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MTSOs, on a scale of 1 to 10, how qualified are

Posted By: your applicants for acute care work? sm on 2006-05-03
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I'm just wondering if you are able to hire most of the people who are applying, or if there are a lot of underqualified MTs out there. 

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who think they are qualified because they
were nurses, medical assistants or just have kids who are sick all the time and know all the medical/lab terms! Deliver me!
I am not qualified to
set a rate of pay for an MT who does try to do the job properly. I can tell you this, that googling words should only be used to verify and existence of that word. You should then check a medical dictionary or website for proper spelling, pl., singular, etc.  I have not been doing this for long, but I am determined to become good at it. I spend a great deal of time to research a word only to be frustrated when I can not find it. The positive is that where I am employed I do receive feedback. Sometimes it takes a day or so; but, when I receive it I read it all the way through, make notes, file it away for future reference all on my own dime. 
maybe you are over-qualified!!??
consider yourself over-qualified, and
lucky that you didn't end up working for them! It may have been a blessing in disguise!! act like a duck, and let it slide off :)
You wouldn't be a qualified IC if they did.
my qualified opinion

is the *conspiracy* theories regarding other companies is much more far-fetched than the simple fact that not everyone had a good experience at KS.  Allow others to state to their experience without feeling  personally attacked - it is part of being an adult - the world is not defined by you and your *feelings* - tears and hysterics aside.


and is qualified for not much more than being a greeter at Walmart

I am QUALIFIED to make my statements because....

I worked with these people for years and saw how they treat others.   It means absolutely nothing to people in the managment of SPI to fire people or lay them off or just take your work and send it to India or Manila.   Don't think for one second that your job is safe.    They are all about numbers...Its a numbers game...meaning revenues.

The Philippine Telecommunication company did not get to be a company worth over $100 billion US dollars  by paying labor to US employees.   They know that by taking US jobs and sending them to India or Manila will increase their profit margins 25-35% minimally.    Don't think for one second they will not do this.  

The Indian companies are much better than they were.   The Manila location has finally gotten it right.   They will be able to transition your jobs smoothly without compromising quality or TAT.   THAT'S FRIGHTENING TO SAY BUT TRUE!

They have also geared themselves with the strongest voice recognition product on the market.   

So, let's take a look at the overall picture:

1.   People resources available offshore.  YES...thousands.

2.   Ability to transition and carry out smoothly.....YES

3.   Voice recognition geared to take over.....YES

4.   Qualified editors in Manila........YES

5.   Production MTs in India......YES

6.   Large hospital organizations not afraid to offshore......YES

I dont know guys....what else does it take to paint the picture for you.    You are all smart people....figure it out!    

Because they don't hire qualified ACs in the first place
They try to promote their friends/relatives and when they find out they don't have real management skills they replace them with another friend/relative.
If you have to apply you aren't qualified
I have a nice one too, but qualified for it 4 years ago when I did well as an MT at a hospital.
each and every month. I have invested so much in this car, I don't see how I can give it up... lots of working with the lender, etc. They don't understand about outsourcing hospitals and services, they don't understand about not making rent or car payment. They only care about breaking legs if you don't make a payment. So I keep in close touch with them. This way, I have my leg available for the foot pedal, so when I do have work, I can to pay the bill.
Maybe in your case. As for me, I have many years acute care and am well qualified.
The payroll dept isn't exactly qualified. There's no accountant on staff. sm
I wish they would just let ADP or something similar handle it. So many things are incorrect so often, taxes, PTO pay missing, etc.
Keystrokes - How do they notify you if you qualified for vacation time? Thanks! nm
Gosh.. really a "former" insurance clerk. I cannot believe you qualified for such a honored po
Wow, an insurance clerk. What kind of education do you need for that. I feel your best suited for a position that would include working as the spelling police. Some people.. You should get a life!
There are so many hits on the job board for jobs that I wonder if people are qualified that respond
or just send in a resume if they are not.  Would be interesting to hear from some of these companies what type of response they are getting. 
New Pay Scale??
I am curious.  Many MQ posters have heard about things like 'new pay scales', and I receive no communication whatsoever from MQ.  Is it because I don't subscribe to their e-mail? Is this where this information comes from? I mean, they have my e-mail address, but I have never gotten any communication from anyone but an occasional proofer note.
Pay scale.
How much do you make an hour?  I require $30 to $40 a hour.
If the pay scale for MT2 is .07 to .09 CPL, then
how do you know which you get, .07, .08, or .09?  I currently make .08.  If I get a decrease to .07, then, well..........
about their pay scale
Top pay with Trans Tech is 8.5 cpl. 
Pay scale
They offer 6 cents per line. Way less than what I get for straight transcription, but I'm just curious as to how much more a straight voice Editor can really produce. If I thought it would be at least the same money and if I knew for sure they were a reputable company, I would do it, but I haven't been able to get much information.
The pay scale is different...sm
I worked for them for about three months but only 12 hours a week.  Their payscale really doesn't work well unless you work full time.  You couldn't ask for a nicer bunch of folks.  You can e-mail me if you like.
pay scale
They may not have job listings for US MTs but they DID have a screening site where you could find out how much your MT skills would be worth with Acusis (in India)...36,000 rupees a year.

