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In this episode of the Less Insurance Dependence podcast, Gary and Naren delve into ‘The Top 10 Questions from RIDA Members, Part 2’. They begin by emphasizing the importance of catching up on Part 1 for context but reassure listeners that the episodes can be listened to in any order. Gary highlights the significance of having conversations with patients over digital communication, especially when resigning from PPO plans. They discuss strategies for determining which PPO plan to drop first, getting the team on board with the transition, estimating out-of-network fee schedules, and replacing lost patients through proactive marketing. Throughout the discussion, practical insights and real-world examples are shared, empowering listeners to take action to reduce insurance dependence and strengthen their practices. Tune in for valuable advice and actionable steps towards practice growth and independence.

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Episode Timestamps

  • 00:00:50 – Introduction to the episode
  • 00:01:30 – 7 steps for a remarkable patients experience 
  • 00:03:46 – Jumps into the topic
  • 00:04:46 – Question number six
  • 00:08:13 – Question number seven
  • 00:10:13 – Question number eight
  • 00:11:52 – Question number nine
  • 00:14:38 – Question number ten
  • 00:14:12 – Fifth question


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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