Privia Health Is Now Hiring a Work-From-Home Customer Experience Specialist

You’ve got stellar customer service skills.

Multitasking is second nature.

If you were a superhero, your name would be The Problem Solver.

And to top it all off, you love the idea of earning a paycheck from the comfort of your own home.

Sound like you? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Physician practice management company Privia Health is hiring a remote customer experience specialist.

In this customer service job, you’ll assist Privia Health’s customers with any questions about billing, the patient portal and other requests like help with claim resolution.

This is a full-time, work-from-home gig that requires a commitment to working eight-hour shifts, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Remote Customer Experience Specialist at Privia Health

Pay: Not specified

Responsibilities include:

  • Guiding customers through the patient portal
  • Providing tech support to customers
  • Monitoring and resolving any requests from patients
  • Producing reports for managers

Applicants for this position must have:

  • A high school diploma
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently while maintaining accuracy and timeliness
  • Experience using Microsoft Office software
  • Availability to work an eight-hour shift, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • High-speed internet access
  • A quiet, designated home workspace
  • Ability to comply with all HIPAA rules and regulations

Nice to have:

  • Previous experience with healthcare billing and claim resolution
  • Experience in a call center customer service environment

 

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LAPD Appoints First African-American Female to Deputy Chief

The Los Angeles Police Department announced a historic move Thursday after promoting the first African-American female to deputy chief.

Regina Scott, a New Jersey native who once served in the United States Army, was appointed to the rank of deputy chief after 31 years with the department.

With her promotion comes the responsibility of taking command of LAPD’s Central Bureau, which oversees six police stations and is home to 900,000 residents over 65 square miles, according to a police news release.

I am both honored and humbled by this historic promotion,” Scott said in the news release. “This promotion is more than just me, it is for those who paved the road before me, and those who dare to dream big.

Scott joined LAPD in 1987 and has worked in various positions on several assignments for different police bureaus, the department said.

Scott was also the first African-American female in LAPD history to achieve the rank of commander when she was promoted in 2011.

In her role as commanding officer of the Information Technology Bureau, she was tasked with developing the department’s automated computer systems.

“Regina embodies the spirit of the Los Angeles Police Department with a balance of determination, excellence and heart,” LAPD Chief Michel Moore said in the release. “In her new role as Deputy Chief, she will undoubtedly continue that quality work with an emphasis on building bridges, creating healthy communities and fighting crime.”

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Artist Frank Kelley, Jr. to be Showcased at Bentley Atlanta 2018 Taste Of The World Reception

You’re seeing a few powerful abstract pieces from Artist Frank Kelley Jr. These pieces, along with others, will be showcased at the upcoming Bentley Atlanta‘s 2018 Taste Of The World Reception, Saturday, November 10th
 
Taking his inspiration from Southern American landscapes and subject matter, Frank Kelley, Jr.’s work inspires, brings grace and highlights individuals of importance in American history, as well as those powerful, iconic images of our communities. Kelly has also mastered Abstract Expressionism and has created pieces that tell a visual, spontaneous and emotional story.
 
His unforgettable works of art can be found in the homes of well-known collectors, entertainers, museums, corporations, political figures and private collections across the world. His works have also been included in galleries in New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Detroit, Switzerland and more.
 

Weingart Center of Downtown Names Warren Loui as Chairman

The Weingart Center, a downtown-based social service agency for the homeless with plans to build the largest supportive housing project in Los Angeles, has named Warren Loui as chairman of the board.

Loui, a partner at the global law firm Winston & Strawn based in Chicago, has served on the Weingart Center board since 2008. His appointment to chairman from his previous position as vice chair was announced July 10.

“Homelessness is a prevalent and critical issue both in Los Angeles and throughout California,” Loui, who lives and works in Los Angeles, said in a statement. “I am proud to work with an organization that has committed itself to help so many individuals overcome serious barriers.”

Loui, a partner at Winston & Strawn since 2010, focuses his practice on securitization, lending and emerging companies. He is an adjunct professor at USC Law School and co-owner of Cardinal Rule Wines.

In addition to the Weingart Center, he serves on the Executive Advisory Council of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

The Weingart Center, a nonprofit agency on Skid Row, provides housing and support services for more than 27,000 homeless residents.

Last year, it won approval to build a $138 million, 278-unit permanent supportive housing development at 554 S. San Pedro St. The 18-story homeless housing tower, the largest of its kind in Los Angeles County, is expected to open in 2020.

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Los Angeles Kicks Off 2018 Youth Jobs Program

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti launched a nearly $6 million youth employment program expected to match tens of thousands of young people with summer and year-round jobs.

