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I hope every single transcriptionist

Posted By: Disgusted on 2006-01-17
In Reply to: spheris growth plans - bill

who is laid off files FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.  If there was ever a time UC is warranted, it is for situations like this.  I believe the employer is responsible for paying this in most, if not all, states.  I also believe your benefit is based on your income over a certain number of quarters, so the more you earn, the higher your benefit.


Publicizing what this so-called *employer* is doing might help bring the matter to the public's attention, especially when politicians brag about how wonderful the American economy is. 




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Every single transcriptionist should QUIT.

Right now -- before they have the chance to use your talent and blood and sweat to perfect the VR that they will then send offshore.  You can bet they will quit YOU once their foot is firmly in India.


Do you want to be a transcriptionist or
or do you want to be a voice recognition editor?  Because they are moving to get as many accounts on VR as they can and when they do they'll pay you about half of whatever line rate they promise you to do the VR.  Make sure you ask because nobody ever told me this was the plan when they hired me.
Are you a transcriptionist or do you
Just curious.  I QA for them and have no work either.
If you are already a transcriptionist
I'm not sure I understand your post.  If you are already a transcriptionist, then why don't you just start applying to online companies on the job seeker's board.  If you work full-time then you should make at least 25,000.00 per year as long as you are dedicated and can work independently.  Why not ask the psych doctor if you can do his/her work from home as a side job.  If I were you, I'd skip the training and start applying now for an online job.  What have you got to lose? 
Just saw an ad for a transcriptionist to (sm)
to go in and type for the doctor as he was in the room with the patient, doing the standardized, pretext formats.
A transcriptionist should at the very least
know the difference between your and you're.
EMR Transcriptionist
Those are some of the duties that I'll be responsible for starting next month when we turn everything over to EMR.
There, no there is a smart transcriptionist
Keep running away from SS.
just stay as transcriptionist
don't go into editing as the pay structure for that is a rip off mostly
Unionized Transcriptionist?
Is this just so overwhelming to think about.  Plummers, carpenters, auto workers, healthcare workers, nurses, teachers, etc. have managed to unionize and demand fair pay and treatment.  Am I the only person who has ever had this thought?  Why do so many MTs resign themselves to less than fair wages and benefits for a skill that is in such high demand?  Tell me what you think.  Just curious. 
Transcriptionist friends
To NM: The server wouldn't let me email you. I would love to have a fellow transcription friend!
Any KS transcriptionist know about holiday pay.
I have to work Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years
EMR Medical Transcriptionist?

Ok, just as we thought our jobs were being replaced with EMR, VR, offshore, etc, I found this on Craigs list with the headline Medical Transcriptionist -


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
1. Transcribe medical dictation into CareTracker Electronic Medical Record Template.
2. Data entry of patient medication & allergy history into EMR.
3. Review of patient history from chart and enter into EMR.
4. Capture charges from dictation and enter into CareTracker.
5. Work with EMR implementation team with suggestions or changes.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Compile electronic health record from paper charts.
2. Transcribe medical dictation into electronic health record template.
3. Manual entry of patientís medication and allergies from the paper chart into the electronic health record.
4. Get physician approval of medications entered.
5. Follow up with doctor with incomplete dictation.
6. Cross training of new staff assigned.
7. Performing other duties as assigned.


This certainly doesn't sound like EMR is all it is cracked up to be if this is what it takes to get the record on the chart.


I was under the impression that the transcriptionist, as well
as the MTSO were not held liable, that it was whoever signed the final product (in theory, they proof it before they sign it). It is the physician's dictation, how can the MTSO or MT be held responsible if they transcribe incorrectly dictated test results, physical exam findings or anything else re: the patient?
DO NOT BELIEVE "BEWARE" - she obviously was a disgruntled transcriptionist - sm
I have been transcribing for four years for them. Have a large account, and only a couple of times in four years have I had a very slow period (maybe lasting a week or so) where the work was low - but as anyone would know, hospital admissions usually go down in the summertime, docs go on vacations, etc.

They do have a couple of accounts that the HOSPITAL is absolutely picky about, i.e. they want the commas and the periods and the hyphens where they belong and they want the report spelled CORRECTLY. But a hospital has EVERY RIGHT to expect that from a transcription vendor. Maybe "beware" was on one of these accounts and just doesn't know how to transcribe!!
It is Certified Medical Transcriptionist sm
as described by AAMT (American Association for Medical Transcription). You receive this by taking a test with AAMT. In the late 70s or early 80s when AAMT first came about, if you had 2-3 years experience (I can't remember which) you could become a CMT by grandfathering in and not taking a test. I knew folks who grandfathered in who had only done radiology and could not do acute care at all. I didn't think that was fair at all. I am not sure how they do it now, but I think they may have a certification for different types of transcription i.e., radiology versus acute care. I remember I was 6 months short of the experience to grandfather in and I paid to take the test.

