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I saw postings that all our work was overflow/extra support for hospitals. (sm)

Posted By: In the same boat on 2009-09-17
In Reply to: No Work - WorriedWebber

Whatever happened, it has been ongoing since around the Memorial Day holiday.  I too am getting worried.  Christmas coming up, winter utility bills, not to mention the every day expenses we have in order to survive. 

I am picking up a PT position.  May be a little tired working the 2, but for right now it covers my butt.


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overflow work
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It is also only p.r.n./overflow work
I left a lot of blanks as well.  I'm not so sure I could strain that much.  Being overflow work is tough nookies to find a rhythm as well and I wonder how spaced apart the time would be before receiving the dictation.  Glad I'm not alone as even volume control and slowing down/speeding up was not really helping at all.  Oh well....  only lost about 1/2 an hour all in all. 
Yes, it is all overflow - and there is not enough work for everyone! no msg
There have been multiple postings by someone saying "RUN" who admits they used to work here. s
I'm done. You won't see me here for a long time.

Thanks for the scolding. I try to look on the bright side of life, but apparently by doing so I'm being presumptuous.

I also do overflow work for a clinic..
I charge 10 cpl, but I know that their other replacement charges 12 cpl. If it were a specialty clinic (mine currently is family practice and easy work), I would charge no less than 12 cpl. I'm not sure but it may also depend on where you live geographically.  I live in Idaho so I'm sure since our cost of living here is fairly cheap and that would be the standard. If you live in a larger place, maybe you could easily ask for more. Just giving you my input..
I got hit with router, but they only do overflow work
and we ran out of work constantly. They play favorites big time, so the good work goes to a few people and the rest of us got the left-over garbage. The tech ruined my computer and that cost me a big bucks to get fixed.
I work for a company that does overflow and I have been

with them for 5+ years.  I have never not had any work and rarely has there been a day when there weren't extra lines available.  A couple of times the hospital's system has gone down and they have asked if anyone wanted a a day off, or could adjust their schedule to work different hours than usual, but I think that has only happened twice.    I have a lot of dictators, though I tend to get the same 30 or so regularly. 

It all depends on how the contract is setup, if they get a certain # of minutes a day, or if they just get whatever in-house can't handle. 

anyone know of overflow or vacation work available?
I work 2 jobs that I love, but both of them are 2-3 times a month and average 100 minutes of dictation at a time.  I rather like the nature of this work as it is given to and I usually have 2-3 days to complete it.  I have lots of experience--ER, other hospital (except ops), psychiatric hospitals and offices (which I loved!), specialty clinics of all types--it's just that I really don't want to give up the 2 jobs that I already have and love, so I would like more of the same kind of thing.  I thought overflow or filling in for vacations would be a good option, if I could find it.  Anyone know of anything like this?  I am considered an excellent Transcriptionist by all whom I've worked for. 
I think it is a combo of all work being overflow and..sm
the fact that they overhire. Work has been low and slow for the past year. I have heard that some of the accts that we all heard about in that last conference call did not come on board--rumor, but other than the account that started in July to replace a lost one (and never has any work) and a clinic name I saw on the Community Pages (which a level 4 I'm sure will not be allowed to work), they have nothing new. Over the past year, they lost 2 of my accts. I have finally managed to replace them thanks to my persistence, but they are both overflow (like all of them) and low in work (like 99% of them). It just seems hard to get a PT job and still make 40 with them, but I guess we could try. Good luck.
WRONG - I work on 2 which are NOT overflow and know of 3 more sm
in my own STM group that are not.
I'll love to know who you work for. I also work every weekend with no extra pay.
It'd be nice to get paid for all the nights and weekends I work.
But don't they just help other companies with overflow type work?
It seems to me that that would make the work load very unstable.
Yes, I work on solid accounts, not overflow.
Webmedx must be sending work to overflow co's as soon as...sm
regular employees start hitting overtime. The economy has an effect on the workload, I know, but not like this, not during peak flu season. Does anyone know for a fact that they are doing this? TIA
Yes. Last entry on community board. ALL Web work is overflow.
I am fairly sure all their accounts still have in-house transcription departments. All mine do. The Atlanta account you mentioned started the same time as my main and always has more work than my hospital, which is an account that has almost completely dried up over the last year. STM states they are saving work for their in-house MTs.
Always work, usually all the extra you want too.

