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And if you produce an odd # of lines do they cheat

Posted By: yea on 2006-02-03
In Reply to: Abolish .5 now - Like my pennies whole

you out of that 0.5 cents or do they round it up and give you a bonus of 0.5 cents?

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DQS doesn't cheat on lines (sm)
which you can easily verify by cut/pasting your report into Word or that MedPen word counting program (freeware) or something. DQS just doesn't pay for demographics, dates of admission/discharge, referring physician names, courtesy copies, and all the other stuff you're used to, even if you have to enter the data by hand, but who does anymore?

I know of 2 other companies that use DQS, both somewhere in the south. Accuscribe originally tested the program for the software company that came up with it, but many people have told me they don't pay for spaces and are otherwise "difficult." Dunno, never worked for them. Dictation Services Group is a very nice company, now part of VoiceWorks. www.dsg-inc.net. I did 1500 lines my second day with that company, only left because I had too many private accounts to do to give them enough time.

Instant Text's newest revision automatically imports DQS AutoCorrect glossaries!
I produce around 1000 lines per day...
I have seen my production increase quite a lot in the last four months. When I first started I could only get about 500 lines a day...so I get a little more every day. :-)
Does anyone know of a company that is looking for an IC to produce at least 500 lines/day . . . sm
and I can work on my OWN SCHEDULE, just as long as it's back in 24 hours, and who pays at least 8cents/line per 65-characters with spaces??? I keep applying to places that seem to fit this, but then they want me to work certain hours, that's not what being an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR entails. Thanks you guys!
They lie, cheat, and steal...

I hope it all comes out in the open soon!
and the line counter is a cheat

I swear their line counter is rigged.



Yes, you are correct. They cheat you on spaces. Stay away!! sm
They say they pay you for spaces, but in actuality they cut the number of spaces in half and only pay you for half of the spaces. I figured their little dishonest business out and left without a word to anyone and let them figure out why I was no longer working. I never confronted them. Had no desire to when they were flat out dishonest, but my calculations were 100% on the money with total spaces cut in half for 2 weeks straight line count. Sad because other than that I liked the company and work, just couldn't get line count up and lead me to be suspicious enough to figure out why.
Why wouldn't they cheat the line counts? Q got away with it...
only a slap on the wrist. I bet all transcription services are cheating the lines!
18 PTO. ha ha ha ha ha ha and you think you can produce

Do they happen to talk about how lines are attained NOW?

Remember we are into an area of counting lines we haven't been in before...EDITING.

They have us totally in a fog.  And you think we can even keep up with what they are doing, much less double check them?

MQ will never offer anything that will do anything but make you carry all the risk and they will make all the profit.  And when you drop by the wayside because you are broke, they will kick you to the curb and hire another body to EDIT.  Whatever that heck that is supposed to be in their world.

I know that when my company has MTs who produce
poor quality work that they usually don't get much work or told that work is slow.  They do this instead of firing the MTs in most cases.   I have seen the work of the MTs who say what good quality work they produce, but it is horrible, not even spellchecked.   I know this may not be the case in every situation though.  I see people who also work for my company (not TT) complaining about lack of work or not enough work, but I have always had all I could handle and there was always more if I wanted it.    My MTSO says it is very hard to balance the work.  If she hires more MTs when work is plentiful, then when it gets slow she either has to spread it thin all around or someone has to go without.   If she doesn't hire when there is extra work then we get out of TAT and we are asked to work more in order to stay in TAT.   I personally wouldn't want to have to deal with those issues because it is a no win situation. 
M-TEC and Andrews produce MTs that are the cream of the crop.
M-TEC's course usually takes anywhere from 9-18 months to complete. I'm not sure about Andrews.

I have hired MTs from both those schools as well as other lesser-known schools, and the M-TEC and Andrews grads are the only ones that were worth keeping onboard.

Andrew graduates produce like pros.
Why is it hard to produce quality work?
You are either good at your job or not. If not, then find another line of work. If you don't think you are paid enough to take the time to produce quality work, then find another company to work for.
To be honest I would not like my health insurance riding on MQ with having to produce this and that
as they do have a nack of running people out of works and onto multiple accounts. I feel much safer carrying my own health insurance as an SE and not having to worry about MQ coming up with some other quirk in the future and you have to scramble for health insurance.
I guess it does not matter how nice someone is, if you can't produce due to disorganization, huh?

I am just really nervous.  The company I have been with for over a year does not offer benefits and it is really scary to go switching jobs for benefits.  I do have a family and need benefits.  But I would rather be certain in my accounts and my company that I am work then to take a huge leap of faith, get a job where you cannot meet production due to whatever reasons and then be out of money, job, etc.  This is a scary field to switch jobs in.  Thanks for all info!  I appreciate it!  You may have just saved me from making a huge mistake. 

