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LOL, precisely what I was thinking too!!!

Posted By: Unbelievable on 2009-09-02
In Reply to: This post looks like it was written by - sm

'Excellend' job...BTW, since when do the CLIENTS of MTSOs blow their trumpets on this site?

This is slowly but surely becoming HYSTERICAL...must be delirium setting in :P


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Precisely why I am there, too!
Very pleased overall and VERY pleased with my line counts. 
That's precisely what I did
I cut to part-time a couple of months ago when things started getting a bit lean at MDI.

Even at that, I haven't been able to get my paltry 700 lines per day, and believe me when I say I check numerous times throughout the day.

My last paycheck from MDI left me with no alternative but to accept a couple of other part-time offers to be able to pay my bills.

MDI used to only have extremely lean times during a major holiday week, such as at Christmas and Thanksgiving.

I agree with above poster that something funny is going on. I just could no longer afford to wait around and see just what it is.

Good luck to all at MDI. For a company with fiercely loyal employees, they're sure giving us a swift kick in the teeth for the past couple of months.
Precisely.

Precisely
So that's a pay cut of 1/3. And we have people on this board who rip you apart if you say anything against VR. Someone here said VR needs to be killed in its crib and I agree. In fact, escription proudly touts that you can edit faster than you can type. If that is so, then they need to bump up the pay so you can make as much as you were making.
Precisely why I posted this.
I am asking the Administrator to confirm it or not.  Or she could inquire.  I trust the administrators of this board to tell us the truth.
Precisely what I expected, nothing more, nothing less
At least we'll have plenty of work this summer...Cheers, fellow VR'er!
PRECISELY. Couldn't have said it better myself.
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Precisely. We have had some very unprofessional people sm
and some who turn their editing back in unedited. I will not say the name of the company because I am not a recruiter, just someone who thought I'd help get resumes for the positions. At last count, apparently some people cannot read and we keep getting resumes, the resume count is 179.

Its not Shapin. It is a small midwestern company located in middle America, Illinois.

You can nag all you want, but I have no say in hiring, nor do I have any say in firing.

If you want, I'll list the names of all the people who applied and then you can see who you can contact to see if you know any of them?
That is precisely why when I needed a new computer
I had one custom-built by an American guy, a neighbor, who speaks English as his first language, is a superb tech, and does not believe in offshoring, either.
Careful now. These were precisely the points
one of the posts under the TTD thread below that now seems to have the reply option blocked. Not 5 minutes after that post appeared, describing exactly the scenario you have here, the poster was attacked for being a miserable, complete and utter failure as an MT for such transgressions as riding the roller coaster of outsourcing, working with no sick time, no vacation time, no holiday pay, loss of benefits, job hopping to get pay raises, working 48 to 60 hour work weeks, training herself in new technologies over and over, buying and replacing her own equipment multiple times, having her marriage cave in after being outsourced again to home where she stayed holed up behind closed doors (unavailable to her family) trying to make mortgage payments and the like.

The ultimate failure (at least according to the mean-spirited responder) was that she had the utter gall to lose her health during the 10-plus-year absence of health care benefits and end up with chronic medical conditions that culminated in a physical and mental collapse and a 7 year hiatus from MTing. She was accused of blaming MTing for her collosal failures and looking for sympathy, which of course, the superior, self-righteous, sanctimonious more successful MT was mocking and belittling and who also forbade the MT failure to criticize the subcontracting practice and instead, suggested she needed to be banished from the profession AL together since it didn't seem to suit her.

