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It's starting to feel like MQ there. Can't trust 'em....sm

Posted By: I agree on 2009-02-06
In Reply to: I'm not the "suck" poster - but things are not looking good

Although I know people will jump to correct me, many of us have a very hard time getting our hours in. Line counts are down. I worked over 39 hours and 20 minutes last week--all I could scrape together--then got an E-mail from my STM telling me to put in for an hour of PTO since I did not have 40 hrs last week. What vacation you do accrue often goes for making up the hours you can't work because of the lack of work available. They spout off about excellence, commitment, blah, blah, blah, but they are not committed to their employees and outsource work as the not looking good poster said. Unless they are hiring for unusual shifts, I wonder why they are hiring at all. You can easily have 5 accounts and no work. Who knows what they will do next? Pay cuts? That's my bet. They can give us the tough economy talk again to justify it.

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trust me I feel your pain
but you still don't seem to understand WHY this is happening...

and I can't help you there - just strongly suggest you do more research on our system (capitalism) and maybe you'll understand why things are as they are - AS LONG AS UNRESTRAINED PROFIT IS A MOTIVE who polices those with the power and the money?
I don't. I trust the software and feel it is a waste of unpaid time.
Thank you for saying that. I was starting to feel
like it was just me, but I agree. If it is not working out, that does no one any good. I wish you the best with them!! I hope they are great for you:) I wish they had been for me.
don't feel bad, starting pay for me 15 yrs ago was .08 cpl. nm
it's called razzle/dazzle, confuse 'em, make 'em doubt themselves nm

The real number rounds down to how much you averaged/ made an hour.

No matter how you figure, by the line, character, gross line, by the page, by the dictation minute  or whatever, it is what you can average out in a day of work.

You work 10, 12, 14, 16 hours and make $XXXX you divide your hours worked into what you ended up with

Kick 'em 2 the curb - U are 2 good 4 'em! nm

Do you recommend starting with clinic notes or acute care when just starting in the MT field?
!I realize this question may be better suited for the new MT board, but this board is my favorite)

I am considering accepting an acute care position, even though I am just out of MT school. However, I don't want the learning curve to be so steep that I fail before I even begin. I would also like to have a smaller pool of dictators to transcribe from as opposed to many.

Also, are there more ESLs in acute care versus clinic/dr office work?

What has your experience been? Would you do it differently?

Thanks for any insight!
He doesn't trust VR, or doesn't trust his MT to train it correctly?
Or perhaps his MT(s) has/have been filling his head with horror stories about VR and how it is a lawsuit waiting to happen?

Personally, I don't see any reason an M.D. would not trust a VR program, unless he's seen the products of a report edited by a less than competent MT who didn't do their editing job appropriately.

I feel the same way...I love working for Keystrokes and feel blessed that I have such a wonderful jo
had 'em all going!


not if you don't tell 'em about it! lol
just keep quiet about it
You tell 'em FastRad!! sm
$78,000 last year. Want to see my 1099's?
love 'em

You tell 'em sister....

Cuz I'm just a grinch and have poverty of the soul because I didn't provide comfort and joy as what some perceive to be what the OP wanted.  Pity party is what she wanted and yes at this point I'm beating a dead horse, which is maybe what I'll call myself now.

As for the OP, I guess he got off her a$$ and finally made that call since according to all of the posters that supposedly support her claim she worked 24 hours in one day to get her lines in.  Now that deserves pity!

I stand by what I say, and I mean what I say.  If the OP wanted pats on the back and awwww so sorry, then so be it.  What I said is true when there's no work I don't sit on my a$$ and wait at all hours of the night and day, I look for another job.  Fortunately, I haven't had to do that.

And yes, NY MT is correct in that everyone wants their cake and eat it too. What took the OP so long to make that call and get those back up accounts?  It took for me to shake her up!  But you all got her back now, so she'll be just fine! 

Tell 'em sister...

if the money in the paycheck is green, it will spend. 

Furthermore, no one knows who off shores or not.  There could be companies that say they do not off shore, but they do.  How would we know?  I say if the pants fit right, keep them on and walk around like you own the place instead of worrying about something that is not in our control.

Furthermore, just because a company advertises no off shore applicants does not necessarily mean they do not off shore.  It just means they also hire US MTs.

Umm... duhh! Of course I have - I'm one of 'em.
What I was taking about is that companies use that as an EXCUSE when they're trying to make their case about offshoring. They claim that all their US MT's are going to up and retire en masse someday, and they'll need to send more and more work offshore.

Just one more strand in their big web of lies.
High five! You tell 'em!
That's just what I was thinking.
Love 'em.
Most are a lot more interesting than your usual hospital reports.  I found there were a smaller group of docs to deal with and can get really familiar with them and not searching to find doc names , new drugs and facilities as much.  They do usually talk fast but that is what my slower control is for;-)
Call 'em!
Never say never. Give the recruiter and a call and follow-up on it. Sounds like you're almost in the door, so don't throw in the towel yet.

