November 2016 Newsletter
Greetings VFCDA Member! Welcome to your November 2016 Newsletter!
Reminder - Go Vote!

Election Day - Tuesday November 8th, 2016
Upcoming VFCDA Events:

Bringing Sexy Back to Posterior Composites w/ Dr. John Gammichia
Tuesday, November 1st - 2016

6:00pm Social Hour
7:00pm – 9pm Dinner/Meeting
LPGA International Clubhouse

To Place An Implant or Save the Tooth? w/ Dr. Jeff Sevor
Tuesday, December 6th - 2016

About Dr. Sevor: Dr. Sevor has lectured extensively both nationally and internationally on periodontics and dental implants. He has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals on periodontics, implants, and research.

HIPAA/OSHA Regulations - w/ Linda Harvey
Tuesday, January 3rd - 2017

About Linda Harvey:  As president and founder of The Linda Harvey Group, Linda M. Harvey, RDH, MS, LHRM, DFASHRM leverages her unique credentials and expertise to help you and your staff significantly reduce risk and legal liability in your practice.  

2016 - 2017 Member Dues Payment!
Still haven't paid your 2016/17 Dues? It's so simple! Click on the link below & get paid up.

New Meeting Location!
Please take note - the location/venue for our meetings has changed.
We will now be meeting at:

LPGA International Clubhouse Banquet Rooms
1000 Champions Dr.
Daytona Beach, FL 32124

Executive Board Meeting Minutes: Oct 4th, 2016

The Volusia-Flagler Dental Association Executive Committee convened at 5:50 PM.

Members present:  Dr. Sandeep Patel (President), Dr. Athas Kometas (Vice-President), Dr. Rod MacIntyre (Secretary), Dr. Jason Larkin, Dr. Greg Johnston (Affiliate Representative to the CFDDA)

Points of Discussion:

1. Review Minutes:  Meeting minutes from September 6, 2016 reviewed and approved. No old business discussed.

2. Treasurer’s Report: Dr. Patel presented the Treasurer’s Report in Dr. Thayer’s absence: PNC Checking-$27,090.04; PNC Money Market- $51,084.90

3. Speaker Update:  All 2016-17 speaker dates are booked.  McGill’s All-Day Seminar member and non-member fees were discussed.  

VFCDA member fee = $50.00, Non-member fee = $150.00

These fees have been charged in the past and are usual and customary.

4. Dues Update:  Dr. MacIntyre tabulated approximately 28 paid members. We need to work harder on getting our previous and new dentists signed up and paid.

5. Sponsorship Updates:  Current Sponsors: PNC = $5,000.00. Hiossen has agreed to be a Silver Sponsor this year ($1,500.00); Dental Repair Rx; Possible Sponsorships = Harmony Labs, FDAS (Dennis Head)

Dr. Patel agreed to contact these potential sponsors.

6. Member Benefit:  Marketing the association “is your dentist a member?’

Dr. Patel discussed several avenues to market the association to the general public.  Ads in the Daytona News Journal and Health Magazine are expensive.  Hometown News doesn’t cover Flagler county.  Dr. Kometas motioned to budget $5,000.00 to market our association on the benefits of membership.

7. Cavity Free Volusia: Dr. Larkin reported that HRIA approved a $3,000.00 grant for the coalition to support hiring a consultant to help retain fluoride in municipal water systems.  Dr. Larkin stressed support for pro-fluoride candidate Don Burnett for Port Orange city commission.

8. Web updates:  Dr. MacIntyre is responsible for submitting monthly newsletter items and keeping website content current.

9. Access to Care:  Dr. David Lloyd would like to survey the VFCDA membership via email concerning pre-screening under-privileged patients to be seen in volunteer member offices. Committee members did not object to Dr. Lloyds survey.

10. Classified Ads:  Placing classified ads on the association website is a member benefit.

11. Peer Review:  A process to protect member dentists.  Dr. Goldey was our association’s P.O.C. in past.  Dr. Kometas volunteered to assume this responsibility.

Dr. Patel motioned to close the meeting at 6:40pm.  Dr. Kometas seconded the motion.

Volusia-Flagler County Dental Association Officers:
President:  Dr. Sandeep Patel
Vice President:  Dr. Athas Kometas
Secretary:  Dr. Roderick MacIntyre
Treasurer:  Dr. Roger Thayer
Immediate Past President:  Dr. Scott Lawson

Dr. Roderick MacIntyre
Dr. Sandeep Patel
Dr. Dusanka Angelov

Alternate Delegates:
Dr. Bryan Bergens
Dr. Gregory Johnston
Dr. Roger Thayer

Affiliate Representative to CFDDA:
Dr. Gregory Johnston

Central Florida District Dental Association Officers (2016-17):
President: Dr. Lee Anne Keough           
President Elect: Dr. Bryan Bergens
Trustee to the FDA: Dr. Howard Pranikoff
Sponsor News:

PNC Bank Featured Article

Healthcare Banking, Finance & Wealth
How to Reduce Common Practice Expenses

By Jeff Holt, CMPE, VP, Senior Healthcare Business Banker with PNC Bank
Assisting my clients with improving the financial efficiency of their practice continues to be increasingly more important each year.

Your practice, like any business, spends money to make money.  But how and where you do so involves numerous tactical decisions that can easily slip your notice.  Even if you work with a bookkeeper and an accountant, periodically checking your financials will give you a better sense of how your practice is spending its money.  All you need is a list of expenses (a detailed version of your P&L statement) and a willingness to think outside the box.  If you’re reviewing with the specific aim of reducing your expenses, start with the most significant line items, such as occupancy costs, payroll and insurance, and make note of any ideas that come to mind that could reduce them.  Continue this process from your largest expenses to your smallest so that you end up with a list of potential fixes, prioritized by expense significance.

Need a few ideas to get started?  Here are some options that could save your practice money:

Maximize your office space 

If you have more square footage than you need, you may be able to rent out space to another practice, ideally one that complements your own.  Even if you don’t have excess space, consider leasing some or all of your suite to an after-hours clinic when you would normally be closed.  What’s more, your tenants could shoulder some of the burden of shared functions, such as utilities, receptionists and even electronic record systems.

Review your insurance

It’s a good idea to get an annual checkup from a respected independent broker.  The first consideration is making sure you have enough insurance to cover your risk without paying for coverage you don’t really need.  Periodically, get quotes from various carriers to make sure you’re paying the most competitive rate.  Research if it’s possible to receive discounts if you hold multiple policies from the same company.

Shop smarter

Comparison shopping can be worth the effort.  Delegate this task to the most knowledgeable staffer for the assignment, such as a technician for medical equipment and supplies, an IT expert for computer hardware and software, and your practice manager for office supplies.  Consider buying remanufactured printer cartridges, gently used (rather than new) equipment, free or low-cost public-domain analogs instead of commercial software packages, and picking up supplies rather than depending on delivery.

These are just a few examples to initially consider.  Additional cost cutting and revenue generating options should also be discussed with your healthcare business professional partners.  

The financial well-being of your practice is in your hands.  Look for those qualified healthcare business professional partners who can help you in this and other areas.

Jeff Holt is a Senior Healthcare Business Banker with PNC Bank’s Healthcare Business Banking and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive.  He can be reached at (352) 385-3800 or 

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