Maybe I just needed to vent.....
Posted By: nm on 2006-05-19
In Reply to: I hate this kind of cheap shot post. What's the deal? nm - What exactly is the problem?
.... I'm an employee of Medware and I'm sure that all my co-workers will know exactly what the deal is. The last thing I need is your criticism when all you are interested in is someone being tacky and spreading dirt. You have not walked in my shoes and have no idea what I'm dealing with at this time! All I can say to you is if you are looking for a job, take my advice and do not choose Medware as your next place of employment, as at the current time it is not a good place to be. Although, I am happy for Wilma because obviously the changes at Medware have not reached her yet. Have a great day!
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Just need to vent.
I am a fairly new MT, but I do have experience. I applied for an MT position with a National company as an IC. I got an email saying that she was very impressed with my resume and that she would give me a chance. She told me a little bit about the job, and said to email her back if I was interested. I emailed her back with a few questions and told her I would like to see a contract. She emailed me back and said that she usually doesn't give out contracts unless the person is very interested in the position. I emailed her again and told her that I was very interested and would like to see a contract. Well, I never heard from her again! This happened a week ago. Why do some people get other people's hopes up?
May I vent??? SM
I hate my job with a capital H!! I truly feel like screaming (or crying, but I'd prefer not to expend that much emotion on it).
I have about 90% ESL doctors, half the time there's not enough work--so because of the two above issues I can never make my lines (not to mention the fact that I'm a perfectionist so spend/waste way too much time trying to fill in all the blanks on the ESL reports). I've gotten two nasty certified letters from the company about my poor line counts. I just feel like giving up...but of course I can't do that because I like living in a house and eating! ;)
I know my days are numbered there, so I've been furiously testing with tons of other companies. I hope and pray something better comes along!
I'm really beginning to lose some self-esteem over this whole issue...but I KNOW that I'm a very, very good Transcriptionist (I just suck (excuse my French) at ESL doctors).
I wish I could have learned by other peoples' mistakes! But , no, I had to make my own mistakes!! LOL. Several people tried to steer me away from this company. A few people couldn't say enough good things about it. I guess that's just life...we all have to learn the hard way.
Oh, well...I truly appreciate having a shoulder(s) to cry on!
Hugsss to you all (especially to the HL transcriptionists),
Need to vent
I worked over the weekend (not scheduled, just didn't want a Monday backlog), and guess what? The worst account has hours! of dictation by the worst! dictators doing DS they should have done months ago...all dictated after I signed off for the weekend. It is all being routed to me to knock 'em out! I feel like screaming! If Dr. I-don't-know-English-carries-on-a-conversation-with-the-nurses-while-dictating-old-reports expects me to understand EVERY word...well, I just CAN'T! So I'm sending some to QA who seems to have woken up with a bug in the aadvark this morning and is correcting me on the stupidiness, nitpicky things....Nail me for a medical mistake but please, telling me I don't use enough commas just got on my last nerve!
Thank you. Please return to your normal programming.
Need to vent......
I accepted a position as an Editor with a smaller national, after my last employer had a problem with paying period. They told me they outsource but are trying to hire people to keep the work here. Okay find and dandy. I wanted PT work but I was told I was needed FT. Okay, that'll work, just need to WORK. Well guess what, NO WORK. The offshore company gets to QA their own work so I am not allowed to pull any of that, only what the US MTs do, which evidently isn't much. I watch the system and the work going to the offshore editors can be out of turnaround, still I can't touch it. Here I sit with mounting bills due to the last crappy company and still no work. In the past couple of months I have talked to other editors who are working 2-3 jobs during the SAME scheduled hours, so basically triple dipping. I won't do this, that seems to be stealing to me, but I certainly would like some work about now!! We hear all the time how the US companies can't get well-trained, skilled people who want to work. Well I'll tell you what, here sits one with absolutely nothing to do and soon to be on the street.
You need to vent just like the rest of us. Imagine have 10 years like me and getting offered the same crap wage. It is insulting but times have changed and not much we can do!
Have to vent!! (sm)
I am so fried!! At the same time not surprised.