It is heatening indeed to see that the sentiments expressed in that post below are recognized and shared back here in the real world. Thanks for your post.
you are precisely the case in point (not OP)
A PROFESSIONAL MT (i am an MT, not QA by the way) will take whatever time it takes within reason to get every tittle right, no matter what his/her pay is. That, IMO, is the difference between people doing MT and a real transcriptionist. p.s. if you'd really LIKE to know what the ESL is saying, you take the time, go through the struggle and you eventually will get good at it. QA is not over-rated, but is probably underpaid, having to fix the likes of your type work. Why are you even in this business if you don't put the quality first? oh, i know, probably you are one of those recruited off a TV ad that wants to get rich quick and work at home. With all due respect, you're the one that needs to find a new job.
Oh, I understood the post precisely and still
the people letting VR just go thru in order to not be docked should be immediately terminated.
when you say "for those that work hard," what precisely do you mean? sm
Please elaborate. I'm assuming at the very least, 8 hrs/d, or more like 10 hr/d? 12 days? ??!! Ridiculous.
Or perhaps, 72 hrs/pp?
NO~thing has changed since this past
Inline Attachment i.e. Please Sir. May I please have more work. LMAOOO. Nice post crazyMT. STILL, to this very day, gives me chuckles. The only constant in this business..||\

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She's a stickler for detail and precisely the kind of MT
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At first I was thinking that you were being unrealistic, not thinking about taxes, benefits, etc. bu
surprised to find that you are not asking the moon. Let me clarify a few things: Rates charged are not as high as 0.25 per line, but no one that has U.S. employees goes as low as 0.115 or they would not be able to pay their bills. A more realistic range is 0.125-0.165, and that top end is hard to find, most falling at 0.14-0.15 per line.

The rates of pay you propose are very reasonable IF the following is true: These are seasoned MTs who do not need a lot of hand-holding, QA or blanks filled in, unless a very difficult/impossible doctor.

How about a scale based on experience and accuracy of 0.09 - 0.105 per line (acute care), and $1.15-$1.30 per report (radiology)?

The VR one is tough as everyone, MTs and MTSOs and facilities are still feeling their way on this. As an MTSO who was an MT, I feel that VR editing is as difficult to do as regular transcription. I don't think that it should be substantially less pay or charged less as the end product is still the same.

Funny thing here? My company already follows that scale. We should work together, not at odds, to reinforce this industry and bring it back to where it should be, right here in the U.S.A. with a decent paycheck.
That's exactly what I was thinking
I didn't see anything about 10 cpl for ESL accounts.  Thought I was losing it.
Could you tell me why you think this. I was also thinking of looking into them.
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What I was thinking!
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Exactly what I was thinking.
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I am thinking that..........
I am thinking this is a former disgruntled employee who acts like they are still employed.  According to other posts in the past it seems some on here post info as such.  Possibly they are trying to stir something up.  Search it out on your own to find out fiction or fact and make own judgement.
i was thinking...
if it was a total of 150 reports and they paid the $3 for only the first page of those 150 and the $1.50 the other 149 pages, that would still equal almost $230/day. Did I do that math right?! Sounds good to me!

that's what I was thinking
NM
Thanks.....that is what I was thinking too.
This is for a hospital
That's what I'm thinking and

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Thinking of doing ASR

I've been an MT for about 20 years - 7 years with MQ.  I used to do on average about 300+ lines per hour on my primary and made a pretty decent living.  With ASR, I've gone down to an average of about 239 lines per hour.  Plus, they pay us about a penny a line less on ASR after you do a 60-day trial.  I tried quitting the ASR, but if you do that, all you get is the really crappy dictation, so the ASR becomes the lesser of two evils. 


My theory is that, since the ASR system apparently learns as we make corrections, that MQ is going to keeping sending it to us while we teach the system.  Then, when the ASR system has learned all it can and is doing perfect work, they'll ship all the work to India and pay them (the Indian ME's) 2 cents a line to edit it. 


If I were you and I were making a decent living doing regular transcription with a high line rate, I would not consider ASR.  I think the only ones who make any money at the MT's who did not produce huge amounts to begin with!! 


I would NEVER recommend MQ.  They're all about the bottom line and I guarantee, MQ ASR will be going to India -- just give the machine enough time to learn. 


