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Around $300-$350 for both of you, if I remember correctly -

Posted By: Daisy on 2005-12-30
In Reply to: Precyse Solutions benefits? - considering offer

I've only been there 1-1/2 months. You have to wait 3 months before you're eligible for insurance, but your PTO they say you can use anytime. I'm so surprised how fast it adds up. I already have about $200 PTO.

Hope that helps. Good luck.

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If I remember correctly, the pay is about 3-5 cpl and
they use a system I was unfamiliar with. I declined their offer.

But hey, if it suits you, go for it.
In their defense, if I remember correctly, their name
was very similar to at least 1 other and possibly 2 other transcription companies.  I don't know if that was the reason for the change or not. 
It DID have a spellchecker, but a really poor one, if I remember correctly. nm
if I remember correctly, isn't that Spheris' India department?
Supposedly over 4000 employees, JUST for that India account, according to Advance Health Magazine...
Nope, but if I remember correctly you have to do a physical and all that jazz wherever you are.

This was back in 2005 when Diskriter first landed the Florida hospital.  I worked there and had to actually take a three page form to my doctor to fill out.  I had to pay for my own urine drug screen and TB test administered for a local lab and provide the lab with a postage paid envelope to mail the results directly to the hospital in Florida.

I put up a fuss because I thought all that was a little much for a remote MT position, especially when you consider that I would probably never set foot inside the facility so who cared if I passed my physical and got a TB test?

Am I seeing correctly, already doing VR and
they are cutting your pay from an already low to a lower rate??
Yes, you read it correctly - sm
The platform is fairly basic.

They have made some huge improvements in it since I started editing on it but there is still some room to improve.

As with any other program, you can expect a learning curve so it's really about finding a way to make it work for you.

I have been seeing some improvement in my production (baby steps) but it would be really nice if I was at least making what I was before with just transcribing. I'm not, in case that wasn't clear.

Not to put the entire blame on the platform, I need to readjust my thinking and approach to getting my work done. It's different.

I have been very happy with Transcend for a long time. They are listening, even if sometimes they don't appear to be. It just takes a little time for them to figure out what needs to be changed in order for us (MLSs) to get our jobs done faster and easier.

Like I said, I'm trying to be patient because the last platform switch (when we went to VoiceScribe) was kind of a mess for about a year before it was really working smoothly but it turned out pretty darn good too. I still have hope for editing on this BT platform.
Spell correctly.
Maybe their line rate was low because you couldn't type well. It is atrocious
or get paid correctly. nm
Not paid correctly

One of the companies I have worked for for almost a year has never paid me correctly. Sometimes, it is only by a few dollars, but others, it is quite a bit. I asked them about it a few months ago and was told something like all the work you do doesn't always get over to us. I didn't really understand this, but for some reason, just blew it off at the time. Well, my last check was a little over $100 short from what the system said it should have been. When I tried to confront them about it, they won't answer my emails or the person I need to talk to is always out of the office or not able to talk. This just really makes me mad and just wanted to know if anyone else has had this problem.

Yes, CORRECTLY. Redundant.
If I am understanding you correctly,
companies have no business wanting an accurate report?? There is nothing wrong with requiring 98% quality in a report. If you are a good MT, it doesn't matter how long or short the report is, it will be accurate and meet the standards for you company or facility, that is, if you want to keep a job anywhere.
If I recall correctly...
We ran out of work once while I was on that account, and they paid for no work downtime at an hourly rate.  If anyone is really interested, I would speak with the recruiter because I believe they do pay for no work available and technical downtime.
you said it correctly. In this business sm
you work when the work is there or you don't work. Its a part of the job. I never liked the weekends either but hubby and I worked around them and adjusted things so one of us was always with the kids.

Sounds like MTs now want tons of money, the 9-5 shift and nothing to enter their little world. That is great but it is not the profession. I wouldn't expect a nurse or a doctor to say they don't want to work weekends or any other medical professional so what makes us any better? If the work is there at odd hours and you work on production then you work when the work si there or don't work!
If you need benefits, you chose correctly.
Funny, I missed that one. At least she used it correctly once, LOL. nm
Then spell stupid correctly.
Wait, am I understanding you correctly? ... sm
Are you saying that the work flow is up and down like this a lot? I'm a relative newbie to the company and I was told that they always had an abundance of work. I'm a little in shock right now.
Think I could have spelled "thing" correctly.....LOL. NM
If I understand the article correctly,

the records were stolen FROM a Transcriptionist who was subcontracting, not BY a transcriptionist, probably as a result of a computer being stolen or a home break-in, although the article did not say.  It seems the only way to prevent this type of records breach would be to keep all transcriptionists in-house.  Or am I missing something? 

