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Would appreciate current info on Proscript, Aubri, Transcend, or ETransplus - Posted By: Dixierose

Would appreciate any information from MTs currently employed at any of these companies.  Many, many thanks. 

Opinions please - Posted By: Mentee

I would like to know the best software and what companies use them. The only one I have experience with is Dictaphone Ex-Text but I am not happy with my company. Thank you in advance for your opinion.  




The Transcription Center - Posted By: Jaded

Has anyone worked for this co. in Texas that could comment? 

Can anyone currently working for MedScribe answer a few questions? (sm) - Posted By: Another OhioMT

What kind of platform do they have for ER work? Do you need a second phone line? Also, are their schedules strictly Su-Thu or Tu-Sa or can you just work a couple weekends per month?  Do they have a pretty good health plan?


TIA!



ImedX. Any current information? Most of what I have heard is not good - Posted By: LookingMT

but I would appreciate some more input.

New Road Transcription anyone? - Posted By: nm

Anyone currently working there?  Can't find anything in archives.  How's the pay, platform, flexibility, anything else you care to share?  Thanks!!

Background checks - Posted By: workaholic

Anybody ever have to sign an Authorization for Background Check and Consumer Report form for employment? It states they can ask anybody anything about me at any time before or during employment. Gives them totally free rein to go through any of my private records. I don't have anything to hide, but makes me feel creepy giving them that permission. Wondered if this is normal and accepted nowadays.  

AccuPro - Posted By: Lucy

Is anyone familiar with this company?  They have 2 ads on Job Board.  I did a search but nothing came up.  Need pros and cons, please.  Thanks.

Anyone hear of a company in New Hampshire called TTS. Not much recently in - Posted By: PAMT

the archives about them.

Escription software - Posted By: Texas MT

Looking for companies that use this voice recognition software.  I think it's great and would love to find more work using that platform.  Thanks for any info!

Huge Industry News - Posted By: rottie

 Here's something for y'all to talk about...


 


 



Nuance to Acquire Dictaphone, Accelerating Strategy
to Eliminate Manual Transcription in Healthcare


 


Acquisition Greatly Expands Nuance Speech Solutions and Channels for Healthcare


 


BURLINGTON, Mass., and STRATFORD, Conn., February 8, 2006 – Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) and Dictaphone Corporation today announced a definitive agreement whereby Nuance will acquire Dictaphone, the leading provider of dictation and speech recognition solutions for the healthcare industry.  This acquisition significantly accelerates Nuance’s strategy to automate manual transcription in healthcare, where an estimated $15 billion is spent worldwide each year.  


 


The acquisition of Dictaphone expands Nuance’s product portfolio, market reach and revenue streams within the large and rapidly growing healthcare vertical.  One of the most respected technology solutions vendors in the healthcare industry, Dictaphone has an installed base of dictation and transcription software systems serving over 4,000 hospital and outpatient facilities and approximately 400,000 physicians.


 


“Improvements in speech technology and pressures on the healthcare industry create a compelling opportunity for our companies to transform manual transcription through speech-enabled solutions,” said Paul Ricci, chairman and CEO at Nuance.  “The combined resources, experience and talents of Nuance and Dictaphone will help accelerate the adoption of speech recognition to eliminate most manual transcription for healthcare in North America this decade, delivering over $5 billion in savings to care facilities and transcription service organizations.”


 


Nuance expects the acquisition to add between $80 million and $85 million in revenue in fiscal year 2006 and between $180 million and $200 million in fiscal year 2007.  The transaction is expected to generate cost synergies between $20 million and $25 million per year.  The acquisition is expected to be dilutive to earnings on a GAAP basis by approximately $(0.12) to $(0.11) cents per share in fiscal year 2006 and $(0.05) to $(0.02) cents per share in fiscal year 2007.  On a non-GAAP basis, the acquisition is expected to be accretive to earnings, excluding amortization, acquisition-related costs and stock-based compensation, by approximately $0.02 to $0.03 cents per share in fiscal year 2006 and $0.06 to $0.09 cents per share in fiscal year 2007. 


