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Transcriptionist friends

Posted By: bubbi on 2008-07-30
In Reply to: I don't work for your company - nn

To NM: The server wouldn't let me email you. I would love to have a fellow transcription friend!


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Do you want to be a transcriptionist or
or do you want to be a voice recognition editor?  Because they are moving to get as many accounts on VR as they can and when they do they'll pay you about half of whatever line rate they promise you to do the VR.  Make sure you ask because nobody ever told me this was the plan when they hired me.
Are you a transcriptionist or do you
Just curious.  I QA for them and have no work either.
If you are already a transcriptionist
I'm not sure I understand your post.  If you are already a transcriptionist, then why don't you just start applying to online companies on the job seeker's board.  If you work full-time then you should make at least 25,000.00 per year as long as you are dedicated and can work independently.  Why not ask the psych doctor if you can do his/her work from home as a side job.  If I were you, I'd skip the training and start applying now for an online job.  What have you got to lose? 
Just saw an ad for a transcriptionist to (sm)
to go in and type for the doctor as he was in the room with the patient, doing the standardized, pretext formats.
A transcriptionist should at the very least
know the difference between your and you're.
EMR Transcriptionist
Those are some of the duties that I'll be responsible for starting next month when we turn everything over to EMR.
There, no there is a smart transcriptionist
Keep running away from SS.
just stay as transcriptionist
don't go into editing as the pay structure for that is a rip off mostly
Unionized Transcriptionist?
Is this just so overwhelming to think about.  Plummers, carpenters, auto workers, healthcare workers, nurses, teachers, etc. have managed to unionize and demand fair pay and treatment.  Am I the only person who has ever had this thought?  Why do so many MTs resign themselves to less than fair wages and benefits for a skill that is in such high demand?  Tell me what you think.  Just curious. 
Any KS transcriptionist know about holiday pay.
I have to work Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years
EMR Medical Transcriptionist?

Ok, just as we thought our jobs were being replaced with EMR, VR, offshore, etc, I found this on Craigs list with the headline Medical Transcriptionist -


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
1. Transcribe medical dictation into CareTracker Electronic Medical Record Template.
2. Data entry of patient medication & allergy history into EMR.
3. Review of patient history from chart and enter into EMR.
4. Capture charges from dictation and enter into CareTracker.
5. Work with EMR implementation team with suggestions or changes.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Compile electronic health record from paper charts.
2. Transcribe medical dictation into electronic health record template.
3. Manual entry of patientís medication and allergies from the paper chart into the electronic health record.
4. Get physician approval of medications entered.
5. Follow up with doctor with incomplete dictation.
6. Cross training of new staff assigned.
7. Performing other duties as assigned.


This certainly doesn't sound like EMR is all it is cracked up to be if this is what it takes to get the record on the chart.


I was under the impression that the transcriptionist, as well
as the MTSO were not held liable, that it was whoever signed the final product (in theory, they proof it before they sign it). It is the physician's dictation, how can the MTSO or MT be held responsible if they transcribe incorrectly dictated test results, physical exam findings or anything else re: the patient?
Friends
Says you.
I have friends who are still there and (sm)
are hating it more and more everyday.  They are already putting out feelers for other companies and ask me how I like my new job.  It's like day and night from SmartMed.
What? My friends?
Because of my good buddies, I don't have to pay any taxes. That makes them my bestest friends. As I trot around the globe on the backs of the working class, I'll flush the commode while flying over your state just to say a BIG HELLO! 
Friends
.
Yea, try almost 60!!!! And my friends say I should go
:(
DO NOT BELIEVE "BEWARE" - she obviously was a disgruntled transcriptionist - sm
I have been transcribing for four years for them. Have a large account, and only a couple of times in four years have I had a very slow period (maybe lasting a week or so) where the work was low - but as anyone would know, hospital admissions usually go down in the summertime, docs go on vacations, etc.

They do have a couple of accounts that the HOSPITAL is absolutely picky about, i.e. they want the commas and the periods and the hyphens where they belong and they want the report spelled CORRECTLY. But a hospital has EVERY RIGHT to expect that from a transcription vendor. Maybe "beware" was on one of these accounts and just doesn't know how to transcribe!!
Every single transcriptionist should QUIT.

Right now -- before they have the chance to use your talent and blood and sweat to perfect the VR that they will then send offshore.  You can bet they will quit YOU once their foot is firmly in India.


I hope every single transcriptionist

who is laid off files FOR UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION.  If there was ever a time UC is warranted, it is for situations like this.  I believe the employer is responsible for paying this in most, if not all, states.  I also believe your benefit is based on your income over a certain number of quarters, so the more you earn, the higher your benefit.


