The Story So Far

  • I'm a writer, photographer, consultant. Age 51. My father was a reporter and editor. Then he became something other than that. He died February 8, 2010 at 87. He was widowed in 2003. His decline started a little earlier. His sister died of Alzheimer's.

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Jumpin" George all Friday!!!!

I'm not ready for endless paper........unless you count toilet paper.

The battle rages on it seems, so, carry on soldier.

Good to hear from you again.


For future use, look for the free program called (I think!) Formulate. It let's you do a few things to PDF forms like typing things in or, even more fun, using rectangle shapes to block things out (seemingly erase them - make color of shape white, etc. Use more than one to get at multiple staggered lines, etc.) It comes in handy!

I'm working on taxes which include my mother and payments and costs and MEMORIES of the past year. It is really making an emotional swirl in my head and heart as I relive a tough year by virtue of Paperwork Footprints. I'll be glad when a full year goes by so my brain will stop ticking: this time last year you had a mother. Argh.

I'm so amazed, while paradoxically not surprised, that your journey continues through the bureaucracy of stupidity and thoughtless interaction. May it resolve well and more swiftly than it has so far.


The doctor bill issue is probably just a modifier they need to add to the diagnosis code. When my mom went on hospice Medicare refused all of her doctor bills because they were not from the attending doctor. Finally reached a biller at a doctor's office who said she had already added the modifier and was reprocessing the claim. Problem was they did not know about hospice because the doctor did not tell them. It was a simple change once they knew about it.


It should not matter when the claims were filed. Only the dates of service are important for the billing process.

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