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I wonder about these things too...

Posted By: confused on 2005-11-17
In Reply to: I won't even post on the MQ board anymore... - RadGuy

I can understand the policy of not allowing companies who are dishonest as OSi apparently was to post on the board, but I thought there was a name-calling policy too. Someone below posted a really nasty remark about the Pres. of a co. (and used his name) and it was totally overlooked while a reminder about name-calling was deleted. Go figure.

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but for the most part, they are far superior to the others. (I even like AIM.)
thanks i will definitely try these things

Three things ...
1) I am an SE and I work my schedule, period.

2) I have never been out of work...even when others complain they are.

3) I have been not only allowed to work past my schedule but encouraged to. It's not my fault I'm allowed/encouraged to do so. It's more money in my pocket.

Look, I work as hard as you do. I don't know why you don't have any work but that doesn't mean it is my fault because I'm an SE. I also don't "hog" work. I take it as it comes...not like I can horde it away on my system and keep it in private while others sit without it. I can have only 2 jobs in my queue at any given time, just like everyone else.

Let's band together and not fight, ok?! It's not the IC's fault if the work is poorly distributed -- it is mgmt's fault.

I always ask things like that first, also pay
Make sure to ask before you test. big waste of time
You are right about some things
yes, they are not the greatest company, but do we really know who is. I know it was disappointing to me that they didn't pay for training, though it was only 2 hours. They are paying for spaces now, just since the last couple of months. I understand about the supervisor situation, but I think that is anywhere, and I am almost certain I know who you are talking about, (I thought the same thing) but if it is her, she's gone. I do agree that it does seem hard to make good lines, at least on one of my accounts. All I know is that overall, I am the most happy with them. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and this is just mine
of seeing the same things over and over with
nothing to back them up. I was sick reading the posts all weekend about every company that someone had questions about.
Look for these things.
What kind of reports are they?  Are they regular films or specialty work such as MRI and scans and special studies.  What kind of dictators are these, ESL or primarily English speaking?  An x-ray is not just an x-ray any longer.  Some can be very involved and it depends on your level of expertise whether you will make money or not.  What system will you work on?  Do demographics load or is it manual?  Lots of variables to watch for.
first things first
Have you contacted your company directly? What did they say?
MTs have to look things up too
You cannot just rely on the Editor to fill in your blanks. You have to look things up in reference books. I fill in the same common drugs constantly. I never knew what an excellent MT I was until I started editing. It's much easier to type.
If you believe all those things
If you believe all those things you said about DRC then why would you think that they are ready to give us all the boot now? Really, the advice and opinions on this subject are ridiculous. Only ME and my JOB matter. I will listen to my new boss with an open mind because DRC IS the best company I have ever worked for and I refuse to believe they just threw all their principles down the drain. Some pretty absurd things have been said on these threads about DRC, their accounts, Acusis and what might happen. Relax and wait for REALITY.
Among other things.......
Don't know who the above posters are that have it so great, but I sure didn't. Wonder how many of us went in and out that door? Anybody else care to take a vote? Count me 1
One of the things that comes up quite
You get hired, but it seems like eternity to really get the ball rolling and working.  Some of us don't have that kind of time to wait.  JMO.
I use both together for different things.
But you could get by without SH if it's an expense you don't need.
Must be 1 of 2 things (sm)
Either they're new to the field of MT'ing, or they just like to complain and whine.
Are things better now at OSI?
They are hiring now and I am considering applying.
One of the best things I ever did was to have the
surgery. Whereas before I could not even see the clock at the side of my bed, I now am able to read billboards, street signs and way far away. Vision before 7 inches in front of my face, now 20/30 or so. So glad but really scared to have done. Your eyes are precious but my only option like I said.
Things are different now sm

It's much better now.  We were asked to give them our top 3 favorite accounts and also the accounts we liked the least and had trouble with.

Now, I get my primary most of the day.  When that is out I get the other 2 accounts I listed as my next 2 favorite.  I rarely get into the cesspool, only when there is no work in my other accounts.

They have also offered bonuses almost consistently every weekend and with no strings attached.

The bonus they have offered the past 2 weeks is awesome!  


I think everyone needs to consider a few things here. sm
It may take longer to get started with KS than other companies, but they are a better company than most out there and believe me, I have tried many.

When you start at a hospital, it can be 2 months between application and first day to get started. If you start a government job, it can be 6 weeks.

They might seem disorganized to some, but they really are not that bad. Pay is correct and on time. There is a lot of work. They know each person by name and care about the person behind the name, not just turning everyone into an employee number. They work with you through personally trying times and will work with you on schedule and account.