Publicizing what this so-called *employer* is doing might help bring the matter to the public's attention, especially when politicians brag about how wonderful the American economy is. 


It is Certified Medical Transcriptionist sm
as described by AAMT (American Association for Medical Transcription). You receive this by taking a test with AAMT. In the late 70s or early 80s when AAMT first came about, if you had 2-3 years experience (I can't remember which) you could become a CMT by grandfathering in and not taking a test. I knew folks who grandfathered in who had only done radiology and could not do acute care at all. I didn't think that was fair at all. I am not sure how they do it now, but I think they may have a certification for different types of transcription i.e., radiology versus acute care. I remember I was 6 months short of the experience to grandfather in and I paid to take the test.

You must have so many continuing education credits in a prescribed period of time to keep your certification or you will have to take the test over. There are lots of ways that you can get CECs, sometimes by reading certain articles that qualify etc.

I kept mine for about 12 years but they kept going up on the price so much every year I finally just let it go. There are some places that pay a little more for CMT status, but not many. It really and truly is not worth the money you pay out. I don't mean to sound pessimistic, but don't waste your money.
Certified Medical Transcriptionist.
nm
psych transcriptionist info-sm

Does anyone know of companies hiring psych or mental health MTs?


Transcriptionist in a chiropractor's office
Does anyone know what a transcriptionist's salary range would be in a chiropractor's office?
FT Medical Records Transcriptionist
Who does she work for?
Not fishy. Just a transcriptionist who has worked for
2 companies which did not count correctly and after having done a minute to line comparison finding that the present job is not counting correctly either. Perhaps the wording is awkward. Should have asked who counts lines with a correct line to minute ratio. And you know what that means if you have been in the business long enough.
Traveling medical transcriptionist

What companies hire for traveling medical transciptionist?  I am interested in a position like this.  If any information, please advise.


try All Type. I have quite a few friends who
work for them part time and have raved about them.
If they were very close friends, yes I would let them know. sm
However, I would be very tactful in doing so. Maybe give them a hint to start looking for another company or job that you have some inside information...etc. If they don't get the hint, then just tell them.

Chances are the company may know this is coming and didn't tell the MTs. Most companies know when their contracts are up for bid or they are given 30-90 day notice the hospital dropping them. So, if the owners of the company do not have the common courtesy to let their MTs know, shame on them! It happens all the time in the corporate world.

Little bit of advice - do not get into gossipy detail, he said, she said. Just do it with diplomacy.

Good luck whatever you decide.
new friends - Winefred
Wow, thanks girls!  I had a lot of response and appreciate it.  Looking forward to chatting with all of you. Go TTer's!!
I used to be best friends with my boss (sm)
and let me tell you, there is always some guilt that goes along with your friend asking you to give up your weekends, time off, whatever, to work.  I loved her dearly as a friend, but I don't seek out boss/employee friend relationships any more for this very reason. 
Supportive? Yes! If we were friends...however,
 
My Friends are Happy
Not true, I got a few friends working at ATSI and they are getting better packages and salaries than most other companies and are quite happy there and they got plenty of work with salaries on time!
wow! one of my best friends is currently at Grady
He was admitted on Tuesday, still not discharged.  I'll have to call him to see if he is aware of this dilemma.
I have several friends who are in bankruptcy
right now, mostly from the shenanigans over at Medquist. My dearest friend was so embarrassed and ashamed and felt it was a dishonorable thing to do. She had her back against the wall (she lost her house too, it was foreclosed) and I told her there is nothing dishonorable about falling on hard times. Perhaps all of the people who judge those who are having a tough go of it ought to remember that they have not walked in others' shoes.
Well, I agree and have other MT friends

and have enlightened each other ad nauseum.  I don't think that I am just sitting around complaining, as I tried to be proactive in my situation and they DIDN'T want to hear from me, and DIDN'T care.  I got the boot.  There were others waiting to take my place - someone who is willing to be degraded and doesn't care, and management doesn't have to get my pesky e-mails.


As far as a large group of MT's standing up and fighting for ourselves, that would be great!  Where do I sign up?


It's Bayscribe Software- It is a transcriptionist's Best Friend!
Very user-friendly, everything at your fingertips, highly productive- get paid for spaces, headers, footers.
There is a transcriptionist job listed in my local newspaper (sm)
It says fax CV to ---

Does anyone know what CV means? The only think I can think of is maybe Certificate Verification?

Thanks.
I work with a transcriptionist at our hospital who works for
them part time and she said they are just awful, but she needs the money so bad and no other company returned her call. She said she has a hard time with the voices, ESL and difficulty hearing the account.
Evoluz Inc. hiring transcriptionist in Canada
Evoluz Inc. is a Toronto (Canada) based transcription company and they have been hiring currently.  My friend currently works for them from home and she is quite happy. They also provide interview and business transcription.
I forgot Senior Transcriptionist Botware!
X
Anyone ever worked for LabCorp as a pathology transcriptionist, etc.

