How are the DRC'ers doing? Any changes for you guys? Things okay? nm
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To all my fellow MDI'ers: Things to ponder...
I have been with MDI for over a year now (part time) and really like it! Most times my accounts have work. I am going through some changes at home and am really trying to make some serious life changing decisions so would like to get a few opinions:
My husband and I separated in April. I have been home for 6 years with my youngest child, and he is in first grade this year and absolutely love being home for him. Summers of course are the most difficult, I do not send him to day care and we do more things together in the summer, love it! However, as of last year I have been trying to get into a local LPN nursing school here and have succeeded and am scheduled to begin September 8, but here is my dilemna, I am having second thoughts! I now don't know if this is something I really want to do and why I am having these thoughts. I do like being a medical transcriptonist, but feel a little burned out at times. Plus, I am not sure if I can afford to go to school, my first loan installment (cost of living) will not come until November. I have a little money set aside, but it is going quickly. I am trying to determine if I can support me and my son on just an income from MDI or if I should really change gears and go to school. I love the flexibility of working at home and am sure I will miss this, but nursing school is very demanding and the job itself once I am out there. Like I said, I love being a mom and able to have the freedom of doing this from home. So, how many of you support yourselves or your families on the income from MDI and is this something I can reasonably expect to be able to do? I have been doing this for 15+ years so I am definitely experienced. Plus, I do not like the idea of worrying about taxes, but if I go to work as an employee I will lose more of my freedom. I like being an IC. I did work for Medquist for almost 7 years and left them to come here and there is a world of difference between the 2 companies.
What would all of you do? Stay with MDI or go to school? And if I do go to school, I would keep MDI very part time at least until I was through with school. But, do you think with all the changes going on in the transcription world we will eventually have no jobs or our jobs will change drastically? How can I decide what is best for me and my son?
Please any and all suggestions welcome! Thanks!
Hey all you TT'ers out there..
Hey have had my first talk with TT. Checking out hardware issues. May be coming on with ya'll. How's it goin'
For FT'ers, that's another way of saying they pay OT (as they should).
help any MDI'ers...
did you do the dnr changes? Did they work for you? did you proceed past the certificate warnings?
MDI-FL'ers, can you do 250 LPH, even with heavy
DSG'ers...are you happy?
Thinking about coming to work with DSG and I would just like to pick up on the feel of the company before making a definite decision. Everything sounds good. Is it easy to get lines on DocQscribe? Can you see your line count at all times? Are you treated fairly and honestly? Work load okay? Any info appreciated. TiA
The MQ'ers just don't like to admit that (sm)
they are working for a company who abuses them, and they stay there and put up with it, kind of like an abused wife. I for one believe you, cause my company is also hiring a lot of MQ'ers. There really ARE companies who values good MT's. It's really sad they can't believe this, but I guess it makes them feel better for putting up with the abuse. Who knows. Congrats on your new job. BTW, I have never worked for MQ - came close, but didn't. Thank the Lord.
Hey former MQ'ers. Question for ya.
How much do you miss DQS? How does your new platform compare? I guess I'm looking for reassurance that after 12 years, I too can learn new tricks.... ty!
TT'ers, how can I put -yo right after a number
Don't you TT'ers have any work to do?
Geez, stay off the boards and go to work.
Former D&L'ers **Please read**
While the message board here at MTStars is a great portal to spread the word, at the same time, this is a public forum that allows anyone access.
We've decided to move our discussions to a PRIVATE forum solely for former D&L employees and ICs involved currently in the nonpayment situation.
This is a private group created for us. It is a moderated group, and you will be asked to prove your identity before you are permitted access.
D&L'ers please join here: http://groups.msn.com/FormerDL
Calling all MDI-MD'ers...
I have just been contacted by MDI-MD for interview. I could sure use your imput esp if you are an old MQ'er. If you would like to respond, could you please E-mail me?
Thanks so much!
Hey MDI-MD'ers, newbie has a...
I am getting used to some ESL guys and have to go back to listen to blanks that I have left. Could you E-mail me with any tricks of the trade where I can book mark or note where, timewise, I am in the report at that time so I can go back more easily and find my blank area?
Thanks for letting TT'ers know...
I have almost 40 years of experience and was quoted 4.5 cpl on editing, AND I have been with TT for a few years already. Now I know I have a bargaining edge since you are being paid 6.5 cpl. How in the world did you manage that? I would definitely try editing for that, with the incentives and all. So glad you posted this. I really do not want to leave the company.
