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Planet DDS E-News #14

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Thought for the Day
"The trouble with weather forecasting is that it's right too often for us to ignore it and wrong too often for us to rely on it." – Patrick Young
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Welcome to the Newest Members of the Planet DDS Family!
We're delighted that you've chosen Planet DDS to help make your practice grow!
  • Remsen Street Dental
  • OC Dentistry and Cosmetic
  • Whitehall Dental Arts
  • Clinica Profesional Odontologica
  • Bruce B. Costagli, DDS, PC
  • Smile Matters, Inc.
  • Dental Associates Hawaii
  • Hospital Dentirstry for Kids, PLLC
  • Elizabeth A. Van Heest, DMD
 
Revenue Cycle Management 101, Part 1: Pre-Treatment Estimate

Since spring is coming early this year, now is a great time to start cleaning up your revenue cycle. This cycle, which begins when you schedule the appointment and ends when all billing has been collected for the treatment performed, often takes much longer than necessary (anything over 30 days is too long, in our opinion). A longer revenue cycle means decreased cash flow and increased write-offs for patients who don’t pay. Now is the time to shorten that revenue cycle, and we’d like to help you get started!

Part 1: Pre-Treatment Estimate

Let’s start early on in the revenue cycle, before the treatment is performed.Accurate pre-treatment estimates are perhaps the most important task in the revenue cycle for a few reasons:

  • Case acceptance
  • Patient payment at the time of treatment
  • A/R accuracy

Basically, by providing your patient with an accurate pre-treatment estimate, you’re setting yourself up for a nice, short revenue cycle!

So how do you provide an accurate pre-treatment estimate to your patients? In short, you must have verified their insurance eligibility and benefits prior to presenting the estimate. Unfortunately, as you well know, this is easier said than done! In order to get accurate information on exclusions and limitations means that you, or someone else in your office, must spend lots of time (up to 45 minutes) on the phone with insurance companies. It’s a hassle, but we promise you that it’s worth it, as it significantly decreases insurance billing problems and patient confusion over benefits.

If you don’t feel like spending your time on the phone with insurance companies, Planet DDS does offer this service to Denticon users (and soon to non-Denticon users). You can read more about it in the next section of this newsletter, or you can CLICK HERE to request some information on how this service works.

To learn more on Revenue Cycle Management, CLICK HERE to download a free white paper.

 
New at Planet DDS

New in 2013, let Planet DDS verify your patients' insurance eligibility, benefits, limitations and exclusions. Instead of your staff wasting valuable work time on the phone with insurance companies, Planet DDS will gather the information and download it into Denticon for you.

This time saving, cost effective service is patient-specific and fully integrated with Denticon. The service is entirely on-demand, which means you can use it as little or as much as you want - the choice of when to use it is yours.

The results:
  • You'll be completely informed about a patient's benefits at the time of treatment planning.
  • You'll be able to accurately predict and collect patient copayments prior to pre-authorization or post-treatment insurance billing.
  • You'll have an accurate assessment of your A/R.
  • You'll save immense amounts of staff waiting-on-the-phone time.

CLICK HERE to learn more about this new service.

 
The Planet DDS Video Pick of the Week

Whether you’re a basketball fan, or just a lover of blind luck, we think you’ll enjoy this video!

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From Our Support Department
PerioMaintence can be covered by different plans as either Preventive (100%) or Perio (80%). Solve this conflict by adding a new Insurance Plan Coverage Category. Setup - Misc Setups - Default Insurance Plan Coverage Categories. Remember to assign to the code to the new category. Setup - Procedure Codes - edit Insurance Category. This will help to better estimate your patient and insurance coverage and help increase collection and decrease autoadjustments!
 
Planet DDS Trivia Challenge

This Newsletter’s Trivia

In the spirit of Super Bowl XLVII last weekend, we have a Super Bowl history question for you:

Where did the Green Bay Packers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs in the first Super Bowl?

  1. The Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California
  2. Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin
  3. Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
  4. Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois

Click here to send us your answer! Deadline for entries is Friday, February 15! One name will be drawn from all the correct entries, and the winner will receive a $50 American Express Gift Card! Good Luck!

 
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