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  • The Kitchen Renovation Process  

    Is it time for you to renovate your house or perhaps just part of your house? The kitchen is the single most often renovated space in any horn. It is also one of the potential home buyers top considerations when looking for a new horn. Not surprisingly then, this is also where the most money is spent on home renovations.  

    When watching home improvement programs on television, it often looks like it is a matter of ripping your existing cabinets out and replacing them in a jiffy. In reality, the process is a little more complicated than that. Kitchens are also the place where almost all the utilities in a home can be found, plumbing, drainage, electricity, and gas, all are accounted for. This also means that a kitchen renovation is something that requires several trades to coming together in order to complete the task successfully.  

    While they may be the most complicated room in the house, a kitchen is also the space that makes an ordinary house a home. This is where we spend a great deal of our time, we get together around the kitchen table for discussion that ends in the small hours of the night.  

    So, what exactly does the kitchen renovation process entail?  

    We took a look at some of the best kitchen renovations in Tampa, Florida to find out what the process is all about. We also recommend you to check kitchenremodelingtampafl.com for more detailed information. The first step to any proper kitchen renovation is planning. Planning is also the most important stage of all Without proper planning in place, your project is doomed to fail before the first cabinet is stripped. Ok, the planning is covered and your new kitchen looks fabulous on paper, what do you do now?  

    • Get the right people on board.

    Qualified and passionate tradesmen will be required to complete your renovation process. As mentioned previously, kitchen renovations can be complicated and because of this, it is essential to do research and select the right people for the completion of your renovation project. With your research done, it is now time to strip the existing kitchen so that you can have a blank canvas to work on. This is one of the stages of the renovation process where you can be actively involved if you want to.

    • Ripping Out Old Counters 

    It can be fun, but if they are in good shape it is an idea to remove them carefully as they can be resold if they are in good condition. If however, you prefer a less hands-on approach, consider using the same people who will be installing your new kitchen, to remove the existing one.

    • Performing Any Required Building Work 

    This step is only necessary if you will be making structural changes to your existing kitchen space. Remember to apply in advance for the necessary permits if major structural changes will be the order of the day. All the best kitchen renovations in Tampa, Florida had some structural work done and the planning that went into the changes made the spaces look so much better after completion of the building work.  

    • Installing New Kitchen Cabinets

    With all the building work completed, the next step is to install your new kitchen cabinets. Remember to take the lead time for manufacturing of counter into account when planning your project timeline. Construction of specialized and customized kitchen counters may take up to six weeks to complete. If there is a glitch in the delivery of your new cabinets the whole project may end up being delayed. With the installation of your new cabinets completed the kitchen will be taking on a completely new look in no time.

    • Installation of Countertops

    The next step in the process is the installation of countertops. As was the case with the cabinets there may be a lead time for tops that are made from granite or other materials that need precision manufacturing. Installing of precision made countertops is best left to professional tradespeople who are skilled in handling this job. The countertops play a vital role in the end product of your renovation and it is a good idea to take your time for this part of the process.  

    • Painting of Walls

    The last step to your kitchen renovation is to treat your walls with paint or a ceramic tile finish. Here preparation is also extremely important and it often takes longer to prepare the surfaces than it does to paint or lay the tiles. That’s it, your brand new kitchen is ready and waiting for you to enjoy it! Thanks to the best kitchen renovations in Tampa, Florida we now also know a bit more about the kitchen renovation process  

     

  • How Revenue Cycle Management Can Impact Your Bottom Line

    It seems like margins have been improving after all of the changes to healthcare over the last few years – mostly thanks to containing costs and the impact of the Affordable Care Act and coverage expansion. However, the future of healthcare is tenuous at best, and revenue cycle performance is critical to keeping costs down and margins at the range they are now or even higher than they are now.

    Why Hospitals Could Be Making More with Revenue Cycle Management

    While there is no denying that hospitals are making money, it has been proven that hospitals are leaving quite a bit of money on the table and aren’t getting what they could. While of course performance and efficiency of workers can play into that, the more significant loss of money comes from the revenue cycle itself. While the techniques used in the hospital rooms, for training, and even for something as simple as washing our hands have improved, few people have sought to improve their financial cycles. It’s a shame – because that needs more work than opening doors or dispensing hand sanitizer.