(Yes, I did the conversion. It's less than $9000 US.)
MQ pay scale
They run in tiers'' with Tier 3 being the highest topping out at 10 cents. There are very few making top money; most are long-time employees from other companies that were absorbed (bought up)by MQ. I have known several hired in the past couple of years and looks like 7 cents a line is the norm for new hires.

Raises? Certain criteria must be met. I wouldn't count on them.

First,you must not have more than 15% going to QA which will be even more difficult with the national pooling. This rule in itself pretty much kicks everyone out. That 15% doesn't allow for circumstances beyond your control,i.e,dictator effect, etc. They just look at the percentage submitted to QA, if it is more than that, no raise; the reasons for submission make NO difference. Second,you must have 98% accuracy which shouldn't be a problem if you are a good MT. Mainly the QA submission is what keeps everyone from getting raises because MQ doesn't subtract from the 15% the reports sent for unknown doctors not listed on the roster, dictator effect, etc.; you know, all the things that are beyond the MT's control. LASTLY, there is a freeze on all raises for now, so that in itself should be a big warning sign to you. If you do decide to hire on, get AS MUCH as you can walking through the door as I seriously doubt you will see any raises down the road.

Health insurance runs around $135 a month for the employee for best plan. The other plan is somewhat cheaper but I believe it is more of a ''health spending plan rather than insurance.

pay scale

I did QA work, not MT work, so I'm not sure.  I think it was around 8.5 cpl, but not positive on that.  Give a call to the recruiters, they'll let you know for sure.

What's their pay scale like?
How is the pay scale
Do they compare with other companies or will they pay more for experience? Thanks for posting, it is a big help to hear good things about a company that has not had much good said about it.
KS pay scale
i looked quickly but don't find my notes on the interview with this company which was about 2 hours of me interviewing THEM. So i can't address that point now. Maybe they've changed something, maybe i'm mixing them up with another company(but don't think so). Just ask plenty of questions so YOU know the answers to the questions. If the answers satisfy you, nevermind what i or anyone else says. Good luck!
Pay scale
There are those who only make 7 cpl for them on clinic notes.  That's why I didn't send them the test I took.
pay scale
You'd better believe it. I've been an MT since 1984. Sucks, doesn't it!?
Pay scale - sm
Yes, and you can BET that the facilities are not paying LESS per line/report during all this...so, where does all that money go? Certainly not to us....
Pay scale same for everybody
No, I don't think the MDI people should be brought down, I think the Transcend people should get the same rate and the same options as you are getting.  What I think will happen is you will get your rate for a period of time then they will drop you down somehow.  I really can't see them paying the MDI MTs more than their own employees for the long-term
amphion pay scale

There are 3 levels of employees:

Level 1is clinic, ER, urgent - start out at 7.4 cpl work up to 7.7 cpl

Level 2 is Hospital H&P, consults start 7.8 cpl work up to 8.1 cpl

Level 3 is All Hospital/ESL start at 8.25 cpl work up 8.5 cpl

after 13,500 you can earn an extra 0.25 cpl for incentive pay.  This is 65 chara line count w/spaces.  10 an hour while in training.

Other places pay more.

