February 2024 Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Appreciation Ideas and Reminders

February 2024 Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Appreciation Ideas and Reminders

What are you doing to ensure this is a healthy and productive first quarter for you, your office, and your team?

Here are several management reminders, leadership, and team appreciation tips and ideas for February…

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Office Management Reminders and Ideas

Patient Reappointment and Reactivation – The easiest and best patients to fill your schedules (to meet/exceed goals) are those who have come to you before.  You have a huge advantage when reaching out to established patients of record; It’s the power of pre-existing relationships.  (Oh, by the way, on average, it can cost up to six times more to gain a new patient than it does to retain an existing patient.)

Are you monitoring how many patients leave the office without an appointment? How are you following up?

How many of your active patients are unscheduled?

How many of your active patients are enrolled in a hygiene continuing care program/recare?

What is your system for following up on unscheduled treatment plans?

Insurance Claims What does your insurance aging report look like? How often are you checking on outstanding insurance claims? Who is monitoring and working on your aging reports daily? How many claims are over 90 days old? Your goal should be zero.

Scheduling Success or Scheduling Chaos? – Review your schedule for this past January, on the days that went smoothly and the days that were stressful and chaotic.  What can you change to have more smooth and successful days and what needs to change to have less stressful days? Remember, where, when, and how you schedule your patients is something you should have 100% control over. If you have yet to take control of your schedule – don’t delay, get started today!

Leadership, Team Building, and Team Appreciation

Employees who don’t feel appreciated, valued, or understand their role (place) in the practice often will leave or even worse become disengaged.

What are the performance expectations for your team? Does each employee clearly understand their role in the practice?

Commend your employees when you catch them doing something “right”. Commendation boosts morale. Applaud & reward the behavior and actions that you want to see more of. Simply thanking your team at the end of the day goes a long way in making them feel appreciated.

If you want to see a positive change in your practice, you must consistently lead by example… be the change.

Practice Owners – If you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about or would just like to discover areas of opportunity for your practice … please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

Random Acts of Kindness Week: 11th -17th – Do something special for your employees this week. Bring in an unexpected, sweet treat or small gift to let them know just how much you appreciate them. (By the way, if you’re an employee reading this, your doctor would also appreciate an unexpected act of kindness this week!)

National Snack Food Month: Treat your team to some healthy (and not so healthy 😉 ) snacks. You can add notes of appreciation to the snacks.

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~Betty (Dental Coach)

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Dental Office Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas for August 2023

Dental Office Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas for August 2023

Hello Friends,

There is still time to make 2023 a great year for practice growth. As always, my goal in sharing these ideas each month and while coaching my dental teams is to help you all stress-less and have more fun at work!

If you’re looking for marketing, social media content, and other practice growth tips and ideas for August – Visit here: August 2023 Practice Growth Ideas

Here are your Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas for August. Enjoy!

Practice Management Reminders and Ideas

Schedules – If your office schedules typically slow down in August/September, what plans have you made to fill holes in the schedule, increase same-day services, and keep the working day productive?  Don’t leave it to chance. Make a list of productive tasks that may be done during any slower times.

How many visits are scheduled compared to capacity? Too many holes? Do you have time reserved for new patients? How are you planning to stay in touch with unscheduled patients? Consider offering some type of gif basket/prize that your patients can enter to win during the months of August & September when they come in for their appointment.

Emergency Medical Plan – Is your office and team prepared and equipped to handle a medical emergency? Is your emergency medical kit up to date?

The components of a sound medical emergency plan for the dental office should include:

  • Medical emergency prevention
  • Development of an action plan
  • Recognizing a patient’s distress and management of medical emergencies
  • Emergency drugs and equipment

Source: https://www.ada.org/en/resources/research/science-and-research-institute/oral-health-topics/medical-emergencies-in-the-dental-office

Leadership Tips

If you want to see a positive change in your practice, you must consistently lead by example… be the change. It starts at the top. You set the tone for the day, and make certain that it’s a happy & productive one. This includes any employee in a management position – if you have employees complaining about your office manager, take it seriously. A toxic (toxic negativity and/or toxic positivity) office manager will destroy your practice over time, at the very least, cause a staff turnover nightmare.  In fact, any employee that is toxic to your vision, to your team, and/or your patients…needs to go. It’s not easy to make the decision to terminate someone’s employment, yet absolutely necessary if you want to improve your practice.  It’s been said that “what you allow you encourage.” Once you make the decision to no longer tolerate or allow poor behavior and attitudes in your practice, you’ll breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Practice Owners, if you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about… please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com

Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less-than-perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.”

 –Mark Victor Hansen

Hope you enjoy these ideas and can use some of them to help make the month of August a productive and happy one for you, your team, your patients, and the community.

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

June 2023 Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas

June 2023 Dental Practice Management, Leadership, and Team Building Ideas

Hello Friends,

Here are some practice management reminders, leadership, and team-building ideas that can easily be implemented during the month of June. (Don’t wait until the end of the second quarter of the year to evaluate if your and your team’s daily actions are in harmony with your practice vision and mission. )

For Marketing, Social Media Content, and Practice Growth Ideas for June Visit: June 2023 Marketing Ideas

Leadership & Team Building & Appreciation Idea

Practice improvement and growth start with you and your team! Remember, there is no way that the quality of patient care and experiences will exceed the quality of the people who provide it.

It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” –Napolean Hill

 

Invest in your team – Thoroughly train your employees (new & old) on your practice goals, systems, expectations, software, telephone skills, dental procedures, protocols, etc.  Include regular continuing education – you can do this with in-office training, webinars, lunch and learns, and seminars/classes outside of the office.