    So how can revenue cycle management help you? It will cut down on some of the “little” things that you do all day that just take up time when you could be doing something else – like calling insurance companies, billing, filing, administrative work, pre-authorizations, calling clients, scheduling appointments, and more. It is still that all of this is happening when there are ways to do it for half of the cost and a fraction of the time.

    So let’s take a look at six specific ways revenue cycle management (RCM) can impact your bottom line:

    Revenue Cycle Management Improve Collections

    Of course, collections will make or break your healthcare management. Effective revenue cycle management will always include a strategy for collections, an approach that is malleable enough that they will work for you, but strict enough that they will still work as tested.

    The best revenue cycle management systems include timely reminders, many different payment options, and always follows best practices for collections.

    Revenue Cycle Management Improves Productivity

    Notice a lack of productivity among your staff? One of the most overlooked benefits of using revenue cycle management is that it increases productivity manifold. Your staff will feel better at work, of course, because they aren’t bogged down with little things. Your team will be able to spend less time chasing down smaller items like collections, correcting system codes, and calling patients.

    While revenue cycle management doesn’t reinvent the wheel, per say, it does make your existing systems.

    Revenue Cycle Management Improves Team Morale

    Like mentioned above, your team will feel better and work together better thanks to appropriate revenue cycle management. When employees feel better, they are more productive and tend to do a better job. While this isn’t always the case, it is something that you notice. Even more, your patients, insurance companies, and anyone else you come into contact with in a day will be happier and in better moods.

    When your staff is happy, everything seems to go much, much better. 

    Revenue Cycle Management Improves Compliance

    Compliance is vital in the healthcare industry, especially for those who have faced problems with it in the past – people are always on the lookout. Effective revenue cycle management helps to ensure that you are compliant, and you stay compliance at all times – and that patient data is always protected.

    The most important thing is that you follow a process so that you can make fewer errors. With revenue cycle management, following that process is almost always automatic and effortless.

    Revenue Cycle Management Improves Patient Happiness

    Though sometimes they may cause problems, you wouldn’t be anywhere without your patients. When you have a well-formulated revenue cycle management plan that ticks all of the boxes, patients will notice the difference and be more likely to stick with you. Even more, they are more willing to listen to what you say because they trust you overall.

    Even better, they are more likely to be in a better mood when they come back to see you after having a smooth registration and wait time.

    Revenue Cycle Management Improves Your Bottom Line

    Finally, revenue cycle management will improve your bottom line. Simply put, you will be collecting more, spending less, keeping employees, and attracting more employees. All of these factors work together to enable you to get where you want to be.

    Interested in revenue cycle management? Make sure to reach out to us to find out more information about how we can help you to achieve all of the above.

  • Diet and Spiritual Consciousness a guide by Jody Kriss

    As time goes by, more and more people are coming up to me and asking how to make the transition to a more conscious or vegetarian diet?  I am thrilled that this movement is taking off and I wanted to post about it in case you are one of those folk looking to dive in.

    For the record, we support a conscious diet, which means; eat whole foods, organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains and legumes.  If you do choose to eat meat, eat organic, free range.  Conventional and factory produced meats are full of antibiotics, chemicals and hormones that can greatly harm you.

    That being said, there is no better or quicker road to mindfulness eating than a vegan/vegetarian diet.  Eliminating animal foods from your diet puts you on the road to conscious evolution as it is a grand and compassionate gesture.  Add to that the fact that your body and your health will thank you as well.  As you transition to a vegetarian diet, your awareness spirituality will take off and you will feel like a different person.

    You may have heard that vegetarians don’t get enough protein.  Well that could not be further from the truth. Jody Kriss states that  if you eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, etc, you will be absolutely fine and get more than enough protein.  Also, eating leafy greens gets you all of the calcium you need as well.

    Be sure to get some vitamin B-12 in your body as well either through fortified foods or via supplementation.  This is the only nutrient that a vegetarian cant produce naturally.  I highly recommend buying a sub-lingual vitamin B-12 supplement. This will alleviate your diet as you add this  with your crossfit workout.   That is all you need.  You will lose weight, live healthier and feel more conscious, aware about the beautiful world around you.

