Rest In Peace| Mary Tyler Moore

Mary Tyler Moore, whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. She was 80.Her family said her death, at Greenwich Hospital, was caused by cardiopulmonary arrest after she had contracted pneumonia.
Ms. Moore faced more than her share of private sorrow, and she went on to more serious fare, including an Oscar-nominated role in the 1980 film “Ordinary People” as a frosty, resentful mother whose son has died. But she was most indelibly known as the incomparably spunky Mary Richards on the CBS hit sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” Broadcast from 1970 to 1977, it was produced by both Ms. Moore and her second husband, the CBS executive Grant Tinker, who died on Nov. 28.
Source: NY TIMES

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Recipe| Artichoke Fritters

It’s official some people will live for anything thing fried. Especially vegetables! Artichokes is not really a favorite in our household but when you dip in batter and fry it it’s a whole different story. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Vegetable oil
1 (18-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 lemon, to squeeze over fritters
Kosher salt, to sprinkle

Directions
Pour 3 inches of vegetable oil into a heavy bottomed pot and place over medium heat until a bread cube placed in the oil browns within 1 minute.
Coarsely chop the artichokes (or alternatively crush by hand) and put them in a large mixing bowl. Add the garlic and scallions, milk, egg, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper in a separate bowl and quickly mix the dry ingredients into the artichoke mix. Drop the fritters by the heaping tablespoonful into the hot oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Work in batches until all the batter is used. Keep warm in a low oven until ready to serve. Immediately before serving, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over all and hit with a bit of kosher salt. Serve with a dollop of Lemon Cream on top, if desired.

Source: Food Network

Now Hiring|Medical Collection Specialist 

POSITION SUMMARY
The primary responsibility of the Medical Collection Specialist is to ensure effective collections on all patient accounts.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MEDICAL COLLECTIONS SPECIALIST



2 years previous experience in office billing and collections environment and/or accounting finance experience required

High degree of attention to detail and accuracy required

High school diploma or equivalent

Working knowledge of MS Office applications which includes Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point

Ability to read, understand, interpret and resolve payer denials

Ability to research payer regulations and determine appropriate collection action

Ability to utilize multiple patients accounting and billing applications including but not limited to FISS/GPnet direct connect systems, claims clearing house systems, payer systems, etc.

Ability to calculate reimbursement per payer contract

Ability to interface with the staff at the insurance carriers, HIM, and Access Service staff

Ability to read, write and understand documents, correspondence, and memos

Ability to effectively present information one-to-one and in group situations to customers, clients, and other employees in the organization

Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form

Critical thinking skills required

Effective PC skills

Will be working remotely after training

ADDITIONAL PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

Minimum of two years’ experience in medical collections preferred

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Makes follow-up phone calls on accounts with outstanding insurance balances.
  • Maintains standards to ensure systematic, consistent, and timely collection follow-up.
  • Current productivity standard is 35 accounts per day or as assigned.
  • Follow-up on accounts with outstanding balances that do not have appropriate payment arrangements.
  • The Aged Trial Balance report will be printed every other week, or as assigned by BOM, and every outstanding account should be worked
  • All notes regarding written and/or verbal communication on the account will be maintained in the “MEMO” file on the patient’s account and should include the following:

Date of collection work

Time of collection work

Telephone # of contact

Full name of contact

Location of contact (home, work, employer, insurance co.)

Complete summary of conversation

Next follow-up date based on payment promises

Collector’s initials

Reimbursement calculation

Insurance Due Accounts should have the initial follow-up call made 30 days following the date of service. Subsequent follow-up calls should be made every 14 days until the balance is paid. Insurance Due balances not paid within 90 days from date of bill should have appropriate actions taken which could include transferring to patient due and billed to the patient.

