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Tuesday’s Lesson: Take Care of It


We’ll take care of that. Don’t worry about a thing.

Hmmm. How many times have I heard that in my life? Several. Many just recently.

A word to the wise, and I know I’ve said it before: take care of your own business. Follow up and follow through.

Cases on my radar this week:

1) Getting my FMLA leave paperwork ready for the new school year should I need it. There’s a lot to know about that, by the way.
I’ve learned a lot through my own research. I’ve also contacted my teacher organization for additional info. That’s a very good reason why teachers join those organizations—they track down answers.
No matter how “nice” you think your employer is, be proactive. Get answers on your timeline. Know your rights.

2) Clarifying billing statements from the hospital. No one should be surprised to learn that I’ve already noted wrong dates of service, questionable billing issues. My husband’s insurance sends EOBs only if requested.
Arriving daily.
How else can I be sure we are paying what we are supposed to pay? Exactly…

3) Correcting my husband’s medical record. Always, ALWAYS request medical records and itemized statements. When I was reviewing notes, I found a glaring error that will be corrected. What’s odd is that my husband and I communicated the issue to several medical personnel throughout that particular stay. Interesting how it is not correctly documented. Does it matter? Yes.
Because it is not correct. It is not a matter of life and death, but it is a matter of ethics. And it will be corrected, I assure you.
So, looks like an extra busy few days shaping up. That’s OK.
We’ll take care of it. Don’t worry.


Author: agnestirrito

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7 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Lesson: Take Care of It

  1. Phew! I don’t envy you those tasks. I can’t keep up with the paper but my EOB’s can always be found online.
    I learned a lot about FMLA too. Good luck. Definitely get help, the wrong working can leave you uncovered. I’m sure you will probably want intermittent, be sure and ask your teacher advisory the best way to assure that coverage.

    • Yes…thank you. I do want intermittent. I didn’t take it that way in the spring, but I will need to in the fall. I was very surprised (and pleased) that the Little Rock oncologist brought up the topic. She didn’t realize I was already on leave. She said she’d sign off on all, of course. Still nice of her to bring it up.
      My district’s department was going to have me wait until school started to re-enroll. I requested a meeting ahead of time for the very reason you mention. I cannot be uncovered. I have to have time to get forms to them, check on dates, etc.
      Too old and jaded to trust anyone with my leave, health benefits, etc.

      • That’s a good thing. I almost lost my job because I didn’t have help or understand the process. Finally in a casual conversation with a co worker I figured out what question I needed to ask. But it was a terrible ordeal. I’m glad you are being pro active. It’s ridiculous the hoops they make you jump when you are already dealing with so much. OMG..don’t get me started!!!!

      • I know… most people have no idea.
        Last spring, I got a little taste of “watch out” when the clerk at the clinic told me to get the FMLA form out of my hands as soon as I received it…this was likely on the form but hadn’t been communicated to me. Evidently, it’s a big deal as far as timelines. Then, my approval letter came to my home address, but my contract was sent to my campus! How was I supposed to get that while on leave? Luckily, a friend told me they were in our boxes. Had I missed the deadline, no job!
        An honest mistake? Hopefully. But still…. Yes…Proactive is key!

      • But on the other hand I am glad it exists. I had a friend years ago who cared for her mother in law and lost her job. This was before 1993 when FMLA was put into place by Clinton.

      • Excellent point.
        We surely have a lot of work to do in the area of health care though. Mind boggling.

      • We sure do.
        Imagine being elderly and trying to navigate this!

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