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That's not substantial enough for you? It is 100% true- Why? Did you ever hear of

Posted By: Big Brother on 2005-07-15
In Reply to: I bet you believe in the Big Brother theory too! - sm

advertising revenue?? See all those nice ads flashing around on this site?? Ever hear of SPONSORS??  Those are all listed on the site!  Ever hear of FRIENDSHIPS???  Thinks MTSOs don't "hang together"??  Dig a little deeper, and you can find that info out.  Several companies that are in the favor of Big Brother or Sister, as is the case, get negative posts DELETED rapidly, while others who are NOT in favor - LIKE MEDQUIST #1, and any who offshore, get their flaming posts allowed to stay for eternity.  Its 100% the right of the board owner, but it also presents a skewed censored view of things that does not necessarily benefit US, as in the MTs who just want a balanced opine.  This is REALITY, not Big Brother paranoia.  Guess you're new around here, or don't pay much attention, but that's the way it is here!

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    NOT TRUE FOR ME! I only hear from her when she says my check is on it's way!
    And it's always on time.  I am LOVING working for her and loving these accounts. 
    Anyone that applied with Kathy Kirby hear anything yet? I am wondering how long it takes to hear a
    response back
    I said MAY NOT hear, didn't say you wouldn't hear. There is
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    Glad that's true for you for 8 years. Not true for many. I love the company, but I do run out of
    as do many others. Wish I were as fortunate as you.
    Not necessarily true. That is not a true test of skill.
    Do you know how many people get others to take tests for them? It happens and it happens more often than you might think. The only skill that shows anyway is that you can do it.

    We are actually more than a transcriptionist. We are specialists in our field and we are supposed to know some things regarding anatomy and physiology as a working base. That's how we can judge if a physician dictates something in accurately and many do because they can't pronounce or just are not thinking. That's why our skills of basic knowledge come into play and that means basic knowledge of body parts. If our job was just to sit there and type without thinking about what we are transcribing, then all patients are in trouble and this is just based on what I see as a QA person.

    It's more than just knowing how to transcribe and some of the companies have discovered how to know what your basic knowledge is based on what you have picked up with your experience by utilizing your references etc. Hopefully that utilization of your references has taught you something that does stick in your head.

    Beliefs like yours are just so far off base. You have to know what you are doing. It's not just about being able to listen and type. Base knowledge is a very important thing and the services have to find a way to know that knowledge base that is there in your head.

    Hear, hear! (Or is it 'here, here?') LOL

    Thanks! I'm glad to hear that, I didn't think anyone used it anymore! I'm glad to hear so
    I'll definitely check them out!
    This may be true... and that is philisophically true, but
    and pay bills while being screwed? This is what I think the OP is scared of... I certainly agree and honestly think it is unfair to put people in this precarious position... on one hand be grateful you still have your job, or a job, and on the other, immediately there will possibly be a cut in pay, for which you may have to give up your home, or medicine or reduce your budget for food. I don't know if I am the only one, but I think the OP still has a good head on her shoulders and that may be the problem...at least for employers out there who are switching to VR.. and their employees
    Hear, hear! Read My Opinion's opinion.
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    I hear you.

    And it ticks me off that they refer to these people as "medical editors."  If these people are medical editors, where are DC notes sent now, to GOD?

    Just seems to me they're trying to reel people in by pumping up their egos, offering them jobs as "medical editors," when in fact they probably wouldn't qualify for job as a legitimate medical Editor with any other company.

    Lofty titles don't mean much if your wallet is empty.


    Would like to hear from other ST L MTs...

    Hi, would love to network with St Louis MTs... I'm about an hour south... would love to work directly for the hospital, tired of services!!!


    I hear you there.
    That's also the ONLY reason I stuck with them. I have kids at home, at college and a husband who travels and makes a hell of a lot more than I do. Guess whose schedule is always getting stepped on through no fault of my own....that's right mine. And once I go live on DEP where they can track my every move I don't want to spend every day avoiding my phone. And I NEVER received any questionaire from them asking what my needs were. And I answered the phone and it was just to tell me the packet was in the mail.e
    From what I hear about OSi
    it is the same as always, amazingly unqualified people in charge but if you don't mind that and the fact they send jobs overseas while some MTs sit here twiddling their thumbs go for it.
    Because you will never hear the same
    If you can't learn their voices and genuflections, how can you build up speed?
    Since when? From what I hear,
    I hear you!
    I can't seem to make any money on this platform and I've been here almost 1 year! The dictators are horrible -99% ESL.
    Where did you hear about them? nm
    you might not want to hear this, but

    Let me first say that I believe that there is a reason for people phrasing things a certain way and not getting into the specifics...... probably because it would take entirely too long to do!!! For instance, when I first read the part about does Spheris offer a computer, before I even read the response, the FIRST THING that entered my mind was Yep, and heartache too! only to open up the thread and see it there!! How funny!!

