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Line by Line Transcription....anyone have any info?

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Any info on Line By Line Transcription please???nt


Thanks for the info! Do you *feel* like you make more with a gross line v. character line? (nm)

Line By Line...... any info on this company?
Any info on Line By Line Transciprion?? nt
A line is a line is a line. Doesn't matter if we are talking about radiology or acute care.

1600 is not a fair minimum requirement.  Sure you can achieve 1600, it shouldn't be the required minimum.

Means a line is a line is a line, even if it only has one word on the line
it is considered a line. 
"a line is a line" means gross line.
Gross line is a line, no matter how long or short.
Is the ASR line rate 1/2 of transcription line rate? sm
Reason I ask is that I assume if they have ASR now that eventually all will be ASR except of course for the awful dictators as this seems to be the norm.
Yes to old reports! Their ExText has all the regular functions except line counts are done on line
Oh, they make money off us. Line rate is 17 cents a gross line.nm
Keystrokes has very few accts on line using ExText. Most use Cphones/2nd line. Lots of Rad
Thanks for the info. So you are saying, as far as line count, ...SM
that leads me to believe you can make over $20.00 an hour here (just guessing on line rate you might get to come up with figure). Is this in the realm of possibility?

When you are an IC, though, do you figure you are getting roughly 2/3 of that in actuality after paying taxes?

I suppose all this varies but I'm just trying to sort out possible scenarios.

I am making about $12.00 or $13.00 an hour now at my employee status job and wondering if this could be a jump up for me or if it is attainable.
Could someone help me with the figuring out of gross line versus character line? sm
I have generally been paid by character line, 65-character line.  Now, I have had job opportunities offering to pay gross line but it like 3 cents cheaper than what I am being paid now.  A few places I have read that gross line is MUCH better, but is it much better if the pay is so much lower?  Please explain how it works or equals out.  This position has offered me 6 cents per gross line - what would that equal out to in character lines?  Thanks...so confused...
Spaces are not taken into account with gross lines....a line is a line...sm

if there seven words on a line.

or two


or a full line of typing...all of the companies that I have worked for define a gross line as 1 inch margins, 12 pt courier font....does not matter what we type in margins or font.....we convert all reports to the 1 inch margins and courier 12 font and then count the lines.  not the blank spaces between the lines.

Hope this helps.

I left MQ for TT. The base line rate was less at TT, but overall I make more per line with the
shift differential (I work second shift) and the incentive plan (I have never once failed to make at least an extra half cent per line on incentives - most of the time a penny). I was scared to death to make that move, as I had been with MQ since back in the Transcriptions Limited days. I have to say, though, that it was the best career move I have ever made and I have never, not once, regretted it.

I hope that was of some help.
15 years ago, I charged .22 per line to big accounts. Now I have been forced down to .13 per line.
This is in part due to offshore companies, in part due to newbies coming in and underbidding to get an account but not being able to service it and then the account expecting everyone else to meet that price. The market is being driven down by many forces, and it is not pretty. I used to pay .14 per line (gross line too) and now pay my subs 0.08. It is not something I wanted to do, but something that was necessary. With only 15 MTs, I feel the squeeze more than some of the big companies out there, but cannot grow and keep up the same standards.

Healthcare in general is not the money-maker it once was, and transcription has taken a hard hit over the years.
Line counts - the lower the line count requirements
the harder the account and problems with trying to get production off the platform the company uses.
I see they pay on a VBC line. Isn't that a huge paycut from a 65-char. line with spaces? nm
Just left them, here's the info on line counts
To clarify the line count required at SGS, it's 2400 lines per day that include Both typed and edited lines, so if you type a lot of lines you not only make more per line but it counts toward the 2400 per day that's required for full time status. However, even considering that, the accounts are bad, time consuming, and still contribute to this horrible and abusive company's profit margin, which I refuse to do and left them for those reasons. One other thing to keep in mind is that Nuance and most other VR editing positions also require the very same combined 2400 lines per day. This profession is Not at all like it used to be, it's become more and more difficult to make a living doing MT work now that it's mainly VR editing, coupled with the fact that we are shown none of the respect we deserve and used to receive. And, SGS does pay just 0.038 or less for each line of VR editing...one of the lowest cpl rates in the industry. The guy in charge of their operations, Gary S, is greedy and unscrupulous with his bottom line being Only the almighty dollar he can put in his pocket. He cares nothing for his employees, not even the integrity of his company, and that's just plain sad, but true.
Any TransTech'ers have new info on new line-count
Any info about Medscribe, line rate, etc.? smsg
I checked archives but only found very old posts.  Any new updates?  Thanks.
Actually, SBC does allow it. I had my line changed to a business line and talked with a sm
supervisor who okayed it.  As long as I am listening to voice files, and not one computer talking to another, faxing, etc., it is within their guidelines.  :-)
Ask what is a line. I was offered 6 clp for a 42 black character line sm
that seemed to strange, but really it was not so bad.  Came out pretty close to a 65 k/s line at 8.5 to 9.
Do you any MTs use an ISDN line for transcription? If so - e-mail me, I am interested. nm
$0.05 per line for editing, 0.065 for transcription IS 3rd world wages.