Go get 'em, girl!!!
You tell 'em sista...
People want feedback....  Here's your feedback and I heard the same thing as you!  Not worth it! 
Go ahead and warn 'em
but all too many people get carried away and make up all kinds of nonsense.  I have worked for a few companies and do know what is out there.  I have others to compare this company to.  So, that sure isn't the case.  Anyway, its a free board, post away...just warning others to watch out and to form their own opinions.
That's what I did...left 'em off my resume. GL to you.
I'm glad I turned 'em down...
I'm sorry to hear that...last summer, I was in contact with them, they offered me a job and I purchased a pedal from them...something about them just struck me as oogy, though, and I ended up changing my mind and turning them down. So, whew, guess I dodged a bullet.
Never heard of 'em - and I live in SC!
Do they have a website?
Oh, egads, that was stingy of 'em!
That's penny-ante wages!
You should call KS and tell 'em the situation (sm)

Ask to speak to the Director of Ops, KB. 

Hang in there!  To leave no work and come to no work is not good.  Unfortunately, the hospitals and other clients take forever to assign IDs to KS MTs. 

Yikes - with the pay cuts and all? You can have 'em.
try archives, never heard of 'em. nm
Most of 'em won't tell you diddly until you've
up to & including your SS#, which I won't give 'til I've tested & gotten an acceptable offer.
Hahaha! That's too funny! You tell 'em! nm

Go get 'em. I will be rooting for you in absentia. nm
Love 'em! They're my MT home (sm)
for the rest of my career I hope. I've been there 2 years and I cannot say enough good about the owners and the way they run the company. Plenty of work, pay never late, and I have never felt like an anonymous number on an employee roster there. If you have any specific questions, please feel free to e me @ ustshelby@hotmail.com and I'll try to help.
Some love 'em, some don't. DQS software drove me away about 3 mos. ago...nm
Several posts in the last month or so if you do a search. Some like 'em, some don't. nm
Thank you kindly - I'll check 'em out!
I work there and am very happy. Give 'em a try!
Very professional, accommodating, and fair.
did that many many times...still calling, can't stop 'em
no call list is a crock. I have been on it since it was first implemented and as far as I can tell, it has never stopped any body from calling, particularly the automated phone calls.
I have a friend who works for them and she loves 'em. don't know about pay
Doesn't cost anything to report 'em to
I'd tell 'em, 'From now on, send me ONE email/day -
And I'd turn off the IM if they abused it like that.
I'd tell 'em they could have their foot pedal back
Don't forget, if they can take legal action for return of a little used foot pedal, you most CERTAINLY can take legal action over nonpayment for the lines they gypped you out of.
It is First Choice Medical and they are a great company. Nothing bad to say. Try'em. nm
Great place to work - give 'em a try!
The last 3 I applied for called ALL of mine! I did give 'em a head's up, tho'. :) nm
Oh trust me. SM
They WILL figure it out, it's been talked about for years.  They'll get away with it too.  I'm not looking for a job but I check the job postings just to see what is going on.  Even a few years ago whoda thunk there would be 500+ MTs viewing one job posting?  Looks to me like there's no shortage of medical "typists."  Which, by the way, IMHO is what has ruined the industry.
Trust me, it won't get much better. If it does
I have stuck with one now for too many years. Every time I think I'm ready to leave, things calm down and I stay, but then in a short while it always gets bad again. I think most nationals are like that. Quit wasting time, it's too precious. Like you said, you've got the experience, move on and find one that you can get to work, get done, the day is over. You don't need all the stress day after day, just waiting for it to get better. Cut your losses and find a place that can appreciate what you have to offer!
I don't trust them
I know everyone praises them on these boards, but I don't trust them. I applied for a job with them, was told they were going to get someone to cover 3rd shift hours and then give me just 2nd shift hours. When I didn't hear from them in a few dys I wrote back, and was told oh, they'd hired someone who would do the 3rd shift hrs.

I just came from an IC co. that did not communicate much, made promises they didn't keep or followup on, etc, and don't need that headache again.

After seeing they're benefit pkg for 2006 I am glad I went with the new co. I did.
You don't want to, trust me.
Trust me - you don't want to do it anyway!
I believe you are with MQ now? Trust me, its not

a good move to make for you right now. You won't find any relief here.  Company going thru a rough patch now - there are routine rough patches with this company for years - like all the time.  Very nice when they need to be, very cold when they need to be. Look at the roots of the company, and you will have your answer on how you will be treated overall. I could not tolerate the pay without spaces, ate huge chunks of $$. No matter how you slice it, or what color bread you put it on, not getting paid for spaces stinks. And then not having work to get paid for spaces stinks....Same old, same old, just different MTs.  I don't think it would do your bruised spirit from MQ to give this a shot - you need something dependable, not more promises in the wind.

Trust me....it isn't just you.
There is no sense in someone being so abrupt and downright rude. Condescending. I was totally appalled after my first encounter with the dark side of this person. It is unbelievable to me that this person has this position and has had it for quite a while. My worst experience with a manager EVER.