New year, new benefits! Typically most dental plan maximums reset on January 1st. Taking the time to reach out to existing patients that might have been postponing treatment until the new year can be a very effective marketing tactic for your dental practice.
The Dental Board requires written protocols for instrument processing, operatory cleanliness and management of injuries. The protocol must be periodically updated and made available to all dental practice personnel.
It is good business practice to provide employees with a list of days the office will be closed for holidays and whether the employees will be paid during those closures. Check out our Holiday Pay FAQ for more information on related policies.
Congratulations! The dental plan has paid your claim. Now the fun begins with trying to decipher what if anything was paid. Unfortunately, EOB forms are not standardized between dental plans and the language of each Explanation of Benefits can cause confusion between patients and providers. Fortunately the CDA has a resource that can help you figure out what is what when deciphering the Explanation of Benefits.
The Dental Practice Act requires dentists who practice under any name other than the name under which he or she is licensed to have a fictitious name permit from the Dental Board. In addition, any association, partnership, corporation, or group of three or more dentists may practice under a fictitious name if, and only if, the entity holds an outstanding, unexpired, unsuspended and unrevoked permit issued by the Dental Board.