The dental care system has been broken for years. Insurers control everything including access, payment, pricing and treatment. They have created expensive and overly complicated dental plans that work for them, but not for dentists or patients.
Dentists and their teams want to provide the best possible care to their patients while also growing their practice—but the hassles and limitations of insurance get in the way. Practices deal with low reimbursements, annual limits, claims denials and massive amounts of paperwork that severely impact production and profitability. Dental insurance is also a challenge for patients who deal with high premiums, deductibles, co-pays, pre-approvals, and annual maximums.
To make matters worse, the COVID-19 crisis has created new challenges. Patient distancing has forced lower patient volumes and decreased production, while the cost of PPE and infection control further misaligns practice costs and PPO reimbursement. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), maximum dental practice production is down 20-25% from pre-COVID levels due to patient distancing, while costs are up 5-10% due to personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control.
Enough is enough.
Kleer is committed to a better way, and we are leading a movement to liberate dental care from third-party control. Of course, implementing our membership plan solution is a great initial step towards freedom, but a lot more goes into completely transitioning away from PPOs.
To help you get started, the team at Kleer created a playbook that outlines 7 Steps to Drop Your Bad PPOs. It offers details on how to carefully plan and execute your transition from bad PPOs in a way that maximizes patient loyalty and practice production.
Step 1: Face your fears
Step 2: Implement a dental membership plan
Step 3: Stop offering dental discount plans
Step 4: Analyze your PPOs
Step 5: Renegotiate or drop bad PPOs
Step 6: Support your patients through the transition
Step 7: Market new patients
This high-level guide is based on our research and experience in collaborating with partners who are experts in the process. By reading the playbook and following the steps outlined, you will walk away with the confidence and knowledge to enact this major change. Once completed, you will be the driver’s seat to make decisions that are in the best interest of your patients and to create a better, more profitable, future for your practice.
Download the playbook now to get started and be on the lookout for more blogs on this topic — coming soon!