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Perhaps an actual answer.

Posted By: sm on 2009-06-12
In Reply to: Does TT still offer a bonus for buying hybrids? - nm

Sheesh! Does the sniping never stop!

I don't know if TT is still offering the bonus, but you can easily call and find out. In May 2008 my husband and I bought a Prius, and I asked about the incentive. At that time, they still offered it and we did receive it.

And by the way, we saved nearly $3000 in gas expenses this year driving the hybrid. Yes, gas prices dropped, but we actually drove significantly more miles than the previous year, as my husband drives quite a bit for work.

Regarding some of the spewed responses posted here... geeze, give it a rest! Does anyone think for even a moment before they post something here? There are people who can still afford new cars. And just because someone is buying a new car does not mean they are going deeply into debt or into debt at all. That's their own business. If TT is still offering the incentive, then great! What car a family chooses and how they choose to pay for it is that family's concern and no one else's.

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TT management does not answer questions that you ask them; only answer those they want to answer.

I know, work for a long time and tried asking questions, but they just beat around the bush and don't answer the true question that you presented to them.

Maybe it is kite flying weather where you are !!!

When is the next actual payday for TT?
I will be starting soon. When does the current pay period end, and then when will the check for this pay period be paid? Is the pay period Monday through Sunday, then it is paid by the following Monday? I will have DD and want to plan my finances this weekend. If I can get a pay date for the next check, I can plan ahead for every two weeks. I forgot to ask the recruiter and don't have my packet yet. Thanks.
not for test, for actual job
Are you an actual DR employee?
Or did they hire you as a hospital employee?  I didn't get anything and I was surprised because they sent me something for Thanksgiving.  I didn't want to ask my supervisor because I didn't want to sound like I expected something.  
It's actual work......
Sorry, actual not actuall. lol n/m.......
You would think the actual transcription portion, if
That's IF there is one.  And a transcription test is more indicative of the kind of work you'll receive.  Hellllllooooooooooo!
you just don't discuss pay. Ranges maybe, but not actual pay (sm)

As with every company that I know of, there are big ranges in pay, and it just should not be discussed on a public forum, or actually even with people you know.  Not everyone may be offered the same thing and it causes too many problems.  Any professional person would know this, no matter what field you are in.

companies or the actual jobs
Do you mean keep a list of companies that you work for or the jobs you work on. Any company that i get info on i save so that way i have it if i need to find another job.
They are interested in actual time. SM
I switched to them from the Q, and they are a vastly better company. Full-time is 35 hours a week. You do punch a time clock. I don't find them very flexible, but I think that's just my supervisor. I have only been there 6 months, so barely any PTO yet, and my STM (their acronym for supervisor) would not allow me non-paid time off for a non-pleasure trip to help my sister with something very important, so I didn't go. She would have switched me to part-time status had I gone. I am very productive and accurate, so I did not appreciate that. E-mail me for more specific details on bonus structure, etc., if you'd like. They will definitely expect you to work your chosen schedule. If you think you will need time off for any reason within the FIRST YEAR, make sure you tell the recruiter.
That's because it's actual hospital employee and
It may be an actual person who pays, but
they're using a home phone number and personal email address. Their website was extremely amateur and advertising web radio.
Have read that a ByteScribe is more compatible, but no actual
More than 1/2 the time you don't get actual facility samples, tho, just
Wow, a company with actual ppl and not reasonable facsimilies!
It's nice to know there are still companies out there that give a darn about you. I'm sorry for your losses and very glad you didn't have to worry about HR coming down on you cuz u took 1 minute too long on your time off. Jobs worries can add so much stress to a person's already hectic life.
The actual program behind it is AnyModal Edit, sm
It is hard to make money on anything that uses AnyModal Edit. I went from one company with it, to Transcend who says they use BeyondTXT, but once I got started turned out it was the same program in the background for editing, AnyModal Edit. Don't be fooled, it is very hard to get a good line count with this program. I can straight type 250-300 words per hour easily, but in this program for VR struggle to get 150 lines per hour, you have to edit a lot, this program is awful and it's faster to type most of the reports.
Yes, and actual Word clients in platforms sm
like MedRite XL, Extext and MTWorld and there are a couple of others.  Whatever platform Keystrokes uses, it works there too.  I didn't know if DocQScribe was one of them.
Testing sound quality has nothing to do with the actual sm
sound quality you get when you work there.  Trust me, the sound quality is absolutely horrible.  You struggle to hear every single report.
Please tell me you aren't saving actual reports...?
Please reassure me/us that you aren't saving the actual report with patient demographics, etc., and then showing them to others? That would be such a huge compromise of HIPAA and would bring to light a whole different set of reasons for possible future termination from an employer if it were found out.
Companies that pay for actual lines, not divided by character?
Does anyone know what companies pay for actual lines and not by characters per line?
To my own knowledge, it is less, B&W character is just the actual printed out characters..sm
that appear on the page, NO SPACES, etc, so it could really add up, I have never taken a jot with those specs, perhaps someone out there doing this could say how they made out? But I have talked to recruiters about some of these jobs and it does seem to lower the line count.
Actual work history total is 50 years, only
36 in MTing. You quoted as desperate, unskilled, newbies with Dorland's could probably do VR which shows your lack of knowledge in talking about VR. Why spread falsehoods any more. Learn about it first. I love VR, make a good salary and glad I don't have to wrack my brain trying to transcribe word by word everything the multitude of ESLs dictate these days. I have no plans to retire, don't want to because I love the money. I spoke about you going back because you have no knowledge about doing VR, otherwise you would never had spoken like you did. Takes just as much knowledge to do as straight transcribing.
Does anyone have actual experience in the quality of off-shore work?
A physical therapist in my area said they kept a file of the funniest errors they received from the off-shore work. I do believe that most of the hospital staff that get the work back care diddly-squat about quality -- it's probably not read, only filed.
I was told by several actual Indiam MTs that they were trained by watching ER episodes and typing SM
as the show was aired. They were rated on their speed, not accuracy! He said that when he did start working, the actual reports were to be edited in the US, so accuracy did not matter. I found this shocking, although the best line rate there at the time was 2-3 cpl. His accounts that he was assigned in India were for many US VA hospitals He has since come to the US and works online for a major company, last time I spoke with him, he was getting 11 cpl. He must have been trained with one of the more complicated episodes of ER...LOL BTW, I did tell him that he should be an entertainment industry MT, he would probably make more money...
I can answer that question with a simple answer!
Strengths - none.
Weakness - all.
Not familiar with actual company but familiar with platform some use and it is super-slick!
Just took the test myself. No actual dictation to transcribe. Just a written test.
For 13 cpl, I might do it if the dictators aren't a total horror.
So what? I don't have to answer anything.
And by the way, MQ does not know that I work for Spheris. :) They are very much aware.

