Over the past decade or so, many dentists in New England have chosen to work for a Dental Service Organization in Massachusetts in order to improve their ability to practice top-quality dentistry. Why is this the case? If you talk to dentists like those who have partnered with Workwell Management, they’ll basically tell you the same thing, “It gives me more time, energy, and resources to help my patients.” Dental Service Organizations (DSOs), much like their name indicates, are dedicated solely to helping dentists do what they do best, and that’s serve their patients. How do they do this? We’re glad you asked! Here are the top 3 benefits of partnering with a DSO.
1. Complete Support
Being a dentist these days involves SO much more than simply giving your patients beautiful, healthy smiles. You and your team have to handle a seemingly endless amount of paperwork, which includes insurance billing, payroll, record keeping, and everything else to make sure you’re organized and complying with your state’s and networks’ standards. For dentists, these can all serve as distractions from the main reason they went into dentistry in the first place.
However, after partnering with a DSO, anything that a dentist wants taken care of outside of clinical care can be by a team of specially trained professionals. The dentist can hire and fire their team just like if they started their practice from scratch, but they’ll have the DSO’s support behind them. In the end, most dentists find that this gives them WAY more time to dedicate to their patients, which makes them much happier to go to work every day.
2. Insurance: Handled
Insurance is becoming a bigger part of the healthcare industry in general, and dentistry is no different! Trying to figure out your insurance situation could easily make or break your practice. Once you have chosen to be part of a few networks, there is the effort of making sure you’re in compliance with them and that the billing is taken care of efficiently. All of this can be extremely time consuming and take your team away from your patients, but with a DSO, this can all be handled for you.
A DSO can provide you with a staff dedicated to only handling your insurance billing so you and your team can save yourself the hours on the phone confirming a single patient’s benefits. They’ll even be trained to talk to your patients like they are sitting at your front desk. A DSO will also make sure you’re participating in the best networks for your practice. All in all, they’ll take what could easily be a liability and make it a consistent source of new patients and steady income for your practice.
3. The Future
Want to expand your practice? Want to bring on an associate dentist? Want to work fewer hours? Thinking of selling your practice altogether? A DSO can help make any of these transitions seamless for you so you can move onto the next phase of your career without the stress. They’ll have a network of dentists for you to choose from, and they can even buy your practice outright if you’re looking to move or retire. Basically, they want you happy and comfortable so you can best serve your patients, and they’ll do just about anything to make that happen.
As you can see, the recent rise of DSOs really isn’t a mystery. Because of them, more dentists are able to focus on patient care and satisfaction, and in the end, this leaves everyone with a big smile on their face.
Workwell Management is currently the premier Dental Service Organization in New England, with a network of practices that spans the entire area. If you’d like to take your practice and your career to the next level with the services we’ve highlighted here and many more that we have to offer, we’d love you to join us. To get started, simply contact us today.