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    The latest trends in treatment plans

    Why you might be leaving money on the table.

    Creating treatment plans is an important step in the dental care delivery process. However, even though dentists create treatment plans, patients may not follow up on them for a number of reasons: they may not have the financial resources, are price shopping or do not understand the long-term benefits to their oral health, to name a few. This article examines trends in treatments planned per comprehensive exams and resulting gross production.

    Data used in this treatment plan analysis was collected from January 2010 to June 2016. It is the average monthly value for thousands of opt-in dental practices across the nation. Sikka Software collects data via its HIPAA and HITECH compliant cloud. Information is shared with the goal of providing industry benchmarking and practice goal setting. Dentists can find more industry trends and track their own key data points by downloading the free app, Practice Mobilizer. Dentists can see estimated patient time of arrival, send and receive video, picture and text messages, and create marketing campaigns with Practice Mobilizer. This app also shows key practice and clinical data so dentists can grow and manage their practice’s success from their mobile phone.

    Treatments planned


    Treatments planned

    The total monthly amount of outstanding treatment plans has risen consistently since 2010, with the largest upticks starting in 2014 and continuing into the present. In 2010, there was an average of $15,433 in outstanding treatment plans each month. This grew to $18,347 in 2014 and reached a new high of $27,754 in 2016.

    This is likely a sign of economic recovery from The Great Recession. With more patients visiting the dentists, there are more opportunities to diagnose problems and create treatment plans. However, creating a treatment plan with the patient is just the first step—they must also book appointments and follow through with the plan.

    Watch: The simplest way to increase treatment acceptance

    Up next: What this data means for you

    Alitta Boechler, AuD, MBA
    Alitta Boechler is a marketing manager at Sikka Software. She holds a Doctorate of Audiology from the University of Iowa and an MBA from ...

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