And she doesn't even spell her name correctly
If you had bothered to read correctly- it said
Some years ago working inhouse and my having seniority and supposedly had first choice at vacation, the time I chose was a time another person with less seniority needed for a trip overseas. She had put in for the time I wanted and I was told like it or lump it and I did not have a choice in that week. Being as I was making good money, I just sucked it up and stayed there. HOW DO YOU GET SHE TOLD SOMEONE ELSE TO SUCK IT UP????? SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT HERSELF. READ CORRECTLY NEXT TIME.
You do not read posts correctly
I said I was starting work around 12 and was late. No one contacted me about my not being signed in. I never sent an email and did not say I did. Maybe that is why you donít work for them anymore, reading something into things not there.
if you would read the posts correctly...sm
the *broom closet* statement was posted in the one above mine. I was just responding to hers, and I was trying to be funny about the mailorder bride thing. apparently you don't have a sense of humor either, on top of being rude.
You heard correctly. I quit over a month ago, sm
and can't seem to get anyone interested in getting their computer back. Does that tell you anything???? Glad I left...what a mess that place has turned into after their supposed reorganization last year!
Folks really need to read the posts correctly....
Guess some are coming out from underneath that rock again. I asked others if they had to work for Christmas. Please get things right. I work the hours I want and AM NOT WORKING CHRISTMAS by choice. Hello... do you comprehend what you read???
Offshoring MT has been going on since the 1980s if I understand correctly. SM
It picked up big time in the 1990s, follow the money. It also has been done in prisons. When I first heard about that I was shocked, but it seems as nothing can shock me anymore.

I know about our tax returns being offshored, and things the above poster mentioned. I had to call a CC company the other day, and the call center was in India. I cut that CC up promptly (probably to my benefit anyway, LOL), and I know a lot of computer call centers are in India.

I wish I had an answer for all this. I know it's a global economy. We are going to have to adapt and it's scary.

As far as the AAMT or whatever it's called now, that is very disappointing. The word American shouldnt even be in their name.
Spelling correctly would help search function. nm

Oh, I read correctly. Apparently you're sm
not seeing the point - you accepted .075 cpl.  YES, I understand clinic notes.  You don't place much value on your skill apparently. 
I wish people read these posts correctly.
I am amazed that people here do not read the postings correctly and assume and go on and on about something that was not said in the first place. NEVER was the person posting about her father dying told to suck it up, NEVER. Arent we all transcriptionists and we have to listen and transcribe correctly what is heard? I am totally amazed myself that this just went on and on and it was NEVER said to the person whose father died.
Whatever company you work for, you should verify that it counts correctly. sm
Take the document, cut and paste it into Word, count it that way. No way I would take the word of a company or a program unless I can verify my lines.

I do not work for Keystrokes but had to give my 2 cents, whatever it's worth!
When nm guessed correctly, the moderator pulled that post too.
She guessed with a line from Romeo and Juliet without giving a name and that post was pulled too.
See last post; I didn't explain hours correctly

Last word here - People here need to read a post correctly
I never told HER to suck it up. Why donít you read postings correctly. Can you not make a distinction between me saying I JUST SUCKED IT UP as telling about my vacation and you saying something entirely different? What is the matter with the posters here? I am outta here for the afternoon. Everyone have a good time.
I guess I could have missed a number, but thought I dialed it correctly nm
Docs can't be trusted to spell medical terms correctly much less a doc's name. NM
Re: The post asking if MTStars mods are MTSOs, Goldbird answered correctly.

I own the MTStars website and I have a team of 7 moderators and none of them are owners of transcription services, nor are they management of any transcription service.  We have never had moderators in any transription ownership or management position since we went live many years ago.  If anyone has any questions about this, you can email me directly at admin@mtstars.com.  I have removed any posts other than the post Goldbird made responding to the original poster below so everyone is clear. Thank you.

Wow, really. I can't even remember the
I will be calling KS today then. Thank you for your honesty and getting back to me.
I remember that, too. Everyone was trying to get on with them.

