Presents Insightful Newsletter #6: Data Is Your Safeguard Against Inflation

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Insightful” Newsletter #6, October 2021

Between August 2020 and August 2021, the PCE price index tracking consumer spending, from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, rose 4.3% –the fastest pace of inflation since 1991.

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We’ve seen the same phenomenon in the dental world. The average fee for an adult prophy increased 3.1% between 2020 and 2021, which is higher than the change over the past two years (2018-2020) combined.

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Use Sikka’s Fee Survey Tool To Supercharge Profits

“I can’t raise prices – I’ll lose customers!”

Sound like someone you know? Or this one:

“I’m not worried about losing customers over price – my prices are just fine where they are.”

These viewpoints may appear completely opposite on the surface, one as pessimistic as Eeyore from Winnie-the-Pooh and the other confident to a fault, but they share something in common:

They’re both wrong.

If your goal is to optimize your business practices so that you can maximize your profits, undercharging and overcharging are equally disastrous. Armed with the right data, you can raise your prices in many instances and you should lower them in others.

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Podcast: Why Your Practice Needs a Mobile App

Welcome back to the Sikka Podcast! Here at Sikka we are passionate about bringing you tools and solutions that benefit your patients AND your practice.

For a small healthcare business, a doctor may also be the business owner, which makes doctors’ daily work quite challenging. Recent surveys show that many doctors are complaining about the limited time spent with patients and the growing burden of busywork generated by their electronic medical record system or EMR. According to a survey of 142 family doctors, conducted by Annals of Family Medicine,  doctors spent more than half of their work time on average dealing with administrative work. As the procedures costs and the amount of patient data constantly grow, many doctors find it really hard to properly manage their practices, which can be directly reflected in the rising dissatisfaction and complaints from patients.

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5 Trends in Dental Fees You Should Know About

Fee setting can be one of the biggest challenges a dental practice faces. Without benchmarking data, it can be difficult to set competitive fees, maximize revenue and negotiate with the dental insurance companies.

Join Kevin Henry and Teresa Duncan, M.S. of Odyssey Consulting on August 14th as we unveil the fee trends you need to know.

Watch the webinar recording here.

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Are you Letting Go Over $50,000 By Not Optimizing Your Fees?

I know you want to spend time with your patients and less time doing paperwork in your back office. Unfortunately, keeping your practice healthy can take work. The good news is that when your practice is healthy, your day runs smoother and you can provide the highest level of care for your patients. A key part of keeping your practice in good working order is updating your fees regularly.  Regular adjustments keep your fees competitive while not creating price shock for your patients.

Some of you may be thinking that you can use fee surveys or data trends to set your fees. While they definitely provide reasonable guidelines you still need to guess exactly what your fees should be. That is why Sikka Software developed Fee Optimizer.

Uniquely tailored to how and where you practice, Fee Optimizer is the most comprehensive and relevant fee schedule with reference data down to five-digit zip codes. Thousands of dentists have used Fee Optimizer for over 10 years, and we have never seen a less than a $50,000 increase in a year.

You may be wondering if Fee Optimizer can help you if you are a PPO or HMO practice. The answer is yes! Fee Optimizer helps set your UCR fee schedule for cash patients and overall fee schedules.

So how does Fee Optimizer work? It analyzes your unique practice data points including:

  • Frequency
  • Revenue
  • Time Units
  • Procedure Codes
  • Adjusted Production
  • Lab Costs

And compares these to similar practices in your zip code. This creates a comprehensive and relevant fee schedule, aligning your fees to how you practice. That’s all you need to do to grow your revenue! Simple and precise.

Fee Optimizer is so popular it is now available on and for a limited time we are offering 50% off.

In addition to the discounted Fee Optimizer, we are also including the innovative Practice Assistant, our new Amazon Alexa Integration. With Practice Assistant you can ask any Amazon Echo device about your practice including your schedule, key performance indicators and estimated production for the month. You will be amazed at how simple it is!

Sikka Software has always been on the cutting edge of automating your practice and we are now beta testing Predictive Automated Inventory Ordering on the Practice Assistant. If you are interested in joining an exclusive group of pioneering practices you can email us at

For a limited time, you can get Fee Optimizer and Practice Assistant and save $500! Only on!


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