 


Under the terms of the agreement, consideration for the transaction is $357 million in cash, subject to adjustments.  Nuance has obtained a commitment for a new senior secured credit facility from UBS Investment Bank, Credit Suisse, Citigroup and Bank of America to finance the transaction.  The facility comprises a $355 million term loan and a $75 million revolving credit facility.  Closing of this commitment is subject to customary conditions. 


 


“We are pleased that the strong cash flows we expect to generate from the synergies of the recent Nuance merger, as well as those from Dictaphone, allowed us to obtain an attractive financing package without issuing additional equity,” added Mr. Ricci.


 


The acquisition has been approved by both companies’ Boards of Directors and is expected to close by March 31, 2006 subject to regulatory approvals and customary conditions.  Nuance and Dictaphone were represented by Evercore Partners and UBS Investment Bank, respectively.


 


Dictaphone Brings Extensive Products, Penetration and Expertise for Healthcare


Through the companies’ strong partnerships with leading electronic medical records (EMR) vendors, systems integrators, medical transcription service organizations (MTSOs) and Nuance’s established network of Dragon Dictation Solutions VARs, the combined organization will be better positioned to effectively serve this market through an expansive portfolio of technologies and applications, and a deep set of services and capabilities.


 


“We share with Nuance the strong belief that speech recognition is not only at an inflection point in healthcare, it is also becoming an essential component of the industry’s drive toward cost reduction and clinical automation,” said Rob Schwager, chairman and CEO of Dictaphone.  “By combining Dictaphone’s software application skills, understanding of physician documentation needs and workflows, and substantial market presence with Nuance’s deep expertise and innovation in speech recognition technologies, the combined company is extremely well-positioned to lead the market.” 


 


Benefits of the transaction include:


         Enhanced Revenue Streams from Complementary Product Lines – Dictaphone adds significant and stable recurring revenue streams from many of its products and services, including ichart® Web-based speech recognition editing outsourcing service, PowerScribe® speech recognition system for radiology and pathology, EXSpeech® enterprise-level speech recognition platform, and Enterprise Express® voice/text workflow management solution.  Further, Dictaphone’s product portfolio complements Nuance’s Dragon Dictation Solutions, with a complete solution set for automating the capture and processing of patient data and clinical documentation.


         Talented and Accomplished Employees – Dictaphone brings a dedicated, talented team of professionals whose healthcare knowledge and expertise has established Dictaphone as the premier provider of dictation and transcription solutions.  Part of this employee base includes more than 200 sales and professional services staff that have forged customer relationships with a majority of care facilities in North America.  The result is a robust, experienced sales, support and services organization focused on delivering highly accurate speech-enabled solutions to the healthcare industry.


         Strong Customer RelationshipsDictaphone has a track record of selling systems to a wide range of healthcare institutions and has an installed base of approximately 4,000 hospitals, clinics and physician groups, including virtually all of the Top 100 and honors-winning hospitals in the U.S.  In addition, Dictaphone’s solutions are currently used by approximately two out of every three physicians in North America. Following the acquisition, Nuance will have one of the industry’s most extensive rosters of IT system deployments.  


         Extensive Healthcare Research and Development Resources – Dictaphone has a rich history with more than 75 years of experience and a team of engineers and scientists with years of domain expertise in developing the most innovative and effective speech solutions for healthcare.  Following the transaction, Nuance will gain approximately 100 patents and patents pending from Dictaphone, expanding its portfolio of intellectual property to comprise approximately 500 patents protecting the investments made within its range of speech technologies and products.


         Strong Partner and Channel Networks – Nuance and Dictaphone intend to leverage a strong network of product and channel partners to rapidly deliver the benefits of speech recognition throughout the healthcare industry – from healthcare IT and EMR vendors and systems integrators to dictation workflow providers and MTSOs.  The combined organization will deliver the most widely used speech technology within healthcare, integrated with solutions from industry leaders such as Cerner, GE/IDX, McKesson, and Misys Healthcare Systems. 


