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I've been with AccuSTAT WI for 7 years. We don't use VR. We used MS Word to type in and depe

Posted By: Spice on 2006-04-01
In Reply to: Accustat (WI) - what type of platform, equipment needed, etc? Thanks! nm - wondering

on the accounts, Dictaphone C-phone, regular c-phone or Lanier VXP player.

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Does anyone know what type of testing Accustat of WISCONSIN does? Thanks!
Accustat (WI) - what type of platform, equipment needed, etc? Thanks! nm
Putting out the word, AccuSTAT Wisconsin is hiring for Basic 4 - Ops. They have their webiste up

and now offering direct deposit.   This is a great company to work for.  It is not associated or affiliated with any other AccuSTAT nor does it have branches anywhere outside of Wisconsin.  The MTSO is very responsible, professional, and caring, which is something that you can't really find around anymore, including flexibility, something a lot of us look for, especially those of us with children.   There is plenty of work and you use  Softmed aka Chartscript headers and a C-phone to transcribe.  The dictators are great and very little, if any, ESL, and those do speak very good English.   I have been with this company now for 6 years, and I can assure you that I would not  think of working anywhere else.  Flexibility, pay on time, direct deposit, good dictators, and a responsible, caring, and professional MTSO are on the top of my list!


AccuStat...any new info? I've read the archives that are a year old...

I have been with AccuSTAT WI for 6 years and I wouldn't work anywhere else. The accounts are gre
the MTSO is excellent, very professional and caring. Flexibility and pay is always on time. If you have any questions, please email me directly.
Do you type in Word?
If so, maybe I can help you. I have to pull in a template with all the doctors' names on the side and I cannot charge for that. After I type each letter, I highlight the text, then use the Word character count including spaces. I take this total and divide by 65. I also, unfortunately, have to generate a report for this client with each patient's name and the number of lines for each letter.

At any rate, that is what I do. I hope I was of some assistance to you.
do what I do - type in WP and then convert to Word - sm
All my "stuff" (and you know what I mean) is on WP and I didn't want to spend the $$ to get all new for Word ... so, I do all my typing in WP, do a basic WP spell check, then open the document in Word and save as a Word document for my final proofing. I know some other MTs just proof as they go, but I find a double WP spell check/Word final proof gives me pretty near 100% accuracy. The clients get what they want (Word, accuracy) and I get what I want - awesome production out of WP, even accounting for converting and proofing. Works for me!
You just type in Word. Very simple. nm
FutureNet MTs, do you type in Word or do they have their own SM
platform? Thanks
And I like how they say to keep Word open and type as they come in...sm
Like I am going to sit here for 8 hours and wait for one job an hour to come in and type it right away so it can meet the clients needs.  I understand it's slow today cuz of the holidays but sick of their emails telling us we need to be on when they are off and there isn't even work.
Cathy Type Word Processing
Anyone ever hear of this?  Any info on pay, staff, etc.  TIA!
I type in Word and use the Scribe platform...
but I don't use a C-phone...
Cut & paste. They expected us to type in Word and
I worked on site for many years. I've been doing this for 10 years... sm
I've worked on site, at home, for small MTSOs, for nationals, for hospitals. I've been paid per line, per minute, and per hour. I've been an MT and a QA. I have ALWAYS worked weekends and ALWAYS worked nights for the shift differential because MTs can't survive on 6 or 7 cents a line. At least I can't and I type 105 wpm.

I've BEEN dedicated from day 1, sister, so you are barking up the wrong tree.
And don't try to type them into Word or an electronic dictionary to check spelling. Recruiters h
I can speak for AccuSTAT Wisconsin. It's not affiliated to any other AccuSTAT.
I've been with AccuSTAT Wisconsin now for 9 years and I wouldn't work anywhere else. The work is acute care (basic 4), mostly ops and ER work. The work is done thru C-phone or VXP software.

