What do the recent interest rate hikes mean for the dental community?

On July 27, 2022, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point, its second consecutive 0.75 percentage point increase (the first, in June, was the largest interest rate hike since 1994) and the fourth hike this year. What do the Fed’s moves to bring down inflation mean for the dental community?… Continue Reading What do the recent interest rate hikes mean for the dental community?

Register for the 2022 Dental Risk Management Seminar

Medical Protective and Professional Insurance Programs are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our annual Risk Management Seminar. The topic this year will be, Dental Risk Management Practices That Control and Reduce Malpractice Exposure. The seminar will be held on Friday, October 7, 2022, from 8 a.m. – Noon at West Bend… Continue Reading Register for the 2022 Dental Risk Management Seminar

Can a noncompete be enforced in Wisconsin?

Employers often require employees to sign agreements which include restrictive covenants.  “Restrictive covenants” include noncompete agreements, non-solicitation restrictions (prohibiting solicitation of customers and/or employees), and confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. These agreements can be important to protect the employer from the employee working for a competitor, or disrupting customer relationships, after the employer has invested in… Continue Reading Can a noncompete be enforced in Wisconsin?

Identifying and preventing workplace harassment

If employees believe harassment will go unnoticed, they are less likely to report it, spelling disaster in the form of loss of employee morale and productivity. Training employees on what harassment looks like is a good first step, but employers must do more to prevent and investigate harassment in the workplace. Use this guide to… Continue Reading Identifying and preventing workplace harassment

Optimizing growth in your practice: know your numbers and start setting goals

When we first start working with a dental team, we ask about their reporting and tracking habits. Everyone generally says they pull aging reports consistently – typically, both insurance and patient aging are run at least monthly. It’s easy to remember to track what’s owed to you, but what about the other key trends to… Continue Reading Optimizing growth in your practice: know your numbers and start setting goals

Comprehensive listing of federal, state poster requirements for employers

The purpose of this article is to keep dental employers informed of the poster requirements mandated by state and federal law. It is important to comply with the information posting requirement and ensure staff access to the information. The posters should be displayed in “plain viewing sight.” The following is a comprehensive list of state… Continue Reading Comprehensive listing of federal, state poster requirements for employers

Member spotlight: Dr. Peter Sheild (Oconomowoc)

When Dr. Peter Sheild (Oconomowoc) retired from his general dentistry practice in 2016, his plans included muskie fishing and snowmobiling in Vilas County, as well as continuing to volunteer, exercise, and spend time with his wife and family in Oconomowoc. Six years later, he’s a published author, with two books and a second career as… Continue Reading Member spotlight: Dr. Peter Sheild (Oconomowoc)

Register now for the WDA Foundation State Dental Golf Classic!

The 11th WDA Foundation State Dental Golf Classic is set for Monday, September 12, 2022 at South Hills Golf & Country Club in Fond du Lac! If you haven’t golfed South Hills, this is your opportunity to learn why it has become a favorite of Wisconsin golfers. The course includes 164 acres of beautifully landscaped… Continue Reading Register now for the WDA Foundation State Dental Golf Classic!

Giving back in a wild way

A recently retired general dentist from Wauwatosa, Dr. John Scheels has been a Wisconsin Dental Association member for 48 years. If you know him, then you probably know that for over 40 years of his career, he has been serving as the primary dental consultant for the animals at the Milwaukee County Zoo.      Dr.… Continue Reading Giving back in a wild way