Maintain interaction with Health Information Management Department and relative team members to expedite issues

Works in conjunction with other staff to successfully meet internal goals

Participates in group meetings and /or various committees

Makes suggestions on workflow improvements

Notifies BOM of any collection issues

Maintains a positive attitude toward their position and responsibilities

Additional job duties as assigned

Job Type: Full-time
Job Location:

Dallas, TX
Required education:
High school or equivalent

Required experience:
calculate reimbursement per payer contract: 2 years

Medical Collections: 2 years

medical billing: 2 years

writing appeals: 1 year

reading/understanding hospital contracts: 1 year

If interested in this position please email your resume to info{at}womenwithgifts.com

Finances|What WOMEN should know about credit repair and credit repair scams

You see the ads in newspapers, on TV, and online. You hear them on the radio. You get fliers in the mail, email messages, and maybe even calls offering credit repair services. They all make the same claims:

Credit problems? No problem!

“We can remove bankruptcies, judgments, liens, and bad loans from your credit file forever!”

“We can erase your bad credit — 100% guaranteed.”

“Create a new credit identity — legally.”

Do yourself a favor and save some money, too. Don’t believe these claims: they’re very likely signs of a scam. Indeed, attorneys at the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, say they’ve never seen a legitimate credit repair operation making those claims. The fact is there’s no quick fix for creditworthiness. You can improve your credit report legitimately, but it takes time, a conscious effort, and sticking to a personal debt repayment plan.

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Source: Federal Trade Commission

Looks like we need to get up super early in the morning to beat these crime master minds please also read CNN’s Credit Repair Scam Could Make You An Identity Thief

Recipe| Lasagna Soup

If you love soup,pasta and lasagna this recipe kinda serves several purposes all at one time. Needless to say whoever thought of this recipe is a genius

Have you ever wondered where lasagna came from?

According to Paglicacci Pizza, when the Romans overthrew Greece and occupied the country around 146 BC, they set about adopting local knowledge, culture, language and food as their own. The Greek word laganon, used to describe flat dough sliced into strips, is believed to be the origin of the word lasagna. While the Greeks didn’t invent the hearty pasta dish we know and love, they at least inspired one of the world’s oldest pastas.

Modern day lasagna, the richly layered dish swimming in sumptuous tomato sauce, made its debut in Naples, Italy, during the Middle Ages. Laboriously crafted and fit for a crowd, lasagna was savored on special occasions. While traditional Italian lasagna features ragù, béchamel and Parmigiano-Reggiano hugged between layers of pasta, Italian immigrants brought their favorite variations to America beginning in the late 1800s  

 

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Lasagna Soup

Here is what you need: Serves 6-8

1 lb ground beef (or vegetarian crumble)
3 cups of beef broth (or vegetable broth to make vegetarian)
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 TB dried parsley
1 TB dried basil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1, 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
1, 6oz can of tomato paste
1 cup V8 (or any vegetable drink)
2 cups uncooked shell pasta
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup of water
Optional topping- shredded cheese

1. First mix together the can of tomatoes, and tomato paste in crockpot.

2. Next add broth, beef, garlic, parsley, basil, onion, V8 and salt/pepper.

3. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.
4. When 30 minutes are left of cook time, add in the 1 cup of water and noodles. Stir to combine. Put lid back on and continue cooking for 30 minutes.

NOTE:
If you like your soup to have more liquid, feel free to add some extra broth and or water when you add the noodles.

Source: Fresh Family Meals 

A Day in History| Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin born on Jan. 19,1943

She claimed the blues, soul, gospel, country and rock with unquestionable authority and verve, fearlessly inhabiting psychedelic guitar jams, back-porch roots and everything in between. Her volcanic performances left audiences stunned and speechless, while her sexual magnetism, world-wise demeanor and flamboyant style shattered every stereotype about female artists – and essentially invented the “rock mama” paradigm.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1943, Joplin fell under the sway of Leadbelly, Bessie Smith and Big Mama Thornton in her teens, and the authenticity of these voices strongly influenced her decision to become a singer. A self-described “misfit” in high school, she suffered virtual ostracism, but dabbled in folk music with her friends and painted. She briefly attended college in Beaumont and Austin but was more drawn to blues legends and beat poetry than her studies; soon she dropped out and, in 1963, headed for San Francisco, eventually finding herself in the notoriously drug-fueled Haight Ashbury neighborhood. She met up with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen (later of the legendary San Francisco rock outfit Jefferson Airplane) and the pair recorded a suite of songs with his wife, Margareta, providing the beat on her typewriter. These tracks – including blues standards like “Trouble in Mind” and “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” – would later surface as the infamous “Typewriter Tapes” bootleg.

