Dental insurance: How and why to drop a PPO plan | with Ben Tuinei and Jordon Comstock

May 14, 2024
You know you have one: a PPO plan that isn't good for your practice, but you keep it out of fear. Here's how to drop plans without patients dropping you.

Frustrated with dental insurance? Join us for this week's episode of Dentistry Unmasked, where Drs. David Rice and Pamela Maragliano-Muniz chat with Ben Tuinei and Jordon Comstock about negotiating reimbursements, decoding where patients' premiums are truly going, making strategic decisions about which insurance plans to drop, and tips for dropping plans without patients dropping you.

And if you're curious about just how much money the average dentist writes off over the course of their career, well, consider that our spoiler alert! Don't miss out on this eye-opening discussion that might change the trajectory of your practice. 

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About the hosts of Dentistry Unmasked

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of Dental Economics. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics.

Founder of the nation’s largest student and new-dentist community, igniteDDS, David R. Rice, DDS, travels the world speaking, writing, and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. He is the editor in chief of DentistryIQ and leads a team-centered restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York. With 27 years of practice in the books, Dr. Rice is trained at the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and most prolifically at the school of hard knocks. Contact him at [email protected].

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Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD | Chief Editor

Pamela Maragliano-Muniz, DMD, is the chief editor of Dental Economics. Based in Salem, Massachusetts, Dr. Maragliano-Muniz began her clinical career as a dental hygienist. She went on to attend Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her doctorate in dental medicine. She then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Dental Medicine, where she became board-certified in prosthodontics. Dr. Maragliano-Muniz owns a private practice, Salem Dental Arts, and lectures on a variety of clinical topics. You may contact her at [email protected]

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David R. Rice, DDS | Chief Editor of DentistryIQ and Founder of igniteDDS

As seen on The Doctors, David R. Rice, DDS, chief editor of DentistryIQ and founder of igniteDDS, the nation’s largest new dentist and student community, travels the world speaking, writing, and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. He leads a team-centered, restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York. With 28 years of practice in the books, he’s trained at the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and most prolifically at the school of hard knocks.

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Benjamin Tuinei, president of Veritas Dental Resources

Benjamin Tuinei, president of Veritas Dental Resources, works to help dentists improve insurance reimbursements. He has been recognized by several state dental associations and continuing education institutions as “the authority” on PPO strategies and fee negotiating. He has worked with 6,000-plus dentists and influenced more than $3 billion in negotiated revenue for his clients. To learn more, visit veritasdentalresources.com.

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Jordon Comstock

JORDON COMSTOCK is the founder of BoomCloud Apps, a software company that allows dental offices to easily create and automate in-house membership programs. Contact him at [email protected] and download a free book about membership plans at boomcloudapps.com.