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A Smart Start to Practice Growth

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Guest post by Dawn Christodoulou, President/Owner of XLDent

As the owner of a practice starting out or a stagnant one trying to grow, you are faced with figuring out what impacts practice growth the most. When properly planned, three areas can help to maximize growth from day one.

  1. Systems

You’re likely not thinking about efficiency or productivity during your first days or weeks in business. With a handful of patients each day, you’re not faced with bottlenecks, communication gaps, or duplication of processes. Alas, you soon will be. Systems minimize gaps or overlaps in your daily processes. They are needed for productive workflows and profitability.

Create standard operating procedures (SOPs) early on. Doing so sets the stage for staff expectations, accountability measures, and helps you measure areas of success or needs for improvement. Early on, you are likely running your practice without a full team. You have an assistant also taking on the front desk role, because you’re simply not busy enough yet to hire a full-time admin team member. As you bring on new staff, a written set of SOPs will ensure each team member is prepared and knows their responsibilities. Systems should be created knowing they will evolve as your practice grows and staff roles change. XLDent provides each practice, whether just starting out or transitioning from another PMS, a core set of SOPs to start with. They are a fantastic starting point for those new to establishing systems, and are customized by each practice as needed.

  1. XLDent blog photo Mockup-12-19-16Reviews and Referrals

I doubt there’s a practice starting out today that doesn’t have an online presence from day one. From the day you open your doors, focus on creating a process for reviews and referrals. Nothing attracts new patients more than a healthy online rating and patients who aren’t afraid to tell others about their great experience. After a visit, ask your patient if they were happy with their experience and funnel them right over to do that 5-star review. Lighthouse 360 helps you automate this. Emails. are automatically sent post-visit, and good reviews are posted right to your website and social media pages.

  1.  Patient Experience

It’s no surprise that convenience and consumer experience are priorities when a new patient chooses a dentist. They are especially significant in gaining one who is loyal. Don’t discount the importance of electronic reminders, online access, and paperless forms, to a patient. A busy mom doesn’t want to be faced with a stack of forms to complete that you’re going to scan and shred anyway. Consider a system that embraces all aspects of a streamlined paperless system, so you’re not left with the task of finding disconnected solutions that leave you with clumsy systems.

To connect with someone from XLDent, call 800-328-2925 or email xldentinfo@xldent.com

DawnDawn Christodoulou is the President/Owner of XLDent. She has more than 25 years of experience computerizing dental offices and helping both new and established practices streamline electronic workflows for increased efficiency, improve patient engagement, and achieve maximum profitability. Dawn is also a member of ADA SCDI Working Groups 11.1 Standard Clinical Architecture and 11.9 Core Reference Data Set.

 

New Dentist Job Opportunity

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Mr. Jerry Davis of Galatia, Illinois just phoned The New Dentist looking for a dentist to practice in this small community. Galatia is a village in Saline County, Illinois and as of the 2010 census, the village population was 933.  The village owns a brand new dental office there but needs a dentist.  He said, “I figure there may a new dentist who is required to work in a rural area as part of their loan.”  Galatia is near Harrisburg, IL, which is the biggest nearest town.

If you are interested you can contact him at 618-926-8555 or jwdavis41@frontier.com.

Here to help,

The New Dentist™

Dental Practice Values Around the Country

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Oftentimes, potential purchasers refer to articles that they have read, stating that most dental practices that are for sale should not be worth more than 60-65% of last year’s gross revenue. This is an incorrect assumption, in general, as dental practice values can vary anywhere between 40% and 100% of the last year’s gross receipts based on the location of the practice. There are many other factors that can impact a dental practice’s value. In addition to location, other key factors that also influence practice values also include:

  • Area Demographics
  • Practice Facility
  • Patient Base
  • Economic Variables
  • Practice Overhead

 

In the end, the practice’s value is not all about what has been reported on tax returns, but those key factors I have just presented,  especially your practice’s location,  will  have a major influence on what the dental practice is truly worth.

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Dr. Thomas L. Snyder is a nationally known speaker, author, consultant and Director of Transition Services of Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions, who has been advising dentists for more than 30 years in areas relating to practice transitions, strategic planning, practice and financial management. Dr. Snyder received his DMD from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine and his MBA from The Wharton School of Business.

Considering a Practice Acquisition? Do This:

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

First and foremost, be objective when evaluating a practice that you are considering acquiring. If you become emotionally attached to a practice, you will find yourself making decisions based upon emotions, rather than logic. Be methodical in your approach.

 

Exercise caution if you are considering a “For Sale by Owner” property. Many of those in the business of negotiating practice sales recommend staying away from sellers who are attempting to sell their practices on their own for three reasons:

 

1) Owners are unrealistic about what their practices are worth.

2) There is a much higher cost associated with a for-sale-by-owner (FSBO) transaction.

3) The likelihood of the transaction falling apart is much greater in FSBO transactions.

 

Look at practices that are being sold by reputable dental brokers, with extensive experience in the local marketplace. However, as the buyer, you must always remember that the broker’s true client is the seller, not you, even with companies claiming to provide “dual agency.”