Seeking info on Diskriter's platform; ease of use, line counts,
Good info. In late 1980's I typed for 4 cents a line (sm)
and made over 35,000 a year, which back then was pretty darned good. I had a couple of really hard accounts I did and when the really cheesecake ER accounts that had repetitive dictators came along, they always sent a tape or 2 of that my way as kind of a payback for doing the hard stuff.

That 4 cents a line is unbelievable now, but back then and the area I was in that was the going rate and I worked less than 40 hours a week to make that 35k.
If you're with someone that doesn't count the demographic info or headers or footers, line cou
A gross line is any line that has a character on it, so even if

a line just has one character on it, it is considered a line.   If you are getting 6 cpl per gross that is approximately equal to 8 cpl based on 65 characters.  Sometimes the font on a gross line can make it be less than that though. 

NEVER believe the company line. Do line count for yourself.
Need current info on ETransPlus i.e. work load, line rate (ballpark), cost of benefits, SM
and overall treatment of their MTs.  I found archived opinions but all old.  Is anyone there now that can comment?  Thanks!!
I don't have a second phone line ... cable modem for the internet, regular line for my C-phone.

If anyone wanst to get through to me while I'm working, they have my cell phone number.

And, as I said, some accounts are using wav files -- no doubt soon all of the accounts will convert.  Hope so ... would make it easier (less expensive) to work when traveling.  :-)

Lots of good companies out there -- hope you find one that fits :)



WMX - line count. Was working along and noted line count accumulation (sm)

signed off the report I was typing.  Those lines didn't add immediately, but sometimes they do that.  What concerns me is that when I signed that job off and the next one came up, not only were the other lines not added in but they were LESS than they were before I signed off previous job.

I thought I noticed this happening the other day, but figured I just wasn't paying attention.  Today I definitely noticed it.  For some reason it changed it's mind and took 8 lines off my line count.  What the heck? 

Am not really ecstatic with the way things are going anyway  and then this confuses me. 

Please, someone have a realistic explanation so I don't feel paranoid and cheated here. 

Line by Line out of Texas. NM
QA pay is 0.015 per line; yes, 1-1/2 pennies per line. No thanks. nm
They pay per net line not per gross line..sm
I work on Escription and they pay net line, all characters counted on entire document and divided by 65 to get one line count. 
Bottom line: What does it pay per line?
A gross line is not based on characters. A gross line is
anything on the line constitutes a line, so if you only have 1 word on a line it is still counted as a line.   A gross line at 8 cpl roughly translates to 10 cpl/65 character. 
Then company should set line count per day with incentives for above that. If get line count done
is the VR line rate 60% of the regular typing line rate?
Trying to get info on Transcription-Express(not X-press Transcription)....

Got a call and am scheduled to be hooked on later this week.  Does someone need to stop me?  TIA 

Just curious.
LD line- sm
I use USADatanet - works well with my Lanier and C-phone. Not sure if available in your area, but worth a shot. $24.95/month.. USADATANET.COM. Hope this helps.
Pay not by the line
Hey all, are there any descend companies that pay by page or exam and not by the line.  Much experience except by the line, you make no $$.
pay per line for IC - see below
Pay by the line as an IC or as an employee is only as good as the situation - I can make more at 8 cpl on an account that is based on a shorter line, has good macros or normals, and English-speaking physicians than I can on an account where I make 11 cpl and have only ESL to transcribe with no normals or macros - it is all in what is available for you to work with.  I would not discourage someone from taking what seems to be a low-paying assignment not knowing all the particulars of the account.  I have been transcribing since 1992 and have not seen much change in line pay in all these years - but I have seen a lot of difference in accounts and line length, macros, normals and formatting - all of this must be taken into consideration before accepting or turning down a job.  And, don't take the company owner or supervisors word for it when they say a line is 65 or 60 characters long - it also depends on the font - bolding, etc.  They are usually only interested in getting someone in to start as quickly as possible to replace the last person who figured out that the job was misrepresented in the first place.
by the LINE!
Sundays do not usually involve as many of the more extensive procedures. You do get a lot more of the more simple procedures on the weekend, which are usually shorter and quicker to transcribe.
rad pay per line
Several factors will make a big difference. If you are doing a lot of short reports, this will cut your line count. Will you get paid for headers and footers? Do you have to enter a lot of patient demographics that you are not paid for? What is the length of the line and are spaces included? I used to work for cpl, and now do it by report, and would much rather have per report - less stress for me than making a line count. It also would depend on what type of account it is - teaching hospital with long winded dictators and/or a clinic setting, or seasoned dictators in an acute care hospital that dictate fast and do a lot of short reports. Lots to consider. Good luck.
Pay per line
Whew!  I just passed all their tests!  Got a 98.  Offer was 6 cents a line.  Use my own equipment, internet, fax, phone, and printer.  No thank you!!!! 
No they don't. It is per line.
I was told 65 printable characters equals a line -- that means NO SPACES!!
2nd line fee?
I am curious as to what a 2nd line fee is.