    I would be glad to tell you at least a couple of reasons why I encountered heartache. And please, I know that there are some that are reading this that work for the company and if you have not had the experience I had, please do not insult me nor my intelligence by making idiotic comments that have nothing to do with my individual experience, which you most certainly would not know about unless you HAPPEN TO BE me!

    Anyhow, I worked for Spheris for aprx three weeks. During that time, I was informed, only after I had accepted the job, mind you, that if my QA was not 98% in ( I believe) five days, that I would be fired. Now, mind you, I am an experienced transcriptionist, but when you have had several jobs that teach and do things differently, it is kind of hard to try to reprogram your mind in five days! By the fourth day I was stressed out and making more mistakes than I ordinarily would have. However, I did make the 98%. Well, after that, I was finding that I was ALWAYS short of work and on Mondays, I was lucky if I got one note at all. Yes, paycheck was horrible. Well, the last straw for me was when they magically decided to trim down the pay for everyone on that specific account. Not sure if it was across the whole company board or not. I finally had had enough harrassment, lies, and disappointment, and it only took me three weeks to get there!

    Anyhow, I say that to say this. All of us are  grown. We know what you need and what we don't, what we can handle, and what we can't. Ultimately, we have to make the decision and live with it. I wish all who happen to work there all the best, and hopefully things are different now.

    Be Blessed!!!

    I hear you...and ...
    it is not just in our field it's our clothes, our cars, our applicances, just about everything.  Look at the tag on a garmet or picture frame, or stuffed animal you have.  What does it say?....this is horrific for the future of this country!!
    I hear ya.
    I worked for them last year on radiology account. Pay is very slow....never know when you will get a check. I had to call twice for W2 this year. Quit last christmas because check should have received prior to Thanksgiving was mailed after Thanksgiving, no phone call, no email, nothing just mail checks out late. Require high degree of accuracy from MTs, but office people, that is another matter.
    Sorry to hear about that.
    How long have you had the computer?  Is there any way you can bring it back and at least get part of your money back?  Wow.  Sorry to hear about what happened.
    Where did you hear about this?
    I work for Amphion and haven't heard anything about it???? Are they telling you this or did you find out some other way? Just curious as to what the plans are. I've only been there 1-1/2 months but have been pretty happy and satisfied so far.....
    I hear ya! I am right here with you. sm
    Melissa is my manager too. They could have let us know a long time ago. They knew... what about the 4-6 months they were 'investigating options'... they didn't have the balls to tell us then that we should start looking? Such crap! I'll work with you to do anything we can to get them off the map. We should email the clients!!
    I hear ya! -
    Been at TL, then MQ for 15 years. That makes it tough. But with the changes, this is definitely not going to work out long term. Good luck to you!
    Any one hear of CMT?

    Anyone ever hear of CMT.  I think they are in 813 area code somewhere.  Thanks.

    Hear anything yet?
    I was considering applying for part time work as well.  Have you heard anything yet?
    How do you hear anything there? sm
    I've been there nearly a year and hear absolutely nothing from anyone! No communication whatsoever. At first it was strange as I came from a company who emailed us multiple times daily, switching to nothing. Now I'm kind of used to it I guess. I do wonder how anyone knows anything there as there are no emails!??
    Hear hear! (sm)

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    on how it is to work for Precyse at this time.  Thanks!

    You are better off when you hear
    are receiving the pay on time.  That's all that really matters.  If you are hearing negatives then you need more training.  If all is quiet then usually all is well.  As for the coffee mug... well... I'm at a loss for words.   I don't need a coffee mug to fill me.  More money would be great but there's always someone out there who will work for cheaper in any industry not just this one.  Maybe you shoud go into journalism.  However, when you write a book, usually you'll need an Editor and from what I understand they are brash as well.  Find new clients/jobs because dwelling and writing stories like this will not gain you the attention you obviously require.  JMO.  Good luck in your endeavors. 
    sorry to hear that

    good luck to you guys.


