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This is the confidentiality clause on email I receive

Posted By: Tired&CrankyMT on 2009-09-06
In Reply to: I did save emails - Flybabymt

This email message may contain legally privileged and/or confidential information. If you are not the intended recipient(s), or the employee or agent responsible for the delivery of this message to the intended recipient(s), you are hereby notified that any disclosure, copying, distribution, or use of this email message is prohibited. If you have received this message in error, please notify the sender immediately by e-mail and delete this email message from your computer. Thank you.

The way I translate that whole paragraph is:
I am the intended recipient. The rest of the paragraph does not apply.

However, if I were NOT the intended recipient, THEN I am hereby notified regarding disclosure, copying, distribution, blah blah blah blah.

Go prove your case and get what is owed to you.

Good luck.

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Sorry, I didnt receive an email. Could you try again. nm
How can you receive an email form your
company if your email is not typed exactly right? It will never be delivered into your inbox, but will go right back to the company, as 'not able to deliver.'

I receive an anonymous email from someone that had a friend go to work for them and it was bad news.
Glad I passed it up. It sounded awful, no communication and no work etc..
Not due to noncompete clause ..
I'm just talking in terms of other MTSOs will hear that you are going around town undercutting their prices and stealing their clients. They get mighty ticked and share that info with other MTSOs and then if you apply with them, they'll say Oh, THAT person and it will not help your case any. It's not a legal thing such as the noncompete, just kinda like a social outcast, for lack of better explanation! lol

If you are happy where you are, I agree you should stay. You have to remember that most of what you hear on the Internet is exaggeration. I take about half of what I hear, cut that in half, and THAT is how much I believe. LOL It's just too tempting when you are posting anonymously to add some flavor to your life story so I just take what I hear on these boards with a grain of salt unless I personally know the poster.

There is good money in having your own accounts but there are a LOT of headaches that go along with it, too. (For example, I'm dealing with a severely delinquent client right now -- big bad headache.) I enjoy it but not everyone is cut out for the business side of running a service so you know, the grass isn't always greener. Or to take a line from one of my favorite songs, the grass is always greener where the dogs are sh*tting. (Oops, can I do that here?? lol)

Sometimes I'd just as soon go back to working for someone else, even if it meant less money. I'd give up some of the headaches in a heartbeat but I can't give up the flexibility that having my own service affords. Too spoiled now! I have two children so that's the major reason why I enjoy having my own service. I can call the shots as far as what hours I want to work as long as the work is delivered within the TAT. :)

One thing I should add, though, is that I do pay a price for the flexible hours in that I don't get days off very often, and they sure aren't paid when I do (same goes for sick days). On the contrary, I have to pay someone else to cover for me on those days. And for the record, I do my own transcription and have a couple of subs who help out only for overflow or when I get backlogged, maybe once a month or so -- or if I just need a vacation -- so I am still very much a working MT!! I have seven docs I transcribe for so I am busy, busy, busy. I'm looking into probably hiring someone on for the long haul within the next six months because my workload is increasing by the day but I will always still transcribe, too, for as long as this body will hold out.

Anyway, my point of this long post is to say that for me, having my own accounts is not just to make better money, although that is a good perk, but about the freedom to call the shots. Since I make the contract, I make my the rules and if they don't like my way of doing things, they can find another service. Since there aren't too many in my area, they'll usually negotiate something that works for us both. :D
No-Compete Clause

I need help making a decision and I don't know who to ask.  My company recently had a layoff, and in order to receive my severance, they are asking that I sign a form that states that I will not work for a competitor for the next 12 months--basically stating that I will not begin to work for any company in the MT business and that I will not try to start my own business.  The severance pay only equals a very, very, very small fraction of 12 months of pay, so the compensation of this request is inadequate.

I have contacted to local attorneys.  They both said that it is legal of them to request this.  One lawyer said that I just simply should not accept the severance and that I should just try to find another job.  The second lawyer said to sign the agreement, accept the severance, and still try to find another job because the no-compete clause is just too vague and asking me to give up my career for 12 months is not something that would be supported in a court of law if my previous employer decided to prosecute.