I know this is the holidays and all, which = slow, but...I was hired at the best national for full time, five days a week. I asked for backup accounts from day 1 and got ignored and/or the run around. Ran out of work my very first week and I have run out of work consistently since. Long story short, when I pressed the MTSO about lack of work, I was finally told that I'd only be busy a couple days a week. Why did you hire for FT, then?
Backups are coming soon, but thankfully I have OT at my PT job, otherwise I'd be so screwed. So fellow MTs, I've learned not to leave one MTSO for another until I know for sure I have everything covered. And by choice I won't leave my guaranteed $$, med center job.
Just need to vent about something (sm)
To the companies who post jobs on this board: How can you possibly hire when the MTs you already have don't have work? I am sitting here for nearly the fourth week in a row with no work. I'm not alone. The account I am on was recently overstaffed again plus the facility that we type has a low census and no work. Why not take some of the new people you just put on this account and move them to these new accounts you are hiring for? This is not a bash against the company I work for. I like it and want to stay. I know this happens at a lot of companies because I see people posting on here all the time that they don't have work and their company has a job listed on the job board. I just don't understand why this is. Please, before hiring more people, make sure there is enough work for the MTs who already work there.
But sometimes you just need to vent
And if we can't vent to a fellow MT anonymously, who can we vent to?
I was recently (last week) hired as an IC --- however, the company was looking for second shift hours M-F and then a split shift on the weekends. I have had personal issues going on, however, it has not really provented me from working. The biggest thing was sending an ivoice, and not having a line count program (other than MS Word and dividing by 65) I was cheated out of over 1,000 lines -- today, I downloaded two counting programs, Sylcount (and cannot get in touch with ANYONE from tech support there) and Pacticount -- neither one would count lines -- I spent 3 hours reinstalling MS Office and word was 15 minutes late signing in and the owner of the company calls and fires me -- as well as threatening legal action for return of the foot pedal -- last weekend, (my first week on the job) I get emails and phone calls from the hospital, wondering why other people are not working. Bottom line, RUDE service, TRYING to deal with getting a line count program and yes, I try to get my point across, but right now, I just tend to wonder about companies who hire and actually, they are hiring subcontractors.
She just came here to vent, lighten up.
We are entitled to vent once in a while--sm
we do the job and most of us are thankful that we have the jobs, but every job has its annoyances. To never be annoyed about anything is totally unrealistic and *foolish*. Lighten up!
I have to vent, as I am sitting here SM
with a throbbing headahce and chest pain. Every Friday, and I mean EVERY FRIDAY, I have a day from hades on my account. I work on a difficult account, lots of ESL, but generally I enjoy it and get work sent I really enjoy. I'm used to the doctors and it is not a problem any other day of the week, EXCEPT FRIDAYS, when I have one awful report after the next. I will have the worst doctors, one right after the next, without any let up. It could be random, I know, but I assume they are cleaning the mess out before the weekend, when they have less expereinced people working.
Do other people have the same experience? I work for a large company, not MQ. The other large company. And please, no discertations on not being professional, etc. I'm actually concerned for my health.
I have to vent for a minute sm
I have noticed many companies advertising for Independent Contractor positions yet dictate a certain schedule like a full-time employee, i.e. 1st shift Sun-Thurs, etc.
Now, I am aware they need to staff accordingly and have coverage, but come on....these companies do not truly know what IC status is all about.
If they want you to work a straight 8 hour shift, Sun-Thurs. than hire as an employee and give benefits darn it. The companies want their cake and eat it too. No overhead with ICs, but dictate and demand certain schedules and pay squat for it.
Ok, I'm done.....had to get that off my chest. Feel better now!
