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I currently do all Ops at home, over the past year

Posted By: Not so on 2006-01-21
In Reply to: First you have to find a place that even does Op notes off premises. Very very rare anymore. :( nm - Also love my Ops

been offered at least 6 positions doing Ops at home.  

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MedScribe for the past year
Started almost one year ago and have enjoyed everyone there.  Stay in work, like my super and pay is every other Friday, direct deposit and on-time.  I also have their Aetna healthcare, it is a good plan and affordable.  HTH.
Getting on my nerves too.Until this past year

I was never out of work for so long (4 weeks). I  can't survive this way, yet I'm going to hang in there as I feel they are still one of hte best companies to work for, and I can take the good with the bvad up to a point, but it is getting a bit thin $-wise.

I need somethin to supplement my income during this dry period, so I''ve been looking for something NOT MT, as I'm not as fast as I used to be at MT'g.

Very happy at Medware the past year
I enjoy my accounts and have work.  The best things I like about Medware are my team leader who is very professional and understanding, and the regular paydays which are direct deposit.  Those were two things I did not have with my last service.  Medware has been a good company to work for.  Good luck to you.
You couldn't have said it better. That is exactly how I feel and have for the past year. (nm)
In the past year and half, I have always been paid on time. --nm
I agree. This past year has been terrible with MQ. Never enough work, crappy dictators, no pay for

weekends and holidays anymore etc etc I guess with all their legal woes we are paying for it and then have to have few blanks and 98% QA on dictators I have never even heard of. A joke to be sure and no matter how good the new pay plan is or they allow everyone a window to work then everyone will be working all hours to get lines for incentive which they probably never will. MQ is losing a lot of MTs and I expect that will continue. They seem to just keep pushing and pushing and it almost seems like they want people to leave so it really makes you wonder what is going on here. They really just dont care.

Concerned about the low work at WebMedx over the past few weeks. Typical for this time of year?
I've not been through a summer with them before. My main account, which always had plenty of work and occasional overtime, has been low for well over a month now. I have 2 backup accounts that are low as well. In fact, all my STM's accounts are very low volume. In all the years I've transcribed, I've never had this problem in August. It worries me more perhaps since I'm ex-MQ and consistent low work was a signal of a major downhill turn for that company. Thanks.
Happy New Year. May we all have happy home lives (sm)
and do whatever it takes to make our work lives work for us too. 
In the early days, MedQuist said working at home was a benefit, therefore at-home sm
employees did not receive as many benefits as those working in-house.  As I believe, it was something like at-home employees got 3 days off a year versus 10 days for the in-office employees -- WHAT?!!!  I told them it made no sense to me, since by working at home I was saving them money -- no need to provide office space, equipment, references, utilities, etc. -- yet I get shafted.  I was only part-time when they took over the previous company with their great policies, and I told them to kiss where I can't. 
my first year I made 16k. Doubled that second year. Going on year 6 with (sm)

two local accounts I earned 23,000.00 and a national I earned 35,400... 58,400 this year.  Don't ask me how many hours, though, I really have no idea.  I'm pretty motivated.  (When people ask me how many hours I work a week I reply as many as it takes  I'd say 40-50/week.  I am also a fitness instructer and personal trainer, about 5 hours a week or so.  Decent money (sometimes under the table!) but mostly I just do it for fun and to be social and wear cute work-out clothes. 

that first year was a rough one... but I consider it part of my education. 


I'm pretty motivated. 

Last year, there was a letter sent that told us what we earned the previous year. sm
In the past, it has been all or nothing; if you did not hit the lines for full time for the year, you did not get PTO. I talked to my lead this morning about a last-minute vacation and she told me that the yearly packets are going out in a week or so and that the new policy will acrue PTO by the pay period or month. I like that a lot better, but she also made it sound like they are upping the amount of lines needed to acrue PTO. I normally get between 15 and 20,000 lines per pay period, so I am sure that will be fine but I am worried about the periods that have lower volumes, like most of January every year.
Webmedx lets you carry them from year to year sm
You can accrue up to 140 hours (I think) before you stop the accrual process. Don't have to use it all in one year.
I would stick it out, most places are slow now through the end of the year every year (nm)
Last year $36K part time, going to make more this year full time BUT sm

I AGREE it IS getting harder to make money.  I used to make $24 very part time 10 years ago and now...well it is Word and platforms versus WP5.1.  I got 7.5 cents a byte line then and I get 9.5 cents a character line now.  That IS a huge different in point of fact.