I've been a QA 15 years and I've never heard
of any company only paying for the actual Keystrokes of the blank. You would literally make less than minimum wage that way. Waaay less.
12 years ago I charged a penny a word
They've used ExText in the past. Ad from 2006 said you need Word 2003. Offered 8 cpl for
You mean, he's still at this type of thing? About 5 years ago....
I had to go to the Labor Board in my state to get my money from him. He always has more excuses than anyone I've ever known, and he's slippery about communication, too. If this is a new problem, you'd best get on it. Hopefully he'll pay up, but I wouldn't give him ANY more chances!
I worked for All Type a few years ago on a temporary
basis helping them to clean up backlog. Gerry Kelly is a great person to work for, the work was excellent, and pay was correct and on time. Would recommend them.
I agree. The line counter is a pain, but I've checked lots of reports against MS Word
Don't be watching and waiting. Been there for years and never any type of acknowledgement...nm
2000 lines, I havent done that in years. What work type do you do? nm
I havent heard a word about an incentive and I have worked there almost 2 years so I guess I didnt
qualify for whatever status you needed to get an incentive. Is this something you get every pay period if you meet a quota or just something quarterly. Just curious.
I've been doing it for 4 years now. There are many

options available.   Lots of campgrounds have some type of connection.  Sometimes they just have a central jack for dial-up, sometimes they have connections at each site, though there may only be xx number of lines for the entire campground so that you are still limited with on-line time.  I found that even in this day of technology some dial-up speeds are really, really slow and it may take 4 hours to download a day of work.   A lot of campgrounds now are going to WiFi, especially in the bigger cities.   If you have a wireless card and the campground is a hot spot you can access their network (usually for a fee) and get high-speed access from your RV.   You can use your cell phone, which I have done in a pinch, but we often traveled where there was absolutely no signal of any kind like in the Black Mountains of SD.    There are wireless cards called air cards and this will allow you to access an open hot spot while doing down the road, though most hot spots are not open networks so you can't rely on that 100%.  Places like B&N and Starbucks are hot spots for a few.  You could access them from the parking lot so if you are traveling from point A to point B, you could just stop to rest or have a coffee and download at the same time.  You can also use satellite.  With satellite as long as you have a clear view of the southern sky you can get access, even in the middle of a field with no electricity (as long as you have a generator/inverter).   You can get a system similar to what you would have in a residential situation and set it up every time you move or you can have a system installed on your roof that makes it much easier for about ($5000 and $99/mo).  Downloads are not always high-speed and if weather conditions are severe you might not be able to get a signal or keep it, and uploads are much slower than downloads.   We have utilized all of the above at some time or other.  I had Earthlink as my ISP and they have lots of local access numbers and an 800#.  Only twice in the 9 months we lived on the road full-time was I not able to get a signal of some type (before we got out satellite).

I recommend getting a campground directly from Trailer Life.  You can find it at probably any parts/service center or dealership for campers and may find it at B&N.   The don't list all campgrounds, because you have to pay for a listing, but there are campgrounds all over the U.S. listed and they list amenities, such as if pets are allowed, if they have internet access and what type of access, etc.   This will help you make decisions about where to stay.  You can also go on-line before leaving and print out a list of B&N and Starbucks and the like that have hot spots to use in a pinch.  KOA campgrounds should all have some type of access, but they are more expensive and I don't think they are as nice a campground as some others.

If you don't already, you will want direct deposit setup and have all your bills setup to be viewed on-line, so that if you don't have to worry about having your mail forwarded so often or about paying bills on-time.  I had all regular payments automatically drafted and bills like credit cards I paid on-line.

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions.


I've been an MT for over 20 years now.

Others who have seen me type say they've never seen anybody type so fast in their life.  My typing speed has been described as truly amazing by others.  There's no question that I have true natural ability when it comes to being an MT, so my knowledge or abilities are definitely NOT the issue here. 

For years now, I have purposely worked for many of the companies out there in order to evaluate differences between line counts.  I've done every kind of work there is too (Basic 4, ER, radiology, etc...).  I'm a very well rounded MT.

I've found that MDI gives the absolute lowest line counts.  I was able to average anywhere from 250-400 lph with all the other companies I worked for and this was after only 1-2 weeks of working with them as compared to working for MDI for years and knowing the account up, down and sideways!!  So when I see people like you posting they average 300-350 at MDI, I really question this???  Also, I never had to pay long distance for anybody else either.  Most other companies offer an 800 number or went internet files a long time ago. 

I'm sorry you can't stomach the many negativities your company has, but in my experience, there's way better out there and I'm entitled to my opinion.

Merry Christmas :)

I've been doing this 20 years and still need
reference books and need to research.   If you are putting out a poor quality product and you know you are there is no excuse.   You should be proofing your reports or going back and relistening.    I'm sorry life is rough, but that is no excuse for poor quality work.   I don't work for KS, but I think you are wrong in putting the blame on them. 
I've been an IC for 13-1/2 years and it's
bites me in the ass, it's the social security tax.
I've been an IC for years, While it has its sm
drawbacks, it also has its advantages.

A drawback is having to buy my own health insurance and having no other company benefits such as paid time off. Any time I'm not pounding the keys when I'm supposed to, I'm not making any money.