I'd rate them a 7 on a scale 1-10 NM

They have a low pay scale. They treat you like
The owner is nice enough, but she does not like to pay until her client pays her and she will make you sign a paper stating you agree to that.  Just be careful what you sign.  You might like it if you like EMDAT.  There is no training.  You train yourself through a website she gives you for EMDAT.  Again pay is low.
Webmedx pay scale for VR
Anybody know?  Transcend pays about 50-60% of your typing line rate, which I think is really bad.  Anybody know about Webmedx's rate for VR?
Very low and weird pay scale, Keep looking. nm
I turned them down after seeing the pay scale

I did send them an email and explain that my expectations for transcribing all work types in acute care would be 10 cpl.  They start out at 6.  That's a canyon of difference!

It also bothered me that pay is based on which shift you work.  It seems to me that goes into the gray area of IRS guidelines of control for employee versus IC status.  I need to work split shifts.  Also, I am more inclined to work when there is work and if there is no work during my shift, how can I make money?  I asked if they could negotiate some of these issues with me and they stopped communicating with me.  I'm glad I went with my instinct and did find someone else who gives me the flexibility, line rate and work types I wanted.

They have a very strange pay scale and no one
can quite figure it out.  Very hard to get lines, unable to make any money.  Lots of turnover.  They are also currently training women in Trinidad to be MTs so it is only a matter of time before the jobs follow. 
AllType pay scale
The pay scale varies depending on your skill set, experience and account.
What is the pay scale for Keystrokes please? Thanks! (nm)

I'd like to know what pay scale she is offering. NM
Diskriter pay scale

Does Diskriter pay biweekly or the 1st and the 15th?

pay scale for TransTech
What are the cpl rates. I know probably depends upon experience, but if someone could give me a ball park figure it would help. Thanks.
standardized pay scale

If other professionals in the healthcare field have pay scales they know they can count on to go no lower than a certain rate, surely we can have the same established for us MTs and MEs.  This is not a profession you can just take up on a whim, as some people think when I tell them what I do.  There are so many facets to doing this job correctly -- having a good ear for accents and garbled speech, common basic language knowledge, medical terminology, grammar, spelling, the list continues.  It is so outrageous that we have not been given our fair share of respect and a cut of the money pie. 

I am tired of people in management getting theirs while we do the hard work as they crack the whip for every little thing.  This profession is so rewarding when done correctly by EVERYone who participates (hello, docs) and everyone benefits when everyone does their part with respect for those who come behind or before them.

Companies who offer wages that insult us should not be worked at.  Those companies who take away line rates and incentives and bonuses and never give raises should also be boycotted.  If the bottom line is the almight dollar on their end as to their business practices, then so be it for us as well.  We shouldn't work for less than what we are worth.  Newbies are newbies and have to pay their dues and learn the trade.  There should be a pay scale for the first two years specifically for them.  After that, it should progress as the years add up, 3-5 years, 5-10 years, etc.  

The thing is, I don't know how to go about getting this considered and implemented.  Perhaps we would have to collectively ignore or boycott those companies who treat MTs poorly.  As long as there is someone who is willing to work for them under their rules, it will continue.     


I forgot to add that the pay scale

I am making much, much more now.

gctfl pay scale
A friend of mine started 6 months ago with gctfl at 8 cents a line, and has not received a higher pay scale since being off of training status.  She loves it there though, and likes the weekend and holiday incentives.  Maybe she should ask about an increase in pay??? 
The pay scale is less for employees. sm
I work as an IC there and make more per line. TTS has great accounts and once you learn the dictators and account specifics, there is good money to be made there. Some days I'm making $30 or more an hour. I would rather work on great accounts at a little less per line than work horrible accounts for 10 cents a line. That's just me though.
They used to advertise they pay scale as -
9-11 cpl.  PRN status is 7.5 cpl.  From what I heard recently, they are trying to lower their MT pay expense (not investment), so if you ever were to get off 9 cpl it would surprise me.
Spheris Pay Scale
Anyone know what Spheris current pay scale is standard and SR, and what minimum line requirement is?  Any information would be greartly appreciated.
Also, they have a tiered pay scale. sm
So be aware of that when considering them.  The pay is good if you stay 10,001 lines and above but if for some reason the work slacks off and you fall to 6,000 or less, you get less per line. Something to think about.