 


Since 2004, Nuance has steadily increased its investments within healthcare, putting substantial resources in product development, sales, business development and marketing behind this effort.  The company has continually enhanced its medical version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, formed a dedicated sales and business development organization and recently acquired MedRemote to broaden its solutions portfolio and expand its presence in healthcare.  These investments produced record dictation revenues for Nuance in 2005.  The success that Nuance has experienced through its healthcare initiatives further validates a compelling opportunity for growth and leadership.


Favorable Industry Environment



Today, the healthcare industry is under pressure to streamline operations and reduce costs while at the same time find new ways to improve patient care.  Analysts predict that clinical automation will become an essential component of healthcare delivery to address these mounting pressures.  Gartner, a leading independent research and advisory firm, believes that self-edit or “once and done” speech-based transcription will achieve mainstream market acceptance in two to five years, in which time the benefits of the technology will have been demonstrated.1   Gartner predicts that care delivery organizations that implement speech-to-text supplementation of transcriptions will save up to 30 percent or more on transcriptions, and in radiology and pathology departments, the savings could be in excess of 50 percent.2


 


To that end, Nuance sees a significant opportunity based on industry dynamics that include:


 


         Large Addressable Market – An estimated $10 billion per year in North America and $15 billion worldwide is spent by healthcare organizations to manually convert recorded dictation into electronic transcripts.  Unprecedented speech recognition accuracy achieved in recent years has proven the ability of speech-based solutions to generate significant productivity gains compared to manual processing of recorded dictation.  The company believes that speech-based transcription technology has penetrated only five to 10 percent of the healthcare market in North America.


         Increasing Electronic Patient Data – An estimated one billion patient records are created each year in North America alone, a volume that is expected to increase as the population ages.  The industry’s move to EMRs demands the creation of robust clinical data repositories of patient information.  Dictaphone’s natural language processing technology permits extraction of key data from the large volume of narrative medical reports produced every year, offering customers the ability to enrich their data repositories significantly.


         Accelerating Adoption – The ability of speech recognition to deliver real benefits in automating the processing of recorded dictation comes at an ideal time – when organizations have increasing patient reporting requirements, IT spending within healthcare is increasing, and the industry drivers for solutions that promote EMRs and patient safety are strong and growing.  In recent years, hospitals, clinics, medical groups, physicians’ offices, insurance providers and service organizations have increasingly turned to speech solutions to automate manual processes and accelerate the adoption of EMRs.


         Government Investments and Mandates – Facing rising healthcare costs and aging populations, government agencies worldwide are increasing their investments in healthcare technology, including HealthConnect in Australia, the National Programme for IT in the NHS within the United Kingdom, and the United States National Health Information Infrastructure initiative.


 


Investor Conference Call Information


In conjunction with this announcement Nuance will broadcast a conference call over the Internet today at 8:30 a.m. ET.  Those who wish to listen to the live broadcast should visit the Investor Relations section of the Nuance Web site (www.nuance.com) at least 15 minutes prior to the event and follow the instructions provided to ensure that the necessary audio applications are downloaded and installed.  The conference call can be heard live by dialing (800) 230-1092 or (651) 224-7558, five minutes prior to the call and reference conference code 818371. A replay of the call will be available within 24 hours of the announcement. To access the replay, dial (800) 475-6701 or (320) 365-3844 and refer to access code 818371.


                                   


About Dictaphone


Dictaphone, ranked 31st in Healthcare Informatics ranking of top 100 companies by healthcare revenue, is the leading provider of dictation, transcription, speech recognition and natural language processing systems in the healthcare market.  Dictaphone’s Integrated Voice Systems division is the leading provider of highly scalable dictation systems focused upon the public safety and legal markets.  Dictaphone is headquartered in Stratford, Connecticut, and has worldwide marketing, sales, service and support organizations throughout United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Europe.


