCE CLAIM DENIAL WHEN YOU TAKE PROPER INTRAORAL PHOTOS. Dentists know that intraoral cameras and digital photographs are great for patient education and for promotion of our services. And If you’ve been involved with Arrowhead for any length of time, you’ve inevitably heard of and seen Dr. Dick Barnes’s famous five slides (later becoming seven). These images […]

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