skip-tracing-techniques

How do you track down a patient who owes money but has disappeared? The bill comes back in the mail, the phone number is disconnected, and the work contact they provided has never heard of them. When this happens, it’s disheartening to face the possibility that your dental practice may not get paid in full. The good […]

dental-automation

In the coming year, many dental practices have big changes planned. According to a survey of more than 2,000 healthcare providers, a vast majority will rely on automation for some areas of their revenue cycle management, a move that can speed up payment and increase cash flow. These upgrades, according to the Black Book’s 2017 […]

dental-office-payment-options

Here’s something you may not realize about Americans: We’re still pretty attached to paper checks, and your dental practice is probably no exception, even if credit card payments are still accepted at the front desk. Still, it’s pretty clear the paper check is on its way out. In one decade, the trusty check has gone from the most […]

dental offices

Obviously, no dentist would start drilling without consulting the patient. Yet, a patient caught unaware by a higher-than-expected bill can feel just as betrayed. In 2016, the average dental practice had $47,000 worth of accounts receivable at 90 days or greater, according to a study by Sikka Software. If these are patients that walked out the door […]

dental collection agency

When patients learn they need expensive cosmetic or restorative dental work, it can—if you’ll forgive the bad pun—leave a bad taste in their mouth, especially if costs reach hundreds or thousands of dollars. Then, when dentists take a hands-off approach to costs, leaving it all to the billing office, they might unintentionally come off as […]

dental practice debt collector

For the dental practice’s office manager, cash flow is the name of the game. That means a key part of your role is collecting payment from patients, and that takes a great deal of time and resources. In many ways, a dental practice debt collector is an office manager’s best friend, because it frees up time to […]

dental-office-collection-plan

Just as it’s satisfying to remove dental plaque, it would be ideal to completely zero-out the account receivables column in your books. Since that’s unrealistic, the next best thing is to prevent the account receivables from accumulating to the point that the practice finds itself in the midst of a cash shortage. One easy way to […]

avoid collections

Remaking a billing system to boost same-day payments from patients can make sense for any dental practice. When patients walk out the door without making a payment or paying off their deductible or co-pay, the cost of collecting falls on your practice. On top of that, your patients come with a range of financial habits; […]

financial conversations

Revenue. In the end, it always comes down to revenue—even in matters as important as one’s oral health. Experienced dentists know this, and that leads dentists handling financial conversations with their patients delicately. Chances are good that you’ve had a few tough conversations already, and you may have more in the future. To help ensure […]

dental billing schedule

A dental billing schedule deserves a universal commitment from all staff who interact with patients. When patient balances are allowed to age, the practice has less cash to work with to cover expenses. A disciplined dental billing schedule for account receivables will maintain consistency throughout the office and prevent unnecessary delays from eroding profits. Begin […]