 


Nuance Communications, Inc.


Nuance (Nasdaq: NUAN) is the leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world.  Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents.  Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance's proven applications.  For more information, please visit nuance.com.


 


Nuance, the Nuance logo, Dragon and NaturallySpeaking are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.


 


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[1] Gartner Research, “Hype Cycle for Healthcare Provider Technologies,” by Barry Runyon, James Gabler, Thomas J. Handler, M.D., Barry R. Hieb, M.D., John-David Lovelock, Wes Rishel, Vi Shaffer.   July 14, 2005.


 


2 Gartner Research, “Underlying Information Technologies in Healthcare in 2004,” by Joanne Galimi, Cynthia E. Burghard, Janice Young. April 16, 2004.


 



SAFE HARBOR FOR FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS


Statements in this document regarding the proposed transaction between Nuance and Dictaphone, amounts spent on manual transcription in the North American healthcare industry, benefits and synergies of the transaction, the expected timetable for completing the transaction, future financial and operating results, expectations that the merger will be accretive to Nuance’s results, the method for financing the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company, the product portfolio of the combined company, the intellectual property portfolio of the combined company, the opportunity for automated speech solutions in the healthcare industry, and any other statements about Nuance or Dictaphone managements' future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing the words believes, plans, anticipates, expects, estimates and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the transaction; the ability of Nuance to successfully integrate Dictaphone’s operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; the failure to retain customers; and the other factors described in Nuance’s Annual Report on Form 10 K/A for the year ended September 30, 2005.  Nuance disclaims any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.


 


Discussion of non-GAAP Financial Measures


Management utilizes a number of different financial measures, both GAAP and non-GAAP, in analyzing and assessing the overall performance of our business, for making operating decisions and for forecasting and planning for future periods.  We consider the use of non-GAAP earnings per share particularly helpful in assessing the organic performance of our business from a cash perspective.  While our management uses this non-GAAP financial measure as a tool to enhance their understanding of certain aspects of our financial performance and prospects for the future, our management does not consider this measure to be a substitute for, or superior to, the information provided by GAAP earnings per share.  When evaluating the prospects of a transaction, one factor our management considers is the impact on, accretion or dilution of, our GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share.  Consistent with this approach, we believe that disclosing Accretion/Dilution of non-GAAP earnings per share provides useful supplemental data that, while not a substitute for Accretion/Dilution of GAAP earnings per share, allows for greater transparency in the review of our prospective financial and operational performance.  In assessing the impact of the Dictaphone acquisition, our management has excluded certain acquisition related expenses, each of which are described below.


 


We excluded certain expense items resulting from acquisitions to allow more accurate comparisons of our financial results to our historical operations, forward looking guidance and the financial results of our peer companies.  These items include the following: (i) amortization of intangible assets associated with the acquisition; (ii) acquisition-related costs; and (iii) stock-based compensation.  The acquisition of Dictaphone will result in non-continuing operating expenses which would not otherwise have been incurred.  We believe that providing non-GAAP information for certain expenses related to this acquisition allows the users of our financial statements to review both the impact of this transaction from a GAAP perspective, as well as from a non-GAAP perspective, thus providing for enhanced understanding of our future financial results.  Additionally, had we internally developed the products acquired from Dictaphone, the amortization of intangible assets would have been expensed historically, and we believe the assessment of our operations excluding these costs is relevant to our assessment of internal operations and comparisons to industry performance.


 


The non-GAAP financial measures described above, and used in this press release, should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Further, investors are cautioned that there are material limitations associated with the use of non-GAAP financial measures as an analytical tool.  In particular, many of the adjustments to the Company’s GAAP financial measures reflect the exclusion of items that are recurring and will be reflected in the Company’s financial results for the foreseeable future.  In addition, other companies, including other companies in the Company’s industry, may calculate non-GAAP net income (loss) differently than the Company, limiting its usefulness as a comparative tool.  Management compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures.  In addition, as noted above, the Company’s management evaluates the non-GAAP financial measures together with the most directly comparable GAAP financial information.


