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New Year, New Dental Practice: Why new dental practices choose XLDent

Posted January 15, 2021 by Beth

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New dental practices are often hit with a range of decisions to make all at once. As a new dental practice owner, finding the right software for your practice right away can make a significant difference in your business’s success down the road. Similarly, there are substantial advantages to implementing a new software suite like XLDent as early on as possible in your practice’s launch to take advantage of our proven workflows and customizable features for newly established dental practices. 

 

Dentists and their staff should not need to be technology experts to run a successful dental practice. Certain software systems are often much better for new practices because of their usability design. More experienced software users might be more proficient with any given software product in your dental practice. Still, the good news is that even staff who are new to using software tools as part of their dental practice workflow improve at similar rates to experts when the software systems themselves are designed with new users in mind. Thus, good usability is a crucial metric to the success of all dental software implementations. Usability is also directly related to your entire practice’s overall user satisfaction with the software product. 

 

At XLDent, we’ve taken a particular interest in the experiences and needs of new dental practices. Starting a new practice is a huge undertaking, and probably one of your professional life’s most significant decisions. The content, integrity, and continuity of your electronic dental records will play a key role in your ability to grow efficiently and profitably, as well as maintain valuable patient relationships and patient engagement mechanisms. XLDent’s All-Inclusive Suite of products and services includes all the tools you will need to make this journey. XLDent is your long-term solution for equipping your dental office with a customizable, scalable, and robust Practice and Clinical Management software system.

 

When you choose XLDent as a new startup dental practice, you will receive our special package for new business owners. In addition to our tried and true methods for getting started with the software, the time with your Getting Started Coach will focus on planning, building, and launching your top priorities – and leave you with a strategic plan to accomplish what’s next. To learn more about implementing a new practice with XLDent, visit our New Startup Practice Guide

 

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Connecticut Governor Pushing for Opioid e-Prescribing Come 2018

Posted April 24, 2017 by Jennifer G

medications-342462_1920This past Valentine’s Day, Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy addressed the crowd in a rather somber tone. He went on to explain that he experienced yet another unfortunate morning passage – reading the obituary of a young local who has tragically passed due to an opioid overdose. However, he’s now taking action and has outlined several steps to fight this drug crisis.

Not only did state funding increase to further address the disease of opioid addiction, but in January he introduced a series of legislative proposals, including one that will require all opioid prescriptions to be electronically prescribed in Connecticut.

In 2015, Connecticut experienced 900 deaths because of opioids. Currently, prescribers in the state have a choice whether to prescribe opioid medication electronically or on paper, but Malloy said going completely electronic will “reduce the potential fraud and create a system of trackable data.”

Governor Malloy also realizes the insight electronic prescribing provides as a means to increasing patient safety. “A pad of paper doesn’t come from a particular site. It is hard to trace,” Malloy said. “If you do it electronically, you can instantaneously trace, and it’s easier for us to document who is getting the drug, and who is prescribing the drug.”

Paper prescriptions which are the alternative to e-Prescriptions leave room for translation errors by the pharmacy, but also opens the door for patients to alter, lose, steal, or sell handwritten prescriptions.

In addition to increased patient safety, opioid e-Prescribing will:

  • Combat the rising issue of prescription fraud within a dental practice, including misuse of a dentist’s DEA number, forged signatures, and stolen prescription pads by patients or an Insider Threat.
  • Add to patient convenience by reducing wait times in pharmacies.
  • Allow a prescriber to query a patient’s medication history at point of care in order to determine if they are “doctor shopping”, or visiting multiple prescribers strictly to receive opioid prescriptions.
  • Increase patient medication pick-up adherence. Between 28% and 31% of all paper prescriptions either never make it to the pharmacy or are not picked up at all.

To put it simply, opioid e-Prescribing is one of the most effective solutions that is being rightfully viewed by Governor Malloy as a necessary tool in the state’s arsenal to combat the ever increasing opioid crisis.

For the protection of patients across Connecticut, Governor Malloy is urging for this imperative legislation to be effective as of January 1, 2018.

Click here to read the proposed bill. [See Sec. 3. Section 21a-249.]

Get more information about ePrescribing and start protecting yourself and patients today!

Sources: New Haven Register; CT News Junkie; WNPR

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Pennsylvania’s Recent e-Prescribing Legislation: What You Need to Know

Posted March 21, 2017 by Jennifer G

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Pennsylvania experienced an astounding 3,264 opioid overdose deaths in 2015, a 20.1% increase from 2014. With the rising, devastating numbers in tow, Pennsylvania has decided to take further action and follow suit with New York and Maine.

On February 6, 2017,  Pennsylvania State Senator Richard Alloway and Pennsylvania State Representative Tedd Nesbit announced the introduction of legislation that will require all opioid prescriptions such as OxyContin®, Percocet®, and Norco® to be electronically prescribed (e-Prescribed) in Pennsylvania.

This legislation was initiated shortly after Pennsylvania introduced a more robust Prescription Drug Monitoring Program and is meant to help reduce opioid drug diversion, decrease opioid overdose deaths, and increase overall patient safety.

