Your first question is likely, what is a PEO? Simply, it’s a Professional Employer Organization. That probably doesn’t help your understanding, does it? To define PEOs, we’ve brought in an expert in the industry, Jeff Wanner, to describe the components and advantages further.
Historically, small businesses, including dental Practices, have met the need for employee insurance with a traditional group plan or providing an increase in salary to allow employees to purchase their own insurance. With the work of Congress, there is a new option in the marketplace. This option is the qualified small employer health reimbursement arrangement (QSEHRA).
A new rule issued by the Department of Labor in 2018 expanded the availability of association health plans (AHPs) for small businesses. AHPs allow small businesses to band together within industries, professions, or geographic regions to either purchase large-group coverage or self-insure.
The traditional choice for most businesses is a group health insurance policy. This business chosen plan provides coverage to employees, and potentially, employees’ dependents. Depending on your Practice size, this traditional option may still be a good fit for you. However, for the majority of single doctor locations, this proves to be prohibitively expensive and is not the right solution. Practices that offer group health insurance pay a fixed premium for the policy, and then, pass on a portion of the premium cost to employees. For example, the employer may pay 50% of the premium and the employee is then responsible for paying 50%.
You don’t have to look far to know that health insurance costs are on the rise. It’s becoming a hot topic for Practice owners and their employees. If you haven’t already been asked by your staff to add health insurance, or why the cost keeps going up, you likely will soon! As a Practice owner, you are faced with trying to juggle employee satisfaction and retention in addition to managing profit margins and cash flow. If you are considering adding health insurance, changing plans, or looking for ways to manage the cost, you can count yourself in a growing group of concerned Practice owners. Health insurance is a valued benefit for your staff and you need to make sure you can offer it at a sustainable cost to your overall margins.
We live in a world of specialization. Whether you are a new dentist entering the market, an established dentist, or considering transitioning out of your Practice, having a dental specific CPA in your corner is the key to success. While a general accountant may be easy to find and work with, having a CPA with deep industry expertise on your side is vital to the success of your Practice. Our dental team is uniquely qualified and ready to support your Practice regardless of what stage you are in.
We are proud to announce our partnership with accounting technology company, Ceterus. Through this strategic partnership, our firm will be better positioned to provide client accounting services, particularly for our growing client base in the dental industry.
Are you a 1099 dental associate at one or more Practices and not sure what you can deduct? We have compiled a list of common business expenses you should keep record of in order to offset your contract income. This is not an all encompassing list and we encourage you to ask us about additional expenses if you are unsure.
After the start-up and acquisition phase is complete and you have a regular patient base established, you’ll find yourself in the growth and maintenance phase. At this point, you may be wondering how your Practice compares to others in the industry or maybe you’re ambitious and curious about growing into a two-Practice owner (three-Practice, four-Practice or more)!