Tag Archives: Insurance

How can dentists compare PPO plans?

Posted on by HS We Do That | Category Coding and Insurance

For many dentists, more than 50% of their practice revenue is generated through Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plans. Thus, it is important to compare PPO plans prior to enrollment as well as periodically after enrollment to ensure practice profitability. As … Continue reading

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Will I lose patients if I drop a PPO plan?

Posted on by HS We Do That | Category Coding and Insurance

While many dentists are extremely frustrated with the low reimbursements they receive from Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs), they are reluctant to drop a PPO plan for fear of losing current patients who are covered by the plan. While there is … Continue reading

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3 Questions to Check Your Dental Coding Skills

Posted on by Jen McGuire | Category Coding and Insurance

Coding correctly is critical for maximizing reimbursement, increasing cash flow, and minimizing any coding errors that could result in fines or worse. We consistently find $20,000 to $30,000 in coding errors during our practice analysis process. Test your coding knowledge … Continue reading

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How to respond to “Does my insurance cover this?”

Posted on by Jen McGuire | Category Coding and Insurance

Dental insurance should not dictate the treatment provided. It’s easy to say, but often difficult to live by when patients’ top concern is out of pocket expense. Here are three things you can do to move patients past the insurance … Continue reading

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2 Ways to Increase PPO Revenue

Posted on by HS We Do That | Category Coding and Insurance, Practice Management

Whether you are a start-up practice, single dentist practice, or part of a large dental corporation, your PPO insurance contracts impact your ability to generate revenue. Being in-network with PPO insurance means you agreed to discount your established office fees … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Make Insurance Participation More Profitable

Posted on by Jen McGuire | Category Coding and Insurance

Although insurance participation may be putting pressure on practice profitability; a dental plan is still the major determining factor in whether or not someone sees a dentist. In fact, people with dental coverage are two times more likely to visit … Continue reading

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Examining Insurance Part 3: Eliminating Plans not Patients

Posted on by Jim Philhower | Category Marketing, Practice Analysis

After a thorough evaluation of the insurance plans you accept, you may want to eliminate some or all of them. Remember – although you may have 200 active patients on the plans you want to eliminate, that doesn’t mean all … Continue reading

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Examining Insurance Part 2: Who Should Stay and Who Should Go

Posted on by Jim Philhower | Category Marketing, Practice Analysis

PPOs often have a much bigger impact on practice profitability than the dentist and office manager realize. When the numbers are examined, some plans may completely eliminate the profitability of some procedures. If you’re struggling to remain profitable in an … Continue reading

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Examining Insurance Part 1: Are PPOs cutting your profits in half?

Posted on by Jim Philhower | Category Marketing, Practice Analysis

Did you know that taking a 20% PPO write-off on a $200 procedure with a 60% overhead cuts practice profits in half? By participating in PPO plans, you agree to take a certain discount on fees. However, your fixed overhead … Continue reading

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