Dental safety net programs bolstered by dental enterprise software

April 14th, 2014

Due to the growing threat of medical malpractice lawsuits within the dental industry, dental hygiene academic software should be an important module in all programs. Students studying to become dentists should become both familiar and comfortable with this software should they work in practices that service low-income areas and have a dental safety net program in place.

DentistryiQ listed the characteristics of these kinds of programs, which include patients being fully aware that even in the event they can't afford care, they won't be refused treatment for pain and other issues, and if they have Medicaid insurance, they know it will be accepted.

"All too often emergency departments become the go-to place for treatment even though many visits could be prevented with the right outpatient care at the right time," Joan Randell, deputy director of The Nicholson Foundation said via press release. "We hope that hospital systems and policymakers consider implementing the recommendations to strengthen the community-based dental safety net."

According to DentistryiQ, dental safety net programs require large amounts of data to be analyzed. Practices must also implement changes in accordance with the findings. This is why dental enterprise software is so critical for students before they enter the workforce.

Some of the data sets that students should become familiar with include the rate of patients with emergencies, net revenue amounts and gross billing charges, indirect and direct expenses and the number of patient visits the practice has. DentistryiQ also suggested developing a business plan that all practice members should be familiar with to create accountability within the practice.

Through the use of dental school software in the learning phase, future dentists can be confident once it's time for them to enter the real world and begin providing services to patients.

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