 


 


Nuance Communications, Inc.


Reconciliation of Supplemental Financial Information


(in 000’s, except per share amounts)


Unaudited


 


Estimated Per Share Impact of Dictaphone Acquisition


 





 








Contacts:


 


Erica Hill


Nuance Communications, Inc.


Tel: (781) 565-5218


Email: erica.hill@nuance.com


 


 


Don Fallati


Dictaphone Corporation


Tel: (203) 381-7218


Email: don.fallati@dictaphone.com



No work at MDI, I repeat, No work at MDI!!! - Posted By: MDIslave

I have just read the below post and I do not want to start any trouble,but it is true, there is no work at MDI.  I have been at MDI for 1 year now and the work is drying up.  I now have to start looking for other employment because I feel they have overhired or have lost some major accounts.  I have contacted my supervisor and I am told try to log on in the evenings or weekends more.  I did, but the work is slim to none.  If anyone is thinking about this company, please save yourself and not come aboard.

All Type pay production or hourly for QA? Thanks! nmsg - Posted By: M&M

ss

Does anyone know anything about working for Zylomed? - Posted By: karibari

I have been offered what sounds like a great deal.  Just wondered if anyone else has heard of them and/or knows anyone who works there who might be able to say whether or not they like the company, their software, etc. 


 



What's up with Cardioscribes? - Posted By: Lots of mgmt postings on board

Are they reorganizing or was there a massive walk-out? I heard mixed postings here about this company, but thought that for the most part people were happy there. Suddenly all of these top positons even the admin asst is posted. Too bad you can't do one of these jobs remotely, it would be great to get a position like one of those but they are all on site.  Anybody heard what's going on over there? Just wondering. TIA.



Tried to help a person out there like me - Posted By: You just never know

I had a fellow Transcriptionist contact me because she had been put on 100% QA even though she had been with this particular company for, I think she said 14 years. The company has just been bought out by another and I told her after all these years seems like they might be wanting to get rid of her (in a round about way). I felt sorry for this person and even contacted my employer to see what steps to go through to help her out with a job. I did not know this person but felt if she had that many years behind her, would see if she would fit with where I work. She said she was only able to do like 5 jobs a day now for about $30.00 per day. I really felt sorry for her as she had children at home. I sent her email about 2 days ago (she had emailed me several times prior to that time) and asked if I could call her or would she call me (if she had free long distance like I have). The person did not respond after this. You never know who you are talking with on here, for sure, but I had some extra money on me and was even planning on helping her out with her bills that she said she owes and was even getting evicted. I am not by any means patting myself on the back but what I want others to know is sometimes there are people who want and can assist and try to, but now is too late. She probably will read this and now try to contact but I waited and nothing. I was once on the losing end of financial picture but now a little bit more secure and I do try to help out my fellow MTers.



tell me if I read this right... - Posted By: aa

MTStars ad:  Experienced US MTs....


Synthescribe's website:  ...Synthescribe's production and Quality Assurance center at www.synthescribe.com to learn more about our team located in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.


 


Should I be wary?



Has anyone who has applied for last round of Lee Perfect openings heard from them yet? nm - Posted By: LGC

x

Anyone have work at MDI this morning? nm - Posted By: good grief

nm

Second thoughts re KS - Posted By: Daphne

This week I was offered a job with KS on a new hem/onc account starting soon, which will use the Allscripts platform.  I actually did accept their offer, but after doing so, I am having second thoughts.  The company I am working for now has been very nice to me, but the hem/onc account I am on is a very difficult one with a lot of different dictators.  The new account for KS would not have half as many dictators.  The cpl rates are very close, but I am not sure I want to go through all that new stuff of learning a new platform, new dictators, etc. Has anyone else out there ever decided to stay with the company they are with even though the new account being offered would be much easier.