    Remember, this is all about how to set goals and plan correctly.  There are plenty of resources/recipes on the web to help you in your transition.

  • Five Awesome Home and Interior Design Sites

    Sometimes we sit in our homes and think, everything in here is so blah. When did all our walls become beige? But we really have no reason to be uninspired when there are sites out there bombarding us with fresh design, sweet color palettes and endless DIY tutorials. Here are five of my favorite sites that get me excited about homes, apartments and design.

    Five Awesome Home and Interior Design Sites Curated by real estate expert Jody Kriss ( http://aboutjodykriss.com/ )

    1)  Young House Love Best Ever Personal Home Design Blog -These two crazy kids (plus a baby and a chihuahua) need no introduction. What started as their home improvement blog has become a 2-book deal, a second home to leave their mark on, and an evolving story. Their style is fun and bright but not always expected and they do just about everything themselves, on a budget and with plenty of craigslist and garage sale finds. Plus, anyone who can throw a fun, memorable wedding for $4,000 in their own backyard gets a prize in my book.

    2)  Apartment Therapy The “Other” Apartment Design Authority -I don’t think I can have an apartment design blog without giving some love to Apartment Therapy. Intimate tours of real apartments all over the world will probably keep you on this site for hours. I love seeing apartments that are smaller than my own that still feel light and uncluttered. It makes me want to throw everything out and just live with a white shag rug and some dark wood furniture.

    3)  Hooked on Houses “Real Estate Porn” -It’s all about the MLS! I love Hooked on Houses fun, casual tone and the features on movie, celebrity and other notable homes. If you like real estate listings, browse the Sunday papers to look at dream homes, and think a day of touring open houses sounds like an excellent day, Hooked on Houses is your spot.

    4)  Houzz Home Design and Decoration -Wow, wow, WOW. It’s like HGTV on crack. Endless photos covering every inch of home design and most of them looking quite elegant and luxurious. The ideabooks feature makes saving your favorite photos fun and be forewarned: you may want to spend a lot of time on this site.

    5)  Dwell: At Home In the Modern World – Dwell ( a site created by Real estate expert Jody Kriss) gives you a nice mix of homes, technology and products. If you have always wanted to live in non-traditional housing, you can find every possibility for new, sustainable housing here.What’s your favorite design inspiration site?

  • Do You Have What It Takes to Make Your Home Truly Designed?

    I’m writing this from the kitchen island of my future in-law’s home, and once again I am impressed with how warm and comfortable this home is. There’s no place like your own home, and the home you grew up in, but besides those places, this is truly my second home. The thing that always impresses me is how thoughtful this place is. Right now I am working under spot lighting that is soft but strong enough to keep me on task.

    The island has an outlet placed high enough to easily plug in my charger. The deep kitchen sink looks out over a window. Everything is made of high-quality materials, from cherry wood and granite to hardwood floors and the nice type of baseboards. So as I look around, I think what makes me so comfortable and at the same time admiring are two things: good design in the home and the high-quality building materials that go along with it, and great design in the products and furniture in the home.

    But the thing about getting to this point is that it requires a good amount of money, and even more importantly, the time commitment to make your home awesome. You have to be willing to buy items that are just for decoration, like vases, china, paintings and things to hang on the wall, smaller furniture like side tables and wine racks and consoles. To truly design, you would even change your designs and items out for the seasons, especially fall with its oranges and browns and winter with its Christmas and festive spirit. Right now, the mere idea of owning stuff that only comes out once a year overwhelms me. My idea of Christmas decorating is a string of colored lights on the balcony.

     key to beautiful interior design is that you don’t buy everything at once, and in fact, that is the opposite of good design.  You have to live in a space to know it and know what your needs are and what will work best in the space. You may buy one thing one week and two weeks later find its perfect complement at some other store. That’s design. Bringing things together in your own unique way.