The HIRE LA’s Youth program began July 9 to provide job opportunities youths between the ages of 14 and 24. They have until July 31 to apply for jobs in industries that range from entertainment to financial services.

“An open door to a job is life-changing for any young person, especially those who’ve faced economic and social challenges,” Garcetti said in a statement. “HIRE LA’s Youth offers local teens and young adults the chance to earn a paycheck and meet industry leaders, which is an investment in both their lives and our city’s future.”

The Hire LA’s Youth program, begun in 2015, was made possible by $5.8 million in funds from the city’s general fund and by Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax increase approved by county voters in 2017 to combat homelessness.

The city program found jobs for 17,000 young people last year, and is on track to hire 20,000 in 2020.

Other jobs programs have also kicked in to help young Angelenos, including an Evolve Entertainment Fund to help women, minorities and needy residents find jobs in the film, television and music industries, and an L.A. Tech Talent Pipeline to recruit a new generation of tech talent. For information, go to hirelayouth.com. Interested businesses can call 213-744-7333.

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Anonymous donor gives $20 million to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Children’s Hospital on Tuesday announced a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor to renovate its emergency department.

The gift — one of the largest donations in the hospital’s history — will fund a larger waiting room, 11 additional patient bays, new equipment and specialized staffing to the Maurice Marciano Family Foundation Emergency Department and Trauma Center, the county’s largest and busiest emergency department for children, CHLA officials said.

The emergency center handles nearly 90,000 pediatric patient visits annually.

“We are filled with gratitude by the generosity of this transformative gift,” said CHLA President and CEO Paul S. Viviano. “The emergency department at CHLA serves one of the largest and most diverse pediatric populations in the nation, and we believe that every child should have access to quality pediatric experts and expertise.”

The emergency department was opened in 2011 as part of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion, and was designed to handle 65,000 patient visits per year. Nearly half of the hospital’s inpatients are admitted through the emergency room, so increasing capacity is critical to saving lives.

“With the new space and technology, the department will increase its capacity to deliver safe, innovative care, improve workflow and reduce wait times for patients, while also training the next generation of pediatric emergency medicine specialists,” said Dr. Alan Nager, CHLA’s director of emergency and transport medicine.

Another change will be the creation of a dedicated “child life” team, whose members are trained and certified to prepare and soothe young patients during difficult emergency procedures, guide clinicians on child-friendly care techniques and better communicate with anxious family members.

“CHLA’s emergency department is a beacon of hope for thousands of families in some of their most vulnerable moments,” Nager said. “In 2016, CHLA launched an ambitious initiative to improve the ED patient experience by improving the speed of treatment while delivering the safest, highest-quality medical care. We saw immediate success with measurable results. Now, thanks to this momentous gift, we will be able to invest in capital, equipment and personnel to better support this improved model.”

Construction is set to start later this year. Administrators say the work will be done in phases to accommodate normal emergency department operations.

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Should California Really Be 3 States? Voters Will Decide In November

A dramatic proposal to split California into three separate states has gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot during the upcoming midterm elections in November.

 

Tim Draper, the main proponent of the initiative and its prime bankroller, gathered at least 402,000 signatures to divide California into three parts: a state called Northern California sprawling from Oregon down to San Francisco, another called California that’d primarily include Los Angeles and a band of land up the coast, and another dubbed Southern California that’d include Fresno, Bakersfield and San Diego.

 

The plan would create three differently sized regions, but all would have roughly the same population. And while California currently has two U.S. senators, the new bloc of three Californias would have six under the new proposal.

 

“Three states will get us better infrastructure, better education and lower taxes,” Draper told The Los Angeles Times last summer after his proposal for the measure was submitted. “States will be more accountable to us and can cooperate and compete for citizens.”

 

While voters will get to decide on the measure, it faces an uphill battle regardless of the outcome. If passed, the state constitution mandates both houses of the California legislature approve the proposal before it’s submitted to Congress, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s also likely to be challenged in court.

 

The Times notes that, if the unlikely event were to take place, it’d be the first state to divide itself since West Virginia became an official entity in 1863.

This is the third time Draper has attempted to split up the state. He bankrolled efforts in 2012 and 2014 to divide the region into six different Californias, spending around $5 million in his most recent endeavor.

 

“California government has rotted,” Draper told The Mercury News last month. “We need to empower our population to improve their government.”

