Tuesday, February 7, 2017

5 Questions to Ask when Choosing a Medical Billing School

If you are considering your options when it comes to training to be a medical billing specialist, then you need to keep in mind that not all medical billing schools are created equal. Avoid wasting your time, money, and energy on a subpar training program by doing careful research before you commit to anything. One of the most important things you can to is to personally speak with an advisor from each and every medical billing school you are considering, in order to get some pertinent information that will lead to the best decision you can make. Here are five questions to ask when choosing a medical billing school:

Do you offer job placement services?

Most reputable medical billing schools have a career assistance department, where they help you find job opportunities, internships, and/or externships during your training and after you successfully complete your course.

How are your teachers qualified for instruction?

You need to know that those teaching not only have the credentials that you will be working towards, but also that they have legitimate, real-world experience working in the medical billing field. What’s more is that experience should be current. Trades change over time, and you want to be taught by instructors who are up on current trends, techniques, tools, and knowledge.

How long will it take to complete the program?

You may be surprised to find that medical billing training courses can vary greatly from one school to the next. As long as your training program of choice covers all of the subjects necessary to qualify you for certification, then there is no need for you to spend any extra time in class. As a matter of fact, some medical billing schools extend their training program durations just to make more tuition money

What kind of support do you offer your students?

Medical billing school can be stressful. It’s important to know that your school offers support in the form of academic advisors, student advisors, guidance counselors, etc. It would be horrible for you to pay your tuition only to find that you are completely on your own – not only academically, but emotionally as well.

How flexible is your scheduling?

This is an especially important question for people who must work and/or take care of a family while in school. I once had to sell my car at one of those we buy any car places to pay my bills after losing my job because of inflexibility with my work scheduling. The more options you have, the better, unless you have no problem fitting yourself into a prescribed mold.

Take this list with you the next time you speak with a recruiter from a medical billing school. These questions can be a life-saver when it comes to making the most of your education.

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5 Tips for Building Successful Roommate Situation

The school year is almost upon us, and for many students, it is their first year in college. The closer the school year gets the more eager everyone is to find out who will be their first roommate. Sharing a small space with a person you likely do not even know can be a scary experience. It is difficult to anticipate how it will turn out. You might get along really well as roommates, you might secretly (or not so secretly) want to scream at each other for every little thing, or you may just be indifferent to one another. With that said, I have put together a list of five things that are important to know when it comes to having a roommate.

1. Try to find common ground. Maybe you both really love chick-flicks, or maybe you both really enjoy going to football games. Having something to bond over can be really helpful to the roommate situation.

2. Respect one another’s space. It is easy to be loud and rowdy all the time in a college environment, but it is also important to be courteous of your roommate’s sleep and study habits. Studying may be an issue that both of you can compromise on. For instance, maybe you decided the room is a fun zone, and studying should be only done in the library. You might also decide that certain hours are for study time only. If you do not sort this out together, a lot of animosity can develop.

3. Since you are living in a small space together, use of certain things like the TV might come into conflict. Figure out what is really important to you and discuss it. Also, see if maybe you can watch something online. Sites such as www.hulu.com have a decent selection of television shows available at any time.

4. Discuss whether you want to have free reign over each other’s stuff or not. It can become problematic if your roommate starts eating your food or using your printer. Make sure to settle on whether your policy for those kinds of items are on an “ask me and we’ll see basis,” “use it any time you want basis,” or maybe you do not want to share your stuff at all.

5. Finally, do not rely on your roommate for everything; be independent. Sometimes it is just important to give each other space. Branch out and be your own person. Make a few friends on your own, or take up an activity away from your roommate. Constantly doing the same things all of the time can create an environment of suffocation.

Use these tips and you are on your way to a successful college roommate experience!