No special platform.   Some accounts you can work in WP5.1 or Word, some just Word.  Work is batched so no saving every report.   The only demographics you have to enter is patient's name, all other automated.  Daily QA feedback and QA is good overall.   Use BOS generally, but not strictly - client dictates.

Direct deposit and pay is ALWAYS on time, even early on holidays usually.  No charge for direct deposit.

If you are local can use C-phone, otherwise work is downloaded via FTP.  They provide foot pedal/software but not computer.

IC positions only - but don't know rate.  I've been with them since the beginning and am an employee.  They pay based on gross line though, use Sylcount for line counts and no screwing around with your lines.

They aren't perfect, but most employees have been there since the beginning, little turnover.  They leave you alone for the most part, no IM, no nasty e-mails, aren't calling every day for you to work extra, occasionally offer a bonus.   Schedules are Sunday-Thursday or Tues-Sat, not clocking in.



MDI is asking for MTs to do extra work
Honestly, I do not know where you are getting your info from. MDI is really busy, so that leads me to believe you do not work for us. If you want more work, please call me at the office (or you should have asked your TL). I sent out a mass e-mail Wednesday night asking for help, help and more help.

Hope you are making honest posts. If you are, then I really would like you to call me either at home or at the office. My home number is listed in TT (although most of my MT's have it already).

Extra Work!
Does anyone know of any MTSOs that use MTs p.r.n. or on our own time? 
extra work
I'd be happy to share, just E-mail me. Am not that familiar what I can or cannot put on reply message
But can you work extra
hours if you need them in order to reach your line requirement?
can you do extra if work is available - nm
Extra work at KS?
Do you have the opportunity to work extra at KS?  If you do, do you get paid OT for it?
Con: Overflow work is cherry-picked from the git-go by the account's inhouse MTs. nm
Ask for extra work, they are probably willing to give it if it's there. nm
If you read down the postings some, you will see my postings--sm
as to the reason why. I do not have the time to restate what I posted just a few days ago. Just look for the Stentel postings and read them. thanks and good luck.
The hospital I work just contracted to send our overflow to MDI. I've been watching as our SM

minutes slowly dwindle.  Last meeting we had, we voiced our concerns about losing our work and Transcend/MDI outsourcing overseas, only to be told that administration is happy that TAT is being met and so they are going to continue to send work to MDI on a daily basis and we don't believe they are sending OUR work overseas.

My hospital is a prime account to be sent overseas, a medium-sized community hospital, three (count 'em, three) ESL who aren't hard to do at all with the resting being very good, very American dictators, easy to understand.  No way would a service give this account to an American MT who could stand to make a good pay check doing this account.

I think the next step is to get rid of us all and send everything out.  If that happens, that's it for me, I'm getting out of transcription all together.  I know I definitely won't go to MDI for a job, like they would put me on this account where I could pull in 2000+ lines a day.

I've worked too hard all these years to be treated like my knowledge, skills, and education doesn't matter and to be paid peanuts for these skills I have worked hard to acquire, improve, and maintain.

I'm just really bummed today.  My job future isn't looking too good right now.  I hope I'm wrong. 

Suck it up and work the extra or move on!! sm
I am one of those MTs who had gotten sick. I hate to call of sick, but believe me, I could not work and then, once I was well, I stepped up and tried my best to work extra! Yes, it is the holidays and we all have a lot to do, but if the account gets behind and they get ticked, they can pull it and take their business elsewhere and where will any of us be? WITHOUT A JOB, that's where. If you don't want to do your part and step up to the plate for a company that is by FAR one of the best out there, well then you don't deserve to work for such an awesome company. Take it from someone who knows first hand, the grass is definitely NOT greener elsewhere. Look at all the MTs out there complaining that they don't have any work. I would much rather be in our situation than in theirs. I, personally, plan to work my tail off this week to help get things back in TAT! I wholeheartedly cannot imagine that QT is doing any kind of outsourcing! They have said all along that they do not support this! I hate coming on and reading things that are not backed up with FACTS. If you can't give solid evidence about the accusations you are making, then just zip it! Sorry for the long post, but it gets me fired up to see this company getting bashed when it does not deserve it!
You work extra or you lose the account!!!!
I for one know I do not want to lose the account, it sounds like you do not care, or maybe I just misread what you meant.
If you work it you get extra cpl. You CAN ask for it off if it is on your regular days also. sm
Personally I don't think it is a bad deal at all.  Better than nothing, which is what my other job paid for holidays.
Yes -- still at Keystrokes and still love it. :-) I am just looking for extra work. sm

