Next-level strategies to protect your implant practice

Strategic Risk Alternatives helps businesses set aside tax-deferred income for risks such as COVID-19. Read Bre Cohen’s article about protecting your assets here.

Bre Cohen discusses preparing for unexpected adverse events

It’s safe to say COVID-19 has hit the dental industry hard. Having to close doors for months can be a big blow to any practice, and while traditional insurance is great, chances are it didn’t cover your business interruption during this pandemic.

So, how will you handle the next adverse event? That thought makes many people cringe and for good reason. However, entrepreneurial dental practices are finding ways to protect their business risks that fall outside of traditional insurance through Enterprise Risk Management programs like those from Strategic Risk Alternatives. These programs are nothing new; they’ve been utilized by Fortune 500 companies for decades. Strategic Risk Alternatives saw a need in the market to make these programs available to small-to-midsize companies and did just that. The Enterprise Risk Management program serves as a lifeline to successful companies going through a difficult time and allows them to be proactive in protecting their practice instead of reactive.

How does it work?

Much as a 401(k) helps you use tax-advantaged dollars to prepare for retirement, the Enterprise Risk Management Program by Strategic Risk Alternatives helps you use tax-advantaged dollars to prepare for unforeseen risk. It utilizes U.S. Tax Code 831(b), which helps businesses set tax-deferred income aside for risks that fall outside of traditional insurance. This includes COVID-19-type disruptions as well as other cashflow disruptions. Examples follow:

• contingent business interruption
• political risk
• supply chain interruption
• key employee loss/critical illness
• payroll protection

Strategic Risk Alternatives serves as 831(b) plan administrators to help you identify risks, create a customized plan, manage transactions, monitor compliance, prepare paperwork, and other ongoing client services to ensure you are prepared for the next unforeseen risk.

“When COVID-19 hit, dental practices currently utilizing our program were able to recoup cash flow losses in a matter of days through their 831(b). If you own a successful dental practice, consider the advantages of setting pre-taxed dollars aside for unforeseen risks — big or small,” says Bill McKernan, President of Business Development at Strategic Risk Alternatives. “Unforeseen risk is real, and it happens every single day. It could be something as big as the next pandemic or as small as being out of work for a short period of time due to a medical issue. With our program, you’re able to make your practice whole again and rest a little easier at night.”

The Enterprise Risk Management program serves as a lifeline to successful companies going through a difficult time and allows them to be proactive in protecting their practice instead of reactive.

Other programs for dental practices

Strategic Risk Alternatives also offers a Dental Protection Plan program to help practices warranty their work. With a clearly defined warranty, you can increase patient retention and use pre-tax dollars to pay for rework.

Strategic Risk Alternatives works with practices to custom-design a defined warranty program based on their individual practice needs. Through this program, practices would set aside money from transactions and put it in their 831(b) Dental Protection Plan to fund warranties for their work. Depending on the terms the dentist sets, the warranty may require a patient to come back once a year to check the work and honor the warranty. This creates customer peace of mind, retention, and loyalty. In addition, the dentist is building a war chest to pay for any issues that do arise.

Interested in learning more? Contact Strategic Risk Alternatives by visiting their website, or by calling Bill or Ed at 208-424-2249 for a free assessment and to learn more about protecting the assets that you have worked so hard to build.

Listen to Van Carlson, CEO of Strategic Risk Alternatives, speak about patient acceptance, tax advantages, and closing gaps in existing coverage in this podcast:

Bre CohenBre Cohen is the Business Development and Marketing Manager for Strategic Risk Alternatives.

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