Dental Practice Management and Employee Theft (Video)

Dental Practice Management and Employee Theft (Video)Embezzlement and employee theft are major problems for dentists and dental practices.

In this survey, 59% of dentists said they had discovered evidence of embezzlement.

But that doesn’t mean no one has stolen from the remaining 41%… it just means they haven’t been able to prove an embezzlement took place.

Sadly, dentists are often embezzled.

“My office manager (of course) was setting aside dental insurance checks, then picking out cash that matched the amount of the checks,” said an orthodontist. “The checks were never deposited into the patients’ accounts, so the bank deposit balanced. She did this for almost 10 years, for a total of at least $700,000. Her litigation is currently pending. The insurance accounts past due eventually became overwhelming and she was finally caught.”

“A dental assistant who worked for another doctor who shared space with me was stealing my materials and making teeth bleaching trays out of her home after hours (and charging for tooth whitening!)” said another dentist.

To hear more of what dentists had to say about employee theft, Click on Play to watch the following video —

Have you experienced employee theft?

Read more about this dental management issue: Dentists - Has Your Dental Practice Been Embezzled?

Dentists Suffer from Ex-Employee Headaches (VIDEO)

Dentists fire employeesIn this survey, we asked dentists if they have had “wrongful discharge” headaches from past employees. The majority (72%) have not had such trouble.

However, 9% of dentists report being sued for wrongful discharge, and another 19% say they’ve been accused of it or threatened with legal action.

Read more: Wrongful Discharge Headaches for Dentists

Dentists and “Wrongful Discharge” – What a Headache!

One in Four Dentists Suffers from Ex-Employee Headaches

In this survey, we asked dentists if they have had “wrongful discharge” headaches from past employees. The majority (72%) have not had such trouble. However, 9% of dentists report being sued for wrongful discharge, and another 19% say they’ve been accused of it.

We asked dentists, “Have you had negative experience with letting employees go?Wrongful Discharge: Dental Survey Results

  • “It’s always negative, but no real problems.” (Oregon periodontist)
  • “I’ve always been happy they were gone.” (New York dentist)
  • “I had a disgruntled ex-employee of ten years bring action against me by the state dental board.” (Maine dentist)
  • “I have had to continue to pay unemployment to two former employees who hop from job to job.” (California periodontist)
  • “One time I let a hygienist go and she took a large number of patients to another dentist’s office and started working a few hours a week and collected all the unemployment she could.” (Michigan dentist)
  • “My God, who hasn’t had problems with former employees??!! Never sued, but a heck of a lot of drama.” (Illinois dentist)
  • “Yes, we have an employee who successfully sued a former employer, and she is always alluding to that fact.” (Pediatric dentist)
  • I went through the employee standards protocol for what is required and covered myself. It is a bit of work but much easier and less costly than going through the courts.” (Canada dentist)

Read the complete wrongful discharge survey results…

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