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Activity for Kids: Hoop Jam in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, NC is an oasis of sorts, a bright, fertile place that appears as if out of nowhere just beyond the nearest mountain. We’re known here for our colorful population, eccentric attitudes, and welcoming nature. Those attributes make Asheville the perfect place to raise a family, and our town is full of fun and unique activities for kids. The next time you’re thinking of something to do beyond the usual park trip, think hoops–hula hoops.

On Tuesday evenings from May through September, Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville comes alive with the sight of dozens, sometimes hundreds, of spinning hula hoops. From 5:30 to 7:30, hoop dancers with Asheville Hoops spin magic in the park with members of the community. George Pond provides the music, and there’s something for everyone, from techno to bluegrass. This is not an event just for the young or old-there are folks at Hoop Jam that have just learned to walk, some that are well into their sixth or seventh decade on Earth, and every age in between. Skill isn’t a requirement-the hoop dancers are amazing to watch, moving the hoops through the air as if they were suspended on some invisible string, but you’re more than welcome to join in with the old-fashioned hip swivel, or just sit back and watch the fun. Professional hoop dancers are on hand to offer guidance and tips for novice hoopers, and the evening often ends with a performance by famed Asheville hoop dancer Mel MacPink, who keeps the energy high with her infectious smile and spirited dancing.

There is a relaxed, comfortable vibe at Hoop Jam, with lots of little kids running around, dancing, and playing with hoops. Many kids like watching the other performers who show up at almost every jam, juggling and dancing for the crowd.

Hoop Jam is free and open to the public. Bring a water bottle, and snacks if your little ones might get hungry from all the dancing. Some hoops are available to borrow, and new hula hoops can be purchased under the tent where Pond has his DJ station. Parking is available on the street in metered spaces or at several garages nearby.

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A Tribute to Coach Dream and Coach Achieve, The Perfect Team

I can’t remember their names or a single word they said, but I do know Coach Dream and Coach Achieve were the perfect team. These two female coaches were employed at Creekwood Middle School, 20 years ago. They worked together effortlessly and brought joy to their work. I can’t remember their names, but can describe them to the tee.

Coach Dream has shoulder length, chestnut hair that she rarely pulled up even while running. Coach Dream ran with us, demonstrated new skills, and showed our P.E. class and cross country team that working out could actually be fun.

Coach Achieve had short curly brown hair and a stocky build like a baseball player. Coach Achieve did the instruction, pep talks, and planning. Coach Achieve liked to talk strategy.

Together, Coach Dream and Coach Achieve taught female athletics and were the perfect team. I can’t remember a word they said, but I do remember the relationship and actions they modeled not only for me, but hundreds of students. Coach Dream and Coach Achieve encouraged each other, laughed often, and allowed each other to shine.

I have been blessed to serve in the U.S. Army and hold several jobs, yet I have never again seen two people work so well together. So I am thankful this Thanksgiving for the blessing of two coaches who modeled teamwork in a way that I have not been blessed to witness since.

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Ambelopoulia: A Deadly Delicacy Threatens Rare Songbirds in Cypress

We’ve all heard about the dangers of over-fishing in our oceans and we’ve witnessed the horrors that poaching has wrought upon land mammal populations. Now, a delicacy by the name of ambelopoulia could be driving rare migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean region to the brink of extinction.

The dish uses bite size pickled or grilled songbirds as the main ingredient. It has been illegal to trap, sell or purchase birds and to serve ambelopoulia for over 30 years, but the law protecting the birds is rarely enforced. Most common in Cypress, 14% of the residents there surveyed by BirdLife in 2008 claimed that ambelopoulia was their favorite poultry. Only 2% ate it regularly, but this can be most likely be attributed to the fact that markets and restaurants charge an exorbitant sum to serve the delicacy, up to €50 for a plate of four birds.

The birds are trapped in one of two ways. The most popular method, called mist nets, involves stringing fishing nets made of fine nylon mesh, which are difficult for the birds to see, between trees. Hunters then use electronic bird calls to lure the birds into the trees. When the birds strike the fishing nets, their wings and legs become entangled and they become trapped.