You must have so many continuing education credits in a prescribed period of time to keep your certification or you will have to take the test over. There are lots of ways that you can get CECs, sometimes by reading certain articles that qualify etc.

I kept mine for about 12 years but they kept going up on the price so much every year I finally just let it go. There are some places that pay a little more for CMT status, but not many. It really and truly is not worth the money you pay out. I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but don't waste your money.
Certified Medical Transcriptionist.
nm
psych transcriptionist info-sm

Does anyone know of companies hiring psych or mental health MTs?


Transcriptionist in a chiropractor's office
Does anyone know what a transcriptionist's salary range would be in a chiropractor's office?
FT Medical Records Transcriptionist
Who does she work for?
Not fishy. Just a transcriptionist who has worked for
2 companies which did not count correctly and after having done a minute to line comparison finding that the present job is not counting correctly either. Perhaps the wording is awkward. Should have asked who counts lines with a correct line to minute ratio. And you know what that means if you have been in the business long enough.
Traveling medical transcriptionist

What companies hire for traveling medical transciptionist?  I am interested in a position like this.  If any information, please advise.


It's Bayscribe Software- It is a transcriptionist's Best Friend!
Very user-friendly, everything at your fingertips, highly productive- get paid for spaces, headers, footers.
There is a transcriptionist job listed in my local newspaper (sm)
It says fax CV to ---

Does anyone know what CV means? The only think I can think of is maybe Certificate Verification?

Thanks.
I work with a transcriptionist at our hospital who works for
them part time and she said they are just awful, but she needs the money so bad and no other company returned her call. She said she has a hard time with the voices, ESL and difficulty hearing the account.
Evoluz Inc. hiring transcriptionist in Canada
Evoluz Inc. is a Toronto (Canada) based transcription company and they have been hiring currently.  My friend currently works for them from home and she is quite happy. They also provide interview and business transcription.
I forgot Senior Transcriptionist Botware!
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Anyone ever worked for LabCorp as a pathology transcriptionist, etc.

Would be interested to know about their benefits.  I have been offered a position as a Lead Support Transcriptionist and pay range is from 16 to 22 dollars per hour and they mention a whole lot of benefits on the website.  I know, I can ask them in a couple days, but am so anxious, just thought I would though the question out to see if anyone would respond.


By the way, LabCorp still has in-house transcription, so if your'e looking for work at a company try them.  If you have done acute care, you can do pathology.  I am an acute care transcriptionist myself.  They also have laboratory assistant jobs if your'e just tired of transcription as a whole.  I believe they start at about 13 an hour.


Anyone ever worked for LabCorp as a pathology transcriptionist, etc.

Would be interested to know about their benefits.  I have been offered a position as a Lead Support Transcriptionist and pay range is from 16 to 22 dollars per hour and they mention a whole lot of benefits on the website.  I know, I can ask them in a couple days myself, but am so anxious, just thought I would throw the question out to see if anyone would know firsthand.


By the way, LabCorp still has in-house transcription, so if your'e looking for work at a company, try them.  If you have done acute care, you can do pathology.  I am an acute care transcriptionist myself.  They also have laboratory assistant jobs if your'e just tired of transcription as a whole.  I believe they start at about 13 an hour.  I think your'e keying in accession numbers to the specimens submitted.


What are some easy companies for a remote transcriptionist to start with?
I have been a Transcriptionist for 5 years.  Are there any easy companies out there to start with as a remote MT.  I have tried to work with one company at home but the training process was very complicated and required A LOT of computer knowledge.  I need to know some good companies to check out and some of the ones to stay away from. 
Is $15.00 an hour good pay for pathology transcriptionist at a LabCorp
with bennies, working in-house?
look, they probably overhired, they don't care if 100 transcriptionist quit, just hire more.
nm
yes relocation fees. And it is not 10-15/hour ... unless you're a slow transcriptionist
We're just trying to find out REALISTICALLY and honestly if there are transcriptionists that have moved or would move to an area for a job and new life.
Is $15.00 per hour with excellent benefits good pay for a pathology transcriptionist
There is an ad in my local newspaper for this position, and I am considering applying.  It doesn't mention anything about incentive, so I doubt that there is any, but the way the transcription industry is going, I think this may be my best shot for the next 15 years.  As I turned 50 yesterday and looking to retire at 65.  They have pension plan and 401K with match, long and short term disability.
My experience has been that VR helps the slow transcriptionist, hinders the fast. sm

I could transcribe the report myself a LOT faster than sitting there listening and fixing the report.  That's just my experience, though.  Although I acknowledge that VR is easier on my poor old hands, it hurts my budget more than my hands hurt.  I will avoid it as long as I can, although it seems like The Borg and perhaps soon we will all be assimilated. 