If the off-shores produce "client-ready reports" why do you need THREE tiers of QA? nm
True. bottom line - our job is to produce accurate, legal - sm
medical documents in the ENGLISH language. No one is ever quite as proficient in a second language as they are their native one. We spend our whole lives continuing to learn the nuances of our own language. If my medical record affects my care, or a possible court case, and ESPECIALLY my ability to receive & retain health insurance, you better believe I want it typed by a person for whom English is their #1 language, and by someone who is paid enough to actually care about the quality of the job they are doing.
Because in a production environment, the MT will generally produce a significantly higher number of
lines per day.
I agree, especially when they had to produce a phony number and gave someone's home phone with th
answering machine on. I also feel it's a fishing expedition. I guess we'll all soon find out...
1800 lines is easily achieved. I average 300-340 lines per hour. nm
10 lines per minute = 1500 lines for 150 minutes - average. nm
I average 1200-1400 lines per day with a national, and am only getting around 600-800 lines per day.
It's been this way since the day before Thanksgiving. I've been doing this for almost 30 years now, and more often than from Thanksgiving until the new year is the slowest time of the year. I have some months where I am swamped with up to 2000 lines per day. I stash that little extra money, and take advantage of a handful of extremely slow days this time of the year to actually cook dinner, decorate for Christmas, or do Christmas shopping. I actually anticipate this slow time every year and have grown to enjoy the breathing time. Any time I have attempted to pick up extra work with another company to supplement these slow times, the minute I get adjusted to the new accounts, etc. I have no time to finish all of my work because my full time job with national gets slammed again. Hang in there if you can, and hopefully your work will pick up significantly around New Years.
They work with you to make sure you get the lines required or the amount of lines you want...
I have never had a problem getting more work
Minimum lines for FT used to be 60,000 keystrokes a day, about 925 lines. Pay was good. Just not a
Yes it is possible to double your lines. I cant type 460 lines an hour but I can get those with VR
Regular lines, not weighted lines
was what I got paid for....
12K lines payperiod is 6K lines a week.
0.8 x 1000 lines = $80.00 - 0.8 x 1500 lines = $120.

It's not 1600 lines -- it's 16,000 lines...and
I've got my contract right here and have already gotten 2 checks and YES, I am getting 9.5 cpl base rate.

I don't know what other people are getting. Don't really care. I work for MY paycheck. Gosh.
Why would they "fix" lines? The more lines you
transcribe, the more you make, the more you make, the more you make. It wouldn't profit any company to put a lid on line counts.
My lines have dropped too and I thought it was because I was slacking off or something - my checks have been 300 dollars less for the past 3 pay periods....hmmmmm
300+ lines?
can you email me - I want to know HOW you do it? tanks! myfingershurt63@yahoo.com
Like I said--how many lines do you do?
A whole lot of people don't like it--a whole lot more than do.  How many lines are you able to do?  Care to share since you love Transcend so much.  Is it more than 400 lines an hour typing and more than 600 lines an hour editing?  If not, you can't understand my situation at all.
How do you get 1-1/2 lines?
On my account, I never get that, the most I'm offered is 0.05 a line extra.
they are saying 250 because I want $15 per hour,but honestly..I'm having a hard time keeping up.....I can do the 250, but it would take time to get used to the dictators and get all templates/abbreviations on the system. I was offered a job with Medquist for 8 cpl, 8.5 if you go over a certain number of lines.... however, they get such bad press I haven't sent in thep paperwork and was thinking of only trying them part time to start.....anyone with any advice? TIA
8 cpl for 11,000 lines a pay, 8.5 for 14,000 lines and over. nm
From what I hear it all depends on the MQ office you work out of. I understand Amherst has a fit if your off by 15 minutes.
UGH, I think it should be either or lines or hours, not both. They just want to get the max out of us!!!
3 lines
I have 3 lines. My long distance is through AT&T from a long time ago. It is unlimited and it covers all three lines.
Yes, I have to say how many lines I will do but
I don't have to work a set schedule.  If you read the post above mine, you will see that the poster says she thinks it's because people just get on 24/7 whenever they feel like it and type and that's why there is no work, and it sounds like she thinks it would be better if we worked within a certain time frame so we could get our work in during those hours.  I don't think that is the problem at all.  I have been with MDI for several years and having access was never a problem before; when I was ready to work there was work.  I think the problem now is that there are just too many people and not enough work to go around.
usually around 5000 lines per pay period.

It depends on the company.

dsg lines
Can anyone share how many lines per hour you do approximately at DSG.  I work there and just seems like it takes me forever to get lines in....
osi lines
I use a lot of templates and some I use probably 15 times a day, and I noticed one day that where this particular template used to be about 30 lines, it is now 27. I have been a Transcriptionist for a long time and I know how actual lines are not the ones I see on the page.
Yes, yes, and seems to be okay with lines. nm
For how many lines?
lines per day
Ack!! I'd be in a lot of pain in my wrists and back if I had to do 1800 lines every single day! Maybe I'm getting too old for this...sigh.
NEW??? Well, how many lines do you do and get 11 cpl?
I just started with Webmedx about a month ago and am too averaging about 110 lph being faced with the minimum requirement of 150 lph.  They gave me my first account, and it was almost always out of work (this was an immediate need and quick hire for this account, I begged for another account and they gave it to me, that one is nearly almost out of work, I now have 4 accounts and still run out OR they ESL is so bad that I can hardly crank out a report and have to put it in QA and it takes (most of the time) forever to hear anything back.  I email my manager and it takes days to hear back from her.  I email the help desk (and have even called) and it takes them FOREVER to respond to a problem, and then when they do it is after the problem has been solved and they just say, well it seems to be running okay now, let us know if you have any further problems.  I'm sorry but I am just not used to that kind of thing.  If you cannot even hear from your manager same day that can be crucial!  I am struggling to get any lines out and I am just frustrated to my eyeballs.  I  need LINES and I just cannot seem to get them to understand that.  Anyway, my two cents, along with a little venting.
are you still there? I've only been there about a month now and cannot get in a good line count to save my life. I used to do 1800+ at my previous job and averaged $22/hour there, but at webmedx I am averaging about $6/hr! teenagers at McDonald's are making more than I am!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Lines PT
PT lines are 6000 a pay period.
Can someone tell me how to get more lines?

I work at a company that uses a word-based software.  We have no requirements on how our reports are typed.  We can add spaces, heading, etc, as we see fit.  Can anyone give me tips on how to increase my line count with this criteria. 

If I indent will this increase my lines?  If I change the margins will this help, etc:?  Any information on how to increase my lines will be appreciated.