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Financial Wellness for Medical and Dental Professionals

Banking solutions for your life and practice.

Peoples Bank is familiar with the financial and operational challenges unique to operating, merging, buying or selling a medical or dental professional practice.  We offer a full spectrum of solutions to manage your life and practice - personal, business management and ownership succession.

How Peoples Bank Helped Dr. Eric Wenzel Grow His Dental Practice

"Peoples Bank has been able to give me freedom. The freedom to pursue other activities in order to reinvest. We weren't investing into a loan; we were investing into the practice. Peoples Bank has done a lot for me. I think we both have the same culture and the same purpose. We're trying to make the community that we both live and work in better.” Dr. Eric Wenzel, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.

Meeting the Financial Needs of Your Practice
The financial needs of an established or growing practice are constantly evolving and changing and require different financing needs at different stages in the business’ life cycle. The commercial lending team at Peoples Bank offers personalized service to help your practice at all stages, whether you’re in the startup, maintenance or growth phase of your business.
Medical and Dental Practice Financing
Buying or starting a medical or dental practice is a large and important professional and financial decision. If you’re recently out of school with student loan debt and are ready to own your own practice, or you’ve gained experience and are ready to buy or start a practice, we can help. Peoples Bank understands that medical professionals have different financial needs and requirements both personally and professionally. We offer a full suite of services and provide loans for doctors and dentists for each of life’s financial decisions.

Buying a Practice

  • Practice Purchase
  • Business Loans

While ancillary services can help your bottom line, the most important benefit is enhanced patient care and a boost in patient satisfaction. In an environment of rising costs and decreasing reimbursements, it’s no surprise that practices are expanding their menu of services.
Many physicians are concerned about this retail-based clinics popping up in their neighborhoods, but if you embrace the challenge, you can learn a thing or two from these clinics.
Work with a team of professionals who understand your practice, your goals and your personal circumstances, and avoid these common financial mistakes.
These five metrics will help you analyze pre and post office visit activities to identify weaknesses and improve profitability.
It’s easy to make excuses for putting off asset planning, but it’s important to have a protection plan in place before its too late. Asset planning is complicated and includes legal, finance, tax and insurance planning. Proper planning protects your practice and your personal assets from a potential lawsuit.
Today’s doctors are starting their careers with more debt than any other previous generation. This is partially due to a sharp increase in tuition, but it is also due to the changing demographics of medical students. Today, more medical students are married with children and are already living a pricier lifestyle than when they begin their schooling. Balancing this lifestyle with a large amount of debt may seem overwhelming. If the debt is from a federal loan, developing a strategic approach to repayment can ensure you are one of the many physicians that manages to repay your debt in a timely manner.
Acquiring new equipment for a medical or dental practice requires thoughtful planning and strategic budgeting. These five steps may take more time and effort upfront, but your due diligence will help you prevent any buyer’s remorse in the future.
The quality of care and patient outcomes have always been a priority for healthcare providers, but with an industry shift to result-based reimbursement, providers are now more focused than ever on improving processes that affect patient outcome. The following four applications will help you take control of your data and put it to use to improve your outcomes and your bottom line.
These strategies can help your practice improve revenue stream, collect what is due and streamline processes for a more successful operation.

Taking the time to identify your IT needs will help your practice stay on budget, provide uninterrupted service to your patients and be compliant with ever-changing regulations.

While circumstances vary, a common goal for retirement saving is 10-20 percent of your gross income.  The goal for doctors and dentists, however, can be a bit more aggressive. Because of the many years of schooling needed to enter the industry, these professionals get a later start on saving for retirement.

The success of a practice rides on the talent, effort and experience of one person, the physician or dentist, and a creditor’s ability to recoup a loan is dependent on the health and well-being of that one person. Because of this, creditors must have a guarantee that funds will be repaid should the physician or dentist pass away. This is why many banks and lenders require term life insurance, naming the bank as the beneficiary, in order to secure a business loan.
There are several methods used to value a medical or dental practice including the asset approach, the income approach and the excess earnings approach.  There are also other factors to consider such as risk and compensation structure.  With some time and effort an acceptable value can be determined and the sale of the practice will be successful.
Not many business owners want to think about a time when they will have to hand over control of their company, but succession planning is necessary for any business owner. It is especially important for medical and dental practitioners because only those with formal training and licensure can take over the business. Developing a succession plan keeps the practice running, providing continued healthcare to patients and jobs to employees who work for the practice.

There are many benefits to starting your own medical or dental practice. You get to be your own boss, make decisions quickly, decide what types of patients you want to serve, match your practice to your lifestyle, set the tone and culture of your office and become more creative because you’re the main decision maker. If you’re thinking about or have already decided to start a practice, these tips can help you get started.

Medical and dental professionals operating private practices should regularly review their practice’s financial health. Because of changes in health care, including more high-deductible health plans, higher out-of-pocket costs for patients and changes in reimbursement rates from insurance companies and Medicare/Medicaid, maintaining a healthy practice is becoming more difficult. Consider these strategies to keep your practice’s financial health in check.

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