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I've been limited to 6 hours/day per ortho doc sm

Posted By: Another voice on 2007-04-02
In Reply to: --full time, 40 hrs/week (nm) - emily

orders due to traumatic arthritis of hands from typing--an example of how the ground can be pulled out from under an MT.

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Limited to 8 hours a day (sm)

Does anyone know how strict these companies are that only allow you to work 8 hours a day?   - Why do some companies allow you to work as much as you want?  Don't get it.

In my limited jobseeking experience I'm finding I only get to learn line rate after I spend hours
Keystrokes has great ortho accounts and a wonderful manager over the ortho work. sm
I have worked with them for 4 years and will never leave unless something drastically changes. I do not post here normally as it seems that there are so many negative people, but this is one I felt I could answer without being attacked.
Think the lowest I've seen is 600 lpd (maybe 500?) with Phoenix MedCom in 24 hours, but they..
What they mean is that your PTO hours do not start to accrue until you've been there a year. The
I've been working 5 hours and it is still only showing 250 lines. It will
come up eventually correct, but seems to take forever.
I've had 2 jobs in 4 hours today - getting frustrated. nm
I've been able to make my hours. No, you do not lose insurance if work should run out. nm
Yes, six files is ridiculous. I think we've all done ..four hours of testing to find out

we're offered a whopping 7 cpl. Why waste our time. I'm not a genius but I can tell you in three files or less whether someone knows what they are doing. I've seen graduates from MT programs that have blown my mind with their no concept of punctuation or just English at all. That definitely shows up in less than six files. Let us test and move along to the next disappointing test that will come back with a joke of an offer. Gotta love it!!!

I'm the OP, just asking about extra hours in case I'm bored over the weekend and I've alrea
No, I am not limited. I can do it all.
Transcritions Limited
If this is the way it's spelled, it is now Medquist. I started working for them when they had the old name.
Limited Info

I currently work for Precyse.  I'm sorry that I cannot help with insurance because I do not puchase their health care, but do have disability through them and great dental. 

Financially, no complaints here.  Always meet my bonus, always have work (working nights) and checks are always accurate.  Just got a raise---now there is a switch, never happened at any other national without pulling teeth.  As always, I can only speak for myself.  

I have absolutely no plan to go anywhere else.  Been with the company 3+ years (they are only 6 years old).   

Limited experience here
but when I was paid by the minute it was $1.50 per and that was several years ago for Radiology... it was very fair. There was only one doctor who dictated a mile a minute and was difficult to understand as well. You can gauge your earnings by asking about the dictators style, etc., and volume. Hope this helps - $1.50 may be on the high side ??
That was keep emails LIMITED.
only limited comment
I applied to USAMedical. I have over 15 years of experience and they were only offering 7 cpl with that! Have no idea of whether or not they are a good company to work for though.
No matter what co., If you are limited SM
in the kind of work you can or will work on, you're going to run out.  Simple as that.  You have to be able to do all kinds of work, all kinds of dictators.  If you don't value yourself enough to make yourself valuable to a company, then you will be running out of work no matter what company you work for.
Unfortunately, your days are probably limited..

That was my experience. At first, things were business as usual, but then all of a sudden we were told that we had new managers who would be calling to get acquainted. By acquainted they meant telling us how things were now going to be run. By this time, all of the easier dictations had disappeared anyway (like the others explained, we had trained in our replacements). So at this point, you can either accept their way of doing business or leave.

What really upsets me the most is that we as transcriptionists have let these 'businessmen' steal our profession from us. They got into this business because they saw there was a profilt to be made. We are just a 'unit' to them. Now that hospitals and clinics are forcing them to lower their line rates, they have to start charging 10 to 11 cents per line instead of 13 to 14 cents a line. Where do you think they're going to make cuts? That's right, with us.

We should really start undercutting these big companies (I could live very well on 8 cents a line for a while--long enough to stick it to the big sweatshop companies). Wouldn't that be sweet to run them out of business and take our profession back?

But I digress. In answer to your question, I don't know what they are going to do in your situation. With 350 employees, it probably will take a litlte longer for them to organize, but their goal is to offshore everything they can, so if I were you, I would start looking now.  Good luck to you.

They said that the IC positions are limited
and they would need to know the reasons why we want IC.  It sounds to me that the decision regarding IC status would be theirs, not ours.
Just so you know - the subject is a limited field. SM
If you hit Post Quick Reply, put a little bit of text in the subject, SM for see message, and then put the rest in the box below.

