Dental Suppliers Screw Your Dentists

And with little choice we pass it on to you the patient.   The suppliers listed below have a lock on the dental profession and have colluded to screw you and me.

In re Dental Supplies Antitrust Litigation

United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Case No. 1:16-cv-00696 – BMC-GRB

Dentists specifically allege that Defendants Patterson Companies, Inc., Henry Schein, Inc., and Benco Dental Supply Company acted in concert to fix margins and unlawfully raise barriers to entry by more efficient, lower priced competitors allowing them to maintain artificially high prices and margins. As a result of this activity, it is alleged that dentists paid higher prices for dental supplies than would have been charged absent the conspiracy, sums they seek to recover through this lawsuit. This of course has been passed on to you, the patient or has made it more difficult for me, the dentist to make a living.

Settlement

Following years of hard-fought litigation, the parties reached a settlement agreement, providing for the payment of $80 million to the settlement class. At a Fairness Hearing held June 24, 2019, Judge Cogan approved the class settlement and granted class counsel’s motion for attorneys’ fees and costs.

Do you think you or I will see a dime of this recovery?  I doubt it.  But you and I paid the price for almost a decade of collusion among these dental suppliers.

Between dental suppliers and insurance companies screwing us, it’s hard to provide decent care to our patients.  And despite being screwed we were still able to do so. I need a month of national dentist appreciation. And you deserve the quality care we try to provide despite these challenges.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Dental Reimbursement Rates Drop Again!

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.  I am perfectly willing to accept all of the challenges post 2008 and the advent of Obamacare.  But I want the patient public to understand that since Obamacare was created and the recession of 2008 created a lot of opportunities for the injection of corporate DSO’s into the dental industry, the paradigm shift occurring is not a positive one for both the doctor and the patient.

Here are the stats: 

1. In 2017, dentist’s reimbursement rate dropped 0.7 percent. However, between May 2018 and May 2019, dentists experience a 2.7 percent reimbursement rate decline.   Keep in mind, healthcare costs on the supply side are rising while reimbursements are declining.

2. For orthodontists, reimbursement rates dropped 4.9 percent. In 2017, the reimbursement rate decreased 4.7 percent. In their arena, there is also increased competition (and law suits) from private non-dentist companies to provide orthodontics at your local mall or over the internet.

3. Solo practitioners have seen the biggest reimbursement rate decrease at 8.7 percent by May 2019. In 2017, solo practitioners saw a 6.7 percent decline in reimbursement rates.  Think about that, you are paying higher premiums and receiving reduced benefits.  Who’s winning here? Not you the patient and definitely not the dentist.

4. Group practices are expected to see reimbursement rates increase 1.6 percent during the 12-month period. In 2017, the reimbursement rate grew 0.5 percent.  Here again, the increased negotiating power of the DSO’s is pushing out the sole practitioner and supplanting what used to be quality care with essentially oil change dentistry.

5. In total, dental reimbursement rates have dropped 3.3 percent on average.  This makes no sense when dentists are and want to pay higher wages and offer better quality services through high tech developments. 

Who benefits, investment banker backed corporations and insurance companies.  Who loses, you and your dentist.  What is the overall consequence?  Fewer and fewer quality providers will enter the market with the turmoil occurring in the field of dentistry.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecente.com

http://www.rightsmilecenter.com

Temporary Remedies for Toothaches

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Anyone who’s had the bad luck to be waylaid by a toothache knows that few experiences are more miserable. You want relief and you want it now. While home remedies may temporarily ease discomfort, the only way to get lasting toothache relief is to see a dentist, preferably us.

Until you get professional help you may get some temporary relief using these toothache temporary remedies:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water. Some toothaches are caused by trapped food particles. Use dental floss to remove anything wedged between teeth. This ensures a clean mouth and provides toothache relief.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Toothaches can often be eased with pain relievers. Consider applying ice to the affected area as an additional toothache remedy.
  • Apply an over-the-counter antiseptic containing benzocaine. This is a tried and true temporary toothache remedy.
  • Avoid very hot or very cold foods. Toothaches lead to sensitive teeth, so treat them gently.

Toothaches won’t just go away. Your ultimate toothache remedy will come from a dentist. Toothache remedies depend on the source of the problem; an X-ray will usually be used to check for decay or other dental problems. Then we can perform the appropriate dental treatment, such as a tooth filling, tooth extraction or root canal.

Remember, toothache remedies can’t top prevention! The best way to stave off toothaches is to practice good oral hygiene, including regular flossing and brushing. Another great toothache remedy is your dental visit; it helps us prevent and identify problems before they become serious.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 39341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Start Smiling Again

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There are a number of ways a cosmetic dentist (prosthodontist) can help you improve the look of your smile. In some cases, even restorative dental treatment can help to improve the look of your smile. Just as summer turns to fall, so can your once pearly white teeth, become dingy after years of staining, leading to a less-than-confidence inducing smile. Of course, discoloration isn’t the only potential cosmetic concern that can develop over time. Wear along the teeth’s edges, chips, and cracks can also be troubling imperfections.

For chips, cracks, worn edges and other visible damage to teeth, we would recommend a beautiful form of restorative dental treatment, like a porcelain crown. Crowns can help to hide the cause for your cosmetic concern, while still providing ample protection to your most fragile teeth.