So what do all you QT'ers think: Will they/have they sold the company to them? nm
old DDI'ers,anyone work for Proscript?
Just curious. Are there any old ddi people who have recently gone to work for Proscript (out of Sarasota, FL). If so, how is it? Do you enjoy it the way we enjoyed ddi? Thanks
I was told they are not currently hiring PT'ers
JLG'ers wanna take a bet on which day checks
and the 10th is on a Friday ?? Maybe on the 15th??? Still no word on DD??
MDI'ers we need to join forces
I am brand new to MTStars and can't seem to figure things out. I am floating the idea of maybe we join forces, perhaps try to form a Co-op, and maybe if we combine we could start our own company. Maybe a pipedream, but I believe it can be done. We all have resources, we all have brains, and we have been told we are the best in the business. Please help me spread the word, please contact me privately, and let's figure out a way that we can get off of MTstars, start communicating privately so that we can actually be productive. We do have options but time to do away with the anger and starting thinking out of the box. Will you guys please help me?
A welcome to MDI'ers from the Transcend trenches
This is addressed to all the MDI-MD MTs who are still spinning from the news last week of the merger with Transcend. I am nobody special, but just someone who tries to find the positives in any situation. WELCOME ABOARD to what will hopefully be a great next stop in your career.
I know many of you loved MDI and are leaving for greener pastures rather than seeing what Transcend has to offer. But things were obviously not all red roses and rich, dark chocolate or the Transcend/MDI-MD merger would never have come about. Nobody just woke up one day and decided it looked like great weather for upending hundreds of lives with a corporate merger.
I don't think there are many people out there in our profession or in any other profession who like change. Change is uncertain. It eliminates any sense of knowing what is coming next. I do not handle change well. It is for that reason that I began immediately scouring the job boards when I learned that my company was merging with Transcend earlier this year. Transcend is a big company. We were their second merger of 2009. I believed BIG equals cold and impersonal, all about the profit margin. They send work offshore. I had only been on board with my company for 4 months, and my benefits had just started. (Why is it you seem to need your insurance the most when you DON'T have it?) I was scared because I had left a large MTSO and did not want to work for another one.
We were invited to a conference call hosted by my company president and the president of Transcend, Larry Gerdes. I was not prepared for the warmth nor the sense that what we wanted and needed from our new employer was important to Transcend. During the call, Larry gave nearly 200 people his cell phone number. When the conference call was over, I called Larry's cell phone. He answered on the second ring. He had no idea who I was, but he answered immediately. He was as warm and genuine one-on-one as he was in the group call.
Starting all over with benefits paperwork was challenging. We do what we have to do for our families, however. The Transcend HR team was prompt with calls and e-mails, explaining the process and making it more than bearable. The benefits include dental, medical, vision, and flexible spending.
The technical support crew was quick and responsive with software installations and continues to be very helpful. I believe the technical support offered at Transcend is the very best I have ever experienced in my career. They are professional and know what they are doing and they get the job done, even at 3 in the morning.
There is a lot of training available for everything from logging the time you work to using text expanders. We are called medical language specialists, not medical transcriptionists. It took a little while to get used to MLS instead of MT but it really is an accurate description of this very specialized work we do. The training is available ongoing, not just once with a followup call and then you're on your own. For those who do not want to venture into new territory with a different platform and facility, staying with a familiar client and platform has not ever been discouraged. Some of my coworkers and I were transferred onto BeyondTXT because our primary account had gone with another MTSO. Those who have not thrived and are not happy are transferred back to prior accounts and platforms. No one is forced to work on a platform or an account. When work is low, we are encouraged to learn new accounts, secondary, tertiary, even quaternary for those who are brave enough to take on that challenge.
The subject of offshoring was my biggest objection to this merger. What I have learned is that offshoring is used only to cover the third shift and weekend hours where domestic coverage cannot be adequately obtained to keep accounts in turnaround. Our profession necessitates 24/7 coverage, 365 days a year. It is a challenge to find adequate coverage for the overnight shifts and weekends. I worked second shift including Friday and Saturday nights for many years and I was thrilled to finally get a first shift. I am working a weekend shift again, now, and while it isnít my preference, it beats not having a job at all. Recruiters report nearly every candidate wants first shift, Monday through Friday. Hospitals unfortunately do not work only those hours. Transcend has contracts which require them to write checks back to customers for failing to meet TAT. Substandard quality is not acceptable from domestic MTs and it is not acceptable from offshore MTs so all reports done offshore go through an arduous QA process. I like knowing that my employer is not having to pay back its clients because the work wasn't completed and returned in a timely manner.
