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Staffing during a pandemic

COVID-19 has changed many dental practices. It’s a different world that we must navigate. Dr. William van Dyk, a practicing dentist, educator and practice management expert in San Pablo, California, offers a few recommendations for hiring and retaining staff that can help, and some general rules that work with or without a pandemic.



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Three ways ADAPT is making practice transitions less expensive
by Bill Robinson

ADA Practice Transitions is designed to give dentists a more cost-effective option for buying and selling practices or hiring associates. See how ADAPT helps you keep more money in your pocket while giving you the support you need for a successful change!
 

For a successful practice, it starts with the art of communication
by Dr. Amir Kazim

Location, location, location — words to live by in the world of real estate and business. But I propose a new edict to live by in the dental world — communication, communication, communication. Interactions, through any electronic or personal means play an integral role in every facet of running an office.
 

Use an interpretation servicde to support social distancing

The nation’s COVID-19 response is changing rapidly, but it is likely that people will be observing social distancing practices for the foreseeable future. This includes following Section 1557 requirements that health care providers offer meaningful access to language services to patients who have limited proficiency with English.

 





 

High-value strategies for practice recovery
By Dr. Roger P. Levin

COVID-19 has changed dentistry forever. And while it may be more comfortable for practices to operate in the same way that they did before the crisis, the businesses that will succeed will be the ones that are able to adapt quickly to new approaches in strategy, financial management and operations.



 

Don't let pandemic stress get the best of you

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important that dental professionals recognize what stress looks like, take steps to build their resilience to cope with stress and know where to go if they need help.
 

Communicating with your patients during a pandemic
by Andrea Gallimore

As everyone is doing their part to control the spread of the coronavirus, going “contactless” is a safer choice for your team and patients. Yet, even as you eliminate points of contact, you don’t want to cut out personal connections. Strong communication is key to keeping a loyal patient base and attracting new patients.




 

Keys to practice recovery
A special issue of Dental Practice Success

This special issue of Dental Practice Success features a variety of articles and resources with practical, insightful business advice for dentists facing a challenging practice environment.
 

Why do dental professionals wear scrubs?

Having all staff wear scrubs is often a strategic tactic to communicate to patients a sense of professionalism that assists in building trust and aiding in the perception of cleanliness. Additionally, it is an Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirement that proper garments be worn in the dental office to ensure worker safety.
 

PRACTICE FACTS

The impact of COVID-19 on U.S. dental practices

To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. dental practices, the ADA Health Policy Institute conducts a biweekly poll on economic conditions during the pandemic. The latest wave of this poll, collecting data for the week of July 27, shows increases in patient volume and total collections compared to early June. HPI will continue to track data over time, every two weeks, in every state, to provide a real time snapshot of how the situation is unfolding. For the latest complete results, visit ADA.org/HPI.

ABOUT DENTAL PRACTICE SUCCESS

Dental Practice Success (DPS) is a quarterly digital magazine the ADA produces in cooperation with the ADA Center for Professional Success. DPS features articles from experts with tips dentists need to maximize their business, their patient care and their satisfaction.

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