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If you need benefits, you chose correctly.

Posted By: No Kname on 2006-01-22
In Reply to: I am so glad.... - Paulette


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sorry...if I chose not to take the benefits as I don't need them. Never heard back. nm
Why I chose MT....
plain and simple I wanted to be home for my children...I worked in-house before I worked at home and am so glad to be working at home...the pros definitely outway the cons....My husband works in sales/delivery and his bennies are awesome..only pays about 30.00 a week for the 4 of us...I am able to work part-time right now because of him...will eventually go back to full-time and more money when my baby is a bit older, only 12 weeks old now...
not sure who you chose but...
Webmedx was wonderful...I worked for them before having my children and absolutely loved them...I needed to cut hours way back so I resigned but I hope to go back as soon as my kids are older.
No they can't just no you can chose to say no to

You are working for them so the client is their client and not yours, hence they can say when they want the work done, but you can say no, I won't do it then.  So then, they look for someone else.  Unfortunate, but true especially in this profession.  Setting hours goes against my grain as an IC.  I stay away from those types of positions.  Set hours/days, etc. are for employees not ICs, but you can chose not to take their offer. 

You should of chose a better
husband if you wanted to be SAHM, plain and simple. Don't play the women's libber's. Where do you live, Utah?
Why do you think because you chose to
work 3rd shift that everyone should? Should we not have a choice? Why force your own choices on everyone else? Should we all freak on you because you say you don't work weekends? It's the same thing... Live and let live....

If was YOU who chose to take on those duties. sm
And it is YOU who decided to take on these duties.  If all owners of transcription companies, big and small, would demand higher pay from clients, and not try to undercut each other, they could pay higher wages.  And don't moan about then jobs would be offshored.  If clients had to get these jobs straight from overseas with no US editing, offshoring would stop immediately. 
You are welcome, I chose IC at Medware
as I do not need the insurance.  Plus I have always been an IC and I feel more comfortable with that than being an employee, not only at Medware but at other places.  I stay busy at Medware so they definately have the work.  It's what works best for me right now.
Why I chose transcription..

First off, I do not have a spouse or a significant other. 

I went back to a local college to take a transcription course for a few reasons.  First, I was working for a credit reporting agency for $5.00 an hour (15 years ago), and to put it bluntly, found out I just could not deal working with the public, especially in the setting where a good percentage of the people you deal with are irate.  One of my coworkers mentioned medical transcription, and it sounded perfect for me.  I could sit in my own little corner, do my work, and be left alone for the most part.  Plus, where I live it is super cheap to live and I was making a lot more money than I did before, allowing me to save up and have a down payment for my house.  I had the opportunity back then to type nothing but ERs and I took full advantage of it, working 6 days a week, and there was never a shortage of work. 

It was never my choice to work at home.  I do miss the interaction with and meeting new people through work.  Now I never see an ER note, the work keeps getting tougher with more ESL's, and the pay is going down along with the benefits.  Also, someone in India is now typing my favorite account. 


I chose transcription

because I loved the medical field (worked at 2 hospitals in the admissions department), but was tired of the politics at work, and having to work with 20+ hormonal, gossipy women in one department.  I also wanted something with less patient contact - it was heartbreaking getting to know someone who came in every day for radiation treatments or something similar, and finding out that they only had 2 weeks to live or something.  It was awful!  SO, I started looking into transcription as something I could do from home - which is perfect for me too, because now I can work all day by myself  (with my dogs to keep me company).  I don't mind working at home all day without people contact - I almost prefer it that way.  I have become a less stressed person for it. 

My DH worked as a truck driver/heavy equipment operator before, but needed to find something less stressful on his body.  He had built me a massage table for my birthday after we first got married (almost 8 years ago), and then took a course in massage at the local college.  He loved it, and decided that was what he wanted to do full-time; so he went to school for it, and now he has his own business as a massage therapist.  As he is self-employed, he doesn't get any benefits, so we have individual insurance coverage for both of us.  I am actually going to be working for a new company soon that does offer some benefits, so I will at least be covered under group coverage.  He will continue with the individual coverage, as it is cheaper.

why I chose transcription
I actually swore I would never do transcription after going through a tech school for Medical Secretary diploma. Hated it. Only job I could find was transcription. I actually left the field for a few years to work at a bank. But then, when I had to take that beautiful baby daughter of mine to a sitter 45 hours a week, I decided to come back to transcription (never left it COMPLETELY, always Filled in), so I could be home with our kids. It was important to both my husband and I, but could not handle it financially without me working. I would not trade it for the world, as I have seen my kids through everything. I know my children, they know me, they know they can come to me. I am there every morning and every afternoon . . . would not miss these memories for the world. It got REALLY tought at times, but well worth it. It's all about the children.
glad I chose JLG over KS
Landmark vs MDI...which do I chose?