 


That's what I was just thinking
They sent me an attachment that had a bunch of questions like what version of MS Word do I have, version of windows, etc. They even asked me if I would buy a foot pedal from them for $60! On the top of the attachment, it had my full name and state that I live in. Hopefully I don't hear from them again!
I'm thinking....sm
I have been an MT for 10 yrs.  Been on a 5-month break and just recently started hitting the job search more seriously.  I've already been off for five months so what's another few weeks (hopefully no longer) when I could just avoid the exasperation of the last couple days and not embark with them at all.  Just received an e-mail that they once again cannot locate an attachment I sent them, which I have sent TWICE.  This is just too screwed up to even dabble in while I keep looking.  They drained me.
that's what I was thinking, too.
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Not yet. Thinking about it though
I'm just afraid of change, whether it will be better somewhere else. Things have been okay for me at OSi up until now, but things are changing. Things have gone on the last several months that have really started to take away my enthusiasm for my job there, and now this. There are people there that I really like, and then there's one that has made things not so nice anymore. I've gone places there, so leaving would be a step back in a way, but with what's going on now with the new partners, and with what I know is going on with certain accounts, I just am not comfortable staying here anymore. I think more changes are coming, so I probably should just go now. I just don't know.
Thinking about what I want

I heard back from a position I applied for.  The person is asking me about what I want in an MTSO & I thought I'd share: 


No micromanagement.  I will work the hours I say I will work and if Iím doing so, leave me alone.


I donít want to hear about everyone elseís mistakes in a nasty e-mail where you threaten to dock everyoneís pay.  Address the issue with the individual.


 


No demanding I work overtime & then being unwilling to pay extra.  If you ask me in a civilized manner I will see what I can do to help.


 


No new and creative ways to rip the MT off.  I donít care about your VBCs.  I want to be paid for my time and typing Ė including templates and spaces.


 


A company which pays on time.


 


Low ESL, while I can do ESL it doesnít mean I should have to do so continuously because everyone else has cherry-picked or they just canít do it Ė they need the practice, I donít.  While itís true I can make money on ESLs because they tend to say the same thing over and over, when they donít, they are a royal pain in the @ss.


 


Pay equal to my experience level.


 


State of the art equipment Ė No DOS!  No cumbersome software wasting MY time looking up patient demographics.


 


I think I might prefer ER or clinic, I can make more money with those than with op notes, even though they pay less per line.


 


A company that DOES send positive e-mails and keeps its MTs up-to-date with feedback from the accounts and abreast of latest terms.


 


 
Anyone thinking about going IC?
Just wondering if anyone is thinking about it, or is doing so soon?
Exactly what I was thinking....sm
I am so hurt over it and I keep thinking....what am I going to do if this credit check becomes the norm? I will never be able to pay the bills then. Also, I used to be employed by them many years ago and did a fantastic job for them and was sought out by them, tested very well, and then offered a job, did the paperwork, and then apparently kicked to the curb without even letting me know why or the fact that I didn't get the job afterall. It's not the correct way to deal with anybody, good or bad credit! Merry Christmas.
What are they thinking?
Glancing at the job board just irks me.  This Denise Workman with SW Transcription offering a whole .06-.08 per line for exp acute ESL work.  Pulled up their website out of morbid curiosity to see no where on their site is a physical location, which normally means they not US based.  Of course they want US employees for acute work because their .02 per line employees can't hack it yet.  Shows on their site they charge .10 to .12 per line to their customers.  My feeling is this company is an Indian company disguising itself as an American company.  It's either that or these two women running the company are disgraces to the American transcription society.  That's my feeling. 
Yes, that's what I was thinking too
This is a relative of mine who has told me this story. I knew it didn't sound right. I also had a feeling she wasn't working her schedule, so I wouldn't be surprised if that was it. She seems pretty devastated today about the whole thing, but I'm not sure she should be surprised.