The main advantage is that I can draw up a contract with a company for hours/production that realistically fit ME! The easiest thing to do after this is stick to my commitment and schedule and things usually balance out.

Another advantage is being able to deduct expenses, reference books, computer, at-home office, some utilities, phone, gas/car if you pick up and deliver, etc. This means extra tax forms which cost$, but that's part of having your own business.

Don't forget, though, to stash away the taxes that the company would have matched for social security, etc. This is the self-employment tax.

And don't forget to save receipts for any business-related items, income coming in, etc.

As another poster said, gauge your taxes on what you made the year before if that is typical of what you usually do.

Don't be late with your quarterly estimated taxes as that will bite you in the buttocks as a late fee come tax prep time. By this, I mean that by January 15/16 (the date of the fourth quarterly payment for the year before), you should have sent in all you think you owe for that year.

Talk to a tax specialist and get the best advice. It's a bit complicated, but that's THEIR job. You just need to transcribe, pay your estimated taxes on time, keep track of expenses, and save receipts for tax day.

I find it helpful to keep a folder for the year and just plop IC-related receipts, etc., in it as they occur.

not the OP, but I've been there 4.5 years
I've been with them for 4 years..
and I'm very happy there.  They've gone through some management changes recently, but I think it's for the better.  They've changed their pay structure also which has meant an increase for some people - in all honesty, though, not for everyone.  I did take a pay cut because of the way my particular account was set up but I'm making it up pretty easily.  The benefits are great.  Next year on my 5th anniversary I'll be getting 3 weeks vacation.  That's separate from personal and sick time by the way.  I love my account and make good money with it.  I posted below (or by now on the previous page!) with more detail, and so did a Transolutions supervisor.  If you have any specific questions, I'll be glad to see if I can answer them.  Otherwise our recruiter will be glad to speak with you.  Good luck!
I've been doing it for 7 years. No

different that using a desktop.   I do use an external keyboard the majority of the time. 

I've been there almost 2 years now and

 (guess I shouldn't call myself newer TT'r any more?) I haven't run out of work very often, or for very long. Oh, sure, over the holiday it was a little low, so I just took some much needed time off.

Other than that, the work has been as plentiful as when I started. I have a primary and 4 secondary accounts, but I'm rarely on my 1st seconday very much, and forget the other 3. I haven't seen a report from them for months! My primary keeps me very busy.



If you've been at this 20 years you (sm)

should know by now that in order to get the real skinny you're not going to get it from the recruiter, but rather the wounded.  Yes, some may simply be disgruntled, but those are usually easy to weed out.  When there is a pattern, you have to take some of that information into account when making your informed decision. 

A recruiter is nothing more than the car salesman.  His/her livelihood depends on bringing that MT in and unfortunately in some cases, he/she will do anything to accomplish that.  To a recruiter, the MT is just a piece of their paycheck.  Where is the incentive to tell the truth and answer honestly?  Heck, they probably feel like many MTs do, disrespected and underpaid.  I'd think after 20 years you'd summize that? 

I've been doing this for 15+ years

that the same thing is said over and over and over again about this business.  I do it in my spare time now and if I had to do it over I would NEVER have become an MT.  There are MTs on this board who have been in the profession alot longer than me and they cannot believe the amount of pay ( OR LACK OF MONEY) to be made and how things are going downhill.  MTSOs want more of our time for less money.  Of course, I'm not telling you anything you didn't already know.



I've done that for quite a few years

I have 2 resumes; one for MT and one for regular jobs. I list my MT skills first, equipment/programs I know how to operate, and only jobs pertaining to MT, plus my education. It doesn't go over 1 page.

My second one, I leave off all the MT info. References are available upon request, but I do not include them with the resume.

If you have a lot of companies on the resume, I would suggest only listing them with the starting and ending month and year. Your skills/work types should be in the skill section. It's not necessary to repeat it.

I used to be a resume writer and my clients all had good luck landing the jobs they wanted, but that was a problem. They got the job they wanted, so I was essentially cutting my own throat. He-he-he.


I've been there 2 years myself
...and I'm never going anywhere else! The BEST MT company ever!
I've been there for 10 years sm

Although the pay is low, the platform is super easy and no one bugs you; they just let you work.  They have been through a lot of changes in 10 years, but I have also  and they have always been willing to work with me.  