Just trying to be helpful!
Could you do all work types, or were you limited?nm
are you limited on what type of reports to do?
That could make a difference. I never run out of work, but I do all work types.

Limited Liability Company


LLC = Limited Liability Corporation - nm
LLC - Limited Liability Company
Limited Liability Company

A noncorporate business whose owners actively participate in the organization's management and are protected against personalliability for the organization's debts and obligations.

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The LLC is a relatively new business form in the United States, although it has existed in other countries for some time. In 1977 Wyoming became the first state to enact LLC legislation: it wanted to attract capital and created the statute specifically for a Texas oil company (W.S. 1977 17-15-101 et seq., Laws 1977, ch. 158 1). Florida followed with its own LLC statute in 1982 (West's F.S.A. 608.401, Laws 1982, c. 82-177 2). At this point states had little incentive to form an LLC because it remained unclear whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) would treat an LLC as a partnership or as a corporation for tax purposes. In 1988 the IRS issued a ruling that an LLC in Wyoming would be treated as a partnership for tax purposes. This allowed the taxable profits and losses of an LLC to flow through to the LLC's individual owners; unlike a typical corporation, an LLC would not be taxed as a separate business organization. After the 1988 IRS ruling, nearly every state in the United States enacted an LLC statute, and the LLC is now a widely recognized business form. Many legal issues concerning the LLC are still developing.


State law governs the creation of an LLC. Persons form an LLC by filing required documents with the appropriate state authority, usually the secretary of state. Most states require the filing of articles of organization. These are considered public documents and are similar to articles of incorporation, which establish a corporation as a legal entity. The LLC usually comes into existence on the same day the articles of organization are filed and a filing fee is paid to the secretary of state.

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The owners of an LLC are called members and are similar in some respects to shareholders of a corporation. A member can be a natural person, a corporation, a partnership, or another legal association or entity. Unlike corporations, which may be formed by only one shareholder, LLCs in most states must be formed and managed by two or more members. LLCs are therefore unavailable to sole proprietors. In addition, unlike some closely held, or S, corporations, which are allowed a limited number of shareholders, LLCs may have any number of members beyond one.

Generally, state law outlines the required governing structure of an LLC. In most states members may manage an LLC directly or delegate management responsibility to one or more managers. Managers of an LLC are usually elected or appointed by the members. Some LLCs may have one, two, or more managers. Like a general partner in a limited partnership or an officer in a corporation, an LLC's manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business.

A manager owes a duty of loyalty and care to the LLC. Unless the members consent, a manager may not use LLC property for personal benefit and may not compete with the LLC's business. In addition, a manager may not engage in self-dealing or usurp an LLC's business opportunities, unless the members consent to a transaction involving such activity after being fully informed of the manager's interest.

Operating Agreement

Nearly every LLC maintains a separate written or oral operating agreement, which is generally defined as the agreement between the members that governs the affairs of the LLC. Some states call an operating agreement regulations or a member control agreement. Although some states do not require an operating agreement, nearly all LLCs create and maintain a written document that details their management structure.

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State law and an LLC's operating agreement or articles of organization provide the circumstances under which a person may be admitted as a new member. These circumstances vary. Usually the admission of a new member requires the consent of existing members, and in most cases the consent must be unanimous. In some cases the articles of organization do not allow for admission of new members. In others the recipient of a membership interest may be automatically admitted as a new member.

Member Contributions

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A member is generally considered an agent of an LLC and thus may bind the LLC for the debts and obligations of the business. When a member has apparent or actual authority and acts on behalf of an LLC while carrying on the usual business of the LLC, the member binds the LLC. If a third person knows that the member is not authorized to act on behalf of the LLC, the LLC is generally not liable for the member's unauthorized acts. Some states also limit a member's authority to act as an agent of an LLC.

Records and Books

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The IRS generally treats an LLC as a partnership for federal income tax purposes. The LLC's members are taxed only on their share of LLC profits. Any gains, losses, credits, and deductions flow through the LLC to the members, who report them as income and losses on their personal tax return. The LLC is not taxed as a separate entity unless it fails to qualify as a partnership for tax purposes.

The IRS will examine a state's LLC statute and an LLC's operation to determine whether the LLC qualifies as a partnership for tax purposes. Essentially, if the IRS determines that the LLC resembles a corporation more than a partnership, the LLC may not qualify as a partnership for tax purposes. Under IRS regulations, an LLC must lack two of four recognized corporate characteristics before it will be treated as a partnership for tax purposes. These characteristics are limited liability, centralized management, free transferability of interests, and continuity of life. Because every LLC protects its members' liability, an LLC almost always possesses the characteristic of limited liability. Therefore, the IRS's analysis usually focuses on the last three characteristics.