Would like to get some opinions regarding this.  Has anyone else decided to stay with their present national and not take the new job offer?  TIA



Compnies which Phish for e mails for posters. - Posted By: Mt2

Just an FYI. Companies might not get ISP addresses from this site to cross reference who we are... yesterday, after I had posted several comments about a certain company I won't mention (because I will get in trouble for slander, no doubt). I got 2 suspicious e mails and cross-referenced where they came from and they were both from Texas.  1 e mail was insulting someone who was putting good info out on the company and another was responding to a post I put saying I loved the place...and that one was from Texas too.  Both were in the same state the company is in.  If you are management and you did it you know I figured it out and don't appreciate it.  If management or anyone from this company did not do it, my apologies but it is fishy or phishy that people in the same area wrote to me.  These claims are absolutely false and libelous against MTStars.  No individual nor company receives ANY information about posters from MTStars in any way. 


This board is for freedom of speech which I might add is a right under the constitution.  You say we can't slander on the board, you will get us.  You may just possibly be phishing to see who we are, this is invasion, and I don't appreciate.  This board is NOT about freedom of speech or your constitutional rights.  This is a privately owned board.  We are allowing all opinions but there are still posting guidelines.  You are making serious false allegations. 


Bottom line is, don't respond to any e mails you get here unless you know for sure who it is...because there are a lot of cheesy MTSOs who don't want us to know the truth and want to squash freedom of speech.  Just wanting people to know to be careful and preserve the rights of this board.  Without it, we'd have no one to talk to and compare notes, and with any kind of monitoring our civil liberties would be squashed.  Thanks in advance for reading this note.


Any person can post on this board.  You accept the fact that your posts will be read by anyone and that while your email address is never exposed to anyone, you might receive emails through this board from others.  Never respond to such emails unless you want to expose your email address. 


If anyone has any questions about such issues, contact the Administrator or Moderator.  Libelous claims against this board will not be tolerated.


MTStars Team


 



Webmedx PTO? - Posted By: MT

Please share the specifics regarding their PTO, i.e.how many, do they accrue, is it paid out hourly rate or an average of your lines, and does it include holidays, sick, vacation, etc.



MT paid by the hour????? - Posted By: Kim

Does anyone know of any Transcription companies that pay by the hour instead of by the line.  Please let me know of any.

One more question about systems - Posted By: Curious

Sorry guys, but I have one more question to ask.  I have worked in PACS, InScribe and some ExText.  I spoke with someone today that has two accounts and she named the systems working from and I asked twice but very poor phone connection and really did not want to ask again.  I was trying to search more information on them but I cannot find anything.  It sounded like the person said Med Check and Aschute or something like that.  Anyone have any idea?


Thanks in advance.



Anyone know anything about Superscript out of Michigan? - Posted By: ce

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rate of pay - Posted By: Irene

I'm going from a national back to the hospital I left some years ago, for many reasons, one of which is they grant benefits to parttimers and I haven't had a vacation in 3 years. However, their pay rates have changed, it's paid per character (but not space), instead of by line. I wish I'd written it down. Changes in how to determine MT pay are never a good thing, so I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with different methods of figuring pay. In the past,this hospital paid their MT's very generously, so I hope it can't be anything too drastic.

Need pros and cons of Soap Transcription and US Transcription - Posted By: SuzyQ

I am looking for a new home and have applied and accepted by one of these companies.  Hoping to hear from the other very soon.  Can anyone tell me the good/bad of these 2 companies.  Soap is out of Michigan and US Transcription is out of Iowa. 


Thanks in adance for your help/support. 



How about giving me a break? - Posted By: Yes, I prefer nice!

