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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Neglectful Husband

Guest post from: Kent Lara

I have been feeling very neglected by my husband lately, and I don’t know what to do about it. He works about 60 hours a week, and when he is home all he wants to do is watch directv. I try my best to be understanding of his crazy schedule, but it would be nice if he took some time to hang out with me. I know he is tired, but he needs to understand that relationships take work. Right now I haven’t even thought about leaving him, but I worry that if this goes on for much longer I will lose my patience and want out. I am scared to tell him how I’m feeling because I don’t want to stress him out, but I think I am going to have to be honest with him so we can fix this problem. I hope he understands that I need more from him and that he needs to get better at communicating with me. I know things won’t get better overnight, but I hope that he will at least try to change some of his habits.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

UB-04 Software Relieves Doctors' Headaches!

What drives up medical costs? PAPERWORK! PAPERWORK! And more PAPERWORK! 
If you've ever seen files in a doctor's office you will note that file cabinet after file cabinet, sometimes stacked two and three high, fill your doctor's office. These files are packed with information about all patients within the office, including not only their medical history, but every drug they've ever taken, every procedure they have ever had performed, every visit they've ever made, every everything. And every patient must go through a billing process.
Proper billing requires proper coding and remembering the different billing codes takes a long time. Complying with Medicare and insurance companies, along with filling out medical billing forms, is also time consuming – and tedious. We want our doctors to spend time with us, but when billing takes up almost as much time as a doctor's visit, what's a doctor to do?
Outsource! And what better way to outsource than to find somebody who is using UB-04 Software – a software company that provides forms for insurance billing. 
The UB04 Claim form makes submitting claims easy in so many ways: Help boxes guide you through the learning process, templates eliminate repeat entries, advanced printer alignment calibrates each form with your printer, electronic submissions, the ability to send out multiple claims with a single click, and so much more.
But probably the best asset of the UB-04 is that it allows doctors to give much needed quality time to their patients while somebody else handles the billing.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

6 Reasons to Get an Associate’s Degree

Guest blog post by Katie Brunson

Whether you’re a high-school student trying to decide on a college program or an adult who’s considering going back to college, there are lots of options available to you. While a four-year bachelor’s degree is a popular choice, there are also lots of great careers that can be obtained with a two-year associate’s degree. Here are some reasons you might want to consider earning an associate’s degree.

1. Length – Associate’s degrees only take two years to complete. If your child doesn’t enjoy being in school, this degree is a good alternative to a bachelor’s degree because it can be completed in half the time.
2. Programs – While many people assume that associate’s degrees are only for vocational trades, there are in fact a wide variety of degree programs available. Some of the most popular degrees include fields such as business, information technology, and medical assistance. In addition, associate’s degree programs focus directly on skills needed for a certain career instead of requiring students to take classes in other unrelated departments.
3. Experience – Associate’s degrees apply directly to real careers on the job market, such as medical technicians and computer specialists. As a result, many programs offer opportunities to gain professional experience as part of the degree. This allows students to apply what they learn in class directly to a professional environment. These opportunities can also lead to future job offers after graduation.
4. Cost – Since associate’s degrees take half as long to complete as bachelor’s degrees, they also cost much less. Just like traditional four-year programs, associate’s degree programs also offer financial aid to help students pay for college.
5. Options – Associate’s degrees are available at public and private universities and colleges, as well as community colleges, technical colleges, vocational schools, and online colleges. With so many educational options, you can be sure to help your child choose the option that’s right for him or her. Many associate’s degrees can even be transferred toward earning a bachelor’s degree later on.
6. Career Opportunities – Earning an associate’s degree will give students more career options and better salaries than they would have with a high school diploma alone. There are many great career options available with high salaries, benefits, paid vacations, etc. that can be obtained with an associate’s degree.

Katie Brunson owns and manages the site Associates Degrees. She is also a college counselor who works with students to help them decide which degrees and careers might be right for them.