Archive for January, 2013

Dentistry Ranks #1 Top Jobs

Monday, January 28th, 2013

It’s nice to know when you’ve made a good decision, and your decision to go into dentistry was perhaps among your best. According to U.S. News you have chosen not only a great profession but one of the very best.


U.S. News ranks the top 100 jobs every year to help job seekers in determining their best moves. Practicing dentists have long touted the profession as being the very best, but how did U.S. News come to the decision it was the number 1 job in America?


The report is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The initial search is for jobs with the greatest hiring demand from now until 2020. Then U.S. News scores each of these jobs based on the following criteria: 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, median salary, employment rate, future job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.


As you might expect, dentistry ranks high in all of these categories. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of 21% for dentists between 2010 and 2020. This is good news for new dentists as well as dental students.


Here are the Top Ten of 100 Jobs on this list:


#1 Dentist
#2 Registered Nurse
#3 Pharmacist
#4 Computer Systems Analyst
#5 Physician
#6 Database Administrator
#7 Software Developer
#8 Physical Therapist
#9 Web Developer
#10 Dental Hygienist

Create a ‘CEO Mentality’

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

As any practice owner knows all too well, being solely responsible for ensuring that every aspect of the business is running as it should be is a job of Herculean proportions. Even for the most detail-oriented perfectionist, effectively diagnosing and delivering treatment as well as managing every other aspect of the practice from collections, to scheduling, to hygiene, to hiring, and the list goes on, is virtually impossible.


But if the employees are thinking like CEOs, if they are trained and understand how the systems are supposed to work, they are in a perfect place to spot problems before they become crises. Oftentimes, when given the opportunity, employees can be your best source for innovative solutions to increasing efficiency, improving customer service, and reducing costs.


As the “CEOs” of their specific practice systems, employees can be a tremendously valuable resource to and a major factor in total practice success. Part of creating a “CEO mentality” is seeking input from those on your team. Oftentimes, given the opportunity, employees can be a powerful resource in identifying better ways to do things as well as where to save money.

In or Out of Network

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

When it comes to insurance, oftentimes you will hear the terms “in-network” or “out-of-network.” Dentists who are “in-network” have agreed to a personal contract with a benefit plan. These contracts have restrictions and requirements and usually dictate adherence to a reduced fee schedule. Therefore, patients who chose an “in-network” dentist typically will pay less of their own money toward treatment than those who choose an “out-of-network” dentist. In addition, an “in-network” dentist usually is paid directly from the insurer and payment is sent to the office.


An “out-of-network” dentist has not signed a contract with the insurer of a particular plan. However, patients may still choose that dentist and have some of their fees covered, but they may pay more out of pocket. Also, plan payment checks are usually sent to the patient, not the dentist. The plan pays the patient, and then the patient pays the dentist. Or the patient pays the dentist and is later reimbursed by the plan.


A dentist who decides to become “in-network” may choose to do so because a large population of patients are on the plan, because s/he likes the security of receiving payment checks directly, or because the fee schedule seems fair. A dentist may decide to stay “out-of-network” because a smaller population of patients uses a particular plan. The dentists may be content with patients receiving payment checks. Or s/he may not be comfortable with the fee schedule. Be sure you have a very clear understanding of what specifically is dictated in the contract before becoming an “in-network” dentist.