They pay better and have more work than some of the bigger companies but they are almost as big as those companies already. The difference is that they do not hire suits who have no clue about transcription or transcriptionists. They hire real people who care about something other than just the bottom line.

I would rather work for a company that does not have a bunch of over-educated, over-qualified people with six-figure salaries who sit around and decide how to further cut my pay to increase theirs.

Disorganized? Working on it. Growing? Constantly. Worth it? DEFINITELY!!

They treat us well and work to keep it that way.
HMO things to know and consider

Q. What does HMO stand for?
A. This is actually a variation of the phrase, 'Hey, Moe!' Its roots go back to a concept pioneered by Dr. Moe Howard of The Three Stooges who discovered that a patient could be made to forget about the pain in his foot if he was poked hard enough in the eyes.

Q. I just joined an HMO. How difficult will it be to choose the doctor I want?
A. Just slightly more difficult than choosing your parents. Your insurer will provide you with a book listing all the doctors who were participating in the plan. These doctors basically fall into two categories those who are no longer accepting new patients, and those who will see you but are no longer part of the plan. But don't worry, the remaining doctor who is still in the plan and accepting new patients has an office just a half-day's drive away and that diploma from a small Caribbean Island is very fresh.

Q. Do all diagnostic procedures require pre-certification?
A. No. Only those you need.

Q. What are preexisting conditions?
A. This is a term used by the grammatically challenged when they want to talk about existing conditions. Unfortunately, we appear to be pre-stuck with 'pre and now' meaning the same.

Q. Can I get coverage for my preexisting conditions?
A. Certainly, as long as they don't require any treatment.

Q. What happens if I want to try alternative forms of medicine?
A. You'll need to find alternative forms of payment.

Q. My pharmacy plan only covers generic drugs, but I need the name brand. I tried the generic medication, but it gave me a stomach ache. What should I do?
A. Poke yourself in the eye.

Q. What if I'm away from home and I get sick?
A. You really shouldn't do that.

Q. I think I need to see a specialist, but my doctor insists he can handle my problem. Can a general practitioner really perform a heart transplant right in his office?
A. Hard to say, but considering that all you're risking is the $10 CO-payment, there is no harm giving him a shot at it.

Q. Will health care be any different in the next century?
A. No. But if you call right now, you might get an appointment by then.

Things = think
not going to tell . . . things are very very LOW where I am now also nm
Things at MQ
My best advice is for people to set up Google alerts, ask their own financial planners and advisers(mine said he would not invest in MQ on a bet)and stay informed. I wish things could be okay at MQ for all of my friends who stayed;however, I truly could not recommend this company to anybody now. Before the New Rewards, I loved it. And so it goes.....Now I am with a small regional MTSO and am really happier. Above all else, stay informed. You want to make your move before MQ makes its move, much like Heartland did some time ago.
This is one of many things in our S/M
society that just make me soooo angry.  What an employee does on his/her own time is simply none of the employer's business unless it is such a business that the employee's behavior would have an impact on the credibility of the company.  What about the work that is off-shored or the foreign workers who are brought in to work for cheaper wages?  Do they get the same invasive investigations?  I doubt it.  I think it is just one more way to devalue the American workers.  Shoot, the MTs don't even know who their co-workers are anymore.  We are very isolated, no one really KNOWS us.  If one applies for a LOAN from a bank or a mortgage company, then by all means, they have the right to investigate one's credit worthiness or maybe even their employees, but in this MT business where we are nothing to the hospital except a number or perhaps 2 initials, what the holy heck legitimate reason could an MTSO possibly have to invade one's privacy in this way???!   Reminds me of a company I worked for years ago.  One of THE best MTs had a habit of getting out on the weekends and getting drunk and disorderly.  Monday a.m. the MTSO owner would go on down to the jail and post her bail so she could get on back to work.  But...........that was the old days......and a different breed of MTs.
Wow.... so all the things said above and
That's SCARY, dude.
What things?
Anything maybe someone here can help you with?  Or things that someone else should know?
Um, a few things...
You don't get fired as an IC; your contract can be terminated, however. And look at your contract. I imagine it'll say in there that the relationship can be terminated for any reason by either party at any time. If you were instead an employee, it would likely say the same thing anyway.

As ICs you can get unemployment, but you weren't fired. Your contract was terminated.

