Entries in WSDA News (64)
There is no doubt that the dental profession is under assault from insurance companies — reduced reimbursements, decreased benefits and diminishing coverage for some procedures are all issues we have to face in our practices. Because of this, we all face financial pressures and threats to our bottom line. In response to these issues, I believe I’ve noticed an increase in the skill of what I call “creative diagnosis.” I hope this is not a trend for our profession.
Ethics of Digital Radiographs
A few years ago in this space, I briefly discussed what I called “digital etiquette” in sharing your digital records with other dentists. After spending over an hour just now trying to decipher radiographs sent to me from another office for a new patient, I figure it is time to readdress this topic in more detail.
I recently found that the Washington Dental Service is paying for all of the University of Washington student’s clinical boards. At first I thought there must be some mistake. Surely it was the charitable WDS Foundation that must be giving the gift. After all, it has given $2.4 million dollars to charity. The Puget Sound Business Journal lists the Foundation ninth in their top 75 corporate philanthropists. Nope, the gift was not from the Foundation. It was from WDS.