Landmark only does transcription which is a positive IMO. I would be doing only operative notes (which is my favorite work type) and would be an IC so my schedule would be flexible. No required line count per day. The only thing holding me back is I'm afraid of running out of work (I'm coming from MQ where I have a cesspool to chose from and rarely run out). I would be working on Bayscribe. I could also work 4 days a week (I'm part-time).

I also have an interview next week with MDI. For some reason I have a sense with them it's more secure. Maybe because I see more posts about them and that they are a larger company?






I'm really surprised they chose you
I've read your posts about TT and they seem rather rational and benign. I wonder why they would choose you over, say, that one who posts on here in all caps saying they are 'stealing' her lines and other rants which could be construed as libelous if she has no proof of her claims.

I'm sitting here kind of shaking my head wondering why they picked you, unless you were the most easily identifiable.

Is anyone else named in the suit, or is it just you?
I chose to stick with Clinic.....sm
because, in my experience, they are almost always closed or at least very, very slow on holidays.

So, over the years I decided I wanted a M-F schedule with holidays off. That's why I stick with Clinic notes.

Good luck!
Well there are other MTs who just applied that have said they have to clock in and out and chose
not to get into that so not sure why some do and some dont.  Maybe different recruiters.  Cant answer that. 
Have any of you MDI employees lost your job or chose.. sm
to leave since they switched some accounts to VR?  I was thinking of applying but unsure now after reading about the VR switch on some accounts.  I wondered how many employees are affected by it and whether or not to consider applying as I am only interested in straight transcription and not VR. 
well if you chose to work for a company sm
where you had to find your own replacement that was your choice. This poster did not and she should not be treated like that.

You sound like you are bitter because of your situation. Don't push it off on this poster. Folks like you are the kind that run these companies that treat people like this. I ahve worked in-house with folks like you and that is why I got out of in-house years and years ago! Never regretted it and have made a good living all these years.
OK - your other post said you chose this account because of the challenge
A job is not an afterthought to me. I had a FT MT job before my children and CHOSE to work PT so I

can enjoy them.  I think anyone with children can understand that.  I do take my job seriously and work and am a high producer.  I enjoy my job but I also enjoy my other FT job, which is my children!

This year they chose one that really is a good company to work for. nm
Am I seeing correctly, already doing VR and
they are cutting your pay from an already low to a lower rate??
Wrong. Companies chose to or not to offshore work, nobody makes them. sm
My company does not offshore work, absolutely will not. We've actually gained/kept accounts assuring clients that we do not. We have many clients, cutting edge technology for both customer and employee, a healthy growth rate and a high MT retention rate. It's not impossible to have a successful USA-only based company. Sadly that may not be the norm anymore, but it's a choice MTSO/CEOs (whatever they may be) make and in my opinion maybe cutting some of the bottom line and offshoring is being done in place of producing a high quality of work that keeps a customer happy and not looking around for other service options. Subsequently I think these companies then suffer inferior work further because they are paying less and/or maybe have contractural obligations. Personally I'd like to think they'd still prefer high quality to low prices and inferior product. I have to wonder if these offshore companies are losing just as many accounts because of their product. I just know I am glad I work for a company who doesn't outsource, doesn't plan to, and has every intention to remain successful because quality does count.
I have talked to MANY DSG workers who are badly treated. I chose to move on when I had enough!
Feel sorry for those who are miserable and stay anyway.
Around $300-$350 for both of you, if I remember correctly -
I've only been there 1-1/2 months. You have to wait 3 months before you're eligible for insurance, but your PTO they say you can use anytime. I'm so surprised how fast it adds up. I already have about $200 PTO.

Hope that helps. Good luck.
If I remember correctly, the pay is about 3-5 cpl and
they use a system I was unfamiliar with. I declined their offer.

But hey, if it suits you, go for it.
Yes, you read it correctly - sm
The platform is fairly basic.

They have made some huge improvements in it since I started editing on it but there is still some room to improve.

As with any other program, you can expect a learning curve so it's really about finding a way to make it work for you.

I have been seeing some improvement in my production (baby steps) but it would be really nice if I was at least making what I was before with just transcribing. I'm not, in case that wasn't clear.

Not to put the entire blame on the platform, I need to readjust my thinking and approach to getting my work done. It's different.

I have been very happy with Transcend for a long time. They are listening, even if sometimes they don't appear to be. It just takes a little time for them to figure out what needs to be changed in order for us (MLSs) to get our jobs done faster and easier.

