Aaron W. Hautala recently spoke at the Minnesota Telecom Alliance Conference at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa.
MTA is a trade association of nearly 100 companies, providing advanced telecommunications services, like voice, data, wireless video, and high-speed Internet access, to Minnesota's metropolitan and rural communities.
Hautala spoke on the topic of effectively using graphic design in advertising to maximize sales. Creative director and owner of RedHouseMedia, Hautala consults telecom providers throughout the state of Minnesota.
Point becomes Mid-Town SA manager
Becky Point is the new Mid-Town SuperAmerica store manager in Brainerd.
Point previously worked for Triangle Oil Co./SuperAmerica as manager of the Deerwood store for 18 years before transferring to the new Brainerd location.
Miller receives certification as a lymphedema therapist
Brainerd Lakes Health announced Pamela Miller, occupational therapist at St. Joseph's Medical Center's Rehabilitation Services Clinic, received certification as a lymphedema therapist through the Norton School of Lymphatic Therapy.
Lymphedema is a condition that can occur after mastectomies, lumpectomies, radiation treatment, lymph node removal, surgeries, infections or trauma as well as medical conditions, which result in chronic edema problems.
Miller is a registered occupational therapist and a certified hand therapist. She received her occupational therapy degree from the College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul. She received her training in lymphedema therapy with the assistance of a grant given by the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Miller is a two-year breast cancer survivor.
Humphrey, Richardson receive Commander's award
Two Brainerd Dispatch staff members, Kelly Humphrey, photographer, and Renee Richardson, senior reporter, received the Commander's Award for Public Service for outstanding service to Camp Ripley for news coverage during a June Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Flight between Brainerd and Camp Ripley. The event, with flights on Chinook helicopters, was designed to educate schools and employers about the role of the National Guard and Reserve.
Col. Richard Weaver, Camp Ripley post commander, presented the awards on Dec. 7 at Camp Ripley. The award stated Humphrey and Richardson "demonstrated excellent service support to the Brainerd area citizens and employers by increasing the awareness of both the National Guard and Camp Ripley.
Claims management course added at CLC
Central Lakes College added a three-credit course in claims management as part of its Medical Secretary program. It begins Jan. 11.
The Internet course is also designed to enable front desk health-care professionals to advance to positions such as patient accounts representative.
This course provides training as it relates to medical billing and health insurance. Topics covered will be statement preparation in the medical office, types of medical insurance companies, types of coverage, the claim process from beginning to end (includes generated the claim, clearing house and getting reimbursed), and related ethical and legal issues.
Topics such as rejection of claims and filing appeals will be discussed.
Instructor Sue Bremer is business office supervisor for Brainerd Lakes Health Clinics. She is completing a master's degree from the College of St. Scholastica in Health Information and Informatics Management.
Bremer said the knowledge obtained from this course fits well with changes in the professional processing of medical insurance claims. Those successfully completing the course should be able to follow claims from doctor visit to completion of insurance processing.
Bremer has been with the clinic for more than five years. She also has three years in claims at Blue Cross/Blue Shield and seven years with the Virginia (Minn.) Regional Medical Center.
Registration for new students at CLC began in November. The course has an initial capacity of 20 students.
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