The second method involves using birdlime, a sticky substance naturally occurring in local trees and berries to create limesticks. Essentially, the glue sticks poachers create are then placed on trees. When a bird perches upon the sticks they become stuck.

Neither of these methods are especially humane. Both of them involve leaving the birds trapped and suffering until a hunter returns to kill them, typically by stabbing them in the throat with a toothpick. Often, in the meantime, birds will chew off their own wings and legs in an attempt to free themselves.

The traps also do not discriminate between species and Cypriot superstition dictates that all the birds caught must be killed, whether or not they were part of the intended catch or the hunter will suffer bad luck. Although Blackcaps and European Robins are generally the intended targets of poachers, often rare protected migratory birds are inadvertently captured and then served. According to BirdLife, close to half of the 380 bird species recorded in Cyprus have been caught at one time or another by mist nets or limesticks and they estimate that 75% or more of all migrants birds landing in the worst affected areas of Cypress are caught and killed by poachers.

Trappers defend their behavior by claiming that ambelopoulia is a part of traditional Cypriot culture, as are the bird hunts. Still, a Royal Society for the Protection of Birds study has shown that nine out of 10 Cypriots disapprove of trapping. With public perception turning against them, hopefully the poachers in Cypress will soon be stopped and the local government will crack down on those who serve ambelopoulia.




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A Review of Publix Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast: 98% Fat Free

I love turkey and enjoy turkey sandwiches. Recently, I spotted a package of Publix Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast in the refrigerated lunch meats section at my local Publix Super Market. I just had to purchase these turkey slices, try them and write an unbiased product review about them. This is what I discovered!

Publix Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast is affordable, I discovered! I purchased a pack of ten slices for two dollars and fifty cents. These turkey slices are very deli like and not real thin but, not very thick. They are perfect for turkey sandwich, in my opinion. They are 98% fat free and I loved that fact. They also have no saturated fat in them. Yay! They are even low in calories. I can always use low cal, low fat sandwich meat.

The big question was how did they taste? I made a sandwich of turkey, Swiss cheese, mayo and mustard. When I tried it, it was fabulous. The turkey is very juicy and moist. I liked that! The turkey slices are just right to not overpower a sandwich but, just one slice does add a decent sized slice of turkey. I loved this product. It is one of the best affordable deli style turkey breast slices items that I have tried. It even beats out other name brand food products. I am a bit picky about my sandwich meat but, this one fit the bill perfectly, in my opinion.

I rate Publix Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast four and one half stars out of five stars. It is a very good sandwich meat and high in quality and in taste. I will be buying it again. It is also pretty budget friendly! That is always a good thing. This turkey tasted fresh. It also had a mild smoked flavor. Very good.

One slice of Publix Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast has only 25 calories. Only 5 of these calories are from fat. One slice has 0.5 grams of total fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 10 mg’s of cholesterol, 270 mg’s of sodium, 2 grams of total carbs, 0 grams of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugars and 4 grams of protein. Low carbs. Yay! And this turkey did fill me up. Just one slice per sandwich. It is a good diet tool if you are trying to stay full but, avoiding calories, fat and carbs.

I enjoyed trying Publix Sliced Smoked Turkey Breast and writing this product review about it. For more information, you can visit the publix.com web site. This product is a winner!

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Advice for New Students at the London School of Economics

You have just started your first year at the London School of Economics (LSE) and congratulations to you. My advice to you is as follows.

Set Your Goals

Think about what you plan to achieve over the course of your study. You will likely have two or three years to do something that will propel you enormously in life and these are the years when you will have a lot of time to do a lot before you start your career.

There are several things you should keep in mind. Your primary goal is to gain a great education before you start working. Employers are looking for the best graduates out there and you want to have the most applicable skills possible for the career path you choose. After your second year if you are doing your first degree you will go on to do your internship. This will likely set where you will go on to work. Think about real tangible achievements you want to have on your CV therefore. Whether it is specific academic achievements like prizes for some specific work, language certificates completed or sporting achievements like winning a certain competition or gaining a black belt in a martial art.

