How dental plan providers save small businesses time

by MikeMeehan 10/16/2018 8:55 AM

When it comes to dental benefits, out-of-pocket costs are only one piece of the puzzle. Selecting, implementing and managing plans for your small business can mean significant loss of time – unless your dental plan provider has the training and resources needed to maximize efficiency. Learn what to look for when making your selection to ensure the most time-savings for your business. Do they have the right expertise? Dental plan providers rely on their experience to help you achieve your business objectives. If your provider doesn’t have experience with small businesses, it may be difficult for them to efficiently understand the needs of your company and to recommend the best options upfront. Delta Dental covers more than 146,000 businesses across the nation, giving us a wealth of knowledge to inform our plan recommendations.  How efficiently do they process claims? Quick and accurate claims processing helps ensure you and your employees spend less time worrying about administration needs. Delta Dental processes more than 123 million dental claims annually with over 99 percent accuracy.  Do they offer high quality customer service? Look for a local service team that offers the timely attention you and your employees need. Delta Dental often provides local dedicated teams who become personally acquainted with individual businesses’ needs and can easily be reached. Plus, employees have access to a 1-800 number, website and free mobile app to assist with all their coverage questions. Do they make the process simple? Digital capabilities should enhance customer service and improve operating efficiency for enrollment, billing, claim payments and more. Delta Dental’s website provides automated tools for benefits enrollment and administration needs. We also offer resources to educate employees about their dental benefits and answer any questions that arise.  In today’s marketplace, there are numerous dental benefits companies to choose from. By knowing what to look for, you can find the best one for your small business that will save you time and money.  

How dental plan providers save small businesses time

by MikeMeehan 10/16/2018 8:55 AM

When it comes to dental benefits, out-of-pocket costs are only one piece of the puzzle. Selecting, implementing and managing plans for your small business can mean significant loss of time – unless your dental plan provider has the training and resources needed to maximize efficiency. Learn what to look for when making your selection to ensure the most time-savings for your business. Do they have the right expertise? Dental plan providers rely on their experience to help you achieve your business objectives. If your provider doesn’t have experience with small businesses, it may be difficult for them to efficiently understand the needs of your company and to recommend the best options upfront. Delta Dental covers more than 146,000 businesses across the nation, giving us a wealth of knowledge to inform our plan recommendations.  How efficiently do they process claims? Quick and accurate claims processing helps ensure you and your employees spend less time worrying about administration needs. Delta Dental processes more than 123 million dental claims annually with over 99 percent accuracy.  Do they offer high quality customer service? Look for a local service team that offers the timely attention you and your employees need. Delta Dental often provides local dedicated teams who become personally acquainted with individual businesses’ needs and can easily be reached. Plus, employees have access to a 1-800 number, website and free mobile app to assist with all their coverage questions. Do they make the process simple? Digital capabilities should enhance customer service and improve operating efficiency for enrollment, billing, claim payments and more. Delta Dental’s website provides automated tools for benefits enrollment and administration needs. We also offer resources to educate employees about their dental benefits and answer any questions that arise.  In today’s marketplace, there are numerous dental benefits companies to choose from. By knowing what to look for, you can find the best one for your small business that will save you time and money.  

Evaluating a dental provider: What to look for

by MikeMeehan 6/20/2018 10:55 AM

Selecting dental coverage that best suits your company can go a long way toward employee satisfaction. In fact, more than two-thirds of employees consider dental benefits to be an extremely or very important part of an overall compensation package. Brush up on which aspects are most important when evaluating a dental benefits provider with our quick guide below. NetworkNetwork coverage is key to helping keep your employees – and your wallet – happy. A larger network means more in-network dentists for your employees to choose from. It also means that the dentists your employees currently visit will likely be in-network.  Visiting in-network dentists saves employees and employers money. It protects your employees from balance billing and saves your group money on claims, which typically account for the majority of an employer’s expense. Cost managementThe true cost of a plan extends beyond premiums. When deciding on a dental plan, evaluate the provider’s cost-containment strategies, cost-management history, fee arrangements with dentists and effective discounts delivered to all members. Long-term costs can be reduced with preventive care like regular dental exams and cleanings that help employees avoid costly procedures down the road. Some providers, such as Delta Dental, usually offer options with complete coverage for preventive care. Cost transparencyMake sure the provider will deliver cost transparency and data on actual costs and benefits. This can often be lost when bundling medical and dental coverage where the only cost noted is a single premium.  ServiceKnowing that your questions and issues will be addressed in a timely matter will help you feel confident and satisfied with your coverage decision. Being able to reach a local representative and easily use the provider’s website and mobile app (if they have one) can improve efficiency, flexibility, transparency and the claims process. Some providers even offer financial guarantees on pre-determined service standards, such as customer service and timely payment of claims. Enhanced benefitsSome providers offer enhanced benefits, like additional exams and cleanings, at little or no cost to those with certain medical conditions who might benefit from additional oral health care. Enhanced benefits may be available for pregnant women and those with diabetes, suppressed immune systems and other systemic conditions. Dental benefits expertiseLook for a provider that uses credible, evidence-based data to shape coverage options and has a proven track record of supplying high-quality benefits.  By knowing the needs of your employees and the most important benefits considerations to evaluate, you can select dental coverage that will be good for both you and your employees. Talk to your benefits consultant or local Delta Dental representative about your options.   

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