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Making a Decision to Sign a Contract

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This is one of most important decisions any dentist will make. Should you participate in any plan? Which payers should you participate with? There are at least three main issues to consider when making this decision:

Contract Clauses

The negotiation between dentist and carrier is not a negotiation between equal partners. Payers often send template contracts to dentists for signature. Learn more about contract issues so you can use this knowledge to better negotiate with payers before you sign the contract.

Fees and Discounts

ADA has limited ability to influence reimbursement rates, and dentists cannot jointly negotiate. The ADA Survey of Dental Fees is a great tool to benchmark your practice fees and individually determine your appropriate fee schedule.