Centralized Management

A business organization has centralized management when one or more persons have exclusive authority to manage its day-to-day conduct. Most LLCs lack the corporate characteristic of centralized management because most state LLC statutes provide that members manage the LLC directly, and LLCs that do not have separate managers lack the corporate characteristic of centralized management. However, some states require LLCs to have one or more managers to manage the LLC. If an LLC's operating agreement or articles of organization require each and every member to be a manager, the LLC likely lacks the corporate characteristic of centralized management. If, on the other hand, the members designate nonmembers to manage the LLC or designate member-managers who do not own a substantial portion of the LLC's membership interests, the LLC may possess the corporate characteristic of centralized management.

Free Transferability of Interests

A business form possesses free transferability of interests when one of its owners essentially has the power to substitute another person as a new owner of the business. Most corporate shareholders, for example, may sell their shares freely and thereby transfer their ownership interest to another person, without the consent of other shareholders. A member in an LLC, however, generally may not substitute another person as a new member unless the existing members agree to the substitution. A member typically has the power only to assign his economic rights in an LLC. Thus, members of an LLC lack the ability to freely transfer substantially all of their interest in the LLC.

Continuity of Life

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Member Withdrawal

Members may withdraw from an LLC unless the operating agreement or articles of organization limit their ability to do so. A member must usually provide to the LLC written notice that she intends to withdraw. If a withdrawal violates the operating agreement, the withdrawing member may be liable to the other members or the LLC for damages associated with it. State law frequently sets forth the circumstances under which a member may withdraw from an LLC. In many states a member may withdraw only if she or he provides six months' written notice of the intent to withdraw. In a few states, an LLC cannot prevent a member's withdrawal.

A member who withdraws is usually entitled to a return of his capital contribution to an LLC, unless the withdrawal is unauthorized. Some LLCs instead pay a withdrawing member the fair market value of his or her membership interest. The operating agreement typically provides for the method and manner of payment of a withdrawing member's interest. State law also governs those issues.


Dissolution means the legal end of an LLC's existence. In most states an LLC legally dissolves upon the death, disability, withdrawal, bankruptcy, or expulsion of a member. These occurrences are generally called disassociations. Other circumstances that bring about dissolution include bankruptcy of the LLC, a court order, or the fulfillment of the LLC's stated period of duration.

Most states provide for the continuation of an LLC after the disassociation or withdrawal of a member. Continuation after a member's disassociation usually requires the remaining members' unanimous consent. Some states require that the articles of organization or operating agreement allow for the continuation of the business after a member's disassociation. Some states allow an LLC's articles of organization or operating agreement to require the continuation of the business after a member's dissociation even if the remaining members do not provide unanimous consent.

If an LLC dissolves, state law and the LLC's operating agreement usually outline the process for winding up the LLC's business. In this process the LLC pays off its remaining creditors and distributes any remaining assets to its members. The LLC's creditors receive priority. Although members may be creditors, they are not creditors in determining the members' distributive shares of any remaining assets. After the LLC pays off its creditors, and only then, it distributes the remaining assets to its members, either in proportion to the members' shares of profits or under some other arrangement outlined in the operating agreement. After an LLC winds up its business, most states require it to file articles of dissolution.

Your experience may be more limited than the other posters
The other posters were on the money. If you have worked on at least half of the accounts, you would see that most of them are primarily ESL, there is one where native English is the exception and rare, 2 that ESL exclusive.

There have been occasions where work was lean for everyone and those not meeting line counts were sent certified letters to make their line counts or there would be consequences...how can you make line count if the work is not there and then be punished for not making line counts?

Search this site for some time in June or May and there is more about TH.
whatever did happen to Transcription Limited?
They had a cool platform. Super transcriptionh friendly unless they changed it. All you had to do was type.
Point taken, but for some options are limited
That's one of the reasons I hate how judgmental some posts are (not you, per se, but in general). Above is the post telling the non-working TT'ers to go get 2 or 3 jobs, whatever it takes to make ends meet. And that's what I'm doing. I live rural- the Walmart is 34 miles/45 minutes away. There are a couple of jobs in town (15 miles away). In addition, depending on the work, even at slave wages for transcription, I would still make more than the town jobs pay, not to mention the added expense for gas, work attire, etc.

So I understand your point and it's valid, but there is a divide between what some people say (with your knowledge of the wage of a Walmart greeter, perhaps you?) about working 2-3 jobs if necessary and holding out for the wage that MT is truly worth.

