Great Financial Conversations

Get Off To A Great Start


September 29, 2014 | Posted in Tuesdays With Transitions | Be the first one to comment
One of the most important discussions with patients is when you share with them their financial responsibilities and options.  Great financial conversations provide full disclosure and begin to set patient expectations as early in the relationship as possible — sometimes even before the patient’s first appointment.

Often, the first interaction the patient has with your practice is online – they review your practice’s website or social media sites.  These sites are primarily used to introduce patients to your practice, doctors and team.  But, these sites can also be an ideal place to begin the financial conversation. By including information on your financial policy and payment options, you can address cost concerns before they become a barrier to care.
Patients should be able to easily understand how your practice manages dental insurance, including which insurance plans are accepted, and the payment options available should there be a gap between the cost of care and the patient’s dental benefits or for patients without dental benefits.  It is also important to let the patients know if you accept patient financing like the CareCredit credit card. This can help patients focus on care instead of worrying about insurance benefits and how they are going to fit treatment into their family budget.

Are You Sleeping On The JOB?

New research on the total body impact of sleep…

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September 15, 2014 | Posted in Tuesdays With Transitions | Be the first one to comment

Dentistry is a profession that has many demands on our physical body, cognitive skills and learning and our emotional energy which requires a good night sleep to rejuvenate, refuel and refresh the body, brain and heart for the next day.

Research shows that a good night sleep impacts the brain and memory by flushing out the beta amyloid proteins that build up during the day and which are a biomarker for Alzheimer’s. 7 hours of sleep a night reduces our chance of heart disease and it also impacts the body by reducing aches and joint problems and reduces the desire for high calorie food that causes obesity.

Are you feeling tired during the day?  Do you get drowsy in the late morning? Are you physically fatigued with joint pain? Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?  Are you staying asleep? Do you make time to sleep the right amount of hours?

It is estimated that 30% of North Americans adult and children are sleep deprived; 18 million Americans suffer and approximately 7 million Canadians have sleep disorders.  Sleep research also shows that 50% of adults toss and turn at least 2-5 nights a week, with trouble getting to sleep or waking in the middle of the night.

The following is a collected list “Do’s and Don’ts” for a good night sleep.

  • Buy a solid and sturdy, quiet bed
  • Change the mattress every 8 years
  • Invest in a high end pillow with buckwheat husks.