Guidelines for Practice Success | American Dental Association

ADA’s Guidelines for Practice Success

Running a successful dental practice presents new challenges every day. The ADA’s Guidelines for Practice Success (GPS) delivers the resources you need to achieve your practice goals. ADA Members receive exclusive access to the downloadable resources included with each module.
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GPS Managing Patients

The ability to communicate with patients impacts their perception of your practice. This module includes important aspects of patient management and offers tools such as sample scripts, checklists and forms for your practice.

Find forms and sample scripts that help dentists communicate with patients.
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The module offers a framework for dealing with key patient communication opportunities.
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Retaining and attracting loyal patients requires effort from all team members.
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GPS Managing Finances

Running a dental practice requires attention to details that aren’t related to clinical care. This module offers tips on managing your practice’s revenue and expenses, providing a solid framework for handling the business side of your practice.

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Find sample financial policies, as well as letters and scripts to help you with financial matters.
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Learn how to handle the business side of your practice with consistency and predictability.
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Browse financial tools to help throughout your career in dentistry.
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GPS Managing Professional Risks

Identifying risks that exist in a dental practice is the first step to effectively managing them. This module discusses some of the preventive steps you can take to protect yourself and your practice.

Find an array of tip sheets, from handling dental board complaints to peer review.
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This module provides preventative steps to take to protect your dental practice.
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Understand current legal regulations and laws as the risk management landscape evolves.
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GPS Managing the Dental Team

Your dental team is vital to your practice and their strength and cohesiveness directly impacts the success. This module details much of what you need to know in order to assemble, and keep, a strong dental team.

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Find sample forms that help with checking references, all the way to staff compensation charts.
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This module will help dentists assemble, and keep, a strong dental team.
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A strong and cohesive dental team directly impacts the success of a practice.
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GPS Managing Marketing

Marketing is an important element for any practice and especially critical for those opening or purchasing new practices. This module guides you through effective marketing strategies that create loyal patients.

Access checklists, release forms, and surveys to help manage the marketing process.
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Understand where loyal patients come from, why they stay, and how to attract new patients.
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Figure out which marketing strategies are working, and how to adapt to the changing times.
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GPS Managing the Regulatory Environment

This module will help keep you knowledgeable about current regulations and work towards compliance. Both are critical steps for practices to achieve a safe dental office and peace of mind.

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Key forms from the ADA and government sources are available for download.
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Understand the various regulatory bodies that create rules impacting dental practices.
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Dental practices are subject to regulations from government agencies that keep people safe.
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GPS Managing Pregnancy

This module offers helpful information and resources on employment law related to pregnancy and nursing as well as many of the health-related concerns that can be worrisome to expectant parents.

Forms, tip sheets and guides from government resources and key legal information on pregnancy.
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Best practices and policies for pregnant dentists and pregnant dental team members.
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Learn how to maintain safety and be productive during the pregnancy of a team member.
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