“In 2017, it just plain makes sense to prescribe the most addictive, but necessary, medication through e-Prescribing.” – Penn Live

Paper prescriptions which are the alternative to e-Prescriptions leave room for translation errors by the pharmacy, but also opens the door for patients to alter, lose, steal, or sell handwritten prescriptions.

In addition to increased patient safety, opioid e-Prescribing will:

  • Combat the rising issue of prescription fraud within a dental practice, including misuse of a dentist’s DEA number, forged signatures, and stolen prescription pads by patients or an Insider Threat. Get your copy of the Insider Threat eBook here.
  • Add to patient convenience by reducing wait times in pharmacies.
  • Ensure that any drug-drug and drug-allergy interactions based on a patient’s medication history are found and reported to the dentist before the prescription order is completed.
  • Increase patient medication pick-up adherence. Between 28% and 31% of all paper prescriptions either never make it to the pharmacy or are not picked up at all.

To put it simply, opioid e-Prescribing is one of the most effective solutions that is being rightfully viewed as an optimal tool by the state of Pennsylvania to combat the ever increasing opioid crisis.

For the protection of patients, the General Assembly is being urged to pass this vital legislation before June 30, 2017. Click here to read the proposed bill.

Get more information about ePrescribing and schedule a demo today!

Sources: OpenPR; Penn Live; PA State Legislation; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Pennsylvania Department of Health

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Tis The Season

Posted December 27, 2016 by Dawn

In case you missed it, we’ve been sharing some love and holiday cheer with you all month long! Here’s a recap of 25 tips and ideas to help your dental office make the most of the holiday season.

#1     Need help decorating your office for the holiday season? This article will help you make the season bright! http://ow.ly/F1lc3063sO6

#2     Establishing a loss prevention plan will help you have a stress free holiday season. Learn how you can take the stress out of database management. http://ow.ly/9dbY3063O47

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#3     Holiday parties lost their luster? Consider showing appreciation to your team by spicing things up.

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#4     Keeping your hygiene schedule full is critical…make it easier! http://bit.ly/2hbdhp8

#5     Give your patients a little something extra…http://bit.ly/2he014I

#6     Tis the season for better team communication

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#7     Bring your team together in new ways this holiday season. http://bit.ly/2h3eqvM

#8     Manage Online Reviews in one place. http://bit.ly/2hWDCbG

#9     Just for fun….Jingle Barks: Dogs Barking Jingle Bells

Watch it here http://ow.ly/asav306ozns

#10     A letter to Santa. http://bit.ly/2h3fC2e

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#11     “My Two Front Teeth” was written in 1944 by Donald Gardner. He asked his second grade class what they wanted for Christmas and noticed that nearly all of his students had at least one front tooth missing as they answered with a lisp. He wrote the song in 30 minutes.

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#13     Wondering what other dental offices do for the holidays? Read this http://ow.ly/eea2306J37J

#14     Did you know XLNotify can help streamline your inter-office communication? For teams of 2 or more… http://ow.ly/8kdR306tfqd

#15     Tis the season to try something new on social media. Run a contest or share your favorite recipe to get patients engaged with your practice!

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#16     Happy National Ugly Sweater Day! Check out this ugly sweater for the dental pro in your life… http://bit.ly/2hWAHzY

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#18     Merry Christmas from The Holderness Family. Check out their annual video http://bit.ly/2hIP6z2

#19     Need a gift for the dentist in your life? Get it here http://ow.ly/GIIb306J3EF

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#20     Reactivating dormant patients is an easy way to boost production. Tis the season to rekindle relationships. http://bit.ly/2ic7UYx

#21     Has the elf on the shelf been visiting your office? http://bit.ly/2hsMp1C

#22     The holidays are busy for everyone. ePrescribing will save time for you AND your patients. Learn more http://ow.ly/rPbf306JdkC

#23     Feeling generous? Here are some gift ideas that your patients will actually use http://ow.ly/TyNh306JdBM

#24     Watch: 15 Funny Christmas Animal Clips http://ow.ly/GFPM306JdNw

#25     Merry Christmas from XLDent!

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The Insider Threat

Posted November 29, 2016 by Jennifer G

How Well Do You Really Know Your Dental Staff?

computer-screen-with-personIn recent years the trusting relationship between dentists and their staff has come under scrutiny. Questions such as ‘how much control should my staff have?’ or ‘can my staff have access to my prescription pad?’ are questions posed in a dental office on a day-to-day basis, or so we hope.

With 58% of dentists falling victim to prescription fraud, an issue that seems to be hitting dentists is Identity Theft. Not identity theft in the usual sense, but specifically the misuse of a dentist’s DEA number, forged signatures and stolen prescription pads.

The culprit? The Insider Threat comprised of office staff and fellow dentists. As the opioid epidemic kicks into full gear, dental offices are seeing the highest rate of fraud yet with forged prescriptions, specifically for controlled substances, and unfortunately…read the eBook.

 

 

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