Has anyone ever been in this situation?  What did you do or what is your advice to me?

About that 75 miles clause
I've never seen that enforced on at-home employees, so I'm not sure. I HAVE seen references to FMLA in Medquist's literature, which implied to me that FMLA applied to MQ'ers. As many MQ'ers as there are though, maybe there are 50 or more employees in most 75-mile radiuses? Even with the Q though, that doesn't seem possible. The USA is a pretty big place... My thinking is that FMLA applies to at-home employees who are employed by companies with more than 50 employees.
I have heard Proveros has that clause.
Are you sure the non-compete clause prevents you from working elsewhere?
Oftentimes, what the non-compete clause in an MT contract means is that the MT cannot solicite work from the clients of the MTSO, not that the MT can't also work elsewhere. In fact, for an IC contract, stating you can only work for that MTSO is a big no-no (since one of the IRS definitions of an IC is that they provide their services to more than one client).
That's why you sign a confidentiality
to this information?  I've had access to this information since I started MT in 1981.  I also have transcribed reports on lots of public figures, celebrities, professional sports players, radio and TV personalities, etc.  I have access to their phone numbers, birthdates, social security numbers and address as well as their diagnoses, etc.  What you see/hear/transcribe goes no further than YOU.  You are a part of the health care team.  The doctors and nurses have access to this information.  The unit clerks have access to it.  The coders and file clerks have access to it.  There are lots of people with access to the information.  They just all know it is confidential patient information and is to be used only in the peformance of their job.  If you were a criminal and used that information to steal the patient's identity, you would no longer have a job, nor would you EVER have a job in the medical field again.
I don't think that is violating confidentiality. It is not like...
you would be publicly posting the e-mails, but they would be sent to an agency that routinely deals with these kinds of disputes and regularly sees confidential information as a necessary part of their operation. Any information your employer provides them would also likely have the confidentiality clause on it, so I don't think they could prevent you from using the same.

Of course it is a breach of the confidentiality agreement.
But what can you do about it? Absolutely nothing. We have no way of knowing the identities of these individuals. There is no way to enforce it, especially when most of the MTs work from home. It would be a totally different scenario if two MTs work at the company and are overheard discussing matters that should not be discussed. All the MTSOs can do is to maintain our company standards and follow them to the letter, i.e. x amount per line based on x number years of experience and try not to deviate from it.
She might have had him sign a confidentiality agreement. Did you ask her about it?

Why did they send you a confidentiality agreement just to take the test?

Not a single soul here works for CIT? Did you sign a confidentiality agreement or something?! :) nm
Just because someone does not receive
their paystub, does not mean it was not sent. With the banks being closed, if funds were sent and missed the deadline, it would be the next business day before it is posted. I always get my paystub the day AFTER deposit.
Didn't receive it either...
I'm not directing this question to you but just wondering why some of us receive these E-mails and some of us do not? Does it matter what account you're on?

You should receive it Saturday. Sometimes
Anyone receive their Medscribe (FL) W2 yet?


Anyone from Spheris receive theirs?
Did anyone receive a phone call yet
or is this all speculation???
MTs don't stay long enough to receive anything
They receive money from companies
did not receive yahoo request sm
can you resend it as I did not get it.  You have my yahoo email there right?  I will be back in about 2 hours adn will check for it again then.  thanks so much!!
Obviously you don't receive the crappy quality of drafts...sm
that I see all day long on this system.  They claim that it learns but it doesn't, because my coworkers and I make the same corrections over and over again to the same things. 
I heard everyone should receive them by 10/7. Still waiting on mine.
Batch receive/send work?
Is there any company out there where you can download work in batches and send back transcribed reports in batches?  I can only get dialup and it is too slow to do 1-3 jobs at a time.  30+ years experience, big 4 and Radiology, Medical and Radiation Oncology.  I am currently employed in hospital radiology department but want to go back home.  Hate this winter driving!!!
What companies acknowledge MT week and, if so, what do you receive? nm
Sometimes I want to hire the first professional resume I receive!
And just because it is so well done!

