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In this episode, Gary and Naren address a common question: Are there PPO plans that do not offer out-of-network benefits? They clarify that the majority of PPO plans are open panel plans, where patients can choose any provider, and the insurance pays benefits either to the provider or the patient. However, there is a tiny minority of closed panel plans, which only provide benefits if the patient sees an in-network provider. While closed panel plans are rare, they exist, and Gary shares insights on navigating such situations. He also emphasizes the importance of attracting patients through qualitative factors like online presence and reputation rather than relying solely on insurance provider lists.

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Episode Timestamps

  • 00:00:50 – Introduction to the episode
  • 00:01:29 – Quick announcement about the upcoming Master Class
  • 00:04:20 – Jumps into the topic
  • 00:05:00 –  Two types of PPO plans
  • 00:09:30 – Shifting to an in-house membership plan 
  • 00:10:10 – Purchasing dental insurance 
  • 00:12:50 – Percentage of  closed plans
  • 00:14:00 – Replacing Delta with Google
  • 00:16:00 – Google reviews


Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs One of Gary's most significant achievements as a dental practice management coach is transforming his own practice, LifeSmiles, from one that was infected with PPO plans, no effective marketing strategy, and an overhead of 80% to a very successful dental practice that is currently one of the top-performing practices in the US.

With over 2,200 coaching clients, Gary has first-hand experience transforming insurance-dependent practices into thriving and profitable practices.

Through his Personalized Coaching Program, Gary shares access to the systems, strategies, processes, and experience gained over 41 years of coaching dentists and transforming over 2200 practices worldwide.

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Naren Arulrajah

Naren ArulrajahAs CEO of Ekwa Marketing, Naren has over a decade of experience working with dental practices and helping them attract the ideal type of patients to their practices. It is his goal to help dentists do more of the type of dentistry they love with the help and support of effective digital marketing.

Ekwa’s "Done-For-You" Digital Marketing model blends fundamental persuasion principles with an all-in-one Digital Marketing solution to help your ideal patients find you and choose you for reasons other than being on their insurance plan.

If you’re interested in finding out if Ekwa is the right fit for you and your practice, book a Free Marketing Strategy Meeting with Ekwa’s Marketing Director, Lila Stone.

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