Please forgive me I need to vent
I am just one of the millions of MTs in the world who is tired of being overworked, under appreciated and fed up with being treated like crap in plain English. I am also tired of companies who treat you like an employee when its convenient for them and an I.C when its convenient for them. I decided to be an IC to get away from the unflexibility of being an employee, you know...the fixed hours, and days, constantly being told what to do and how to do it and dealing with the too many chiefs and not enough Indians syndrome. So, I become an I.C. and I just figured out that I have none of the benefits of an employee, but still am doing the same things as when I was an employee. According to the law if you are an IC, no one should be called your supervisor or tell you how and when to do your work as long as the outcome of the work is the way they want it. I realize that companies need to know our schedules and such to better distribute the work, but come on lets face it, we all became IC's to get away from the drugery of constantly having to answer to someone and the freedome of being our own boss, but in the end thats the last thing we are. Another complaint...what ever happened to manners...I am referring to the courtesy of answering an e mail or a phone call? Somebody needs to put out a book of etiquiette on e mailing people.
Lastly, to all the supervisors out there, lighten up...you are driving alot of good MT's out the door with your nasty attitudes and God complexes. Be patient with those just starting out. None of us were born knowing anything and you were once a newbie. Stop making people afraid to ask questions because they will be made to feel stupid if they do. Just because you work at home does not mean you should bring your problems with you when you sign on for the day. This is the same as any other job and you should not bring your personal problems with you. The economy is in bad shape and many of us live paycheck to paycheck and God forbid we miss a few....so we take crap from people because we know what will happen if we loose our jobs/contracts. I think alot of sups know this and take advantage of it. We should all be working together not against each other.
I swear the MT must be the most underrated and underpaid and underappreciated profession in the world. I was just thinking that the other day when I was typing for a doctor who had a mouthful of food while dictating and when he was not eating, he was coughing in my ear...this on top of a heavy Oriental accent of course. Then you have to feel guilty about putting that report in edit.
You would not believe how many people envy us because we work at home. oh you are so lucky you dont have to deal with traffic and bad weather. Its not all its cut out to be I tell them. Lastly, I just wanted to say I am not referring to any specific company or person, I just wanted to vent and I am sorry if what I meant to say did not come out right or did not make sense.
Dont get me wrong, I am grateful for my job every day that I sign on to work in this day and age, but there are times again when I would like to drop kick my computer and my supervisor out the window. I hope you all have a great day and dont forget to get out there and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE
Major Vent - fed up
I have been doing this for 12+ years, and I have decided this is a stupid and impossible profession. An MT should not have to go over and over voice files to hear and understand what at doctor says 3, 4, 5 and 6 times to understand what he is saying. If you do, that means he is not interested in making sure you know and understand. This really hit me today. IF a person were talking to you, would you have to ask him to repeat himself over and over again if he really wanted to talk to you? More so for patient care. If a doctor actually cared about making sure that the patient's information was accurate, would he take such risks that the person on the other end would not understand what he was saying?
I especially like the PAs who mumble and don't even know how to pronounce the medications and believe they are actually MDs
What's really fun is when they spell the really obvious words and then slur the important ones! Gotta love the docs!
Vent all you want, but educate yourself about
unions because someone is feeding you information from the 1920's.
No one HAS to join a union or bargaining agency. You can work for slave wages, for free if you like; you are free to choose in the USA.
Can I vent anony about a company I am fed up with?
I am tired of no work, tech probs, account switching, and rude managers. Low pay is a factor also. Really want a better paying job. Anyone know of a company willing to pay a 10-year MT more than 8 cpl? TIA
Needing to vent alittle
I inquired about a job with Medivoxx, before I realized they used VR and expected you to transcribe and edit. The information I received back stated that after two weeks uncompensated pay, the following 30 days would be 3 cpl, and then 5, and eventually 7. Before I went any further, I asked approximately how many lines/day VR editing runs, as I would think it would be higher than transcribing since you are not actually typing it all out, but editing. I wanted to know all this before I considered quiting the job I have now, which is not a transcription job, I am only doing that part time and am looking for full time. My response to this question was to not quit my current job. This seems alittle odd to me, so I wanted to vent and share this info with everyone else. Thanks
Personal vent: The head of QA for my co SM
quit. One of the few people in management who knew what they were doing. I feel sick. My company is going down the tubes.
