Friday Dental News Roundup

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to another Dental News Roundup! This week in the news, we have some tips and tricks from around the web on social media use and time management. We also have interesting new findings on the benefits of coffee and some important information on Medicare’s enrollment policy changes that you should know. Until next time, stay informed and better your practice!

Coffee Could Lead to Healthy Teeth:
According to recent studies from the Federal University in Rio de Janeiro, coffee can actually help keep your teeth clean! Researchers found that the robusta coffee bean, grown in Brazil and Vietnam, has the ability to rid teeth of bacteria, therefore preventing the onset of plaque. Despite the findings, researchers warn coffee lovers to monitor their intake because the popular drink can still lead to staining and enamel erosion.

Why your dental practice can’t just “do” social media:
Social media can be a daunting task for any dental practice. With the multiple social media platforms available to distribute a message, it can be hard to target an audience effectively, receive a favorable response and ultimately acquire new patients. With that in mind, it is important to create a detailed social media plan for your practice. Read on for more information on how to create a personalized social media plan that’s right for you and your practice!

Top 10 ways for effective time management for the dental executive:
Do you feel as if your office excels at clinical time management, but is slowly falling behind on your administrative tasks? Here are ten tips and tricks for improving your office’s time management. Tips include setting aside daily quiet time, planning and setting goals.

Dentists must choose to opt in or out of Medicare enrollment:
By June 1, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will require all physicians, dentists and other eligible medical professionals to be enrolled in the Medicare program or opt out to prescribe medicine to patients who qualify with Part D drug plans. Should you decide to opt out of the program and enter into private contracts with your patients, you will be out of Medicare for two years and unable to receive any direct or indirect Medicare payment for the services you provide to Medicare patients.

What dental news topics are the talk of your office this week? We’d love to hear them in the comment section below!

 

 

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