Maybe if you go into your next business relationship looking at yourself as a business and conduct yourself that way, you won't find yourself in this situation again. She somehow felt that she had the freedom to talk to you unprofessionally about personal matters in others' lives. I think if you're conducting yourself very professionally and businesslike in all dealings, you're not going to be sending out that signal that you're just like her and, therefore, a welcome person to discuss things of this nature.
With things like this from VR
head piece zoster which cleaned up is really

herpes zoster

We are not going anywhere fast.
You keep saying things like this.
If you're so knowledgeable, how come yours lost 40%?
My take on things

I recently had to go to the ER with some stomach pains.   By the time we filled out the paperwork, I was feeling slightly better but decided just in case to have a TALK with the doctor.  Unfortunately, my husband has insurance and I do not so we had to give them a good faith payment with our credit card.  Went in and saw the doctor, had a chat with him, told him I was feeling a lot better, explained what led up to me being in the ER and then left.  The ONLY thing they did was take my BP.  We got the bill a week later.............(here is where you insert the dramatic music).......$126 for the visit and $150 for the doctor's services.

Now, I had a vacation to the Caribbean in 2007 and fell (will not say what I was doing....hmmmm), but suffice to say, ended up in the ER there and well.....got a x-rays, got a cast put on my wrist, got pain meds, saw the doctor (a specialist no less) and guess what the cost was.......FREE.......they have government run healthcare system.  That 3rd world country.....

Now, I don't expect to get things free.  That is not my point.  My point is I expect when a doctor just smiles and nods while I explain to him what is wrong with me, HE not charge me an arm and a leg for services not rendered.

things are different now
Congress/senate dem. Lobbyists are on their way out as well. That game don't play anymore. These wheels are spinning fast and although I don't expect this to impact us tomorrow, this is not business as usual. This is not a stagnant administration. This IS going to happen.
How do you even know all these things

apply to this one particular poster when he/she did not even give her name?  Even if these things did all prove to be true, how would a team member, a fellow employee, know all these things unless management was so unprofessional than to talk to other employees about internal personnel issues?

I'm sorry but your post sounds like management trying to back pedal their way out of a lawsuit.  If not management, then someone who is taking this issue way to personally. 

I don't know... I can think of a few things I would do

that are ILLEGAL before I'd work at MQ again!! 

Hey, from what I see on Cops, most are making at least $20 an hour, which is more than I am making these days! 

My take on things...
This is just my own opinion. I am getting quite scared about my situation as an MT. Not only do I see posted on this board about no work for the straight typers, but also seeing posters with no VR work either! I am pretty confused about that...is this truly an overhire? Is it truly due to so many quitting because of the VR? I know for myself when my alarm goes off, I DRAG myself out of the bed to get in front of the computer to start my shift. It just is not fun anymore, and I am constantly worried about if I will have enough work. That creates quite a bit of stress on a single mom who has kids to support on her salary alone...I try not to worry too much about it, keep telling myself it will be okay and will all work out, and I do know there are slow periods...but I have been in a slow period every day of every month for about a year now, and at this point that fact is glaring in my face. When I first started with this company, I was thrilled with how many times the MT was offered a bonus to jump on and help. I thought, this is HEAVEN!! I made a ton of money. But no more. I even tried working a full shift this past holiday and couldn't make it. It is truly disheartening but I am at an age where a career change would not make any sense, so I really don't have a choice but to stress every single day for the rest of my working life. Not good, doesn't feel good either. The stress of it all is truly effecting both my physical health and my mental health, but I feel there is really no way out. My one option I have thought about is court reporting, but there again would be schooling, meaning more money out of my pocket.
It's either one of two things...
Either majority are on 100% QA because the work has been so bad in the past, and some errors slipped through this time, which was the final straw; or, the account must be new if so many are on 100% QA, but then why would the client be upset if this were a new problem?  Either way, QA should not be relied on solely.  I agree, again, that only certain MTs should be punished.
All good things come to an end.
The gun replaced the bow and arrow. We all know what happened to those feckless fellows who refused to upgrade their hardware.

The automobile replaced the horse and buggy, the farrier and the buggy companies had to specialize or find a new trade.

Technology is a fact of life.

Maybe transcriptionists will be phased out, but life truly does go on, even if you and a few of your friends decide to dig in your heels and refuse to accept it. The awful truth of the matter is that you may eventually be replaced. It's time to think about preparing for the future rather than perseverating on the past.

My advice: One of two things...

1.  If it ain't broke, don't fix it; or

2.  Go to them directly and ask them if they want such a program.  If you implement such a program, give them the choice, and be fair with what you pay them.  Don't rip off your employees like some of these other nationals are doing right now.  It's going to require a LOT more effort on everyone's part to implement a VR system, and depending on the dictator, it's not always better than straight transcribing. 