Like I said, I'm trying to be patient because the last platform switch (when we went to VoiceScribe) was kind of a mess for about a year before it was really working smoothly but it turned out pretty darn good too. I still have hope for editing on this BT platform.
Spell correctly.
Maybe their line rate was low because you couldn't type well. It is atrocious
or get paid correctly. nm
Not paid correctly

One of the companies I have worked for for almost a year has never paid me correctly. Sometimes, it is only by a few dollars, but others, it is quite a bit. I asked them about it a few months ago and was told something like all the work you do doesn't always get over to us. I didn't really understand this, but for some reason, just blew it off at the time. Well, my last check was a little over $100 short from what the system said it should have been. When I tried to confront them about it, they won't answer my emails or the person I need to talk to is always out of the office or not able to talk. This just really makes me mad and just wanted to know if anyone else has had this problem.

Yes, CORRECTLY. Redundant.
If I am understanding you correctly,
companies have no business wanting an accurate report?? There is nothing wrong with requiring 98% quality in a report. If you are a good MT, it doesn't matter how long or short the report is, it will be accurate and meet the standards for you company or facility, that is, if you want to keep a job anywhere.
If I recall correctly...
We ran out of work once while I was on that account, and they paid for no work downtime at an hourly rate.  If anyone is really interested, I would speak with the recruiter because I believe they do pay for no work available and technical downtime.
you said it correctly. In this business sm
you work when the work is there or you don't work. Its a part of the job. I never liked the weekends either but hubby and I worked around them and adjusted things so one of us was always with the kids.

Sounds like MTs now want tons of money, the 9-5 shift and nothing to enter their little world. That is great but it is not the profession. I wouldn't expect a nurse or a doctor to say they don't want to work weekends or any other medical professional so what makes us any better? If the work is there at odd hours and you work on production then you work when the work si there or don't work!
That is one of many reasons why I chose to work at home! No thanks to in-house! Good luck. nm
In their defense, if I remember correctly, their name
was very similar to at least 1 other and possibly 2 other transcription companies.  I don't know if that was the reason for the change or not. 
Funny, I missed that one. At least she used it correctly once, LOL. nm
Then spell stupid correctly.
Wait, am I understanding you correctly? ... sm
Are you saying that the work flow is up and down like this a lot? I'm a relative newbie to the company and I was told that they always had an abundance of work. I'm a little in shock right now.
Think I could have spelled "thing" correctly.....LOL. NM
If I understand the article correctly,

the records were stolen FROM a Transcriptionist who was subcontracting, not BY a transcriptionist, probably as a result of a computer being stolen or a home break-in, although the article did not say.  It seems the only way to prevent this type of records breach would be to keep all transcriptionists in-house.  Or am I missing something? 

And she doesn't even spell her name correctly
If you had bothered to read correctly- it said
Some years ago working inhouse and my having seniority and supposedly had first choice at vacation, the time I chose was a time another person with less seniority needed for a trip overseas. She had put in for the time I wanted and I was told like it or lump it and I did not have a choice in that week. Being as I was making good money, I just sucked it up and stayed there. HOW DO YOU GET SHE TOLD SOMEONE ELSE TO SUCK IT UP????? SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT HERSELF. READ CORRECTLY NEXT TIME.
You do not read posts correctly
I said I was starting work around 12 and was late. No one contacted me about my not being signed in. I never sent an email and did not say I did. Maybe that is why you donít work for them anymore, reading something into things not there.
if you would read the posts correctly...sm
the *broom closet* statement was posted in the one above mine. I was just responding to hers, and I was trying to be funny about the mailorder bride thing. apparently you don't have a sense of humor either, on top of being rude.
It DID have a spellchecker, but a really poor one, if I remember correctly. nm
You heard correctly. I quit over a month ago, sm
and can't seem to get anyone interested in getting their computer back. Does that tell you anything???? Glad I left...what a mess that place has turned into after their supposed reorganization last year!
Folks really need to read the posts correctly....
Guess some are coming out from underneath that rock again. I asked others if they had to work for Christmas. Please get things right. I work the hours I want and AM NOT WORKING CHRISTMAS by choice. Hello... do you comprehend what you read???
Offshoring MT has been going on since the 1980s if I understand correctly. SM
It picked up big time in the 1990s, follow the money. It also has been done in prisons. When I first heard about that I was shocked, but it seems as nothing can shock me anymore.

I know about our tax returns being offshored, and things the above poster mentioned. I had to call a CC company the other day, and the call center was in India. I cut that CC up promptly (probably to my benefit anyway, LOL), and I know a lot of computer call centers are in India.

I wish I had an answer for all this. I know it's a global economy. We are going to have to adapt and it's scary.

As far as the AAMT or whatever it's called now, that is very disappointing. The word American shouldnt even be in their name.
Spelling correctly would help search function. nm

Oh, I read correctly. Apparently you're sm
not seeing the point - you accepted .075 cpl.  YES, I understand clinic notes.  You don't place much value on your skill apparently.