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But there was a message inside, so I was confused! nm

Posted By: That's what I thought it meant on 2006-01-30
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Confused, Anxious, Frenzied, & Disgusted....no, this is not a new legal team, see message!
I have been trying to muddle all this out on my own and am really suffering from a nervous breakdown.  I really need to work, bennies are not a point of contention, and I am thinking of switching from MQ, where I can bet super pay and schedule, but go crazy with anxiety from all the mess, to either Softscript, Integrity Systems, Transolutions, Advantec, or New England Transcriptions....the offers are similar, but I have been at this SO many years, need to work at home now versus hospital (have done both), and just want to find a home, work hard with pride, make a decent pay, be treated as a human with dignity......PLEASE, any and all input, either here or by e-mail, would be soooo appreciated, I am really under the gun to make a decision, and sooooo sick of regrets!!  Thanks so very much!
nm is no message inside........nm
message inside

I just signed on with them. So far so good. They seem to place you where your strengths are. Good luck.:)
no message inside.........
see message inside
They have a new platform now, which is user-friendly.  Like any new job, it takes time to learn and gain speed.  My experience with everyone has been excellent.  They are there and always willing to help you.  It's worth a try if you are willing to give them a chance.  You will get paid 3 days for training, which is also a plus!
SM, see message (inside); NM, no message (inside)
sent you an email - no message inside
Sorry, message too long, see inside
I meant instead of saying quit, or something equally ridiculous without addressing what she said, to prove what she said was untrue. It can't be done, it is all true. I am not flaming, but I have been there, done that, and am equally tired of reading from management, you're going to love this...., and then find out it equal $200-300 less a month. Just facts lady.
sm = see message (inside post)
Thanks for the info! - No message inside
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PRECYSE SOLUTIONS (no message inside)
nm=no message inside. Can't believe it's so hard to understand. nm
Spheris India. See Message Inside.

Coimbatore has the potential to become one of the largest Medical Transcription (MT) centres outside the US due to the advantages of a large number of student population and health care knowledge available in the city, according to Mr Suresh Nair, CEO and Managing Director, Spheris India Pvt Ltd, Bangalore, and President, the Indian Medical Transcription Industry Association (IMTIA).

The Industry, which now largely depends on business from the health care institutions in the US, could also expect to secure greater business from the hospitals in India in the coming years as the health insurance business that drives the growth of the MT industry is set to gain greater acceptance among the people here, he said.

Addressing the media here, he said the MT industry in India currently employs around 20,000 people and compared with other BPO activities such as call centre jobs, the attrition rate in MT sector was less. The size of the business generated by the MT industry annually in India was estimated at $250 million that was a fraction of the global MT industry's business volume of $12 billion. In India, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi were prominent centres for the MT industry but now the business is seen shifting to smaller cities such as Pune, Kochi and Coimbatore. The industry is witnessing a 50 per cent annual growth in the country.

He said though the US health care sector generated the largest volume of business for the MT industry in India, other countries such as Australia, the UK, West Asia and Singapore offered good potential. He said more than 50 per cent of the medical transcription work was done inhouse by hospitals in the US and this offered more opportunity for growth.

Mr Nair clarified that the medical transcription work was moving from the US to India not because of any cost advantage but because of the growing shortage in the availability of medical transcription personnel in the US. There was an estimated 10 per cent annual decline in transcriptionists capacity every year in the US because of retirement and inadequate number of new recruits joining the profession there.

He said it was estimated that India requires addition of 10,000 transcriptionists every year to cope with the demand. Apart from the Philippines that had traditionally competed with India for this work, others such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan have joined the race to get their share of the outsourcing pie. There are signs of South American nations and countries in the West Indies setting up capabilities in this field.

He said there has been a gradual migration of companies in the industry from larger cities such as Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad to smaller cities such as Pune, Coimbatore and Kochi in the last two or three years. In the last twelve months, three or four MT companies have moved to Coimbatore from Bangalore. Powered by the growth in broadband connectivity, there was also growing trend of transcriptionists working from home that offered tremendous employment potential to women.

Mr Nair expected Coimbatore to have 5,000 medical transciptionists in the next 18 months. Asked about the safeguards the MT companies have put in place to get their fee for the work done from clients abroad and to pay their employees here promptly, Mr T.P. Prabhakaran, CEO of Pradot Technologies Private Ltd, Bangalore, which also has a unit here, said the companies entered into contracts directly with the hospitals and also obtained part of the payment in advance. The MT companies have established their presence in the business and have strong relationship with their clients.