I had two MT friends who worked there, then things started going south.  They kept trying to get me to apply there.

i remember...
a posting from someone saying they are good to work with and are hiring. sorry dont remember much else. good luck

I don't remember,
That is exactly how I remember it.
They did pay me a good line rate, but with no headers/footers, and I had a hard time making 1000 lines a day. I think I was on the worst account they had, BMH, about 90% ESL (worst I ever had too). My QA would call and scream at me for doing cardio, not for a mistake, but because I was not assigned to it. The clerks used to beg me to type it. She was supposedly the worst one there.
I can't remember her last name.
Been about 10 years since I worked for her.

I remember something about that but
don't remember which companies.  Can someone please tell me if Amphion, Cymed or Medware is one of these companies?  I'm about to apply to all 3 of them.
just remember...
The US MT will always be in demand. Unfortunately, in some cases only in an editing capacity. Do you think that work being transcribed in India is able to be edited and returned in an acceptable manner to the US doctor dictating it?  Absolutely not. The foreign physicians in our country depend on us to produce properly formatted reports, so how can a MT from India possibly come close to accomplishing this if it were not for the editing US MT. You really can't blame the US physician who contracts with a national co. and does not know his work is going to India. Why can't HIPAA reinforce a regulation stating that no US transcription should ever leave this country in any capacity?  Certain countries have restrictions on importing and exporting products. Why does are country not step up to the plat?  MTs have to form some kind of alliance to stop this...petitioning the government, etc.  Striking is not the answer because until some enforcement is in place, our jobs will continue to go overseas and back here for editing.
I think I remember you.

I remember the post (if it was yours) on the company board and remember it didn't stay on the board very long.  If I remember correctly, even though they removed your negative (truthful) post, the majority of the posts that remained were negative, complaining about things like the terrible platform and some being afraid they would have to apply for food stamps soon.

And if you're the person I'm thinking of, I believe you and I even emailed each other a couple times because I, too, had many concerns when you brought yours to the board.

You weren't wrong, and neither was I.  The only mistake I made was I stayed there a little longer than you did.  I should have left when you left.

I can't blame the newbies either because they simply don't know any better.  It's part of the process with this company.  They make sure things are great at the beginning, and then the downward process slowly begins.

Every single thing you have said is true.  If people don't want to believe it, then they can waste a few years of their life at Transcend, too.  I'm just grateful that I now work for a credible, honest company and couldn't be happier.  Hopefully, this will remain the case, and I can stay with this company for many years.  But after my experience at Transcend, my radar is definitely always on, and at the first hint of preferential treatment to someone else or lies being told to me, etc.,  I won't hesitate to leave this company as I hesitated to leave Transcend.

How to remember
An easy way to distringuish is to think of the first 3 letters of adduction. You are adding it to your body, therefore it is towards the body. The same would be true for adductors, so just think of addition to your body in any form and you should be good to go. Hope this helps.
As far as I remember...sm

you had to do up a schedule for every week of the days you would be working.  You picked the days and number of minutes you would commit to.  So, if you were working part-time and committed to 50 minutes a day, you could work those whenever you wanted to, (50 minutes x 5 days) as long as you made your commitment.  I don't think you ever had to work any weekends.

As for being an IC, I have never had this kind of insurance.  As far as I am concerned, if the doc signs it, he is saying he read it over and agrees.  I don't think any IC MTs have ever been sued, but I don't know for sure.  Maybe post this question on the main board.  The companies save big bucks using ICs so there must be something in place for protection.  I think most MTs are ICs. 

When you are an IC, you set yourself up as your own business, sole proprietor.  It is as simple as registering your name.  I have an accountant do my income tax every year and it costs about $200.  Hope this helps.

i cant remember the name.. c msg
but the email came from someone in Recruiting (female's name). The same person who informed me about passing the test and contacting me on the next recruitment was the same one who sent me the attachments ot download. Our situation is very different, but just by their pay scale, you can do better. I can deal with not being paid for headings (I guess), but I cannot deal with not being paid for spaces.
I think I remember something about them on...
MtChat.com. but I cant seem to access it this week. I cant really remember the deal but apparently they did something to their employees that made a ton of them quit so that is probably why they are hiring. You might want to keep checking back at that website and see if it comes up and then it will let you do a search on them.
anyone remember
Does anyone remember ddi, inc. Those were the days when transcription was a great job.