Less Insurance Dependence Podcast

Less Insurance Dependence Podcast

There is an underlying precept in our country’s healthcare system that medical professionals can only survive through increased participation in insurance programs. The Less Insurance Dependence podcast series exposes that misperception, shedding light on how Dentists can thrive by breaking out of the insurance-controlled business model.

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April 18, 2024 20 mins

In this podcast episode, hosts Gary Takacs and Naren Arulrajah discuss the importance of offering high-value services like cosmetic dentistry to attract new patients and improve practice profitability. They share tips for dentists interested in expanding their services, such as joining professional organizations and using effective marketing strategies. They also highlight the growing demand for cosmetic dentistry amon...

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Tune in to this episode of the "Less Insurance Dependence" podcast, where hosts Naren Arulrajah and Gary Takacs provide a sneak preview of possible benefits reform in dental insurance. Drawing from Gary's insightful interview with Dr. Brett Kessler, president-elect of the American Dental Association (ADA), they delve into the pressing topic of benefits reform and its potential impact on dental practices. From dispariti...

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Join Gary Takacs and Naren Arulrajah on the "Less Insurance Dependence" podcast as they delve into the often-overlooked benefits of resigning from PPO plans. In this enlightening episode, learn how freeing yourself from PPO entanglements can lead to increased profitability, more time for patient care, and a happier workplace environment. Gain valuable insights and real-life examples that will empower you to take contro...

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In this podcast episode, Gary and Naren share a recap of the recent webinar with Dental Intel on the topic of Secrets to Thriving in Dentistry in 2024 and Beyond. Tune into this episode to learn further about the five proven strategies to make 2024 your best year yet, to learn about the data collected by Dental Intel working with 10,000 practices, and The Dental Buyer’s journey further explained by Naren.  


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March 21, 2024 17 mins

In this podcast episode, Gary and Naren expose the hidden costs and restrictions of PPO umbrella plans.  Learn how to break free and take control of your practice's profitability. You can also discover success stories and 3 key steps to resigning from PPO plans strategically. Listen now and escape the PPO Umbrella Nightmare!

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The Less Insurance Dependence podcast episode titled "How Adding High-Value Services Makes You Less Insurance Dependent" delves into the significance of incorporating high-value services, particularly cosmetic dentistry, into dental practices. Hosts Gary Takacs and Naren Arulraja stress the economic drawbacks of relying heavily on insurance plans, which often result in significant fee write-offs for dentists. By cont...

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In this episode of The Less Insurance Dependence podcast, co-hosts Gary Takacs and Naren Arulrajah delve into the topic of what it truly means to be fee-for-service (FFS) in dentistry. They emphasize that being FFS entails charging your full fees and receiving them directly from patients without involvement from insurance companies. They address common misconceptions about FFS dentistry and advocate for a patient-frien...

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In this episode, Gary and Naren tackle ‘The Top 10 Questions from RIDA Members, Part 2’. They stress the importance of addressing patient concerns directly when resigning from PPO plans, provide strategies for deciding which plan to drop first, get team buy-in, estimate out-of-network fees, and proactively replace lost patients through effective marketing. Tune in for practical insights and actionable steps.

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In this podcast episode, Gary and Naren address the top 10 questions from RIDA members on transitioning from PPO plans. They discuss the timeframe for the transition, fee adjustments by Delta Dental, costs of SEO versus Google Ads patients, secrets to low-cost SEO patients, and evaluating readiness to resign from PPO plans. Practical insights and strategies are shared for dental practitioners aiming to reduce insurance dependence.

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Discover how Gary's real-life practice story can help you explore the benefits of oral conscious sedation in dentistry. By focusing on high-value services like oral conscious sedation, you can attract patients outside PPO plans while also easing dental fears. Learn about the importance of SEO in attracting anxious patients for comprehensive care and reducing insurance dependence. With high-value services, you can transform your pra...

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Gary and Naren explore the fallout of SmileDirectClub's collapse, drawing parallels to the pitfalls of the DIY mindset. Through anecdotes and case studies, they caution against undertaking complex tasks without proper expertise. Discover the risks of navigating unfamiliar territory alone and the importance of seeking professional guidance in this eye-opening episode.

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In this episode, Gary explores the crucial link between mastering marketing and successfully resigning from PPO plans. By framing insurance write-offs as a strategic marketing expense, he reveals a path to acquiring new patients while minimizing losses.

Drawing on practical examples, the episode emphasizes the transformative impact of redirecting marketing efforts from PPO plans to platforms like Google, showcasing the financial be...

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Gary and Naren explore whether being a PPO provider truly supports work-life balance. This episode challenges the belief that PPO status aligns with equilibrium, emphasizing the sacrifices practitioners make.

Discover actionable steps to reclaim balance and why cutting ties with PPO plans might be the key to professional success and personal well-being. Tune in for a fresh perspective on dental practice management.

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In this episode, Gary and Naren discuss the vital need for dental practices to reassess fee schedules, moving away from heavy reliance on PPO plans. They highlight the impact of stagnant fees on profitability and offer strategies for recalibrating prices to reflect fair value and cover rising costs.

Explore insights into attracting non-PPO patients and maintaining a balanced pricing strategy amid an evolving dental landscape. Tune ...

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In this episode, Gary and Naren explore BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) in business, inspired by Jim Collins and Peter Diamandis. They center on dentistry's BHAG: quitting PPO plans for practice success. Gary emphasizes the strategic impact and offers actionable steps for reducing insurance reliance, guiding dentists toward transformative changes in their practices.

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Gary and Naren discuss Dr. Cialdini's unity principle. They highlight its power through initiatives like supplying NFL-grade mouthguards to local teams and creating strong community connections. They contrast this supportive unity with skepticism in traditional dental circles, emphasizing unity's transformative impact on dental practices.

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This episode delves into the nuances of projecting confidence without appearing arrogant, especially in the dental field. It narrates a dentist's unexpected revelation after parting ways with a major insurance provider, highlighting the fears and innovative strategies employed to address patient concerns. Ultimately, it showcases the power of proactive planning and teamwork in achieving a surprising, positive outcome.

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In this episode, Gary and Naren discuss scarcity as a potent influence principle in professional practice, inspired by Doctor Robert Chinni's teachings. They explore its impact on demand using Apple's iPhone launches as an example. Strategies for dental practices, like special service days and time-limited offers, highlight scarcity's influence. As the most transformative yet challenging principle, they guide listeners...

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Join Gary and Naren on the Less Insurance Dependence Podcast as they unravel the challenge of dentists being tied to unexpected PPO plans. Explore strategies to reveal hidden contracts, understand specifics, and employ proactive marketing to reduce reliance, regain control, and minimize financial impact on your practice.

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Explore how beliefs shape actions through commitment and consistency. Discover actionable dental strategies leveraging these principles for enhanced patient engagement and practice success.

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