Mr Nair said a trained MT could earn up to Rs 10,000-Rs 12,000 a month, and this could go up to Rs 15,000-Rs 20,000 after two years of experience.

Copyright 2000 - 2006 The Hindu Business Line

I feel for you. (long message inside)
I just recently left a job where I was getting paid hourly plus production to make a lot less. It sounds absolutely crazy, I know, but I was a stressed out basketcase. They got a new operations manager not long after I was hired who was not happy about them paying a few of us hourly. They hired a couple of people for each shift and paid them hourly because the account had a lot of downtime and very short TATs on their jobs. Bogging people down with a secondary was causing the work to go out of TAT too much, so they finally decided to try the hourly plus production thing. It was working great. We were happy, the client was happy, and all the work was getting done on time. Anyway, the new operations manager was absolutely horrible and started doing all kinds of stuff that made me feel like the hourly was going to be taken away any minute. Without that, the company didn't have enough to stay for. Each day you were hearing about more stuff happening/changing. The communication was horrible.

Anyway, my point is that you can't always go by money. No or low stress is worth a lot of money to me. I know the bills have to be paid, but your health and well being are more important than any amount of money. It was very hard for me to decide on which company to go with because I had several offers. I prayed about it and took a leap of faith that I was making the right choice this time. Only time will tell, but I feel very positive about it.

Things that should be considered in addition to pay rate per line are: Cost of insurance, paid time off, schedule offered, does the company outsource (an important issue for me), what the minimum quota is, is overtime offered/expected, and is quality as important as quantity to them. The company offering a higher line rate may cost a lot more per month/pay period for insurance, which could end up balancing out the 2 cpl. Who offers the best PTO? To me, the PTO offered says a lot about how the company treats their employees. If they expect the push, push, push for high production but never want to pay for their employees to have well-deserved time off -- I don't want to work for them. I don't like being treated like a number that doesn't have a life away from the computer. Will you be expected to work a lot of overtime or will it be on a voluntary basis? Which one offers a schedule that works best for your lifestyle. I hated working every weekend, and while it was hard, I found a company that was willing to offer me a daytime M-F shift.

Anyway, just some of my thoughts that I hope will help you in your decision. I wish you the best of luck. God bless!

Sorry this turned out to be so long. LOL I actually stopped myself and could have said a lot more - believe it or not!
hmmm, not seeing a post (?) No message inside
NM means No Message inside post
I really must work on my schmoozing skills, ya know? no message inside.
How can a message be confidential if it posted on a public message board? nm

sm small message or see message...geesh..nm
please don't put nm or call yourself nm if you have a message - nm means no message -sm

nm means no message.   sm means see message.   if you call yourself nm, then people might not click to read the rest of your post. 

just trying to help.

ps. if the money is there, why does that particular person's balance say zero?

You must have me confused!
I only have 1 job, full time.  Transcend.  I have never worked 2 jobs and have never posted such a thing.  Sorry.  Wrong girl!

First of all, who needs feedback on every report?  If you are doing your job well, you do not need feedback on a constant basis, especially if you are experienced. 

As for they "steel" lines, i.e. steal, I'm not sure what you are talking about either.    Why would they pay for headers and footers when all the demographics come up for you?  I seldom have to spend any time looking patient names up.  I worked for a company who had you sorting through pages of patient info to get information and felt I should be paid for headers and footers.  In this case, I don't do anything, I verify what is already there and transcribe.  I do not know why your line count is so low, maybe it is the account you are on.  I've never had trouble achieving the bonus at the end of the pay period.

Like I stated before, I speak for myself and each MT has to find the company that fits them best.  Good luck in your search. 



Clarify your statement please, because I don't understand what you are trying to say AT ALL?!?!?!
MQ Confused MT

If you asked for a transfer, some MQ offices have put a freeze on that, if you office is closed, which many have already closed and many more will be closed by the end of the year, you have no choice where you are being transferred

don't get me wrong, there are good offices out there,(Ohio being one but supposedly that is closing also, why i don't know--it is a great office, keep it open) unfortunately all the MQ offices are not run the same so when you are hired it is the luck of the draw on where you are heading


here is a thought, when new MT's are hired, are they being sent to the offices that MQ knows that they are not closing'--why be sent to an office that will close in 3 months


are they still advertising for new hires??