    I bought a few things earlier this year that I was really pumped about: a huge silk plant that looks real, a rug, and a bookcase. The silk plant was the only non-functional item, but it makes an impersonal apartment entrance feel like our own place. The bookcase is much too large for our current space but can be explained by my love of books and plans to own our own place that is at least 1,000 square feet. And the rug is the first step towards designing our space. Rugs make a space warmer, separate living areas and add color to white sofas and white walls (both of which I employ frequently).

    When we go home this week, I will be excited to be back in my own home, but I will miss the warmth and character of this home (and the people in it!). You can spot a good designer when their style resonates in every space they create. Even before we have our own place, it’s time to work on making each place we occupy as comfortable and inviting as it can be. What’s next on your design list?

  • Dissecting Girl-on-Girl Apartment Envy

    I’m a bit of an art fanatic. I’ll spend hours reading Christie’s catalogs in used book stores or browsing different art sites looking for great new art. And ever since I happened upon Jordi Labanda‘s prints during my semester abroad in Spain, I’ve always had a thing for fun, fashion artists as the “lighter fare” of my art habit. What’s not to like about these impossibly proportioned women in current fashions set against glamorous urban and exotic backdrops? And when one of my other favorite fashion artists, Inslee, started an instagram for her imaginary muse, Daphne, I just had to write about it. Inslee is ridiculously talented and an incredibly witty writer to boot. She captures that New York City fashionable girl-in-the-know zeitgeist exactly, but with enough humor and winking to let you know she’s not trying to make you, dear reader, feel less than like some fashion magazines might, but instead share this light-filled world with some good old-fashioned self-deprecating humor and assure you that she’s not taking it seriously and nor should you.I don’t often wear ponchos. But when I do they’re @vince and they’re three hundred dollars.

    So Inslee’s light-hearted poke at fashion bloggers and the envy they inspire made me think a little more about that funny little thing known as girl-on-girl envy. Now, obviously there is a doctoral dissertation’s worth of information to analyze and present on this topic, not to mention that gender inequality, politics and discrimination cases are a big part of the media-driven conversation right now. But I’d like to narrow this topic way down to a few points that I find most interesting, especially as it relates to the women-dominated arenas of fashion and beauty:

    Girl-on-girl envy and fascination in the form of fashion blogs has a much smaller men’s counterpart: I can’t think of many guy bloggers who have hundreds of thousands of gushing male followers. Women create these blogs for other women, and women make up their audience. Maybe the best male counterexample are in fitness and “domination” blogs like Bold & Determined, whose audience tends to skew mostly male.

    Most of the focus on the biggest fashion blogs is aspirational- living a dream lifestyle with very little work to get there. Women are often most envied when they didn’t work to get what they have- inherited or married wealth is greatly preferable to earning it with your own two hands (this is what Inslee makes fun of so well with Daphne and her art, albeit ever-so-subtly).

    It’s easy to get caught up in envying these fashion bloggers for their “stuff”: their ability to acquire so many shockingly expensive items that are out of reach for the average fashion blog reader, who is 18-35 and earns $35,000-$60,000 annually.

    Yet, if the reader truly wanted to have the same lifestyle, she would be focused on doing the few things that most fashion bloggers write about sparingly: either working in tech, engineering or finance, owning cash-flow positive businesses, building wealth from investing and saving, or doing some other work that is in demand and requires skills-skills other than looking good and owning high-end designer items.

    Finally, fashion and women’s media (Vogue, Allure, Cosmopolitan, et al) place very little value on a women having a personality, true charisma, a strong character and intelligence that gets her places. Instead, they are subtly placed in boxes with titles like “Girl Boss” and “It Girl” and all of these other ridiculous, totally bullshit titles that are meant to limit women. This last point is less about girl-on-girl envy and more about how women are portrayed by the media, but it’s such a prevalent theme whenever women are discussed that women will even use these titles themselves, not thinking that they have limiting and negative effects.

    There’s no dramatic conclusion here, I just wanted to reiterate the point that women’s magazines tend to make women feel crappy, and the fashion bloggers have the audience to do something groundbreaking, but mostly, they tend to stick with the tried-and-true and go for aspirational, mysterious (how did I get all this money to buy all this stuff?), and reinforce the idea that women are most valued for being pretty, skinny and rich, and any and all other positive qualities come in a distant, barely-visible-on-the-radar second.