Accurate Clinical Records Have Increased Staff Responsibility During Covid-19

clinical correspondence Aug 14, 2020

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to ensure you are keeping complete, effective, and accurate patient records. 

Not only is it your responsibility to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of your patients is being met, but it is also important to remember that as a community we want to do what is best for the welfare of all our patients to the very best of our abilities.

While it is becoming more and more difficult to provide optimal patient care within the usual time constraints as well as meet and exceed both existing and new cumulative requirements.

CDC Covid19 mandates in the Dental community 

As we are discovering with the newly added safety processes and procedures added to combat Covid-19, there is ever more responsibility resulting in even more effort going into the daily functionality of the care in which we provide. 

The necessity to learn about all the new processes and procedures in such a short period of time has overloaded the capacity of most dental...

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What Makes You Different as a Periodontist?

The job of today’s Periodontist looks strikingly different than it did just a decade ago. It’s becoming tougher to stand out in the market, especially since many dental practices are opting to keep periodontal cases in-house. 

As a Periodontist, you know this is a bad idea (we covered this in a previous blog post). But even if dentists weren’t treating their own patients, you still need to prove yourself as a viable option in your community.

Why would a referrer send a patient to you vs. another practice? Take a look at a few of the most competitive points that can seal your success:

Reputation

As a Periodontal practice, your reputation will be the single most important factor in your success. 

Patients don’t want to choose a provider that doesn’t come recommended by others. In addition, referring doctors will not want to send their patients to you because their patients’ experience is ultimately an extension of their practice. If...

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A Practical Guide to Building Relationships with Referring Dentists

Dental patients are dependent on the expertise of their general dentist. Whether dentists refer patients to a periodontal specialist or offer to provide periodontal treatment in-house, patients are likely to comply. 

Because of this high level of trust between general dentists and patients, building relationships with dentists to earn referral power is non-negotiable. 

So what can periodontists do to build a relationship with dentists as powerful as that between dentists and their patients to the point where dentists don’t have to think twice about sending patients to your practice? 

It starts by creating trust and goodwill before discussing any business.

Trust Shouldn’t Be Sacrificed for Profits

Referrals make up a large portion of a periodontal practice’s revenue, but profits should never come before trust. 

Periodontists should build their referral relationships on trust rather than business. By doing so, specialists create sustainable value...

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3 Common Mistakes That Negatively Impact Your Treatment Planning

Even after years of education and expertise, periodontists and their teams can still make mistakes during the treatment planning phase. 

Small mistakes can often lead to bigger ones, which can ultimately affect the outcome of the treatment’s effectiveness. Let’s explore three of the most common errors of perio treatment planning and how you can avoid them.

#1 - Poor Communication with the Referring Doctor

If you rely on general practitioners for referrals, you have an obligation to communicate with each other concerning each patient’s needs. The reality is that many periodontists do not follow up in a timely manner or fail to foster ongoing communication. 

When handoffs are shaky, it creates issues for both you and your patient. Not having the right information can create gaps in treatment planning. In addition, you could risk losing referral business from other doctors and your reputation may take a hit.

#2 - Lack of Detail Regarding the Treatment Plan

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