This electronically delivered self-instructional program is designated for 1.5 hours of CE credit by Farran Media.
The fee to view this course is $36. This cost includes the fee to take the exam and claim your CE credits.
Money and ethics often conflict. But being effective in collecting what you are owed is not in conflict with being ethical. There is nothing unethical about charging a fair fee, rendering competent services, and collecting your fee. This lecture explores issues that impact on fee collection efforts from legal, practical, and ethical perspectives. The legal nuances associated with fee collections and the process for terminating nonpaying patients from your practice will be discussed.
We will divide the lecture into three sections. Section one will deal with the groundwork every office needs to have in place in order to effectively address overdue accounts. This will include the patient information sheet and the patient contract as well as the in-office protocol that needs to be ready before any collection effort is contemplated.
Section two will discuss the actual collection effort. We will review the difference between collection letters and collection calls and evaluate the effectiveness of each method. We will go over suggested collection letters, culminating in the definitive collection letter—a patient dismissal letter. We will discuss collection agencies. You will understand what your responsibilities to the patient are as well as the obligations the patient has towards your office.
Section three will explore the ethical issues that come to bear in a fee collection effort. Participants will understand that professionalism and ethics requires vigorous and consistent collection efforts.
Description of Speaker:
Dr. Ploumis is an orthodontist, an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthodontics and Risk Management at New York University, and an attorney admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. He limits his legal practice to issues surrounding the practice of dentistry with an emphasis on practice transitions, employment issues and defense of allegations of professional misconduct.
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to achieve the following:
- Make the office staff aware of the legal, practical and ethical issues that surround efforts to collect overdue accounts
- Understand federal laws and guidelines as they relate to debt collection
- Understand how to institute an effective fee-collection effort
- Understand the ethical issues that impact on fee-collection efforts
Dr. Ploumis declares having received an honorarium from Dentaltown for this lecture.
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This activity meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development under the General Dental Council Lifelong Learning scheme and represents 1.5 hours of verifiable CPD.
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For any questions, please contact Howard Goldstein, DMD, Director of Continuing Education