The top three challenges facing dental practices are staffing, rising operating costs and stagnant insurance reimbursement levels, according to insights from the ADA Health Policy Institute’s January Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry Poll.
Nearly three out of four dentists plan to raise their fees in 2023, according to the poll. Other commonly reported plans include hiring more staff, selected by about two in five respondents, and dropping out of some insurance networks, selected by over a third.
Trouble filling vacant staff positions is a factor preventing appointment schedules from reaching 100% for about three in 10 dentists, while short-notice cancelation was selected by about eight in 10 dentists, according to dentists polled.
Other poll results include:
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