It's not a perfect world we live in but it's up to each of us to play the cards we're dealt. If you have decided to hang in there and give Transcend a chance, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I did, and I'm really glad I did.
PT'ers work part time because they are....sm
working on other private accounts....sheesh.......I spend half a week working for private mds and the other half working for MQ......what do you want from us PT'ers??????
Are you calling all PT'ers malingerers? How unfair is that? I work my arse off 24/7/365 and since I'm a young teen......so that's about 40 years! The only YEAR I took off was to have a baby 25 years ago.
AGAIN, POSTERS, consider the source of the perps posting!!!
XQ'ers - that does explain the gross paranoia.
MedQ'ers, can you answer a few questions for me?
I've reviewed the MQ board but I don't work there and I can't post on the MQ board, so I'm posting questions here.
1. Is there any grace period about clocking in on your proposed schedule?
2. What happens if there is no work when you're scheduled; can you make it up without hassle?
3. Can an experienced MT consistently average 200 lines on MT? What about ASR?
Thanks for your help. E-mail me privately if you're more comfortable.
Any FutureNet'ers out there? Invoice Question...
In iType when you go look at your invoice information, is the QA% given your actual QA percentage? If not, what does that mean? I have some weird values on one account and low values on another...
Could the TT'ers get their own board on here so the rest of us can talk about something other tha
TT for a change?
WMX'ers, can you access the Community Page? sm
It will not let me access it, although it did last night. I just wanted to check with y'all before contacting someone at the company. Thanks!
Transhealth'ers...need some info on pay rate and how they are to work for....TIA
Any TransTech'ers have new info on new line-count
Any Wedmedx'ers out there. How anyone made decent money with them and how is their platform?
Thinking of applying but would like the skinny on if you can make any money with them.
Fellow MDI'ers, is it just me or do the worst dictators seem to be on on evenings and holidays?
I don't mind a mix. We, of course, all have to take the good with the bad, but when I'm getting almost exclusively terrible dictators for working these kinds of hours without an incentive pay and am taking an excessive number of hours just to make a decent line count, then something is wrong. I know I have a responsibility to the patient, to the facility, and to MDI to put out a quality document in a timely manner, but I also have a responsibility to my own financial health to be able to meet my own obligations. This is getting to be a ridiculous situation. I don't remember this account having such a concentration of challenging dictators as this. Sorry to vent like this, but this is really getting to me today. Life is just passing me by as I sit at this computer making little to no money, and I'm finally tired of it.
I'm glad you're here, I find that guys can sometimes tend to be a little less emotional and more objective than girls (please no flames, just MHO!). And specialties...I love path, too, but have only ever been able to do it in-house. I've been doing Onc for many, many years and love it absolutely, but it's not that easy to find at-home. I have a fabulous account now, but I work for the apparently doomed MQ, so now what? RadGuy, was it only money that motivated your stay? Do you think your account will stay with MQ? PathGuy, have you thought about tapping into more vet stuff? Will they pay better or the same?
Glad you guys are here...
I took my time and used my reference materials that I have and thought I did pretty well. Guess not. There were a few questions I did not know the answer to so I guessed, but would never do that on a report. It was very disappointing.
I wish I knew what questions I got wrong. Almost like QA'ing the test would have been helpful to learn from that.
I will keep trying because I am still looking for job. Not happy where I am right now.
Well, I think I am still in shock, but the panic has been hitting hard today. I just found out this morning that one of my kids looks like he will be facing surgery on both of his eyes in July! Great timing, huh! I am just worn out! Last week took its toll both physically and emotionally.
I hope everyone finds jobs (the right one for you!) quickly!
Take care of yourselves!
How about these guys?
Any info on Aero Transcription in Maryland or U.S. Transcription in Iowa? TIA
If I were you guys (sm)
I would start looking. I know you reach a comfort level where you are, but TRUST ME, there are reputable companies out there (I work for one) and believe me, you are better off leaving now, before things crash down on you just when you start feeling comfortable again. Good MT's can still find work in this country, and they are paid in dollars, not rupees.
thanks guys -- could
you e-mail the account name or some specific hint so I if apply I can be forewarned? Thanks.
your help is sooo appreciated. From the frying pan into the fire is not a good thing.
