This year’s Business of Dentistry Conference was a big success. With over 20 different Dentrix courses offered, attendees could choose a course that fit their interests and needs. Our most popular Dentrix course, 50 Things You Didn’t Know Dentrix Could Do, featured little-known tips and shortcuts in Dentrix, and received high reviews from those who registered.
Here are a few of the tips from that class that you might not have been aware your software could do:
When you are working from the Appointment List, ASAP List, Unscheduled List, or Pinboard List in the Appointment Book, you can reschedule appointments on those lists by dragging and dropping the appointment from the list to the Appointment Book. Don't spend time recreating appointments. Use the drag and drop feature to clean up your lists, and get patients back on the schedule.
When you generate a report in Dentrix, the settings and filters you use for the report are stored in the report that is sent to the Batch Processor. However, the actual report data is compiled when you view the report, so if you leave a report in the Batch Processor, you can view updated information for the report every time you preview it.
For example, if you are working on collections and you generate the Provider A/R Totals Report in the morning, you can preview the report and see a list of patients you can contact. As you work with outstanding accounts (entering payments in the Ledger, applying late charges, etc.), you can periodically preview the report again throughout the day to view updated payment and balance information without having to generate the report from scratch each time.
Note: It's still important to clear out your Batch Processor regularly. You can use the same report for a day or two at a time, but it's not a good idea to leave the same report in the Batch Processor for weeks or months.
When you have a message you want to convey to all of your patients (like upcoming holiday hours or a welcome to a new provider), you can type that note in Dentrix and have it print on all billing statements instead of using stickers or hand-writing notes on individual statements. To print statement messages on billing statements:
Note: It’s important to be brief in your statement message. This field will allow you to enter up to 600 characters, but if you are sending statements through QuickBill, only the first 150 will be transmitted.
Dentrix makes it easy to apply tax or discounts to individual patients or family accounts. You can select the tax or discount you want to apply and Dentrix will automatically calculate the adjustment amount for you and post it to the Ledger. No more manual calculations!
To apply a tax/discount to a patient or family account:
Dentrix comes with a few tax/discount types already defined. You can edit these or customize your own. For more information, see the Creating tax and discount types topic in the Dentrix Help.
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