I've been accused of never believing what she tells me, so just wanted other opinions on this. Thanks to all.
That's what I'm thinking
I'm thinking I have the ability to do more work on my own schedule rather than just 8 hours with one.  I appreciate your perspective into this as I needed to hear from others that are doing it already that it is the right thing to do or at least plausible. 
I was thinking that also...sm
I'm trying not to worry so much like I did at first. I've only been doing radiology for 6 years and it's my favorite so I hope I can do this. Right now, I'm just glad I got the position. Thank you for the assurance.
I was just thinking that before. An old saying my mom
would tell me, you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Funny how as we get older these cliches seem to make more sense to us!
I was just thinking that... a lot of it has to do with me
because as I have aged, I have had a lot on my mind, and also having a family with more responsibility took some part of my brain power. When I was single and up to about middle age the sky and energy and time I had to work was the limit. So was spending money on me, me, me. But now that I have gotten older, I have slowed not only because of age, but because of other things taking up my brain waves. On the plus side, my quality is much better so I provide better service to the patient. It is hard to come to the conclusion that sometimes we make less if we are slowing, but at least I still earn a decent living and know that I am providing good quality care to the patient. That must account for something, but does not necessarily pay the bills.
Thats exactly what I was thinking
what is in store for us now....I hate the unknown.
Thinking

It's really difficult to move from one platform to another at this company.  It's almost impossible, actually.  There must be a lot more to it than we know.  Maybe their profit is somehow connected to all MTs on one platform staying on that platform regardless of whether or not they have work?  I know it sounds really stupid, though.


Since everyone is an employee, and US Labor laws should still apply, I wonder if any of the MTs who lost work on EditScript, who they won't move to Dictaphone, have bothered to file with unemployment for reduction of work.  I think the unemployment office calls this partial unemployment or something like that.


Anyone thinking of going to QA, this is for you SM

Just don't.  If you think you are bored out of your gourd, treated like a factory worker and unappreciated now while you're doing MT, becoming a QA person is worse.


The QA jobs are production-based in some form also, even the hourly jobs.  You are expected to do XX amount of jobs per hour or per day and be on the system at XX:XX and off at XX:XX.  Believe me.  You'll see the same people sending their work to you to fix or do EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  It's really a thankless job and at least with MT, you are the master of your own ship, you are responsible for your own work, lines and jobs.  It's just something to think about.


I have also been thinking about them --

Do they hire only employees or are there IC/SE possibilities as well?


What platform do they use?  Did you get to set your own hours/days?


You said they started you at a decent line rate, was it more than 9 cpl and are you an employee or IC/SE?  I know that the line rate is affected by this.


Thanks.


That's what I'm thinking.
Too much Fox news coming from that posting.
That's exactly what I was thinking...
It seems that they want someone with a certain level of quality, someone who can jump right in and get started. Is it fair to want someone to adapt so quickly? Maybe not. But they have the right to assess an employee's skills and decide whether it is a good fit or not. What might be difficult for some, may be easy for another.
seriously thinking about
I think I can make it work if I stay but I don't know if I want to - employee status and all. I think I will probably send out some resumes and see what happens to help me make a better decision on whether or not it is worth staying.
I could and I would but thinking about sm
it, I don't know you and I better not right now. I will tell you they are in Atlanta GA
That is what I was thinking! sm
I'm glad I didn't type all 21 charts! Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me this. I'm getting very frazzled with the testing, resumes, emails, cover letters. I haven't really had any definite possibilities, either. This is so frustrating! Thanks for taking the time to share your experience.
That's what I was thinking...nm
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That is exactly where I am at with my NO life. Thinking about what to do now.
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If you are thinking of working for OSI
Unprofessional and unqualified is right.
Ummm, thinking twice already (sm)
Not going to take my 10 years experience anywhere and be paid less than a trainee new grad from high school because her mom knows some guy.  No offense to you but I'm offended honestly.  Call me old fashioned but I want to be hired and paid based on what I know and not who I know.  Where are the honest companies that will pay for experience ??????????????????????  I mean obviously you caught a break but this is distasteful to me and frankly turns me off towards this company.  Just dropped an account I loved because the managers and owner have no MT background, can hardly spell, but are all chummy friends who allow cherrypicking and all sorts of crap based on favortism...not signing up for that again.