Hey thanks guys
As good as it feels tho to be able to feel hopeful about the future, I guess the pessimist in me wont feel truly elated until I've started my new job and quit my old one. But hell I'm happy regardless LOL It's just such a huge load off my worried mind !
Thanks again and I hope to be in close correspondence with any present and future Transcenders, maybe we can help each other out at times :D
Thanks to both you guys.
for all the great info. I will let you know how I test.
Can you guys believe this!!!
I am sick and tired of taking these so-called top notch transcription tests with the most difficult grammar questions, BOS-style like questions, abbreviations, what is a plural,etc, and only having an hour to complete the test. I just recently jumped through hoops for a compnay I shall not name. The VP told me I had exactly one hour to complete the all most impossible task. Well, I passed her fricking test. Then, she told me to gear up I had exactly until the end of the day to complete her 4 wave files. I completed them. After all this, she had the nerve to offer me a full-time IC position at 7 cpl. The wave files I heard require more than 7 cpl and why on god's green earth would I take an IC job doing acute care for 7cpl, I would be losing money. Then, she had the nerve to set a schedule for me Monday-Friday starting from 9 am to 5 pm. No thank you. I will keep right on looking. I do not need this stress. I am going in-house. I simply outdone.
Thanks for letting me vent.
I appreciate the straight dope about this place. We all probably know what to expect with any national company, so we gotta look after ourselves ultimately. Medquist and Transcend have failed me pretty bad so I'm gonna try and do whatever I can (within reason) to make this work.
Thanks again and thanks for the All Caps trick !
Wow! You guys, I'm so sorry! To have to go through this after...
all the drama you had to deal with at Focus. I had a bad feeling things were going south at JLG right before I quit back in July. I can't believe they didn't even offer you MT positions! Well, my opinion is they are going under and they probably didn't have anything to offer you. When I quit, I sent out an resignation email and never got a response. So I just quit working and started my new job earlier and nobody said a word. I thought that was a bad sign.
I was having trouble getting my pay checks when I quit and then right after I quit they sent out the email about not using direct deposit anymore and then I kept reading about all these poor people who were late getting their checks. It just didn't look, sound or smell good at all.
Man, it just goes to show you there isn't a reliable company out there anymore. Used to be when I first started working from home JLG was one of the most reliable companies around with a good reputation.
Well, good luck gals! Drop me an email sometime. It's still the same and use me as a personal reference if you need to. I have nothing but good things to say about all y'all!
Hey, lighten up!
In the old days -- 20 or so years ago, or maybe as recently as 10 years ago -- those terms were possessive with the apostrophe and the s. It wasn't until recently that the definitive references like Stedman's (or should that be Stedman?) decided to drop it. If you read medical literature, you will see that in most instances the apostrophe s is still used. So it has changed, and a lot of oldtimers (and M.D.s too) still put the apostrophe s at the end.
I prefer the apostrophe s as most docs dictate it that way and that was the way that I was trained to do it many, many moons ago.
Hey - You guys that are IC's
Forgive my total ignorance, but why do you guys choose to be IC's? I have been an MT for very many years, but all I really know about IC it is that you have to pay your own taxes and you do not receive benefit. I am not currently using my medical benefits (hubby's), but are there other perks? Do you make more $$. More flexible scheduling? Do you just like to have your own clients, and more than 1 or 2? I would think having your own client would be more profitable than to do IC work for a company, cutting out the middle profit. I see so many IC positions now but I thought that was to the company's benefit.
Exactly. You guys need to get over it -
lots of companies operate this way - they just tell their workers about it. It's nothing new or earth shaking. Get a grip.
How do you guys know so much info?....sm
I have been working at OSi for almost 2 years and never get any information about anything...other than from this board. I got the email this weekend about the coordinator job and have been wondering since who left...and hoping that it is not mine, who is awesome. I like working there and have had zero problems since the day I started, other than being made to switch to SE from IC, but all this nastiness is starting to worry me too. When I started up with them I could not find a single bad thing about them...now it is all that I see.
Do you guys know of anyone hiring for
If I could find a psych account I would be in heaven.
Thanks guys. Seems as if it is the same thing everywhere.
Thanks to you guys who answered...
on Oracle. Guess I don't know about the platform since I saw some not so favorable reviews on using it and being productive, am trying to figure out what exactly I really need to get started purchasing and I don't think at this point a C-phone would be one I would be willing to purchase. Thanks for the info!!
Anyone out there on JLG and their platform? Thanks!
I declined it. Thanks guys. sm
I just can't survive on $10 less an hour.