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Are Keystroke part times ICs? nm

Posted By: MT on 2008-08-19
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For the most part, I agree. Dorothy and I have butted heads a few times, sm

but I do believe that she truly cares about the welfare of her MTs, and is not some evil monster sitting on her throne, deliberately overhiring so she can make lots of people suffer.  As you pointed out, it is not even good business sense.

I am not on the inside track, so I really do not know what the plan is as far as continuing to hire new MTs when many are complaining there is no work, but I have to believe there is some kind of plan.   I have been fortunate.  I was running out of work, and they gave me another account, so I can make my quota.  Plus, I just decided I would be stubborn and sit and take the reports whenever I can get them, all day long if I have to do it that way. 

I suppose in my dream world, there would always be plenty of work, anytime I want it, with only the best of the docs dictating.   But, barring that, I still think MDI-MD is one of the best companies out there to work for, and I wouldn't consider leaving right now. 

Speaking of work, I had foot pedal issues last night, so I am behind and should get busy. 

Happy New Year, one last time. 

I have one full-time job and 2 part-time jobs. It can be tricky at times, sm
but at least I now have plenty of work always. I have some big financial goals, and right now that seems to be the only way to accomplish it.  I can't see any reason why it would not be legal -- why would you say that?  I am cheating no one, except myself (out of sleep and a social life).  Fortunately, I am single with no children or anything.  I cannot imagine doing this if I had a family.  At least my dogige understands. 
A lot of times, if they need extra help, they will over 1-1/2 times our regular rate. sm
This is the equivalent of OT but you get it even if you have not done 40 hours already. I have also received AmerExp gift cards a few times for incentives offered. I think it depends on the account.

I do know for sure that they are working on an incentive program but I have no details and not even sure if they are still looking at it.

I do know for sure that I make more $$ with Keystrokes than I have ever made anywhere else.
pay by keystroke
Pay by keystroke?  Anyone familiar with this.  I am concerned as I have only been paid in the past at cpl.  I am currently being paid 10 cpl which I know is good in today's market and don't want to take a cut.  I type approximately 1800-2000 lines per 8/hour shift.
keystroke pay
How does word Expander fit into this kepstroke pay approach?
means just that, you are paid for the keys you actually hit.  Thus "tp" with word Expander becomes "the patient" but you will be paid only for the "tp" you actually typed.  I expect this to be universal in the not too distant future.
keystroke means everything typed - characters, spaces, punctuation. I work for them and have found it to be right on par with getting paid on a per line basis.
If they pay by the keystroke, does that mean
that you don't get paid per character when using ShortHand or a PRD? For example, I'm thinking that if you typed asap for as soon as possible you would only get paid for 4 Keystrokes (the asap)?
Info. on Keystroke Pro?
Anybody know anything about Keystroke Pro?  I believe they are based in the eastern U.S. and do mostly radiology accounts.
Info. on Keystroke Pro?

Thanks for the information.  I wasn't looking for a job there, they just left me a message about doing work for our acute-care radiology department and I was just curious since I had never heard of that particular company.

Appreciate the response!



Keystroke treads - sm
Wonder how long before the threads about Keystrokes will stay on this board before they are removed, like all the rest disappear?
Keystroke expanders
Can anyone recommend a keystroke Expander software program? I have heard Instant Text and Shorthand are good.
getting paid by keystroke/DRC
I realize now there is a company named Keystroke, and I am not referring to that.  I simply want to know what it means to be paid by the keystroke and how this correlates to cpl pay.  Anyone with input on this?  Is this different from being paid by the character and what happens with word Expander programs?  Thanks.
Keystroke clarification..
I mean being paid by the keystroke, not the company Keystroke.  Sorry for the confusion.
Keystroke MT: E-mail me please if -
you work on an OPs account only.  Looking to find happy Keystrokes people on Ops accounts.  Never met an unhappy KS person :) but would like to speak to someone who does the above type account.  Thanks!!!
Keystroke Info
You may a wise choice, and welcome to Keystrokes! I will try to help you. I have only been there since January myself, so I cannot help on the day off question. However, there will be new health insurance in place by the time you are eligible. The owner of Keystrokes is working diligently to get the best rates and coverage. We still don't have that information yet, but we are reassured that we will be pleased with the new insurance. We also just started with AFLAC, but, again, I am not eligible for those benefits yet. I hope you get your other questions answered. I am very satisfied with company and hope to retire here. The owner actually encourages you to contact her with any concerns you need addressed. Again, welcome to Keystrokes!
Keystroke posters
It could also be because when they post questions on the other board which they are given access to when they begin working for KS - they are required to use the KS initials so that their supervisor can check up on them and see if they made an inquiry to the MTdaily board before leaving a blank.  Then if they haven't - it's a reprimand.  Been there - done that - glad it's over.
this must be a Keystroke representative...
Keystroke Questions
Have been an MT at MQ for 9 years, thinking of applying at KS where the MTs seem to be much happier.  MQ provides all equipment so I am wondering just what I would need.  I make 9 cpl now, would their pay be comparable?  Would I need to purchase an expander?  Do they pay less for editing? Any help is appreciated.
If every keystroke is counted, how could it not
If every keystroke is counted, how could it not
Does anyone have the email for Keystroke? Thanks :-)
I just did a Google on Keystroke Pro and they are based in sm