Those email wallpapers make my eyes cross and twitch after a little bit of time! If I cannot read it easily, I chunk it.

I hate it that people cannot be more thoughtful of their own careers but I'm not getting paid to advise them of their mistakes.
I agree with the above. You receive no appreciation. I would stay where you are. nm
The QA is rough. I receive a lot of feedback. Looks like those of you that are not happy with your
again and have to bash a company that has pulled ahead of the crowd in terms of employee satisfaction. Sad, sad, sad.
Happy Camper, which company did you receive it from?
Anxiously awaiting gift from TT; hope it is their usual in a larger amount.  Don't need cookies, what-nots, etc. as some companies send to their MT's.  Love that monetary stuff!
New people hired are last to receive work.
I didn't receive a score but the test was hard.

I'm almost afraid to ask what I got. 

Is it okay to not receive any mail from the office for a few days at a time? (sm)

Just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something.  Had been getting memos quite frequently and now nothing since last week.  Didn't want to call the office and look like a boob, so thought I would check here first.  TIA.


Yes...Career Step has a referral program where you receive something like sm
50.00 for every person who signs up for Career Step through you. I BET they are affiliated. How unprofessional can one co. be?
I live in Idaho.. and our laws are that you can only be fired and NOT receive unemployment ..
if you were fired for gross misconduct and boy is that a loose term. I worked for an office that fired two transcriptionists, each were absolutely horrible and used wrong terminology etc.. yet they were able to get unemployment because although they were obviously not competent for the job, they do not consider that gross misconduct. Strange laws here.. Just means you can stink at your job, get fired, and still get paid.. We believe one of the transcriptionists intentionally screwed up so bad that she would be fired and could collect unemployement.
I have never heard of that....always waited until regular pay day to receive final check.
Any company I have resigned my position from, I just received my final check like usual on the regular pay date scheduled. No big deal, it was always in my bank when it was supposed to be.

I didn't even receive the courtesy of an e-mail, phone call, etc. sm
I thought the test was very easy. I've got 18-years of experience, sent a cover letter (that I spent an hour on) in addition to my resume and got not response whatsoever. The least an MTSO could do is say, Thanks, but no thanks. Daily applications, cover letters, and testing without so much as an email is beyond frustrating!
My understanding was that in order to receive Medicare/Medicaid payment sm
providers will be required to have EMR.
Hey OrthoMT.. tried to email you back but the email was returned as undeliverable..
Basically, this is what I'd like to know.. You can email me the information if you like..First off, are they hiring for ortho? and what is their scheduling like, FT or PT, IC status or employee etc. I would like to find a company that is pretty flexible. Also, what platform do they use? I have worked at some like you were saying, took forever to get the line count and I want to work 8 hours and be done. Oh, do you have benefits, and what are they like if you have them? Thanks for any information you can give..

No, but I will email the Moderators as soon as I find the email. You know it's the truth, Becky.
Administrator- could you email me. I never posted that message about Netmed, yet it came to my email
address and I figured it out when someone from Netmed contacted me about my post. Is it possible for someone to steal and use your email address to post things. I thought there was some validation in place.
I am reposting email address, not sure why you cannot email me. nm
They email everyone a copy of the newsletter. Email and ask
and they will email you one if you haven't been receiving it.
tried to email you but your email is invalid
Is there an email address I can email them at. nm
Why email me? You want people to email you. NM
I tried to email you but it said your email is invalid. Can

you email me please.

The email said the owner as she is the owner of the email software package. sm
We got the list from AHDI. If someone does not wish to be on our email list, there is a link to click on at the bottom of those for opting out. We immediately remove those that click the link.

We also have a few mailling going out. Same thing - if you opt out of the email program, we will remove you from all contact.

We need transcriptionists for many new accounts and have ads on here and other sites, as well as several magazines. We are going to need over 100 MTs in the next 3 months due to new accounts and more work on existing accounts!
Email me....

I work there currently and can probably answer most of your questions.