Crowns can help keep chips, cracks and other damage from worsening with wear. Yet thanks to porcelain’s customizability, this restoration can provide cosmetic improvements, as well as the functional benefits, since the crown(s) can be carefully made to match your existing teeth, seamlessly.

Call or email us for a complimentary (free) consult.  We’ll give you the right smile so you can start smiling again.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.comwww.rightsmilecenter.com

Corporate Dentistry Woes

Corporate Dentistry

By most objective standards, corporate dentistry as a whole, takes a lot of the quality out of dental care.  The corporations by their very nature are focused more on profit rather than providing the best level of care for patients.  And while we do recognize that there is a part of the population that needs access to low cost dental care—this low cost dental care should not be low quality care.  

Low quality dental care is ultimately more expensive to the patient and harmful to the patient.  When a business model for health care is focused solely on a profit margin rather than successful patient treatment outcomes, our profession as a whole looks bad. 

Quite often we have at least one patient coming to us as a result of being dissatisfied with the care received from a corporate dental office.  Patients often feel like they are receiving poor treatment, or have pain, so will return to the corporate run office, but are told that things like root canals or crowns are necessary to alleviate the pain they are experiencing. It truly undermines what most in the dental profession but aren’t getting the opportunity to do what they best—deliver on the spot genuine oral care.

Sometimes high-pressure sales tactics that are used— even being described to  like a car salesman trying to meet their monthly quota.  Patients are being pressured to sign up for treatment that they may or may not need and are trusting that the staff of the dental office is recommending treatment based on the patient’s need and not the business’ agenda of the managing corporation.

It is scenarios like this that make patient’s distrust dental professionals which can in turn make it more difficult to get patients to proceed with truly needed dental treatment.

If we can be of assistance, please contact us.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

and

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

Define Your Oral Healthcare Future

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If ever perspective matters, it’s now!  Your future as a dental patient will be defined by your viewpoint relative to the alternatives available to you. The debate is real. The choices aren’t always easy. What I’m referencing is the difference between private practices and corporate dentistry.

 It’s may not appear clear to everyone that the Private Practice vs Corporate Dentistry topic is a real issue with serious consequences for the unprepared patient.

The greater reality is deciding what model is best for you and your oral care philosophy.

  • Private Practice Dentistry Model? (Locally owned and operated.)
  • Corporate Practice Dentistry Model? (Non-dentist owned and/or controlled.)

The good news: you have choices in today’s world of dentistry up to a certain degree.  And degree is influenced by your insurance provider and your location.  And your decision can determine the next five, 10, 20 or more years of your dental healthcare.

Private practice dentistry has dominated practice structures for many years, and it still remains the most common model for new and established dentists.  And the majority of evidence bears out that solo or locally owned group private practice dentistry provides the highest level of independence possible in dentistry – which can be a blessing – or a curse.

And a Group Practice is an umbrella term that describes a number of scenarios, from a partnership of two or more dentists, to larger multi location organizations.  The practice might have multiple dentists working at a single location, or several locations, each with a dentist serving as leader of the team. 

In essence, let no one define your future oral healthcare except YOU and our personal bias is that a multi-specialty group practice like ours provides you with the most independent care you will want and need. Our independence gives you the freedom to make the choice that benefits you from a dentist you can trust to have your best interests in mind. If we can be of help contact us today for a free consult.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Drive

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com

88% of Dentists Worry about Patients’ Futures

Why?

Because of the cost of delivering quality care with increased corporate dentistry in a declining reimbursement environment.

Dentists continue to struggle with reimbursement as the market changes. Morgan Staley research firm AlphaWise examined the past and future reimbursement rates for dentists. In their survey of 413 licensed dentists, both practice owners and independent practitioners, revealed dentists’ biggest concerns. In 2017, solo practitioners saw a 6.7 percent decline in reimbursement rates. And from October of 2018, solo practitioners will see the biggest reimbursement rate decrease at 8.7 percent by May 2019.

In 2016, insurance company Delta Dental of California paid its former CEO Tony Barth $14.3 million. Compared to Mr. Barth, in 2016 the nine highest-paid Delta Dental of California employees earned more than $1 million each year. In total, the 10 executives earned more than $30 million in 2016. I’m not knocking capitalism, but at whose expense is this occurring?

And at the other end of the spectrum, Aspen Dental and Walgreens team up to bring dental services in-store, while CVS and SmileDirectClub partner to offer in-store services.  Do you really think this paradigm shift is good for you as a patient?  Are you going to get the best care from the best candidate out of dental school to treat you?

Between shrinking insurance reimbursements and growing corporate dental providers, will your dentist be able to survive?  Check out what’s already happening in Florida.  It is facing a dentist shortage.  We are already seeing the impact of what it takes to become a dentist and the impacts discussed above. As Florida struggles with a lack of dentists, a coalition known as the Floridians for Dental Access is already looking to try and fix the problem, according to the Daily Commercial.  You may want to think twice about where you spend you dental health care dollars, because down the road you may not have a quality provider to rely on if this trend continues.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Scheinfeld, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Sandy Springs, GA 30328

404-256-3620

And

3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341

770-455-6076

info@rightsmilecenter.com

www.rightsmilecenter.com