 

A separate coalition, dubbed NoCaBreakup, has already begun organizing to fight Draper’s proposal. Opponents are worried how the state’s vast resources would be divided were the state to break apart and say the proposal would harm poor regions while demarcating rich areas that generate most of California’s current tax revenue.

“This measure would cost taxpayers billions of dollars to pay for the massive transactional costs of breaking up the state, whether it be universities, parks, or retirement systems,” Steven Maviglio, a political consultant who helped fight Draper’s past proposals, said on Twitter. “California government can do a better job addressing the real issues facing the state, but this measure is a massive distraction that will cause political chaos and greater inequality.”

 

The new initiative will be certified by the California Secretary of State, Alex Padilla, on June 28 and will appear on the ballot in November.

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MODELS SHINE IN PHOTOSHOOT: “I AM DARK-SKINNED WITHOUT APOLOGY

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(Photo credit: @IsaacWest instagram)

Four models have gotten the internet buzzing with their photoshoot. No, it’s not because they are half-naked with their body parts out nor are they doing any sort of lewd or vulgar gesture. They are simply standing, but people are in awe of their complexion: their beautiful, dark, rich complexion.

Creative director and photographer behind this artistic shoot is Isaac West. He tells Yahoo Style that “as a conceptual photographer I am more into uplifting women of color, to show the different beauty and different shades of color of women, especially black women,” he says. “For this project, I wanted to just do dark-skinned women, that was my main focus.”

West shot the photographs in Minneapolis, where he lives now, and recruited South Sudanese women, Nyajima Lok, Odur Onyongo, Ochudo Cham, and Friday Chuol who live in the area to sit for the shoot. He chose to dress them in all-white outfits to provide the most contrast against the models’ gorgeous skin.

West says he draws his creativity from his heritage and his purpose is to highlight and bring more representation of women of color to the media, especially in art and fashion. West is also a fashion designer and is currently enrolled in college, where he is studying TV production and art.

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Nyajima, one of the models says of the photograph, “Stop comparing skin tones. Who cares if your skin is lighter or darker than the person standing next to you? Change can only happen once you can truthfully look in the mirror and love that Deep Chocolate, Cinnamon, Mocha, or Caramel complexion.”

Chol, 24, one of the other models in photoshoot proudly posts, “Melanin is an incomparable beauty. From the lightest to the darkest skin tone, Black women and Black girls are exquisite beauty in every shade. Yes, Black females have that special something that just can’t be ignored. We are Melanin Queens, beautifully created! Respect the complexion.”

She also tells Yahoo Style of her decision to participate: “I decided to be a part of it because if I can show that I am dark-skinned without apology, this may impact a little girl who’s struggling to find beauty in herself. I want to show the girls that look like myself to embrace their inner and outer beauty.

“I still can’t believe the attention it’s gotten, but you can’t deny that the photos send an incredible message to dark-skinned girls worldwide,” Chuol says. “I love it.”

SOURCE: BLACK DOCTOR

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Anthony Bourdain dies at 61 in apparent suicide

Award-winning chef, writer and television personality Anthony Bourdain has died in an apparent suicide, according to CNN. He was 61.

CNN confirmed his death in a statement Friday.

 

“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain,” the network said. “His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”

Bourdain was the host of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” which has aired on CNN since its premiere in 2013. The travel and food series, which features cuisines and stories from around the world, has won several Emmy Awards as well as a 2013 Peabody Award, according to CNN.

CNN reported that Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode for his show when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room Friday morning.

Police in Strasbourg, France, where Bourdain was reportedly on location, told ABC News they “did not immediately have information about the death.”

Born in New York City and raised in Leonia, New Jersey, Bourdain went on to graduate from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978 and pursue a career in cooking.

In an interview with ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis last year, Bourdain said that when he was young he had a kind of “live hard, die young” attitude.

“It came as sort of a rude surprise to me when I turned 30 and I was still alive,” he said. “I didn’t really have a plan after that.”

Bourdain ran a number of restaurant kitchens in New York City. But he gained fame with his acclaimed nonfiction book in 2000, “Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.”

“Mine was not a particularly distinguished cooking career,” Bourdain told ABC News in the interview last year. “When ‘Kitchen Confidential’ was published, [it] was to my great surprise a success … I was determined not to screw this up.”

Bourdain authored several other nonfiction books on the culinary industry as well as accounts of his world-travel and food adventures.

Before “Parts Unknown,” Bourdain hosted a TV show called “A Cook’s Tour” on Food Network and then “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” as well as “The Layover” on the Travel Channel.

ABC News’ Paul Pradier contributed to this report.

Anyone in crisis, or who knows someone in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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