Making Sure Your Dental Office is Prepared for Your Leave of Absence

Young female dentistDuring your career as a dentist, you may be faced with a situation that will require you to take a leave of absence. Trying to make last-minute arrangements in these situations can only cause more stress for you, so it’s a good idea to think ahead and have a plan in place in the event that you’ll need to take a leave of absence. This will ensure that your dental office can run smoothly without you.

Leave of Absence Checklist

Below are a few things to have in place in the event that you’ll need to take a leave of absence:

  • The most important thing to have in place a dentist willing to cover your practice for you during your leave of absence. Many dentists have agreements with other colleagues to cover for each other if necessary. We recommend checking with dentists you know from a dental society, retired dentists, or even putting out an ad.
  • Contact your CPA and get help determining what the appropriate compensation for your covering dentist should be. These terms should be in place beforehand in order to prevent conflict or misunderstandings. You should also have an agreement made up to protect your interests during your absence.
  • If you participate in PPO plans, make sure your team contacts these insurance companies to check if the dentist who will be covering you requires credentialing. Because the credentialing process can take up to 6 weeks, this is an important point to stay on top of. Here at Dental Insurance Credentialing, we can take care of this process for you to ensure that it’s done correctly and as quickly as possible.
  • Lastly, make sure a member of your staff has been appointed to keep you up-to-date on important matters while you’re out. Make sure the rest of your staff and the associate dentist knows which staff member to go to if they need to communicate with you.

Taking a leave of absence can be a difficult and stressful time, but you can make it easier on yourself by taking the above steps ahead of time. For more information on how we can help you with your insurance credentialing needs, please contact Dental Insurance Credentialing today. Specializing in insurance credentialing, credentialing application, credentialing process, etc.

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