I find the dictators super easy for the most part; however, I have worked on some of them for 10 years so I know what they are going to say before they even say it.  There are a couple of ESLs that are a challenge and one who is American that is worse than the ESLs.  There seems to be plenty of work on my account during the day but I do type mainly the ESL pool.  The people in the office are very nice to deal with as is the owner.  Obviously, I think they are great because I have been there for a LONG time.  :o)  Hope this helps.

I've been an MT for 40 years and
I have done this dance before. Here is what you do:
1. Inform your MTSO that your pay is not contingent upon when SHE gets paid. Your agreement is with HER and not her creditors. 2. Tell her that if you are not paid within five (5) days of this request you will do the following: A. Put it in the hands of your attorney for action and collection. B. Notify the Fraud Division and Small Business Division of your State's Attorney General. Ask her if she does, in fact, have a valid business license. C. Tell her you will make a written report to the Better Business Bureau and any other consumer-service bureaus that exist in your area. I have see all too many MTs get sc***ed only because they allow it. Remember the old saying, YOU DESERVE THE KIND OF TREATMENT YOU WILL ACCEPT. Meanwhile, do not transcribe one more line. Further, you should warn her that this needs to be a one-time event and if it occurs again, you will quit. I trust you have a written contract or memorandum of understanding with her. If not, send her one, including a clause that states your pay dates are not dependent upon her getting paid by her client(s). You are not helpless. Start advocating for yourself. You can do it.
I've been there 3 years and I think they might have sent (sm)
a notice once...but the other 2 times I had to call or e-mail the person in HR and ask them. 
I've been an MT for 36-1/2 years,
and never bothered with certification--until I went to work for a company that actually rewards the credential--1/2 cent per line raise for passing the RMT, and another 1/2 cent for the CMT. They also have free prep courses for both exams, AND they reimburse the cost of sitting for the exam if you pass it. So what's not to like? I took the RMT the first moment I could, passed it, got my raise (and my reimbursement) and in a few months I will join the study group for the CMT, and go for that as soon as I am eligible.

But for the first 36 years I had no use whatsoever for the credential. If one is not rewarded for it as we are at my company, what's the point?
I've been there nearly 3 years now and like it a lot (sm)
Try to get a backup account when you are first hired, unless there is absolutely a ton of work on your primary.  I went through quite a dry spell with my primary account being very, very low.  I finally got a good backup account.  But even when things were bad there I knew they would work with me to get me more work so I hung in there and stayed with it and now I have plenty of work.  They are one of the best companies out there.  Good Luck!
I've been with them a little more than two years.
It has never been less than a wonderful place to work. The accounts are easy, for the most part (there is the rare exception, as with any place). The platforms are easy (I work on two different platforms and like them both). The owners have been more than accommodating when I have had emergencies and, as a matter of fact, have bent over backward for me more than once. I have always been paid on time, and the one time when my pay was off because I worked on an account I normally don't work, I simply notified the owner, and I had a check in my hands within 3 days. I've never had a problem getting hold of them. I was trained, and the trainer/QA person is available nearly instantly for any questions I may have, and it is probably THE MOST PLEASANT work atmosphere I have been in for a very, very long time.

I've worked other places, and the last place I worked was given absolute hell. I'll stick with Landmark. No employer is perfect, but they're pretty darned close.
I've been with them for over 10 years (sm)
have seen lots of management come and go, wish the latest batch would go soon. They used to be pretty flexible, right now are in a very militant mode as far as hours, production, etc. Not sure how many platforms they have, but the one I'm on requires a lot of mousing and very slow to change screens (patient info to document screen, etc), my production has dropped a lot as a result. Hoping things will turn around again somehow!
Well, gee whiz. I've been at this for many years SM

know my terminology and even build my own computers.  Is that literate enough?  What young whippersnapper can do that! 

I wouldn't work for someone like that. 

I've had 2 computers in 5+ years and SM
The only reason I got the new one was because they were sending them out to every one - no problems with the old one.

It's like cars - sometimes you get a lemon. LOL!
In 2 years, I've never had a problem
Sometimes ichart runs behind a day, but then they get the kinks worked out and it's back to current. I've double checked my line counts several times too and have never had a problem.
I've been with them for a couple of years
Nothing changed from that article and it was a story about an incident from 15 years ago. The work is steady and my paycheck is on time. I have no complaints.
I've been in this business 12+ years
now - worked for five companies before this one - never been happier.  Work is steady.  Pay is above average and always correct and on time.  Lots of communication and feedback.  It is a good place for me - I plan on retiring from here.  
8.5 cpl?? Are you sure it was NE? They've had pay stuck at 7 and 8 cpl for years! nm