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American Dental Association and Sikka Software Introduce the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer PDF Print E-mail



New Tool Helps Dentists Compare Insurance Plan Costs and Benefits;
FREE Six-Month Trial Now Available to all ADA Members

San Jose, CA (January 8, 2016) – Sikka Software, the leading innovator in Business Intelligence Software for healthcare and small business communities, and the American Dental Association (ADA) announced today that all ADA members are eligible to receive a free, six-month trial of the new ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer (ADA BPA).

The ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer is designed to help dentists evaluate potential revenue and costs of becoming a provider for dental benefit plans and compare the outcomes via the Sikka Software Platform Cloud. 

Dental professionals who utilize the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer are able to:

Score the Benefit Plan: This particular ADA BPA tool connects with the dentist’s practice management system, automatically pulling out key data points integral to evaluating insurance plans. Dentists can choose from a list of PPO and DHMO plans across the nation to evaluate. Based on practice-specific inputs, the ADA BPA scores the plan on a 100-point scale, providing a visualization of potential value that can be added to the practice. Each score is unique to a practice and accounts for differences in operational management.

Know the Numbers: With the ADA BPA, dentists receive an estimate of not only gross revenue and overhead costs, but also the chair time and practitioner hours associated with serving the patients in the network. Estimates are based on practice inputs, allowing practices to better manage their capacities and administrative hours and ensuring all patients receive the time they need to achieve optimum oral health.  

Compare Multiple Plans: Each dental benefit plan is different and by using the unique inputs from a practice alongside the proposed fee plan, dentists can compare plans side-by-side for quick and accurate evaluations. Side-by-side comparisons remove the guesswork from choosing insurance plans by providing standardized data that dentists need for objective evaluation.

“Previously, dentists have needed to guess which insurance plans will be profitable for their practice while also best serving the dental needs of their community,” remarked Vijay Sikka, CEO of Sikka Software. “With the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer, dental professionals can make informed decisions about which insurances to accept, and feel confident they have made the best choice for their practice and their patients.”

The ADA offers easy enrollment for the free six-month trial by visiting: http://success.ada.org/freeBPA.  Non-ADA members may also purchase the tool through the ADA catalog.

More than 16,000 providers use Sikka Software apps worldwide. The apps are compatible with 96% of practice management systems and help dentists manage their practices by providing the critical information they need to make management decisions anytime, anywhere.

For more information about the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer as well as all Sikka Software practice management solutions, please visit www.sikkasoftware.com.

About Sikka Software 

Sikka Software Corporation is revolutionizing the retail healthcare industry via its platform cloud, analytical tools, apps, and big data leadership. The retail industry includes over 2.1 million providers worldwide and over 600,000 in the United States. The Sikka Platform Cloud allows seamless compatibility with over 96% of the dental, veterinary, vision care, and hearing care markets in the United States. Sikka Software Corporation has over 16,000 installations and is experiencing strong growth and market presence in the retail healthcare big data space. For more information, please visit www.sikkasoftware.com.

Marty Jablow DMD - Dental News and Technology

 
American Dental Association and Sikka Software Introduce the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer PDF Print E-mail


New Tool Helps Dentists Compare Insurance Plan Costs and Benefits;
FREE Six-Month Trial Now Available to all ADA Members 

San Jose, CA (January 8, 2016) – Sikka Software, the leading innovator in Business Intelligence Software for healthcare and small business communities, and the American Dental Association (ADA) announced today that all ADA members are eligible to receive a free, six-month trial of the new ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer (ADA BPA). 

The ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer is designed to help dentists evaluate potential revenue and costs of becoming a provider for dental benefit plans and compare the outcomes via the Sikka Software Platform Cloud.  

Dental professionals who utilize the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer are able to:

Score the Benefit Plan: This particular ADA BPA tool connects with the dentist’s practice management system, automatically pulling out key data points integral to evaluating insurance plans. Dentists can choose from a list of PPO and DHMO plans across the nation to evaluate. Based on practice-specific inputs, the ADA BPA scores the plan on a 100-point scale, providing a visualization of potential value that can be added to the practice. Each score is unique to a practice and accounts for differences in operational management. 

Know the Numbers: With the ADA BPA, dentists receive an estimate of not only gross revenue and overhead costs, but also the chair time and practitioner hours associated with serving the patients in the network. Estimates are based on practice inputs, allowing practices to better manage their capacities and administrative hours and ensuring all patients receive the time they need to achieve optimum oral health.   

Compare Multiple Plans: Each dental benefit plan is different and by using the unique inputs from a practice alongside the proposed fee plan, dentists can compare plans side-by-side for quick and accurate evaluations. Side-by-side comparisons remove the guesswork from choosing insurance plans by providing standardized data that dentists need for objective evaluation. 

