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Is there a difference working in an office that accepts HMO vs an office that only accepts PPO?

Ive noticed during my job hunt that many offices will distinguish that they accept HMO and PPO insurance or that they are a PPO ins only office. As a hygienist, does this make a difference as to what i should expect working in an office?



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Heavy insurance driven offices that are on many insurance “lists” are low reimbursement. The schedule is very fast paced so the office can break even or even faster paced to make a profit. No time for education, treatment facilitation and proper standard of care.

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That answer from Hygenius is spot on. I’d like to just tell you about my awful experience at one of those clinics two years ago. I filled in for a woman that went on her honeymoon. They interviewed me for a one day job. Found out why later. They were looking for someone that would be OK with their “way.” I went with it during the interview because, well $$$ speaks volume. The hygienist told me that certain people do not get a goody bag because the amount that’s reimbursed from the insurance is so low, that they actually loose money by giving away toothbrushes and paste.
My day consisted of 30 minute appointments. Practically all my patients were new, so they all required full sets of xrays. In the end, when you factor in exam, x-rays, breaking down the room, and notes, I had about 5-10 minutes at most to actually clean their teeth.
My first patient was this 17 year old girl who hadn’t been to the dentist in years and was terrified. How can I do a 5 minute prophy on someone that is terrified? I ran over an hour with her. They had to cancel my next patient because I was running so far behind.
They never called me back. I’ll take that as a compliment.

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Haha.. that’s a great story RileyRDH. Many years ago, I too found a day’s work at an HMO office. I remember they had one old ultrasonic unit on a flimsy cart with wheels so that we can wheel it from op to op. The cord was plugged into an extension cord which then ran across the entrance of the op, making it a hazard. They had probes that were broken that were not replaced. The patients usually waited over an hour to be seen for anything because of double booking. But the part I disliked the most was the feeling I was always “on-call.” I never knew who I was going to see at the last minute.

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Our office sees HMOs and PPOs. I obviously new nothing about how insurance worked until now and I’m still learning. our office only sees 3 HMOs for cleaning and 8 PPOs for cleanins. HMOs 30 min for their and PPOs 45 min. Her reasoning is because we don’t make money from HMOs. The office is definitely fast paced and even the dentists schedule is back to back. I don’t think the patients get enough time to ask questions or get educated. My Dr is all about $production$

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