Many of us have learned a language at university or did some sport, but if you have achieved something tangible that you can demonstrate as a real achievement I think is really valuable. When you are studying, there are many opportunities. LSE has the Fresher’s Fair where you can choose from a range of clubs and societies. Think about the people you want to meet. If you are from Malaysia and you plan to return to your home country after you graduate, join the Malaysian society and make friends. These people may do the same and you will have some long time friends with whom you will have a lot in common.

Network But Not At The Cost of Academic Achievement

Networking is something that you can practice as an extension to making friends and it will help you greatly when you will begin your career especially in London. If you are planning to become an investment banker or a consultant with one of the top firms, keep in mind that many of your fellow students are planning to do the same and in several years time you may need their help which can potentially help you even climb the career ladder.

There are so many smart people at LSE that are going to go on to do great things in the world and the business world in particular. Get to know them. Ask them what they plan to do in the future. Where they are from. LSE has so many opportunities to do this. Join societies that interest you. Go to the pub after sports with your mates and talk to them. Share your interests and may you have a lot in common with them.

The teachers you have are also very valuable contacts that you should keep in mind. While you are learning from them, also build a relationship with them. In the future they may also go on to do interesting things and in the end they may have valuable contacts themselves in the business world which you will be able to exploit. LSE has a great tutoring programme where you can get to know some of the best academics at LSE who will be willing to provide you guidance in life. At real advantage of this guidance. They themselves have a lot of life experience which they can share with you and guide you towards success.

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A Review of Cape May Fat Free Chopped Clams: Only One Dollar

I am a big fan of clams and when I came across a can of Cape May Fat Free Chopped Clams in the canned foods section of my local Dollar Tree store, I was thrilled. I decided to purchase these, try them out and write a product review all about my personal experience with them. Here is what I discovered!

I happen to love clam chowder and clam dip, so I purchased several cans of Cape May Fat Free Chopped Clams. Each can was only one dollar. One can has three servings in it. That is a great deal, in my opinion. These clams are fat free. I also discovered that they are very low in calories. Fantastic! I could not wait to taste these! I decided to make a clam dip with the first can I opened. I added the clams to a food processor along with some cream cheese, sour cream, seafood and tartar sauces, sea salt and black pepper. I whipped this dip up and served. It was yummy! I liked the flavor of these clams. They were fresh tasting, tender and flavorful.

I then used the other two cans of these clams in my homemade clam chowder. It turned out spectacular. These clams were tender, juicy and tasty. They flavored my clam chowder perfectly. They are the right size too, so I did not have to do any extra chopping to them. I added the juices and all. I was very pleased. I rate Cape May Fat Free Chopped Clams four stars out of five stars. I will be buying this product again. If you have a dish that calls for minced or chopped clams, this one will do nicely. These are so affordable and high in quality. I loved them.

One serving has only 25 calories in it. 0 of those calories come from fat. Wow! One serving has 0 grams of total fat, I love it, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 10 mg’s of cholesterol, 250 mg’s of sodium, 1 gram of total carbs, 0 grams of dietary fiber, less than 1 gram of sugars and 4 grams of protein. This product won the environmental stewardship 2010 award for New Jersey. These clams are wild caught. The Cape May name has now changed to LaMonica fine foods, in honor of Peter LaMonica. This company has been ran by three generations. This is a product of the US. This facility operates the largest hand shucking facility in the USA.

I enjoyed trying Cape May Fat Free Chopped Clams and writing this product review about them. This company also has canned clam juice, sea clams and fried frozen clam strips. I was impressed with these clams and they were indeed delicious. Especially for one dollar canned clams. Since 1923, quality has been a family tradition. I can tell. This product is a winner.

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