“Previously, dentists have needed to guess which insurance plans will be profitable for their practice while also best serving the dental needs of their community,” remarked Vijay Sikka, CEO of Sikka Software. “With the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer, dental professionals can make informed decisions about which insurances to accept, and feel confident they have made the best choice for their practice and their patients.” 

The ADA offers easy enrollment for the free six-month trial by visiting: http://success.ada.org/freeBPANon-ADA members may also purchase the tool through the ADA catalog

More than 16,000 providers use Sikka Software apps worldwide. The apps are compatible with 96% of practice management systems and help dentists manage their practices by providing the critical information they need to make management decisions anytime, anywhere. 

For more information about the ADA Benefit Plan Analyzer as well as all Sikka Software practice management solutions, please visit www.sikkasoftware.com

About Sikka Software 


Sikka Software Corporation is revolutionizing the retail healthcare industry via its platform cloud, analytical tools, apps, and big data leadership. The retail industry includes over 2.1 million providers worldwide and over 600,000 in the United States. The Sikka Platform Cloud allows seamless compatibility with over 96% of the dental, veterinary, vision care, and hearing care markets in the United States. Sikka Software Corporation has over 16,000 installations and is experiencing strong growth and market presence in the retail healthcare big data space. For more information, please visit www.sikkasoftware.com.
 
Microsoft announces quarterly earnings release date PDF Print E-mail
REDMOND, Wash. — Jan. 11, 2016 — Microsoft Corp. will publish fiscal year 2016 second-quarter financial results after the close of the market on Thursday, January 28, 2016 on the Microsoft Investor Relations website at http://www.microsoft.com/investor.  A live webcast of the earnings conference call will be made available at 2:30 … Read more »
 
Lares Introduces ProStyle Handpiece Line PDF Print E-mail

Lares Research has introduced a new ProStyle line of highspeed handpieces. The new handpieces offer many advantages over the company’s prior models, including improved ergonomics and optics.

Lares ProStyle highspeed handpieces feature new solid-rod cellular optics for brighter, longer-lasting illumination. The new ergonomically optimized grip diameter and gentler handle bend radius reduces hand fatigue and provides better control. Super-smooth head profiles allow fast, easy cleaning. The 557 compact head size models offer 20% more cutting power than previous models. The 757 full head size models have a new four-port spray that provides improved water atomization for better spray coverage.

Lares handpieces can be ordered factory direct from the company’s website at www.laresdental.com or by calling 1-888-333-8440, Extension 1.

ProStyle is included in the Lares Research 30-day money back satisfaction guarantee program.

For more information, call 1-888-333-8440, Ext. 1 or visit www.laresdental.com.

Marty Jablow DMD - Dental News and Technology

 
Heating methods for reducing unevenness softening of mouthguard sheets in vacuum–pressure... PDF Print E-mail
Takahashi, M., Koide, K., Satoh, Y. and Iwasaki, S.-i. (2015), Heating methods for reducing unevenness softening of mouthguard sheets in vacuum–pressure formation. Dental Traumatology. doi: 10.1111/edt.12254

Abstract

Background

Unevenness in softening of the plastic sheet leads to a decrease in the mouthguard thickness during thermoforming. In this study, we examined the heating methods for reducing unevenness when softening mouthguard sheets during vacuum–pressure formation.

Materials and methods

Ethylene vinyl acetate mouthguard sheets and olefin copolymer sheets (thickness: 4.0 mm) were used. The following three heating conditions were compared: condition A—the sheet was molded when it sagged 15 mm from the sheet frame (under normal condition); condition B—the heater was turned off when the sheet sagged by 10 mm from the frame, followed by the sheet molding when the sagging reached 15 mm below the frame; and condition C—the sheet was inverted after heating when the sheet sagged 10 mm and was molded when the sagging reached 15 mm below the frame. The sheet was heated and pressed over the model using a vacuum–pressure machine; then, 10 s of vacuum forming and 2 min of pressure molding were applied. The sheet temperatures were measured using a radiation thermometer. Thickness of the fabricated sheets was determined for the incisal and the molar portion using a measuring device. Thickness data for each condition were analyzed by one-way anova followed by Bonferroni's multiple comparison tests.

Results

On both sheets, condition B was smallest for temperature difference between the heated and the non-heated surface, and thicknesses after molding were greatest at all measuring portions.

Conclusion

By comparing changes in sheet temperatures at molding and variation in thicknesses when applying the heating method using a vacuum–pressure molding machine, we found that reduced unevenness in sheet softening occurred when the heater was turned off when the sag distance of the sheet was 5 mm less than the conventional molding, and then, the sheet was pressed when the conventional sag distance was reached.

Marty Jablow DMD - Dental News and Technology

 
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