Would be interested to know about their benefits.  I have been offered a position as a Lead Support Transcriptionist and pay range is from 16 to 22 dollars per hour and they mention a whole lot of benefits on the website.  I know, I can ask them in a couple days, but am so anxious, just thought I would though the question out to see if anyone would respond.


By the way, LabCorp still has in-house transcription, so if your'e looking for work at a company try them.  If you have done acute care, you can do pathology.  I am an acute care transcriptionist myself.  They also have laboratory assistant jobs if your'e just tired of transcription as a whole.  I believe they start at about 13 an hour.


Anyone ever worked for LabCorp as a pathology transcriptionist, etc.

Would be interested to know about their benefits.  I have been offered a position as a Lead Support Transcriptionist and pay range is from 16 to 22 dollars per hour and they mention a whole lot of benefits on the website.  I know, I can ask them in a couple days myself, but am so anxious, just thought I would throw the question out to see if anyone would know firsthand.


By the way, LabCorp still has in-house transcription, so if your'e looking for work at a company, try them.  If you have done acute care, you can do pathology.  I am an acute care transcriptionist myself.  They also have laboratory assistant jobs if your'e just tired of transcription as a whole.  I believe they start at about 13 an hour.  I think your'e keying in accession numbers to the specimens submitted.


i had the same happend to me..not once but twice AND..I reccommended two friends and they had the
same issues.  There are happy people there..I won't discount that..but certain accounts have some very poor leads and the whole company suffers for it.  I never got an ID..I had to use 2 or 3 others that belonged to people who were off.  When I refused to do that the second time..I had no job.  To each their own.  This board in particular deletes any negative about KS. 
I have friends who used to work for FN and moved on. sm
FN has more than their share of ESLs and you very well know it.  You are not only snippy, as someone said, you are condescending and misleading. 
Good for you!!! Me too!! And I tell all my family and friends

I spoke to a clinic that is/was using it.  They said it was the worst thing they had ever seen.  You could actually have a rash on your face, but by the time the machine *reaches* out for the nearest sounding word, you may end up with some dread disease.  And face it, nobody but nobody has time to READ EVERY REPORT FOR ACCURACY AND CORRECTNESS this day and time. Well, by golly, come to think of it, that's what MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS USED TO DO, before we were replaced by machines that can't spell or know a toenail from a hangnail in the grand scheme of things.


I'm like you, the first time I find something in my reports, they will hear from my lawyer.  I won't even waste the time being on hold, calling the hospital or doctor.


Hey, I have India-American friends
They came here and became Americans, so please don't call them dot-heads. The difference in them is that they live here and observe the same standards we do and have to pay bills at the same rates do. I have no problem with them.

I understand the anger, but the real anger shouldn't be at them, but at our own countrymen who advocate it and sell out their own people. There's a fine line between profit and sleaze and shamless greed, and they've crossed it. Some hospitals are strongly against it and they need to start investigating and prosecuting those who trick them, IMO. There are security risks regardless how well software is made. Patient names, dictated S.S. numbers, etc. It's creepy, if you ask me. Anyone can jot the stuff down and they would not be accountable to an American court.

As long as Americans tolerate it, it will continue. Most aren't even aware of it and when you tell them, they're shocked and angry.

does anyone have legal friends to help get us started?
nm
When I talk to family and friends about this,
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I have a couple of friends who work for them.
I can find out.  Anyway, from what I gather you can pick your own hours.  They do like for you to work 1 weekend out of the month and they do pay extra for that.  The friend that works for them full-time is sounding more like she is regretting it because she is on an account with bad dictators and she is have way too much trouble getting her lines in.  She says she has to work long hours just to be able to pay for her insurance.  I was just talking to one their part-time employee today.  He was talking about an ER account he was on and he seemed okay with it.  Another girl at our office looked into it for part-time work and she said they were very unorganized and they did not deliver her what they promised.  Different strokes for different folks, I guess. 
For Scribbles and his/her union friends

If you really want to know how to form a union, check out the link below for the AFL/CIO.  You'll need to pick a union with which to affiliate.  They have a list with contacts.  They also have state/local federations of labor with contacts.  You'll also need a professional union organizer to help you.  There's a form you can fill out to get in touch with one.    


SEIU split from the AFL/CIO and is a healthcare union.  Find a web page for a local in your area, and they can give you the same information as above. 


These are the people who can really answer your questions and help you.  I'm betting, though, that you just want stay on these boards to stir the pot and whine.