She returned to Texas to escape the excesses of the Haight, enrolling as a sociology student at Lamar University, adopting a beehive hairdo and living a generally “straight” life despite occasional forays to perform in Austin. But California drew her back into its glittering embrace in 1966, when she joined the Haight-based psychedelic-rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Her adoption of a wild sartorial style – with granny glasses, frizzed-out hair and extravagant attire that winked, hippie-style, at the burlesque era – further spiked her burgeoning reputation.

The band’s increasingly high-profile shows earned them a devoted fan base and serious industry attention; they signed with Columbia Records and released their major-label debut in 1967. Of course, it was Joplin’s seismic presence that caused all the commotion, as evidenced by her shattering performance at the Monterey Pop Festival, which was captured for posterity by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker; in the film, fellow pop star Mama Cass can be seen mouthing the word “Wow” as Joplin tears her way through “Ball And Chain.”

Big Brother’s “Piece of My Heart,” on 1968’s Cheap Thrills LP, shot to the #1 spot, the album sold a million copies in a month, and Joplin became a sensation – earning rapturous praise from Time and Vogue, appearing on The Dick Cavett Show and capturing the imagination of audiences that had never experienced such fiery intensity in a female rock singer. Her departure from Big Brother and emergence as a solo star were inevitable; she put together her own outfit, the Kozmic Blues Band, and in 1969 released I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, which went gold. That year also saw her perform at the Woodstock festival.

Source: Janis Joplin

Missing|Toni Anderson

Police are asking for the public’s help to find a woman who has been missing since Sunday, Jan. 15 Toni Anderson, 20, is from Wichita, Kan., and has been missing since Sunday, Jan.15.


She’s 20-years old, has blonde hair and green eyes and stands about 5 feet 5 inches tall with a lean frame. Friends say she sent a text at 4:42 a.m. that said, “just got pulled over again.”They add, “It’s extremely out of character for her to run off without letting her boyfriend or friends know where she’s going.”

“We have no indication that she was pulled over by an officer with the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department,” said Sgt. Kari Thompson with the Kansas City Police Department initially. “We have also checked with other local agencies in Missouri as well as in Kansas, and there is no indication that Toni Anderson was pulled over by local police.”

An update from police Tuesday night said it has been determined that the North Kansas City Police Department did stop the missing woman prior to her disappearance. Police say they are still working to determine her next steps after the traffic stop concluded.
If you have any information about where Anderson is, please call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

A Day in History| Edith Frank

Edith Holländer is born in Aachen on January 16, 1900. She has two older brothers, named Julius (1894) and Walter (1897), and an older sister called Bettina (1898). The Holländer family celebrates the Jewish holidays and and keeps a kosher household. The Holländers are leading members of Aachen’s Jewish community. Father Holländer trades in scrap metal and owns several industrial processing plants. Mother of Anne Frank.

In his memoirs, Otto Frank remembers the relationship between Anne and her mother: “I was concerned that there was not a particularly good understanding between my wife and Anne, and I believe my wife suffered more from this than Anne. In reality, she was an excellent mother, who went to any lengths for her children. She often complained that Anne was against everything she did but it was consolation for her to know that Anne trusted me.”