I am the MT who seemed to upset a lot of you with my post below about MDI and the lack of work for some. Unlike what many of you surmised, I also need a regular income, a daily line count that I can depend on and I work far more than 1-2 hours per day and always have. I am also an MT who has been kicked to the curb by enough MTSO's to make me want to quit this profession at times and work at just about anything else. What I was saying below is that MDI, at least for me, is trying to get me more work and guess what? I have more now! Yes, everyone, they are being helpful and NICE! When compared to others I have worked for, who have also been low in work at times, and who have told me and other MTs who ask for more work, to basically get over it and wait it out or go elsewhere, I think I prefer the treatment I have received with MDI far above the others. If a nice company doesn't cut it for you, then go to the many out there who don't give a rat's behind how they treat you. They are not hard to find. When the work is there, you will be worked to death and when it isn't, they could not care less. Heck, you can make good money these days working on a garbage truck, so if nice isn't important,what's stopping you?

Any companies pay weekly? nm - Posted By: frost

nm

Cymed's Platform - Posted By: Paula

Everyone seems to love Cymed's platform.  What type of platform do they have and how user friendly is it?  I'm thinking of applying with them.   Also, since I know they don't pay for spaces, do they pay a higher line rate to compensate for that?

Focus Infomatics testing - Posted By: Beth

What is the one-hour test for them like? If you took the one-hour test, which one of the 4 areas did you test in(acute, multispecialty, oncology, or radiology)? What is their per line pay? I dread taking a one-hour test because I'm busy researching companies, applying for jobs, and have my current MT job; quite busy. TIA.

Any input, time clock, expander program, LPH, etc.? - Posted By: info on Precyse Solutions sm

Hi,


Curious about the platform used, LPH or weekly requirement, timeclock or timesheet, sound quality, work types.  Do you get your preferred work types.  Are you on only one primary account with backups, working primary mostly?  Is ShortHand compatible?


Thanks for any info.



affordable insurance - Posted By: Erin Guthmiller

I work in a hospital which is merging and our department will be outsourced.  I am looking for a job with afforable insurance.  I would have a new job today if not for the cost of family insurance, over $400 every two weeks.  I've only worked in hospitals were insurance is usually around $100 per pay period for the family so $400 came as a huge shock to me.  My husband as some pre-existing conditions so getting a personal policy is out of the question.  Anybody know of a company with afforable family insurance?



Focus - Posted By: nn

Just curious. I just noticed that Focus says it is paying QA hourly.  Anyone have any idea about how much hourly and/or have experience working by the hour for them?  I searched the archives but didn't find anything specifically about their hourly QA rate.   

Transcend--don't suffer in silence with no work! - Posted By: Anonymous Transcender

I am a Transcend employee, just another MLS at the bottom of the heap. I'm not a supervisor, I'm not a QA person, I'm not a team leader, I have no special superpowers, and I have no authority to do anything. But I spoke with a regional manager this morning, and I learned some interesting things, and I was encouraged to share them.

First of all, if you are on an account that consistently runs out of work, TALK TO YOUR SUPERVISOR. You might need to be reassigned. They have accounts that are going out of TAT all the time and when that happens, they have to pay penalties. There is plenty of work to go around, so no one should be running out of work. Again, if you are, TALK TO YOUR SUPERVISOR.

Second, the majority of the clients, I was told, do NOT allow their work to go offshore. So the only work that is being stolen by India is work that the clients are allowing to go there.

Most of the work that does go offshore goes (a) because the client has not prohibited it, (b) when it's night shift in the US it's day shift over in India, and (c) it's an account that has a 2-hour required turnaround time, and there might not be enough MLSs in the US to cover the account on that shift and meet the TAT requirement of the particular client.

I was also told that they will ALWAYS give the work to a US MLS by preference, rather than sending it overseas. If you are on a shift and an account where you don't get enough work, TALK TO YOUR SUPERVISOR.

There have been problems in the past with managers and supervisors who have not done the best job of allocating the work for their teams. The new COO (you should know who that is if you read your e-mail) has said she has an open-door policy; you can call her directly if you can't get anywhere with your supervisor. I have also been told that I may give out the phone number of the regional manager I talked to, but I'm not going to post it publicly. If you get nowhere talking to your supervisor, and you really do want some help, reply to this message by e-mail, and I'll give you the regional manager's number. But do try to resolve things first with your supervisor.