It is amazing to me how many of you people just want to screw someone. You're not happy for whatever situation.

It's NO ONE'S BUSINESS whether I work for 1 company or 3 or 6. I could care less what you think. I'm no more in danger of losing either job than anyone else. Furthermore, it's no skin off my nose if I DO lose them. I will be employed shortly thereafter. I have plenty of money. I'm not worried.

No need for anyone here to be upset or angry about my situation. It is shocking how absolutely miserable most on this board are. It's becoming quite amusing! No matter what ANYONE says -- everyone raises that shrewd eyebrow and turns their mouth down and mutters and mumbles, "just you wait". You sputter warnings out like you've been imprisoned and are angry someone is not held captive like you are. TOO BAD.

I have a great situation - it has been that way for years. If it goes on until I leave this business, great. If it doesn't, I'll just find more work. It really isn't that big of a deal to me...why in the world would it be so bothersome for anyone else?!

It really sounds to me like some people don't have enough to do in their lives! Well, I do and I'm thrilled with how things are going! It's a lot of hard work, yes, but it's very rewarding.

Everyone can go one with their lives. Hahahaha What I do in mine has NOTHING to do with YOU!
here is your answer
her replacement has been working for WEEKS training to do her job and nobody has said a word. Check your QA.
CPT will be a 5-digit number. 99201

ICD-9 will be 3 numbers dot and one or 2 numbers after the dot. They add new numbers every year after the dot to make a total of 5 instead of 4 so it will be more specific.

Here's a good reference for you.
Anyone know this answer?

If you were transcribing a 70-character line with spaces at 9 cents/line, how many 1-page to 1 1/2-page reports would have to be transcribed to equal $100/day (about how many)?


Your answer is......
DQS - AKA DocQScribe - is a program that transcriptionists use to transcribe their reports.
Answer (SM)
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they have an answer for everything
even when it hurts our pocket.  I use to think that they treated us fairly but now I think we are just another number to them, and they could care less.  Like you said, too many policy changes, seems like something every week.  Also, I hate it now when you call the office you talk to custom service  That should tell you something right there.  We are not employees now, but customers, only we are never right, as in the customer is always right.  Just venting, but it is really upsetting when my paycheck was half what it was 4 weeks ago.  They also do not pay downtime if your QA IA under 97%, did you know that?  
Answer for ya
Both nationals I have worked for had me put the files on my desktop for them and do virus scans and such and then they tapped into my PC to finish the installation. I hope that helps.
That I can answer...sm
According to the person I spoke with, one of my past colleagues (a supervisor, actually) gave her my name.  What's odd, though, is that I haven't spoken to or had any contact whatsoever with this person for about 10 years!  Seemed very odd.
Can anybody answer that for us?
I'd appreciate it - I've been doing this a long time but there are so many companies out there it gets confusing.
To answer you ...