The UK but do work in the U.S. too.  I could not find much except their website. 

Keystrokes Transcription Service in Illinois has customers and transcriptionists all over the United States with no work sent out of the country.  This is off their website.  There are too - www.WeTypeXray.com and www.KeystrokesTranscription.com.

Happy Weekend!

message for Keystroke staff
How long did it take from the time you sent in your resume, answered all questions, and took the test to be notified if you were accepted (or not)?
Current Keystroke MT's - please read!
Why or why do they never get back to you? If I did lousy on their test (which I very much doubt) at least write and tell me! I've got 25 years experience. I am currently doing radiology (and have been for the last ten years) and heard that they were a great company. But they never, ever get back to you when you test, e-mail, etc. Is something going on there? Are they still good to work for? I don't want insurance even! Just looking for a decent employer, good line rate and pleasant co-workers. On my part I am a hard and dedicated employee looking for a great company to affiliate with. Anyone have any info???
It's not word based - keystroke combos are different. NM
the MT service you are referring to is Keystrokes, so you are fine with keystroke :)
I cannot say enough good things about Keystroke, not just one month but years
I remember when they were having growing pains and I was with another company and saw them on this board. Lee even got on to defend her company. At least she cared and nothing but good things have happened to this company. She still cares. Recently complaints were of running out of work and needing secondaries, and high insurance. She contacted all MTs and has been working on and from what I understand is correcting all that. She is a hands on owner and appears to deeply care for the Transcriptionist even though she cannot see our faces.

All of my posting is from hands on experiences and if for 2 years I can say this is where I want to retire after all the other companies I have had to go through, I am only trying to help and not post pie in the sky hoopla to rope anyone in. This is a down to earth, straight shooting company that I am sure is in it for profit but deeply cares for the transcriptionists who work for her and not make that profit while we eat 69 cent pot pies because our pay checks are so crummy. it takes time even for a good transcriptionists to get familiar with a new account but if the dictation is fairly distributed (I mean first in, first out, unless other arrangements are made between you and the company) then there is hope and a chance to make a living. I don't think it is fair to complete with your team leaders for dictation because they will always win and you will be left with what they do not want as they have dictation goals too with some nationals along with supposedly helping you. That is my 2 cents.
Keystroke radiology - flexible shift or strict?
I have tried searching the archives and found conflicting information.  A few posts say you must work an assigned shift but other posts say work when you want.  Which is it, or is it both depending on the account? 
Past posts have been positive. They pay by the keystroke. Used to be all Cphone accts, think
OH - I thought part transcription, part escription, but don't know for sure
They no longer hire part-time and may be eliminating part-time employees within the next 6 months.
They are going to have those that are PT go FT if possible. Some accounts require 1 weekend day, but not all. Most transcriptionists have 1 account with 1 back-up account. I know that they are hiring for hospital accounts in medical records and radiology right now.
No PTO for part-time. Not sure if you can work part-time or not since recent rule change. sm
You do pay a deposit for their equipment.
There is a part-time and a flexible part-time, just left there and they offered
me both. Flexible, however, is more or less when they need you (I.e. weekends), part-time is fixed hours.
Yes I know they hire part time because I referred someone there for part time.
They are internet based.
From what I understand, the part-time positions will be only be for those that are already part-time
It is not a restructuring of the company, just of some of the existing part-time positions.