How far in the past?
I have in the past, what do you need to know?

No, they used to pay more in the past.
I have in the past
In fact, they probably like that you do rather than ask for time off when the work load is heavy.
This is what i have done in the past.
I have called a facility and asked to speak to the director of medical records. I told them that I was interested in working on transcription for their facility and asked them the name of the company. They told me with no problem.
who have you worked for in the past - sm
Sometimes it's just getting into the right place at the right time, but if you have already worked for a few places, I don't want to mention their names.
I have spoken with her in the past and she was
What did she say or do that was so rude and unprofessional?
Worked there in the past.
But frequently ran out of work. Finally had to leave.
Well, I worked for them in the past (sm)
and had trouble being paid.  There has been info here over the past 3 years showing that it's still going on.
Not that I know of...I just saw some favorable past (sm)
posts about them and thought I would see if they are hiring..
past employees
Why is it that past employees always yell the loudest?  I take pride in the work I do for Shapin and if the past employee had just asked for help and had not turned in files that weren't even edited, it may have been a different situation.  I have mentored many MTs and have seen them grow in their profession.  Say what you want about Shapin, but remember if you are a past employee, there probably is a reason and it wasn't the pay.
From past experience, I would
stay away, far away from Accupro. I was not paid what was due me and was basically called a liar. Bad business ethics.

I know another person who worked for them, who sent an email and had things in it deleted and changed to make her look bad and then had the changed email forwarded to someone else. Stay away, things may have been good a long time ago, but not anymore.
In the past they have done this in an attempt to
attract people who know/have worked on the account.
current or past MDI-MD MTs,

did your line count significantly increase at MDI over whereever you had been before? 

I believe there were posts in the past. (sm)
Check the archives. As I recall, it wasn't good!
Maybe these past posts will help --

I don't work for them but I was thinking about it and I remembered there was a lot of chatter about them within the last couple of months so I did a search of the MTStars Company Board cause I thought I remembered something that might be helpful to you.  Until you get updated info from current or past employees maybe this will help. 

Medical Axolotl [2007-08-25]

Med - employee $100/mo., employee +1 $200/mo., employee + kids $200/mo.and employee + family $300/mo.


Axolotl [2007-08-18]

Axolotl expects quality and reliable MTs. Due to the fact, they do not overstaff, it is IMPERATIVE, everyone be there for their scheduled shifts. They provide OUTSTANDING and affordable benefits, as well as more than competitive pay. If you meet the above standards as an MT, then you should apply. If you don't meet these standards, then you need to find a company who doesn't expect you to produce quality documents and to show up for your shift. I have been an MT for 13 years. Axolotl is better than any company I have ever researched or any employerI have worked for. If you are looking for former employees who did not meet the above standards, I am sure you can find them.


Good luck in whatever you decide. 


No ad, just though maybe someone worked for them in the past...
I got the same info you did, a few companies by the name of PRN Transcription but I could not find any in MA.  One in Illinois, one in Ohio.....?
Well, last day this past week my pay was
over $18.00 an hour. I don't consider that too bad myself. I personally am very happy there, no problem with anyone, they leave you alone, no IMing all the time nor emails, good support, love the platform. Great place for me.
There have been several posts about them the past
couple of weeks.  
wow now there's a blast from the past sm
I used to work for them years ago, but I think they must have gone out of business a while back. Their website has been down for a few years.
Times past it was the same as now -
If you are typing radiology, op notes or ERs - no, it would not be a good deal.  Discharge summaries, definitely!  You know when the doctors hem and haw and talk to the other doctors or take a phone call?  Or you have a dictaiton that's just dead air, no dictation?  You get paid for all that time that the doctor is not talking.  It doesn't depend on times past versus times now.  I was paid by the minute 20 yeras ago and it was the same then.  It's good money with discharge summaries, not good for op notes or ERs.
I had not had a lot of ESL in the past, just a few here and there and never Hispanic. sm
It took me 3 weeks before I felt comfortable and now it gets better every day. I really enjoy it. A friend of mine left the account and KS and called them up and started again. They told her that it is a difficult account and they understand and had her come back. Now she is happy on the account too. She had been there a while though so that might be why but she gave up in a huff and left and they took her back (about 2 weeks later).
She had an MTSO in the past and did not pay.

