Dental management consultants can help dentists in any stage of their practice, whether they are new, struggling or transitioning among others. The consultants assist dentists with a range of activities, including time management, staff and finances. Here is a brief look at some of the things dental practice management consultants do.
Starting a Dental Practice
Many dentists find it difficult to determine the best place to start their practice. Dental practice management consultants conduct demographic studies to determine whether the potential patient base is enough to support future growth of a dental practice.
The consultants also help in selecting suitable contractors, architects and equipment representatives.
Setting Realistic Goals
Many dental practices fail for lack of realistic goals. Dental practice management consultants work with dentists to identify their unique strengths and weaknesses and thereby help them set goals they can achieve without disappointment. They help the dentists identify and avoid common pitfalls to success. The dentists will know how to set ideal timelines to help them achieve their respective objectives.
The consultants can also help in recruiting and hiring a team of professionals with a common vision to help in setting up a successful business system. Dentists will find it easy to establish job descriptions and salary reviews among other processes. They can also train and motivate the staff so they bring the desired results.
Marketing and Advertising
Dental practice management consultants can start by helping dentists design relevant logos and establishing brands that are consistent with their respective philosophies. They will find angles that make each practice unique to help them capture the targeted market. The consultants set up and execute detailed advertising plans.
Consultants evaluate the needs of a dental practice and make recommendations on how to improve current systems or set up new ones. They also offer guidance on the best way to manage the systems for success.
Dental practice management consultants will help dentists understand regulatory requirements so that they remain compliant. This is especially important when it comes to OSHA and HIPAA requirements.
Other areas where the consultants offer help include team development, money management and effective communication.
Some dental practice management consultants operate on a local level while others operate in different parts of the country. It is important to remember that the American Dentist Association (ADA) does not review private contracts between consultants and dentists, and the dentists will need their own attorneys to review the agreements they sign.