The fact that you would even write such a post suggest that you are wise enough to value faithful, dependable employees.  When was the last time they received a raise?  Does your company have a bonus program in place?

One more question:


I think that is really just bigotry to say those things
I lost my last job to India and was hired by Medware with absolutely NO CONCERN that they offshore. I DO NOT CARE. Does that make you upset typin?

They have been very, very nice to work with. And apparently they are constantly expanding their volume over HERE too.

You sound like maybe you were let go because YOU have the egocentric problem.
Three things, I agree

Also SE here.  I know, I used to hate when I was scheduled to work and there were very few reports, especially at the end of the payperiod.  I work overnights, so to adjust my sleep, get up and voila, no work or someone else is doing it ripped (on the old Dictaphone system.

It used to be, many moons and managers ago, that MT's were told in no uncertain terms that they were not to just jump on and steal others income. They were told to call the CSC before working any extra.  If they persisted in doing so, they would either be disconnected, or to really nip the chronic hoggers, they would just not pay them for the lines they made when they were not supposed to be on the system and had not called in for approval.

Now, with DQS, MQ just does not care who does the work as long as it just gets done.  The bottom line is TAT and $$$, it comes from management all the way up and when they call you, an SE to help out, why should we not do so?

Maybe I'm going to get flamed here, but I still do call in to see if they need any help (or they're calling me) and if I get the go ahead, then I will work. 

I agree, it's not fair to blame all SE's for the lack of work... I'm sure their are plenty of employees that work extra.  Correct me if I'm wrong on that but again, blame management. 

I know the feast or famine on whose working when.  I do the majority of my work on weekends, and I know just how bad TAT gets the first weekend of each payperiod and I feel pressured to work harder.

Again, don't mean any flames here, just stating my thoughts. 

I send many of my things to QA
I did not mean to sound like I just ignore verbatim altogether. I just do not leave in the ridiculously obviously wrong things that is all. I do not change the text or change words around. I guess you missed my point. Yes every account is different and there are specifics I know. The doctor I was referring to about the #ing just does not know how to count; not a system like you are talking about. So never mind.
The answer is NO! Things are no better.
Yes, do not do it!! I thought things were
going to work out great, but then they claimed my work was not up to par (funny because I kept getting 100% QA scores) and they let me go. To this day I do not know why. I know for a fact it was not my work because I have that on my PC still.
so you think you can spell right? HOW? By looking things up!
I plainly said you have to learn how to spell check and to LOOK THINGS UP.

Actually it's based on four things...
The pay plan is based on production, QA scores, how much you send for help, and whether you have a CMT. It is evaluated every month. By the way, the pay plan was actually created through our employee vision team, which gives employees input into how the company is run. I happen to like it as it means I make more money when I am able to produce more and I get that increase for at least a month. Has worked for me and others to give consistent raises for good performance. The platform is pretty easy, there are people who are doing 2500-3000 lines/day on it.
I like when QA accuses you of not looking things up
and gets mad if you don't tell them exactly where the question is on the report, you know, wasting their precious time.
As much as things change
there, yes it will change again, for better or worse, who knows, I sure don't.
This is how negative things
spread that may not be true. I also work for Sten Tel. Can you please look at the information you have and list the name and address of the company that is listed on the paperwork.
Personally, that's one of the things I liked

like I was really part of the health care team then, hearing doctors paged, hearing code blues called and hearing the pounding of the feet of the code blue team as they ran to the patient's room (of course the code blues aren't always on the floor directly above you, but when it is..).

Also, I've had a doctor pull up a chair and sit beside me as I transcribed his report where he mixed up left and right and he went through it with me and corrected himself. 

I dunno, I kinda like the in-hospital atmosphere.  I work at home now, but I do miss it being in the midst of it all. I never had that same feeling working for a service, because you are removed from it all.

I hope things go well for me too. :) NM
Things to remember
Is the difference between front end and back end speech rec.  I agree that front end doesn't work, but back end is on its way. 
Well, I guess that's ONE of the things...

...I wanted to know!  You've been there 6 months?  And you like it?  Great!  I was thinking of applying.  Their website is not as professional looking as the others (but I know that doesn't always mean something bad!).  I just hadn't heard the name bantered about much.  I tried to do a search but came up with bupkes.

Do they pay well?  Are they nice to work for?  Can you work part-time as an IC for them?  And anything else you want to tell me, I'd appreciate!  Thank you!