Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tuesday's Orts

Tuesday's Orts--bits and scraps of thoughts and happenings that land here semi-regularly.
  • To add to the bad news May brought, my favorite soft drink has been discontinued by Pepsi--they are no longer making Pepsi One.  Curses!
  • At work, as the last weeks are winding down until we close, Dr. P is having a hard time with not telling patients where he is going to be working next.  But I keep giving him the "zip your lip" motions because the truth is that he doesn't have a contract yet and no one can make an appointment to see him.  So he needs constant reminders to quit telling people!
  • Meanwhile, fighting to get Palmetto GBA (Medicare) to process Dr. P's paperwork continues.  After not properly getting our application scanned into their system for over three weeks, until I called to see where in process it was, the application has been rejected for further information, which we were previously told by a customer care agent that we DIDN'T need to have.  Multiple phone calls have gone unanswered by the analyst assigned to our application who faxed that rejection.  The frustration level is pretty horrendous to us all, but especially Dr. P, who has been seeing 40% of his patient load for free for six months. 
  • I came home Friday to find that our son's truck was no longer parked in front of our house.  I thought the damn thing had been stolen, given the luck we were having with thieves hitting the neighborhood.  Grant reassured me that it had instead been towed by AAA to the muffler shop to replace the stolen catalytic converter, a $200 repair job.  The muffler repair shop owner told Grant that the thieves only get about $30 for the metals inside the converter, "Just enough to buy a bag of dope".  Sickening.
  • Traffic rant:  People in parking lots who block two lanes of traffic because they can't wait for someone to back out of that closest-spot-to-the-store and don't want anyone else to get it.  Oafs!
  • Do you have five minutes to smile?  Go watch this:  http://m.gizmodo.com/5915338/is-this-the-most-epic-marriage-proposal-in-history-i-dont-really-know-but-i-would-say-yes


Samantha said...

Ah yes... the Medicare system. That is all I will say, having been a reception/billing person in healthcare I completely know where you are coming from.

I saw that proposal video a couple of days ago, hubby had seen it and showed it to me. Brought a tear to my eye. :D

Janet O. said...

That proposal video is AMAZING! Yes, it had me crying!

Kathie said...

so sorry about your sons truck , this is so sad that now you have to worry about having parts stolen from our vehicles
this is crazy.

keep smiling....things always get better
Kathie who drinks diet coke ;)

Cynthia L. said...

I find it to be so sad that folk will steal anything to make a buck for drugs. If they were trying to feed hungry children I could understand, but just to get high? No understanding what so ever.

I am so sorry to hear about the troubles with medical billing. How scary to think you all have not been paid for 6 months.

Kate said...

Every think that dysfunctional = Medicare? Hope they get it all fixed soon.

Thank you for the smile. Drama Teen and I had a good laugh!

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Oh My Annie! What a frustrating ordeal!! I am sorry about you losing your job there. Whatever are you going to do, after all, you already have a husband!! HA!

As for your son's truck, that is a new one on me. You just wouldn't believe some of the things going on here in farm land with all the machinery, equipment and well motors and those large sprinkler systems going across the fields. Thieves can cost a farmer 10,000.00 in damages to a sprinkler for 50.00 worth of copper. We have also had a surge in daytime house break ins. It's a little unsettling for sure.

Hope everything works out soon, I hate you having all the trouble....and now, you won't even have any Pepsi One to wash it all down with!

Sherrill said...

You sure they disc Pepsi One? I thot my fav Diet Vanilla Pepsi had been disc (searched everywhere online & that's how it appeared) but discovered it was avail in other states! So now I order 25 12 pks at a time & drive to Oklahoma to get it!!! A true addict!!

McIrish Annie said...

We received a letter from Medicare yesterday saying one of our clients was dead. As it turns out, she was sitting in our office when I was opening the mail so I went out and told her about her demise! LOL! Apparently Medicare was "off by one number" and " it happens quite often". Federal government at work.

ANudge said...

These things will pass. Hope Dr. P gets compensated soon. Thank you for the smile, Annie.

Libby said...

Here's to hoping June is a much better month!

p.s. LOVE the flower fields in your banner pic - this Lompoc born and raised girl is always a sucker for the flower fields *s*

Candace said...

Holy Cow! Now that would bring a smile to any day! Thanks, Annie!

quilter said...

I enjoy reading your blog!

What can we say about M'care??? I am a coding specialist and I dislike Medicaid more than any other plan. Do hope your doc receives payments soon. Solo practices can't survive in today's market.


Tanya said...

I loved the video! It made me tear up!