    Then I will have to hear it that way. . .
    from the person who said I was off the account. If that was you, you need to e-mail me.
    Hey, Im sorry to hear...
    about that. I know when reputable people start leaving a company, you cant help for feeling helpless and antsy.
    If you don't do well you may never hear, but

    response time can vary depending on if they are actively hiring and how many resumes/tests they have gotten.   The longest I've ever had to wait was 2 days.  

    where did you hear about pay cut?
    just curious
    I hear ya!
    I do ebay part time selling items purchased at yard sales and make more there than being an MT, go figure!
    When did you hear that?
    I left a message this morning, but have not heard from anybody. I thought I was doing okay. I always met my TAT.
    I hear ya! sm
    I am currently putting out resumes and am hoping and praying that I get answers soon. The only reason I'm still there is because I need the insurance at the moment, and the money until something else comes along. Kudos to you for getting out when you did. You made the best move you could have regarding SPi. I desperately hope to be out of there soon.
    wow. do you hear yourself?
    BIG HUG, feel better.
    I am sorry to hear that -
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    Verbatim Medical Transcription out of NY?  Thanks for your help!
    I hear you!
    If this new thing works out like I am really thinking and hoping it will, I will be joining you. Its just too much.
    We Don't Hear That Very Often!

    This reminds me of a recent discussion I had with another MT, where we both agreed how honest MTs are across the board.  We see all the info a crook would die for (and they often do), and never use it inappropriately.  I also had the same conversation with someone who isn't an MT, who also agreed.

    Based on how seldom this happens, we need to feel proud of our honesty.  As for anyone who would pull a stunt like this, they'll get theirs in the end. 

    It reminded me of another discussion here about background checks.  While I believe that our years of work experience should cover that, basically all companies who have their employees coming into our homes to work have passed these checks. 

    With increasing identity theft, don't be surprised if this becomes standard from here on out.  I don't like it, but have to look at the definite possibility.

    Hopefully we'll learn more about this situation at Grady.  Do others have similar stories like this?  Just curious.

    So sorry to hear that. sm
    Not sure I understand why you would have put MT before your husband, though.
    Sorry to hear about that

    It's unfortunate when things that can be easily (or fairly easily) remedied, are not.  Makes for a cruddy situation.  Anyway, I currently work for DTS out of Oklahoma (www.dtsok.com).  There are two companies with DTS (not related or affiliated in anyway), but again, this one is out of Oklahoma.  I've enjoyed it so far. Some of the equipment is out of date, but overall, I haven't had any problems.  Recruiter and managers are really nice.  The account I'm on, the QA is super.  They completely stay out of my face. The rules are basic and generally follow the BOS.  The test to get employed wasn't too bad either. 

    The pay is so-so, but they offer quarterly incentives, and the benefits are really good and very affordable.  Also, the schedule is really flexible. They also provide you with a computer if you work FT (they also offer IC status if you prefer). I think they're hiring for cardiology clinic and acute care right now.  No outsourcing either.

    The only I'm not thrilled about is the high line count required (or at least it seems high to me), which is 12,000 lines per pay period for FT. 

    Geez, I wound like a recruiter. Sorry about that.  Good luck and I hope you find a better place!

    I hear you there! nm
    Sorry to hear that. Were you (sm)
    consistently meeting production and working your scheduled shift? If so, that would seem very wrong.
    I hear ya'....

    I also questioned line rates for a handful of MTSOs and flat out said too low of a rate for me.  I have 20+ years of experience.  They'd be getting my 100% effort and 100% knowledge, but only want to pay for about 50% of what that's worth.

    I had one that did finally offer me 9 cpl, but I didn't want the assigned ESL he was trying to give me as an IC - say no to assigned work and quotas when an IC; stand your ground.  State your rate of pay; don't back down!  What that offer for 9 cpl told me is that this guy is trying to get over on MTs, so I dare not contract or work for anyone who will try to get MTs to work for the bottom rate and when faced with resistance, will offer 9.  Why not just offer 9 from the start?  I knew I had no seniority, so why ask for more than 9?  I am fair in that regard, but these MTSOs will not lose accounts because they pay their MTs a little more.  Most clients will go with another MTSO if they feel the MTSO is not meeting TAT, and in my eyes meeting TAT has nothing to do with rate of pay.  JMO. 

    Anyway!  To the OP:  I totally agree with you! 

    I hear ya
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    I hear you...
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