I know that there are a few employees who have been with Keystrokes for many, many years who are part-time and they will not displaced.

Other than that, there have been many discussions why there will not be any new part-time employees hired, and I really don't think they will back down on that.
Me too. I got cut off one too many times.
I can't tell you how many times....
this has happened to me! It's as if they either don't listen, or don't want to hear that you are only able to take X amount of work each day. Don't you feel taken advantage of? The only solution I've found is to leave the MTSO and keep looking for someone who will respect your requests. It's tough to bounce around like that, but I don't think your existing MTSO will change. Good luck.
I think so, although at times the
communication can be not so great.   I don't know how many MTs KS has, though they seem to be growing so fast that the number is subject to change weekly, but there is still a small feel to it.  The owner is fairly forthcoming with information, at least from what I have seen thus far. 
Here are the times - SM
If your last name starts with the letter A through F: 10 AM

If your last name starts with the letter G through O: 11:30 AM

If your last name starts with the letter P through Z: 2 PM
You have said that 3 times...
Who are you trying to convince? If the hourly QCs were worried about quality instead of their own prestige and how much money they make, things might have been different....
Not at the times it happens. Not at all....
Anyone who has done this for a while knows that there are slowdowns around major holidays, like T-giving, Christmas, 4th of July. At my other companies, I did not run out of work on May Day, Cinco DE Mayo, Columbus Day...you get the idea. They overhire. Period. They have a right to do so. The MTs you lose due to that practice are the high producers with stellar accuracy ratings, not those who shall have trouble finding other jobs.
How many times can you do that?
It takes at least 90 days to get benefits at a new company. It is not just an easy decision to move on. If you can't get that concept then just skip the messages by the MTs who have every legitimate right to complain about these companies.

Why don't you think before you post such flippant answers?
In times like these...

Ya'll, in times like these, I tell myself.  Self, the ink has already dried on the paper, nothing can be changed.  There is no use getting heart palpitations/angina over it.  From past experiences, most everybody knows what is going to happen.  Now, I tell myself, when the time comes, you have to consider all the pros and cons from all sides and then make a rational decision.  I remember when MQ went through this and all the hair pulling-out and teeth gnashing (myself included) that went on.  If you cannot accept what is written in concrete, you (I) need to make a decision and go for it.  In the meantime, I will put my nose to the grindstone, tighten my proverbial budget belt, and work as hard as I can and try and save some money for a rainy day.


Again and I have said it many times sm
before......it has only become like this since the schools have advertised MT as a work at home job! Also those who only got into this profession soley for the fact of working at home......I really feel bad for you.

The MT profession is an honorable profession to be in. It is about the patients and never should have been represented as it has been in the last 10 or so years. This has what has brought it to the level it has become.
Tried to start with them 3 times
I was offered a position with them, gave notice in-house, then they called me the day before I was supposed to start and said the had lost the account. A similar situation happened 2 other times.
Times change. It's not about YOU, it's about

what the reality is today, not four months ago.

Congratulations on your windfall, though.

If you have doubts, email or call the person who hired you and they'll verify this.


last year I was down quite a few times because of
evacuations. Just decided to move out of Florida instead.
I transcribed 1,195 lines and ichart reflected only 154.08 lines the next day! I documented line counts every day, and for one pay period it was 2500 lines off on their end! - disqualified from benefits too. NO answer from supervisor.
This has been discussed many times over the last

few weeks.  Do a search of this site and you will find many posts.  You can scroll down or go to the second page and probably even the third page at the bottom and find posts from people who work there.  I know I am very happy.  They are a very nice company with excellent benefits. 

I have said many times for two years
That I am with Medware, they treat me fair and keep me in work.  The line rate is higher that MQ where I spent 4 years, the insurance coverage at Medware is $17/week for United Healthcare, the incentive plan is attainable, we get direct deposit every other Friday.  They treat you fairly.  Sometime I wish I did not read this board, but I still believe there are those who are looking for a better company and ask for information.  I happen to like working for Medware.  Calling someone an idiot is rude, I guess one must consider the source.  Time to go to work.