Wonderful Wednesday: New Job

The last time I mentioned my job, I described it incorrectly. That was what I thought I’d be doing. I’m not disappointed in what I’m actually doing, don’t get me wrong. I’m quite indifferent. I love what I do. Originally, I had said that I would be helping people sign up for the best health insurance for them based on their lifestyle and their financial situation, but that was wrong. I’m not sure where I even got that. Here’s what I really do:

You know when you go to your family doctor and the person at the front desk scans your insurance ID card, you see your doctor, and the doctor refers you to a specialist? Maybe you need an MRI or a CAT scan, or you just need to see a dermatologist about a mole. When you go to the specialist, your appointment sometimes needs to be authorized by your insurance. If it isn’t, sometimes the appointment can’t even be scheduled. And when you get to the specialist, their office needs to know how much to charge you based on what your insurance covers. But if your primary care doctor’s office doesn’t have the most current information, things can get messy.

Here is where we come in. We are referral authorization and insurance eligibility verification service. Hospitals and practices hire us to basically “catch” referrals before they get to the specialist and check that all the information is correct. Much of the process is automated, but what doesn’t get caught by the computer programs (trying hard not to use terms that people who don’t do this wouldn’t understand) that automate the process, I catch and fix, then send to the specialist. Sometimes, like with the main hospital that I work, we receive referrals from the specialist, because they are the ones who hired us. If the information is incorrect, sometimes we have to send the referral back to obtain more information, but sometimes, through some sleuthing, we can figure out what’s wrong ourselves, update it, and send it on its merry way.

The goal that we are working toward is making the healthcare process easier for everyone: family care doctors, patients, specialists, insurance companies; everyone. The quicker that a patient’s appointment and procedure is authorized and their insurance information is verified, the quicker their appointment can be scheduled. The quicker their appointment is scheduled, the more likely they are to even go. 

So. I love my job. We are doing a great thing, and I am surrounded by tons of people who also love their jobs. It’s full of positivity. Plus, there’s free snacks.


Happy Hour Monday: Fado


Blogging again. Starting a series of happy hour profiles. It will be irregular, because I’m not going to go to happy hour all the time just to have something to blog about. I figure this blog is called Country Girl in the Big City, so I might as well blog about what I know, and what I know is how to navigate this city, but not very well. Because I haven’t been here long. 

Fado is an Irish bar that doesn’t feel like an Irish bar. There are multiple rooms (without being closed off) and levels, so all the guests are broken up enough that you still feel a sense of community with the other patrons, but you don’t have to yell to talk to your friends. The ceiling is painted with a beautiful fresco of a powerful woman in a toga straight out of a renaissance painting of ancient Greece.

I come here with my coworkers sometimes.The booth seats and the chairs are so tall my feet never touch the ground, which is strange and makes me feel like I can’t relax, plus the booth tables are really far from the backrests so you’re either on the edge of your seat or too far from the food, but honestly, this is not that big of a deal to me. The servers are always really nice and don’t hate me for my “make me something fruity and tropical.” I need to stop doing that though. Also, they have really great fries and tacos!

Location: 1st Ave and Columbia St in the Colman Building

Happy Hours: Mon-Thurs 4pm-7pm, daily 9pm-close (even better prices)

$4 beer and wine

$5 whiskey

$5 food


Go check out Fado if you’re ever in downtown Seattle, near Pioneer Square. Great service, great food, great drinks; what more could you want?

I would have included a picture, but I want to include pictures I’ve taken myself instead of stealing one from the internet, because I have integrity. But I don’t have pictures. So there will be pictures in the next post!