“Don’t swallow that watermelon seed, or you’ll grow one inside of you.”
“If you keep doing that, your face is going to stay that way.”
“Don’t sit too close to the television, or you’ll go blind.”
Do any of these sound familiar? As a child, our parents would tell us these pearls of wisdom thinking that they were keeping us from harm. The truth is, however, that these are not true. How many watermelon seeds did you swallow as a child, or how often did you make faces when no one was looking? Did you grow a watermelon? I never did. My face, while I will admit did go through some changes, did not stay “that way,” and I probably still sit too close to the television, but not because I am blind. (Ok, I do wear reading glasses now.)
Much like the tall tales that mom told us to try to protect us from some unseen danger, there are also many myths out there about becoming a participating provider with dental benefit carriers. People mean well. They want to protect us from the “evil” dental benefit carrier who is only out to steal your profits and force you to work harder, but is that really true?
One of the more common dental myths goes something like this –
“If I participate with a dental benefit plan, they will tell me what I can and cannot do in my practice.”
Much like those tales from our childhood, it is simply NOT true.
It IS possible to participate in dental plans without sacrificing patient care!
Whether the practice participates or not, you can do the dentistry that needs to be done and that the patient wants; and best of all get paid for it. It won’t just happen, but if you and your team will follow some simple steps, you can have a successful dental benefit participating practice.
Follow these steps to do the dentistry YOU want, and get it paid for!
- Have your team trained with the proper verbal and technical skills to get your dentistry paid for by the patient or dental benefit carrier.
- ALWAYS get a complete breakdown of dental benefits from the insurance plan BEFORE the patient walks into the practice.
- Collect any payment due from the patient at the time of service, not AFTER insurance denies payment for that service.
- File clean claims in a timely and consistent manner to ensure quick reimbursements.
I was recently given an amazing opportunity to write an article for “The Progressive Dentist.” In this article, I describe the four steps in detail. It was a great privilege to do this, and I am further honored to have my article published in the same issue that features DAVE RAMSEY! A man, that has greatly influenced most of my married life. I still follow his systems to financial freedom.
I am proud to offer this issue as a free gift from “The Progressive Dentist” publishers, and share with you all the benefits of this wonderful publication. I hope that you enjoy reading it, as much as I have enjoyed writing for them.
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I look forward to hearing your feedback!
Until next time, life is “better than I deserve!”