Doughnut Day or Donut Day: June 2nd – Bring in donuts for the team!

 

 

Recess at Work day is June 15th – Get outside for a few minutes with your team for some fresh air. If you can’t all get outside, open the windows, and turn up the radio.  How about a sweet treat to enjoy during “recess”? (ex: ice cream, frozen drink, etc.)

Practice Management Reminders & Ideas

Unscheduled Patients – Now is a great time to reach out to your unscheduled patients both active and inactive patients. Why? Because for your patients to smile healthy they need to schedule the treatment you’ve diagnosed and to come in regularly for their hygiene continuing care appointments.

Some questions to consider:

  • Of your active patients (seen in the last 18 months) how many have a next appointment scheduled and how many do not?
  • What systems are in place to ensure the team is staying in touch with your unscheduled patients?
  • How many patients left the practice this year?
  • What can you do together as a team to retain more patients by consistently exceeding their expectations?
  • What can you do together as a team to help more patients say yes to your very best care? Remember, When your patients are healthy – the practice is healthy.

Knowing your practice numbers and doing something with what you know about those numbers is key to growing and improving your practice. Numbers tell a story. Numbers tell you if your practice is healthy or unhealthy.

Reviews & Recommendations – Ask your patients to please review your office on Google and recommend you on Facebook. Don’t simply rely on third-party companies to do this for you. It’s so simple (& free) to invite your patients to do this for you.

Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”  ― Mother Teresa

 

 

Practice Owners, if you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about… please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

As always, wishing you all a happy and productive month!

Please... If you enjoy the complimentary ideas that I share or if they’ve been of help to you and your practice –  I would truly appreciate it if you would please take a second and leave a review/recommendation for me on GOOGLE and/or FACEBOOK. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you!!

Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

Established or New Dental Patients – Which is more important for practice growth?

Established or New Dental Patients – Which is more important for practice growth?

Hello Friends,

So which is more important to your practice growth – obtaining new patients or retaining established patients?

The short answer, both are very important to successfully grow your dental practice.

Yes, new patients are very important, in fact, we should have a monthly new patient goal that we are working toward each month. Offices love new patients. I hear doctors and teams all the time saying “We need more new patients!” They believe that is the answer to all of their scheduling, production, and collection woes. But is that good enough to grow your practice, just ensuring that you’re getting fresh new patients each month?

Well, if you want to spend lots of money and ultimately work harder instead of smarter, then yes. But, I think it’s safe to say, that isn’t your intention or end goal.

And yet, that is exactly what I am seeing many doctors doing in their practice. They are investing time and money to bring in new patients but are not giving the same attention to retaining those new patients. Like they are just spinning their wheels and will eventually just burn out.

Oftentimes, I will see healthy new patient numbers each month, and yet, the office isn’t growing at all and their production is weak. Why is that? When I examine the data, I learn that far too many of their new patients are one-timers. They left the office without scheduling a future appointment. Why is this a bummer situation? Calling, emailing, texting, and snail-mailing our patients to get them to reappoint can be a drag. It’s tough to reach patients once they leave. It’s possible of course, but it takes money, time, and energy that could be better spent elsewhere. Unfortunately, we don’t always see those attempts being made to reach out to those unscheduled new patients. No one really knows what happens to the patient after their first visit. Or they make minimal attempts to reach out to the patients before giving up after a couple of months.

What does your new patient experience look like from the initial call, and first visit, to how you stay in touch with them after they leave?

Do you know what your new patient retention numbers look like?

So if the most expensive patients to acquire are your new patients, the easiest and best patients to fill your schedules are those who have come to you before.  But, you may be thinking… that takes time and money to reappoint established patients too. That’s true but you have a huge advantage when reaching out to established patients of record; It’s the power of pre-existing relationships.  (Oh, by the way, on average, it can cost up to six times more to gain a new patient than it does to retain an existing patient.)

What does retaining, reactivating, and reappointing established patients mean for you and the patient?

  • We are creatures of habit.  It’s easier to do something we are already doing than to do something different.
  • Established relationship. (They already know, like, and trust you. You just need to focus on strengthening that relationship)
  • No marketing costs – you’ve already paid the initial investment in getting the patient.

What are you doing to keep track of your established patients? What are you doing to ensure your established patients don’t slip through the cracks?

What are you doing to keep your new and established patients loyal to your practice?

Loyal patients, isn’t that what we want? Patients that return year after year, accept your treatment recommendations and refer their friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers. They are loyal to your dental practice because they like and trust you. You’ve earned the privilege to serve them not just for a moment but for life.

Is it really a privilege to serve them? Absolutely! Any office that struggles with getting and keeping new patients, struggles with getting patients to accept their treatment recommendations, struggles with the hygiene department’s continuing care reports and Swiss cheese-like appointment schedules, struggles to keep up with all the record transfer requests from patients for their new dental office, will learn (hopefully quickly) that having loyal patients in your practice is an earned privilege. The best part with loyal patients is the aforementioned struggles are greatly reduced or eliminated altogether.

Of course, this takes some work – implementing and following closely, effective office systems/protocols are critical to you successfully retaining your patients and reaching/exceeding your practice goals.

Practice Owners, if you would like to grow and improve your dental practice and have wondered what it might be like to work with me and what coaching is all about… please feel free to reach out to me to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation coaching call at bhaydenconsulting@gmail.com.

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Yours for Greater Success,

~Betty (Dental Coach)

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