Confused MT-MQ
Some of the MT's at MQ have asked for a transfer and were allowed---some offices no longer allow transfers--I would assume that when you are hired you are sent to an office that needs help and I would hope to one that is not closing at the end of the year. There are good offices out there--if you are being sent to Amherst, please ask to go to another office, try Ohio, but I hear that they are closing too. Stay away from Amherst
I'm confused
do you mean that you didn't find out the pay until after you went through all that testing? I'm confused about how you would know what they pay if you failed the test or the mini-test. why would they not call you to discuss pay if they didn't want to hire you? was it just the pay that made you mad about the tests?
I'm confused
Okay, I am confused and this is hard to follow. Who is who and what happened to what? signed... sooooo confused!!! I recently had the pleasure of speaking with the owner of this company and I thought she was direct, pleasant and really knew her stuff!!!
Yeah, they did. I am an employee of Diskriter.
to confused--sm
you are right, there is a company called Sten-Tel and I worked for them a while back for a short period of time. There may be more than one Sten-Tel company though in different locations. I was able to download work from their website, meaning their platform, I guess, complete it and then send it back to their website. They did the line counting though, which I never cared for. I had a really strang coordinator, though. He liked to keep me on the messenger all day long...even when I was not supposed to be working...and talk about his personal life. It was very annoying and he always gave me work from specialties I had never done, and for which I had not been hired. They always paid on time though. My company was from Massechusetts. I don't think that same person is still there. good luck.
Got the 2 confused. sm
Actually MDI-MD is the one I never heard from again.  MDI-FL actually is the one I got the job with and I think I made a great choice to accept it cause they seem really on the ball and actually care about how their business is run.   
Can anyone tell me if I am crazy?  I went to sign on to my transcription platform this morning and my antivirus program detected a trojan in one of the files that it uses.  I was told by company that I would have to deactivate my antivirus program while I worked so they could run their software which I was assured contained no virus and then anytime I needed to look something up on the internet, I would have to log off and reactivate my antivirus.  I have never had this problem until this morning and am I crazy for not wanting to deactivate my antivirus?
What are you confused about? nm
Ok, maybe I am confused are you all sm
saying that Acusis bought out DRC or the other way around or what?  I find your posts extremely interesting.  Inquiring minds want to know.  Perhaps I am not involved in these boards enough to know what is going on???  Call me uninformed. 
Okay I'm Confused
one of my therapists just told me that the Transcription Connection, Inc. we are using is out of Pennsylvania, not Ohio.  What?  I know for a fact that it is the company out of Ohio, due to the owners name being mentioned, etc.  What is my place of employment trying to pull now?  My therapists are just livid over the work produced, and how that it now takes 8 to 9 steps to process a report, instead of the regular dictate, transcribe, sign.  What a mess.  There is a folder at work that has nothing in it but reports sent back to us from the service with no client name, no medical record #, and no therapist name to indicate who the client is.  How in the world are we ever going to find out who these reports belong to.  I told them I want nothing to do with the downloading, etc.  This is going to be fun to watch.  My superiors are so prideful that they would never admit that they have made a mistake and continue down this path of DESTRUCTION!
I get confused sometimes when they
abbreviate, because there is TT and TTS (which is a different company).
Yes, I think that's where I'm getting confused too! nm

Confused here. Do you mean you get MT pay for
Now Im thoroughly confused.
Isn't your line rate the same no matter how many hours you work or how many lines your produce? Being paid (X) cpl doesn't ever change unless you get a raise or something.
I'm confused...

I'm getting really confused now.  All I have to do is sign in when I start my shift, but I do not have to clock in and out every time I get up from my desk.  I guess maybe signing in is considered clocking in?  I would assume you have to sign in at any company though.  Not really sure I guess, I'm pretty new home transcription.  

OSi confused me
Just a week ago I passed all the tests, carefully filled out the apps and was told by the contact by email that they would be in touch right away.  Then a thanks for your app we'll be in touch  I emailed the contact and asked her what went wrong, I would like to know , please.  She emiled me back and said they had no work but that nothing was wrong with my app.  I saw that they had no work on here - but this confuses me.  I have 8 yrs experince in -hospital acute, I did everything right and they put me off!  I was literally heartbroken.  I cried even.  I can't imagine what I did wrong.  Any clues?  I really wantd to work for them.
Very Confused
I have just signed on with MDI-MD. I am new to this and was never a statutory employee (told that is what I would be) or an IC and I have three questions:

1. I know a lot of people say that MDI-MD is very flexible, but I'm a bit confused. If we must work on a weekend day, how is this flexible if we want to go away for a weekend with our family, or have a weekend event or want to take a vacation? This probably sounds like a stupid question, but I feel that I am stuck now having to work on the weekends and won't be able to do much.