I realize that some of you reading this will not believe what I'm telling you. That's your option. It's still a free country and the thought police have not taken over quite yet. And some people would rather grumble than do anything to try to fix their situation. But if you truly, sincerely want to work, and you need more work than you're getting, do something about it.

Any info on CTS: Cardiology Transcription Services out of NY? - Posted By: sze

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Does anyone have any information - Posted By: on PeachTree Transcription?

TIA

Full Circle Transcription in Acworth, GA. Does anyone know who owns this company? SM - Posted By: MT in GA

Please email me if you do.  I may like to contact them and would just like to know ahead of time whom I'll be emailing. 

Is anyone currently working for Landmark Transcription that can tell me how they like it. nm - Posted By: waterbaby

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Turboscribe - Posted By: dee

Does anybody have any information or experience using turboscribe? Or working with the ImedX company?  TIA

First Choice Medical - Posted By: Just curious

Has anyone heard good or bad about First Choice Medical?

Insurance on a new job - Posted By: mtinsurance

Question: Scenario:


Preexisting condition cannot have a lapse in employment for more than 45 days or the person will have to pay insurance for a year waiting period before that condition is covered. Waiting period for a job counts toward being covered, making it possible for a person to change jobs and have a 3 month waiting period and still be covered. MT takes a job with company X.  All goes well.  Gets certificate, waiting period covered.


MT decides to change jobs for financial reasons.  Almost at end of waiting period for first new job.  Is covered by the second new job 30 days after date of employment. 


Question: Is the 3 month waiting period which would have counted for the first new job count to the second job? Or does one have to stay at the first new job and wait until insurance kicks in while overlapping the 2 jobs for a month and a half.


Hint: Many people might be in this position so it is possible someone has an answer out there.  If a person goes ahead and quits new job A and takes new job B there may be a 45 day lapse and won't have coverage for a year on a preexisting condition.


Thanks in advance for your honest answer to this important question.



Amphion - Posted By: MTTomb

Does anyone have any experience with Amphion Medical Solutions?  Their benefit package almost seems too-good-to-be-true!!  They want to schedule an interview, but wanted some opinions.  Thanks a lot!

Hepworth Transcription - Posted By: cat123

Did anyone else apply for the psych/nursing home Transcriptionist from the job seeker's board and actually hear anything back?  Sent in my resume and a follow-up email about three weeks ago and haven't heard anything since.

About US MTs and India sm - Posted By: MEME

I have been a QA Editor for quite a while.  I used to disagree when some companies state that they have a hard time finding qualified US MTs.....Now, from what I have been doing QA on, I have to agree with some of the companies.  Is it that the quality is so poor because MTs just do not care anymore because of the low pay?  I don't understand.  Some of the MTs that I QA claim to have 15 to 20+ years' experience......but the quality is just awful!!!


At this point, I would prefer doing QA on work typed by Indian MTs.....It shocks me daily when I see what I have to QA.  I assume these MTs have typed this way for so long, they are set in their own way, but it is just awful and I am about to start typing again as I am so tired of sending the same feedback over and over and over again!!



Landmark pay... - Posted By: Broke

 


Has anyone gotten their paycheck yet?  They said noon, but mine ain't there...



POLL:Worst company you ever worked for and why? - Posted By: ashleyM

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TO KS PERSON re: lag time (sm) - Posted By: mt

I work in the same group as you but the other hospital.  I have been surprised more KS folks haven't posted here at least to support each other.  I do feel they are going to get this worked out, I know it is hard on everyone in the meantime.  I know I actually love this account - and I have decided to give it some more time.  I also love this company - and don't want to even consider starting over somewhere.  Just my luck, everything would be working perfectly the day I left! ha! ha!  Let me know your thoughts, too....

Does MDI Maryland hire part time IC's? - Posted By: Cookie

If so, does anyone know what their line requirements are for part-time?

Rider and Associates - Posted By: MT2!


Hi out there!  Would anyone happen to have any info on working for this company based in Vancouver, Washington?


TIA!