I have worked 2 jobs for almost all of my life, so it is almost 2nd nature.  I think you will find Keystrokes a refreshing change from MQ.  They actually care about your well being and listen to you . They do not overhire.  The benefits are pretty good.  I do not have anything bad to say about them. 

Good luck! 

And you are required to work 3 holidays per year, but you get extra pay for that. nm
internet or extra phone line work? - nm
Just wondering if people are jumping in to work extra sm
since it is the last pay period before Christmas? Just a thought.
You obviously do not work there. They started paying the extra a while back for OT. sm
Out of all of you that are complaining about no work, how many work extra

It all evens out.  I, for one, am happy when there's no work so I can slack off a little, and it has never lasted for very long.  Maybe the VPN is down at the hospital or something.

For those who work 2 or more jobs and they both want extra work? sm
Do you automatically give it to the one you do full time or the one that pays the most?  Feel like there is some loyalty to the one who gives me benefits.  How do you all do it?
to clarify, not a cmomplaint about being asked to work extra earlier in the
Put the extra work in to studying ESL accents, word expanders, become
more proficient as an MT and you will become more valuable and get better line count. Just IMO.
No work on four hospitals
I'd like to know how it happens that four hospitals can suddenly just stop dictating, and work suddenly just get slow, on all of them at the same time, and them not even in the same group.  I think the company has hired too many transcriptionists and can't keep them busy, or is offshoring most everything, but telling us a different story.  Is there any way to find out what's the real case?  XXXXX  It has happened several times like this over the past five years, and I am getting fed up.  Are all companies like this or is this the only one where this sort of thing happens? People get sick and have operations every day of the year.  They don't suddenly stop going to the hospital.  Are they playing on our stupidity, or could this be legitimate? I find it very hard to believe.  I'm a seasoned MT with 15 years' experience, and provide excellent work. What' up? 
I think one of the hospitals is onto them about offshoring their work
Hospitals that allow even PART of their work to be
offshored, know FULL WELL that they are taking the livelihood away from American workers. And the one in charge of signing on that dotted line would be MAD AS HE11 if someone did that to their job.

Yes, the work is VERY begrudginly kept in the USA. And they charge more for it than they do for India-work. But they're just biding their time, because they know that eventually, most likely sooner rather than later, American medical transcriptionists are going to be 100% PRICED OUT of their careers.

BITE ME, transcription industry!
It is not the hospitals on a short TAT it is what MQ wants to make the hospitals very happy with

them. I would assume the accounts are on 12, 24 or 48 TAT but wouldnt they love having their work back no sooner than it is dictated.

Could it be that so many work from home or in the basement of hospitals? sm
This is NOT generalizing because I know several MTs who are not psycho, but I have met so many absolute nut cases in this field that I question my own sanity after listening to them!

We had an MT at the hospital I used to work for that called security because she was certain that someone moved her chair and wanted a full investigation. She could not accept that perhaps the cleaning crew did this!
Weekend work has been going on in hospitals many years but
weekend workers generally rotate if they work in house or they used to. This should be the way these companies do this rather than tie up every weekend. It would be easier to find someone if they rotated their weekends and were firm about the commitment. It is not that hard. It is about good management and if they can't manage to get that commitment, then companies need new management to implement that kind of thing. Finding weekend workers would be a lot easier.
Does anyone work for any hospitals in the Pittsburgh area. nm
I work as support for MTs and am an MT myself.
Just look at your view compared to the other answers to this thread.

Most hospitals will. Pay your dues (work cheaper to get experience.)