I can't share this with anyone at company, so vented here. Thank you for forum I could use, because I feel ill. Everyone at this company is inexperienced. They have already lost accounts. Now what?
jJust an observation/vent
Maybe its me but I work and when I am downloading, I read the various boards -- I see/read people that the productivity is there 250-300 lines an hour or more but what I am wondering about is bottom line -- patient care -- no, we are NOT doctors but how many MTs know how to really research the internet for drugs etc? I see posts with word expanders -- they are WONDERFUL tools, but in MHO, if you are a newbie, just starting out, get the disks, the books, and LEARN how to use the internet -- I did QA for a company for a while, and I had a Transcriptionist (newbie) call me in tears because she was called on the carpet for typing (and I saw the actual report) -- Kem-7 -- come on, everyone, You should be researching and looking -- yes, it IS hard, but I see a lot of the SAME names on this board, spending hours, gabbing and chatting and yet whine when they are not making a decent salary -- bottom line, I am a single, widowed woman, been in this business for a long time and yes, I have my throw in the towel momemts but I also have a work ethic that is pull one's self up by the boot straps -- yes, we have to vent about our men who are the southbound end of a northbound horse, but people do not realize that even though we work at home, we are working, spending hours sometimes taking care of the home front with bills etc and not getting paid for it -- Its not the companies, its trying to plan things and go from there -- If you're married, hubby has to understand that this is NOT a hobby job, as do a few of you that I have seen a lot on this board -- you do this and that , but yet you are the whiners and complainers when it comes to companies treating you unfairly or no work.
Maybe Wal-Mart for those of you IS A BETTER alternative -- for me I make between 40-50K a year, but I am focused on my job as well -- blood, sweat and tears too.
OSI Line Counter - Must Vent!!
I know this is probably petty, but does anyone else notice the line counter at OSi goes down every single weekend?? Do they disable it to keep us from knowing how much we've typed, afraid we might not work as much?? This is so irritating. I like to keep track of how much I've done and this is very frustarting. I hate just sitting here typing in the dark.
Yeah it sure does feel good to vent here tho
Vent - how do you deal with a horrible platform!
This platform is so slow that my Expander sometimes doesn't even expand things because the system is so slow. You go to back up or move forward with the cursor and its so slow you end up going to far usually. Spell check, OMG, you could go to sleep waiting to advance. It takes FOREVER to type a document.
I don't understand why companies use these horrible platforms. Makes you dread sitting down to the computer!
Oh man....I needed that!!!!
Thanks! I needed a hug!
I feel better today. I just cannot re-take that test though. After that experience, I refuse to test on any tests which have the entire test on one web page, including the download and transcribing of files onto the same page. It is too risky that the page could disappear. Live and learn I guess.
This MT testing is so grueling I will be glad when it is over! Thanks for letting me vent!
we will always be needed....nm
we will always be needed...
That is my opinion also. I'm not worried about VR overtaking my job as a transcriptionist. I do believe I will eventually be trained to edit speech reports. But I also believe there will always be a pretty good percentage of dictation that will remain non-speech and that experienced MTs will always be needed. We are liked more by a lot of docs than some VR system, and I don't believe the majority of docs dictating want their work going overseas if it can be done better HERE.
Just what I needed
Thanks so much for your post. I was hoping to hear something good and this helps greatly. Enjoy your day.
MDI-MD Help Needed
Can anyone give me the web address for MDI-MD? I can't find it anywhere.....
LOL! Thanks, I needed that.
Has anyone had any experience with phone interview for Webmedx? I have one in the coming week. Do they take an oral assessment test or just the routine questions? Please any info about it appreciated. Thanks in advance!
Been out since 8 a.m. but needed
to get my photo license, so this worked out fine. Ran and did that plus stopped for bread and cheese for ham sandwiches. Took no time at all as the center was empty, as was the grocery store. Guess everyone is at the mall exchanging their gifts.
We were warned the other day that it may be VERY slow after Christmas and I looked forward to it. How I wish I could go to the mall and get new outdoor lights. Ours were blown out, so it was a dark and dreary Christmas Eve night. It's the only time we turn our lights on.
That's all I needed to know.....thanks!
Thanks for the hug. Needed one now.