2. Also, if you want to work a lot on weekdays and work less on the weekend I understand you can't do that - the amount you work has to be about the same everyday (including the weekend day), and you have to commit two months ahead to how much you will do each day (including weekends) so they can manage their workflow. Again, where is the flexibility?

3. I have seen postings where people say they can work anytime they want from home. But if you want to get up and work in the middle of the night, and you've already filled your commitment, sounds like you can't do something like that, yet, there is no specific stop and start time since there are no set schedules, only a 24-hour TAT. This makes me even more confused.

Although I didn't feel this way initially, I am starting to feel like I don't know the rules for what I'm getting into and would appreciate any feedback. Thanks in advance.
IC? I'm confused...
It states: full time transcription...flexible work schedule...

Am I right to assume it's ok to work whenever you want as long as you produce a certain amount of lines per pay period?
Okay, I'm still confused about something...
I understand exactly what you're saying about how easy it would be for absolutely anyone to make up a similar Yahoo addy to yours, but didn't the supe just hit Reply to the fake resignation e-mail, which means you shouldn't have got the response? Was the fake Yahoo addy maybe disabled right afterward, and so she got a bounce-back and then used your real addy from her address book?

I don't doubt your story, which I think could possibly have been a hideous ''prank,'' if you will, by a disgruntled co-worker. I just don't understand how you actually received the ''good luck'' reply to the fake resignation?
Confused already
If a posting says that the job requires Dictaphone or equivalent, is it a safe assumption that this is a C-phone? Dictaphone has its fingers in so many pies, I can't keep track of what all counts as dictaphone anymore. I have the C-phone, but gave up my land line a year ago, so I don't want to waste a brilliant cover letter for a position I can't get anyway.
MQ has no IC status. No one is an IC. Perhaps confused??
JLG is in Oldsmar. Maybe someone is confused above. nm
Confused, not sure if you were addressing me, sm
but if you are, I've been in this biz for so long that I can see where one person can get a snippet of (mis)information which gets blown up to such proportions that people get crazy, really imaginative ideas. Pretty soon it all sounds like something from the National Enquirer--Our boss just gave birth to a goat!!

Seriously, though, until I know first hand, I'm not going to panic. I just can't believe that the account that I'm on would allow offshoring of its work to happen. If any of this is true and the account eventually pulls out, I'll check into where it goes and perhaps follow it. I followed an account from a company that got eaten by the squid to another one, which, alas, eventually got swallowed by the squid, too, and then moved on from there. I'm IC for 2 companies which I find eases my mind so much that it is worth my shucking out for my health insurance on my own. Peace of mind is everything. I'm not going to worry about this. I'd like to avoid this board, but it's like driving by an accident--I just have to look! :)

In the meantime, job security is individually keeping up with quality and production and waiting out the storm. Good transcriptionists can always find good jobs. We're not that plentiful, so we always have that card to play.

If I didn't come to this board and read all this stuff, I'd have no concerns at all. I have lots of work, my pay is always on time or early, and it is always the correct amount. I'm treated warmly with courtesy and respect. What more can I ask for? Oh yes, and the dictation voice quality is the best I've EVER experienced with QT. I'll ride this wave as long as I can. If I have to move on, I will, but with a heavy heart.

Pay Rate - I'm confused - help!- sm

XX cents per typed character as per AAMT guidelines ??  Does this mean no spaces?? I was told I would be paid for spaces, but now I'm confused.  Help is greatly appreciated.

I'm so tired of being ripped off, I thought this would be a great fit for me, but not if no spaces.   Ugh!

Is this another joke? I'm confused.
I'm a little confused. Do you mean 3/4 of a cpl or 7 and a half cpl? sm
Because if you are meaning 3/4 of a cent per line that seems REALLY low.  Maybe I'm just reading your post incorrectly. 
I am confused about companies
I am thinking about leaving my current job and am trying to research - are Trans-Tech and TTS the same?