What I have done for the past 6 years - sm
For the first 4 years as an IC I paid quarterly to state and had hubby take out additional federal from his check.  I now have him take out additional for both, which is far easier for me.  The IRS does not care where it comes from, just that it gets paid.  Not sure if this is an option for you, but it works for me.
I have seen several posts over the past
few months (possibly by the same person) who talks about how great they pay.  Someone posted the past week that they offered 8 cpl.  That is not great pay by any stretch, especially with some of the crappy accounts they have. 
I have been compensated in the past
by extra for certain dictators and raise for being willing to work harder accounts, but had to ask, they usually won't offer :)
I know they were pretty bad in the past
Brenda Hurley has since taken over as director of operations and I think she will definitely make some big improvements here.

I would like to hear from some who are now working under Brenda's supervision to see if things have improved as anticipated.
I can't get past the idea of

off-shoring to India.  I absolutely STAUNCHLY refuse to work for a company that offshores to India.

I've heard good things from some people about Focus, like the platforms are good, pay is on time.  I do like EditScript (my current favorite) and some people say the pay isn't bad.  However, I have heard so much more bad, that I don't think I would ever apply.

I usually try to think outside the box too and give someone the benefit of the doubt.  However, off-shoring is just something I cannot get past no way, no how, no matter which way you slice it.

This is not a past-time. This is my sm
profession. Maybe you should look to do something else since this is your past-time. A past-time doesn't usually pay enough to support a person. Most of the time a career does!
Month they are not hiring because everyone that works there (myself included) does not have enough work
On past resumes I have put...

Available on request in the Reason for Leaving box.  I had a past boss who was verbally abusive (not Oh, he hurt my feeling because he said I was working slow or something...I mean truly abusive) and I have used the Available on request in that box for that particular job many time and have been asked what the situation was before, but have never been treated like this was a strange way to handle the Reason for Leaving box.  I have also completley omitted this job for certain resumes. 

My sincere condolances on the passing of your father. 

copy and past into address bar. nm
Christmas Past - dream on
.... Just wanted to share what was done at a hospital I worked at in the good old days when I was a young one ..
Hospital gave each employee $300.00 to $500.00 dollars each as a bonus. You got a turkey for your family. AND, the grandest catered Christmas party at a local exclusive private club with dancing all night!!! Can you believe that?!?
I worked for Medware in the past, and
at first it was great!  They were advertising for ER which was what I wanted, but when I applied they said no ER so I was given Acute Care.  The first few months were great.  I was in hog heaven.  Then overnight things changed and I had nothing but the worst ESLs and my pay went downhill big time!!  I tried to get things resolved, so no luck.  Otherwise it was great.  Easy platform, good communication, etc.  If you are lucky enough to get and KEEP good accounts, then it is great! 
Anytime I asked about it in the past, always
overwhelming response was negative - very insecure platform, shaky, not dependable. I would say 10 people said that 2 different times, while 1 time someone said it was wonderful and had no idea of any problems. I ended up declining the job 2 x when I just could not find anything positive. Oh, yes, and 2 people said once you downloaded it in your computer, the computer was shot and basically garbage. Now, this scared me big time, and I figured no one was making it up, as the company I was applying for was tiny local, not even a blip on the map! Wish I could give better news!
Are you talking about recent or past?
I have been burned many times by nationals in the past, not recent. I will list just enough letters but one was Asce... and the another was NorthW...out in Oregon I believe. Not even sure if they are still in business. The NorthW one praised me in the beginning, but when it came time for getting paid suddenly I was making too many mistakes and I never saw my paycheck. Another was Rap... they have since changed their name and I eventually received my paycheck. It just took months to do so. I left them all. Most of the places I have only worked for short periods because things are great when you start, then suddenly for reasons only they know, the atmosphere gets very thick. Then the nasty e-mails start. I have really don't trust a lot of them and feel like getting hired on with them is a huge risk on my part every time. That's why I am here on a semi-regular basis to see what companies to avoid. Also, you can sort of tell by the way their ad is worded if they are professional or not.


happy typing everyone!

There have been posts in the past about MT World and
they were all bad.  I believed they offshored, don't know if they still do.