If you already have a computer you will perhaps need to purchase some equipment, depending on the account(s) you work on.  I only work on accounts that use DVI VoiceWave.  If I were to work on an account that used a different system, I would have to purchase the new system.  But to make my life simple, I stick to just the one I originally purchased.  X-press did not gouge me for anything.  I lost my long-time job due to voice recognition and I knew that I had to make some important financial decisions regarding setting myself up as a contractor. 

One thing I will say regarding X-press not hiring too many people:  You can be a good Transcriptionist and not make the cut.  There's a difference between being a good transcriptionist (one who knows her English, grammar, punctuation and terminology), and then there's the great transcriptionist who is proficient in all the above PLUS knows all the nuances of transcription - knowing radiology inside and out and knowing when the doctor is in error, knowing a cut off word rather than leaving a blank because of experience.  I work with a small handful of women.  We all have extensive radiology experience. 

You can't just fall into a job with X-press.  But I think it's worth it to work hard to get in. 

Because there are no benefits working with X-press, it might not be the best place for a single person or single mom.  Because my husband has benefits with his job, X-press is a good fit.

I work two accounts.  One account pays 9 cents a line and the other pays 16 cents a line.  If I worked weekends on the 9 cent account, the pay would be a little higher.  And if we end up working a holiday, you do get holiday pay.

Vacations are worked out amongst co-workers.  I've never had to cancel vacation plans.

X-press is nice because you get your own accounts.  Like I said in my original post, I have worked with X-press a little over two years.  I have worked the same accounts the entire time, so I have had the same doctors the entire time - I really appreciate that.

i dont work on touchtype platform but the other platform they have.  do you work there currently?  i am on one of the oldest accounts that they have I believe.  i really like it.  i believe the owner is in charge of the account that i am on. 
I can answer this one.
You haven't transcribed the entire report. Verification on the rest of the report, outside of the blank, only requires a comparison between voice and text. It is much faster to simply listen while reading/scanning the transcribed text.

As well, any dictation that is questionable already gives you the suggestion or expectation of what it should/might be. You are just not working as hard to produce the draft product. The MT already has done that task. You are finishing the product.

Your expertise in medical terminology, English grammar, spelling, anatomy, medications, laboratory values, etc., is what you are being compensated for.

Another point is that very few MTs can actually type at the speed of the dictator without ever pausing. If you can do that, perhaps you should be go back to transcription if money is your greatest motivator.
Here is your answer
They consider full time to be 40 hours per week and you have to do 11,000 lines per pay period.
* Best Answer Ever * ~ Thank You!
KS doesn't use just 1 specific platform. Each account has its own platform.
The answer is --

Avoid this company like the plague!! Vindictive supervisor that keeps pets and tells lies/changes rules to suit herself.  Management charges for tech support even.

My answer even though not the OP. sm
I left after 6 months because I could not keep a strict schedule, and that was what they require. I have 4 kids and working 8 hours is not feasible and they would not bend on that. Sometimes you need to have a few hours off during the day when you have small kids, and they were not very lenient on that. I couldn't give them what they wanted (a fixed schedule) and they couldn't give me what I needed (flexibility to work when I can) so we parted ways. That was the only reason. I am now with a company that doesn't keep tabs on me; they understand that some days just get away from me and I am not able to do more than an hour or so. I took a pay cut for that flexibility, but I really don't need to work as my husband is a good provider.
answer --- L.B.
I will answer what I can - sm
1. Amount depends on difficulty of acct - if you are willing to do higher ESL, the rate goes up; I believe rates run from 8-9.5 cpl for hospital work, plus Bonus (based on production) and weekend / evening shift differential.

2. Rarely run out but I have 3 accounts to choose from. Today is slow due to the holiday.

3. 1000% reliable on pay; every other week Direct Deposit, always on time, always accurate.

4. Not sure how long to kick in b/c I am a long-term employee and I know time has changed since I was hired; 30 days? 60? Ask the recruiter.

5. No work is outsourced offshore. They are focusing on ASR instead of offshore.

6. I don't know the answer to this; none of my accts are on VR yet. I think maybe 20%? 30 so far?

7.You can choose not to do VR if you don't want to.

8. Don't know this either. Maybe a Webmdx MT who does VR can help.

Oh, I'm 5 years with Webmedx (Rodeer before), 11 years of being an MT.
Answer - Please SM
No one has access to MTStars information except the Administrator, moderators and webmaster.

The only way a company could ever have any information would be to go through the court system and deliver a subpeona for that information.

If you have concerns, please contact the Administrator or myself.

Keystrokes is currently in the process of moving their office. They were renting a building, and they have just purchased one, so they are in between 2 offices right now, and they have asked us to keep phone calls and e-mails to the office to a minimum until they are all moved into the new office. That is probably why they have not responded yet. Hope this helps.