Source: AnneFrank.org

A Day in History|Aaliyah

From an early age, Aaliyah found satisfaction in her music. When she didn’t win the youth vocal competition on “Star Search” as a preteen, she didn’t let it deter her from continuing to sing. In fact, at age 11, she landed a five-night stint performing with Gladys Knight in Las Vegas. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was raised in Detroit while also going home to New York frequently and eventually became a client with Abrams Artists. She graduated from the Detroit Performing Arts High School in 1997 with a 4.0 GPA. She credits her educational success to the support from her family, her mother (who was a teacher that home schooled her), Dr. Sylvia Twyman, Dr. Denise Cotton, the Education Guidance Center, Dr. David Snead (Superintendent of Detroit Schools who approved Aaliyah’s program with Dr. Cotton and her parents) and Jennifer Vandenbrooks who also assisted in her education. College was definitely in the plans.

“When I told my parents that I wanted to embark along this path,” says Aaliyah, “they were with me all the way. They were the ones who shuttled me back and forth to my vocal lessons, dance lessons, private guitar, play rehearsals at Gesu Elementary School and they even saw to it that the sets for the plays were transported to Mary Grove College in Michigan. What could be more important?”

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In 1994, at the age of 14, Aaliyah released her first album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number.” It was an instant success. The first single, “Back And Forth,” was a Top 5 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and a No.1 R&B song. The follow up single, a remake of the Isley Brother’s “At Your Best (You Are Love)” reached Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was No. 2 at R&B radio. “I still remember how nervous I was right before “Back And Forth” came out,” she says. “I kept wondering if people would accept it. When it went gold, I had my answer, and it was just such an incredibly satisfying feeling.” The acceptance of her music inspired other female teen singers to follow in her footsteps. Her taste in fashion still influences her fans and other artists. Teen Vogue once wrote Aaliyah set the prototype for the young female artist of the 90’s.

Her trademark baggy pants and over-sized shirts simply reflect the sense of style she developed as a child. She always loved wearing her father and brother’s clothes. She said she was never going to wear a dress or carry a purse. As we know, that eventually changed. Just remember The MTV Awards, when she won her award and took center stage in her Roberto Cavalli dress with her beloved brother. They both were wondrous. Born on January 16, 1980.

Source: Aaliyah

News|Open Letter to Dillard’s Employee

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Picture of Megan’s teen daughter (Courtesy of Megan Harris)

 

First of all for all the mothers out there with teen, Megan Naramore Harris should be our hero right now. Megan Naramore Harris wrote an open letter to a Dillard’s sells person because she suggested that her teen daughter should wear the dress she had tried on with SPANX. People may wonder why women are starting to shop at smaller shops instead of the mall but this is one of the reasons why. The shopping experience in some malls are horrible. Here’s a note to retailers: Women don’t want to be followed when we are shopping and we don’t want to be told how we should we our clothes UNLESS we ask! Finally when it comes to a mother’s child don’t say a word any and all criticism should come directly from the MOM only..  We pray that the open letter written about this experience will open the eyes of these RETAIL giants and they will start to serve up better customer service. No one wants to spend their money where they are ridiculed.

Here’s our inspiration of the day: (Open Letter to Dillard’s Employee)

Dear sales lady at Dillard’s Towne East Mall,
This is my teenage daughter who wanted to try on dresses for an upcoming formal. I found this dress and asked her to try it on. She told me this was not her style, but tried it on for me. I told her how grown up it made her look and she smiled, and told me this made her look too old but still, she let me take a picture. Right after that, you entered and told my daughter she needed to wear SPANX if she wanted to wear this dress. I told my daughter to go change. I told you that she was just fine without SPANX. You continued to argue with me. We left soon after. I wish I had told you how many girls suffer from poor self image and telling them they need something to make them perfect can be very damaging. Girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are perfect because that is how God made them. If they feel good in a dress, that is all that should matter. My daughter is tall, she swims, runs, dances and does yoga. She’s fit. She’s beautiful. She did not need you telling her that she is not perfect. I hope this is shared and gets back to you so that you should not say something like that to a girl ever again. You never know what negative or positive thoughts they are thinking about themselves.
Sincerely,
Mother of a beautiful girl