For now, I am happy to be at a company where I am appreciated and can type the reports myself and not have to sort through the cra* a machine puts out.  Keystrokes is great! 


I agree. As medical insurance biller/coder/transcriptionist
I agree with the other poster. You're better off going with a group plan than on your own. Largely, because you pay the same premiums across the board as everyone else on your plan. When your on your own individual plan, I was scared to use my or have a new diagnosis because come renewal time, your premiums are adapt to go up staggering and there is nothing to can do about it, other than drop them and then you are in a worst situation. Yes, group insurance premiums usually go up every year but it's nothing like what will happen to if your on your own. Also, you do get a contracted adjustment based on your insurance's contracted allowable rate. Say your visit is $100 and the contracted rate/allowable through the insurance is $75, that means the doctor has to write off that $25 according to their contract.
Not a single one. nm
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$500.00/single

I am not a single
mother but I empathize those who are and who are trying to raise a family on their own doing this. If not for my husband's income I wouldn't be able to survive on my own. Thats my point, a woman no matter what should be able to be self-sufficient and chosing this as a career will not give you that security.
Another single mom MT here

Yes, it can be done.  It isn't easy by any means, but it is possible if you are fortunate to be working for a good company.   


I have supported both my child and I solely on my income as a work-at-home MT.  For a little over a year I picked up some typing on the side for a few hours on the weekends for non-MT related businesses.  That at least paid for the phone bill.  I didn't and still don't owe much of anything, so that's a help.  I have one credit card that I use for groceries and gas, it gives cash back rewards and it's paid off in full every month. I almost own my home with the bank owning a mere pittance. There is no fancy car, no yearly vacations where I actually leave the town I live in, and I've had my TV for 8 years, after my grandmother owned it for 6 years.  Criminey, I don't even subscribe to any magazines.  All books come from the library, all newspapers are read online. I have automatic dedcutions taken from every pay check that are directly deposited into accounts for myself and for my son. We don't have much, but at least we have something. I keep an old ice bucket in the closet that all pocket change goes into.  When my son was little and would ask for pizza I'd tell him if there enough money in the ice bucket, we could get pizza. If there wasn't he'd have to wait.  I still use that bucket.  This year it will go towards flowers for the garden. 


My child is no longer a child, he's in his second year of college.  He workd all through his high school years, bought his own car and gives me 75% of his paycheck that go into the account mentioned above for college when he's home working summers.  He works while at college and that is what he lives on while at college.  He has never asked me for money..yet. 


I worked for a national company for almost two years when I first started out as an MT.  The pay was horrible, they were horrible, and I constantly ran out of work. I have worked for two small companies since leaving that national.  I never EVER refuse OT, I do my 8 hours/day 5 days/week and I work my fanny off.  It's not fun, and some days I hit my head against the wall thinking I can't do one more day of the tedium that is my job. 


I was always here when my son was growing up.  I attended every home sporting event, every awards night, drove him where ever he needed to be, and picked him up when it was done.. I was with him when he was sick, here when he had a problem and needed to talk (whine), and the lucky kid got to come home from school to hot choc. chip cookies out of the oven - not because I was June Cleaver, but because the hormones kicked in and I needed a sugar fix.  We both won.  Just don't tell him that. 


Looking back, the sacrifices for this job, mostly my sanity, have been worth it. Though my son grew up without a father, he had me there every single day, whether he liked it or not. We could never, and still can't keep with the Joneses, but I never liked the Joneses anyway.  I love working at home.  My car looks as new as they day it was bought 8 years ago and it has under 50,000 miles on it. Think of the savings of gas, wear and tear on the car, and your sanity if you have to commute.  I was here when my neighbor fell in the boxwood hedges and couldn't get up. I was here to see my dog scare the beheezies out of the two men from the famous door-to-door religious sect who never made it more than 10 feet up the driveway.  Really, can it get any better? 