Frankly, there are some that would look at one's decision to work for Walmart as a bad moral choice, too, considering what they've done to local wages and small mom-n-pop enterprises.
I have limited op note experience...sm
and I fake it....I can do the work, just takes me a little more time looking things up, and i also HATE OP notes, but If i need a job all i see are acute care.....then I fake it...
Sorry, I work 15 hours a day 5 days a week and 5 hours the other 2, when I come here I dont proof.
Just to clarify. I am limited in the number of fields ....sm
that I have experience in.  There are areas of this profession that I know very little/nothing about.  I do not pretend or present myself as having it all. However, I am well trained in the areas that include my clients. 
Loved your answer -- limited vocabulary

Never really thought about it, but you are right.  They do have a limited vocabulary.  That's probably why their reports sound so funny, because they don't know the correct term to use and just use the closet term they can remember. 

Your post cracked me up.  Thanks again gourdpainter!

It can be done for limited people. And they quit allowing
Yes, I'm sure, not for YOUR account.

I do believe $50,000 may be possible for many at MQ, but not for Spheris and if Spheris finds out they are paying more than a few MTs $50,000, they will no doubt lower rate of pay again.
This was a limited poll. Post your comments on

the Initiative web site, which I cannot post here because they keep deleting it, so ask around.

The more voices that are heard, the more input received, the more realistic the figures will be.

The person that posted that there are union MTs making $28 hourly with full benefits must have typed that during cocktail hour.  It's not happening any where, especially not for at-home MTs who are paid by production and paid nothing when there is no work.

Acute care experience is limited...

BUT I want to apply for a position in acute care.  I have experience in everything except for operative reports and I am wondering if I should lie and tell the company I have this experience just to secure the position.  I know I can do it because I am resourceful, but is it worth it?  Should I be upfront about my experience or just wing it?  Is acute care really that much harder than clinic?  I pretty much aced the acute care exam, but wondering if my lack of experience will hurt me in the end.  Hm...

Thanks for any advice you may have!

Acute care experience is limited...

BUT I want to apply for a position in acute care.  I have experience in everything except for operative reports and I am wondering if I should lie and tell the company I have this experience just to secure the position.  I know I can do it because I am resourceful, but is it worth it?  Should I be upfront about my experience or just wing it?  Is acute care really that much harder than clinic?  I pretty much aced the acute care exam, but wondering if my lack of experience will hurt me in the end.  Hm...

Thanks for any advice you may have!

I am STILL finding VERY LIMITED information.... some URLs please?
Why so mysterious?  Where are the URLs to these sites?  I am not able to find much at all, except two people who did not like the Louisville branch. 
Why would they give you a choice of 16 or 24 hours. Usually part time is anything under 37 hours.

That is extremely odd. Well they must have something up their sleeves. Well I will be working elsewhere part time as well as with MQ as I have no intention of sitting 40 hours with no work from Amherst and be expected to have 150 lph with no work. What is all this window of work time they said they would be giving everyone. I figured all along they would do away with SE. I have already been looking around and ordered a new computer  to send theirs back.


Any companies that allow line count rather than hours or less than 20 hours per week? (sm)

Wouldn't mind having something extra especially with Christmas and general winter expenses coming up but working a FT job and really don't want to do another 20 hours on top of that. 


the day has 24 hours, I work only 6-8 hours, so, lots of time to post...nm
Must we choose either 8, 16 or 24 hours. Why would they want someone only working 8 hours a week.
That is less than SE are required now.
MDI-FL. Approximately 7 hours a month x12 months =84 hours
And your PTO acrues from day 1. You are just unable to utilize it until after 90 days. They have excellent benefits.
You can have insurance at 30 hours with Encompass, 32 hours with eTransPlus. nm

Form an LLC (limited liability corporation) if you are an IC by filing legal paperwork SM
that way no one can sue your personal assets away, only those of your business entity, even if it is only your IC company in your name. This can be done through a lawyer or at companies such as legalzoom. this limits your liability and protects your personal assets. otherwise, they can take away all your assets, including your joint assets of your spouse.
10-15 an hour for 8 hours is better than nothing for 8 hours when there is no work.
Ask them to put you on the ortho
Ortho job
I got an E-mail the following morning after I sent my resume and then a phone call yesterday afternoon to setup a formal interview.  
is it ortho? nm
I do Ortho...
Ortho with KS
What's the ortho like with KS?  I've heard that the supervisor is very strict and makes it a difficult situation.  Just wanted to check before applying.  I am not looking for a job that will just be a lot of grief and torment.