And I will be back later in the day when the afternoon, oh no, what did I do? sets in. LOL. Just going to take it one day at a time, before that one half day, one hour, etc. Still have not left the computer yet though. Maybe I should start a log on here called the recovering MT, and let you know if I get back off the wagon, etc. I do believe I need a 12 step, but for now, will remain sober in the fact that for today, I did what I have been afraid to do for years. And those hugs are so appreciated and NEEDED :)
THANKS....that's all i needed to know...nm
Could anyone give me info on Meridian Healthcare Group, LLC out of Indiana or Transcription-Express (don't know where they are from)
Any info would be appreciated!
The VA can be a big help when needed. sm
Some of their programs include retraining, housing help, that sort of thing. Once you learn to navigate the red tape and the paperwork, you are good to go. Email if you have any other questions and I will see if my DH can find out stuff for you. I am in Michigan.
No thanks needed
My heart breaks just a little bit more for you at the Q every time I read that board and your pay is being cut, there is NJA yet you're threatened with disciplinary action for not making up hours (doing non-existent work), sitting for hours waiting to get your lines in...all to eventually be put under the magnifying glass of performance review as the final 'formality' before your termination.
I've had to hold back tears several times reading your posts over there and I can only hope many of you are finding your way out of there before they beat you totally down.
And, yes, I agree 100% with your theory about CBay. Transcend is now up to over 2000 MTs and a PERFECT target for CBay.
I send positive thoughts for all of you at the Q as well, and I do so every time I read one of your heartbreaking posts.
Guess If You Really Needed To Know....
You just made my day!! Thanks, I needed that!
thanks needed that info...
i tested last week too and never got a reply yet. oh well, moving on
Dear All! I'm writing a business plan and conducting some initial market surveys, and since all of you have always been a wealth of information, I figured this was a good place to start. I need to know what dictation/transcription platform any company you can think of is on. Please respond, just a quick post with the company name, platform, and if it is a web based platform (if you know). Thank you all in advance!!!
PS: No names needed.
No names needed, as I believe that is against board policy now, but just wanted to get a broad idea of how much per year deductable you pay if you work for a national service.
Hey. I replied to that as well and haven't heard anything back as of yet.
I sent them my resume and got an e-mail back saying it had been forward to the right person. Nothing since then.
Support I think is needed
The first and foremost would be promotion of US-based transcription for US-based patients. I feel there are major, major privacy issues at hand there, and I would personally have trouble with my personal info being shipped overseas.
Certification I think is very, very debatable. AAMT has tried to make a standard practice, but really it isn't. You have to be certified and continue with education to be a nurse because those practices are standard and regulated pretty much across the board without too much difference. MTs have to do what the client at the time asks, and there is a ton a variation between companies and clients. I have worked for a lot of different places and have yet to find one that follows even half of the important rules of the BOS.
I also think another organization should point out certain advantages to being an MT, at home or otherwise. AAMT wants you of course to buy books and whatnot from their store, but there are many other resources online that are available to us simply because we are members of the medical field; most are free. Working at home gets you discounts on things like car insurance (cut mine in half). There are many advantages to ousourcing companies that hire at-home employees as well which are growing all the time.
I would absolutely participate as much as I can in getting something like this going. AAMT as decided where they are which is perfectly okay. They just now need replaced.
Nonpayment help needed
Invoiced and billed employer who has not sent me a check. I did email and a check was to be sent to me by this past Friday, but is now not responding to email inquiries as to the status and whether or not the checks were mailed (they now owe me 2).
Which regulatory agencies or legal groups do I contact in this regard in order to be paid?
Thanks - found what I needed! nm
I applied, they needed someone right away
They called at an inconvenient time and not the time set-up to call. Started off badly, so I did not pursue it. I think they use a platform called MT World. If you go to that MT World site, you'll see a spot for Zylomed Employees. I guess if you want to learn a new platform, it might be okay. I do not know what the cpl was but I felt the communication was bad from the start. Archives says they are not a good company but they could have changed by now. One post said the girl got fired for posting here because Zylomed claimed she should have addressed her concerns with them and not on this board. Search Zylomed and read the archives - very interesting. These posts are only from like last summer, I believe. Good luck.