I know I am fortunate and I try to remember that every time I type a report from the Bozo that dictates from out in the hall. If you want to be an MT, then I guess the key is to finding the right company, working your butt off, pay yourself first, don't spend what you don't have, and pray your fingers and your brain can survive the MT world.


Sorry, but $250 for single is
NOT a great deal!!  I work at KS, and thank goodness thanks to hubby's ins. I don't have to pay that.  I thought MQ was bad at $150 a month.  SHEESH!!!
If you are single mom, with this SM
economy, the feeling of being pushed out is so vague, I can't imagine you giving up a job for that.  Is there something in particular that's happening that is forcing you to leave?  Hourly jobs are really scarce nowadays and most are on production.
I'm sure that every single one of us sm
if we were to admit it, have let ourselves be taken advantage of when we first got in this profession. But, if we continue to let ourselves be taken advantage of, that is where the problem comes in at. I figure I will just warn those who are doing this and if they want to be used like this, then its their problem, but it sure isn't making things any better for the rest of us and it also is causing nothing but downrigiht SLAVE LABOR!

I am willing to work my rear end off for my company and go above and beyond. But, when a company takes advantage that is where I draw the line. On top of that, like the other poster said, 7cpl and paying your own taxes is not enough money period!

Truthfully, I don't know what the answer is. I know people need jobs and especially now you have to do what you have to do sometimes to put food on the table, BUT personally, I wouldn't do it and be anyone's slave. On the other hand, I WILL go above and beyond the call of duty for a good employer who appreciates what I do, the skill I have and the willingness to work. Its a give and take. I think any company that wants a decent reputation will treat their employees right. Hmmmmm is that too old fashioned thinking??
I'm sure that every single one of us sm
if we were to admit it, have let ourselves be taken advantage of when we first got in this profession. But, if we continue to let ourselves be taken advantage of, that is where the problem comes in at. I figure I will just warn those who are doing this and if they want to be used like this, then its their problem, but it sure isn't making things any better for the rest of us and it also is causing nothing but downrigiht SLAVE LABOR!

I am willing to work my rear end off for my company and go above and beyond. But, when a company takes advantage that is where I draw the line. On top of that, like the other poster said, 7cpl and paying your own taxes is not enough money period!

Truthfully, I don't know what the answer is. I know people need jobs and especially now you have to do what you have to do sometimes to put food on the table, BUT personally, I wouldn't do it and be anyone's slave. On the other hand, I WILL go above and beyond the call of duty for a good employer who appreciates what I do, the skill I have and the willingness to work. Its a give and take. I think any company that wants a decent reputation will treat their employees right. At least that is the way it should be...treat your employees right and they will do a good job. Hmmmmm is that too old fashioned thinking??
and I can't think of a single MT
who shouldn't be required to take a written exam for the 20 laws defining and IC versus employee, to make THEY fully understand the difference between the two.


I would do it too if single.
I am originally from the PNW and I know a lot of people who have gone to Alaska for temp jobs because of the extra bonuses and pay offered to get qualified workers up there. It can be a good deal. Many of them went up there and saved all the money (said there wasn't much to spend it on anyway since room and board are often provided to temp workers) so that when they came home they took 2-3 months off. Sounds like a good deal to me. I have never been to Alaska, so I think it would be interesting to go live there for a short time.
Maybe she is a single mother.......
I agree...I would go part time with someone...that's what I plan on doing just to supplement. BTW....anyone who has a problem with that...I have a disabled child,although he does not drink formula....everything else is expensive and most of his treatments not covered by insurance.  Maybe this person is in a similar boat..............geez.............I say work as much as you want and make as much as you can doing it......
Well, as a single mom, do not, I repeat do not,
You will be soooorrrrrrryyyyyy. I guarantee it. There are too many other GOOD jobs out there, keep looking and good luck.
If you are single and have no family

go for it.   My situation was a bit different in that I wasn't running out of work, just testing the waters.  I applied to about a dozen companies, offered positions with each, took 3 positions to figure which I liked best.  I had worked for a small local company for 13 years as my only experience so was really clueless.   I found it really difficult to switch from the various accounts and scheduling became a nightmare because I really had no clear-cut hours or line counts.  It got to where I wasn't doing a good job, just doing the lines and not caring about the product, plus I was screaming at my son for bothering me while I was trying to work.  Just wasn't worth it. 


 


 


Single or family? nm

If $300/mo for single that is a ripoff and

you'd be much better off with a private policy.  My family of 4 pays less than $400.00/mo for good insurance.