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True. bottom line - our job is to produce accurate, legal - sm

Posted By: Kirsten on 2007-03-29
In Reply to: You just don't get it. Read posts above and below. - uhhh

medical documents in the ENGLISH language. No one is ever quite as proficient in a second language as they are their native one. We spend our whole lives continuing to learn the nuances of our own language. If my medical record affects my care, or a possible court case, and ESPECIALLY my ability to receive & retain health insurance, you better believe I want it typed by a person for whom English is their #1 language, and by someone who is paid enough to actually care about the quality of the job they are doing.

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Accurate line count
I just did a quick report and checked the lines 3 ways. In Word it was 23.99, in iChart 23.87 and in session statistics it was 27.57. Not a big discrepancy. The thing is, Transtech is not going to cheat their MTs who make them what they are. It just doesn't make sense.
Line counts are accurate - SM
A previous poster was erroneous in stating how AcuSuite users were paid.

FACT: US Santa Clara AcuSuite MTs transcribing US Santa Clara accounts are paid for ALL spaces, ALL visual black characters, and input demographic information. US Santa Clara MTs transcribing non-Santa Clara accounts are compensated for platform differences.

If any US Acusis MT has any questions at all they can contact the transcription managers, editing managers, or trainers with any questions. We all stand behind the above statement. We are all working with this platform with our MTs best interests in mind.

My personal opinion of the new platform is that is different but not more difficult than what we are coming from. There are advantages to the new platform. The disadvantages are few, in my opinion, and not too difficult to work around. While this transition may be difficult, as always, we are here to help you with your questions and make your transition as smooth as possible.

Allison Hillyer
Trans. Mgr., QA/QI, Trainer

No. Sometimes still takes hours to get accurate line count. nm
companies with accurate line count systems
Does anyone know of a company that has a line count system that actually keeps up with our current line counts? 
IMO, the bottom line
after seeing all the negative posts must be Amphion (for no weekends unless you want them) and MDI-MD (for good Bayshore software).  Would most people agree?
Bottom line...
Amphion employs the best of the best...if you can't cut it, they cut you loose...simple.
bottom line
Take the 8.5 job.

You get healthcare.

You get 50% of your soc. sec. paid.
Bottom line: You have to look out for yourself,
Bottom line....
When Americans leave this country, or when work is sent outside of this country, they/it should accept the fact that things may not go they way they hoped. Another example is Lisa Ling's sister. American officials do not have the right to go into another country and try to make them change their laws just because the victim or person on the bad end of the stick is an American.

The Thai ppl are handling Carradine's case just as they would for their own people. Just because their country does not conduct CSI-type investigations does not mean that American officials can just barge into their country and make them do this or that.

These MTSOs who are rapidly sending work to other countries will soon find out that this is not the thing to do. It's just a matter of time before a major breach or misuse of information occurs.
You need to look out for your bottom line (sm)
While the people at MDI are great, that is not going to pay your bills. They created the situation you are in and you should not have to HAVE 2 jobs. I say keep the second job, you just never know WHEN the low work will happen again, and it will.
Bottom line...
If an MT cannot keep up with the demands of the job while maintaining high-quality standards, then they need to find a different profession.  If a person feels that at 7 or 8 cpl they will not be able to correct and proofread their reports, then they either need to find a job that pays enough to do that or they need to find a different profession.  Is it acceptable for a physcian to slack when it comes to quality because he isn't being paid enough?  Is it okay for him/her to begin surgery and leave it half done because he thinks he will not make enough money off of this patient?  You see, this is ALL about the patient.  It is not about US.  We are here to service the patient and create an easy-to-read, accurate document of their encounter.  I know for myself, the day I cannot create a high-quality, accurate report is the same day I leave this profession.
What companies give an accurate EXText line count?
Either an accurate count or the option to check your own!
Bottom Line at Amphion
I have been reading all of the comments about Amphion and having worked there and done well and also knowing people who haven't done well I think the bottom line is that if you have 10-key skills (if you have to ask what that is you don't have them) you will do well.  Slow people and those who don't have 10-key skills will not do well at Amphion.  If you are fast and productive you can make a lot of money at Amphion.  It is not for everybody and certainly not for slowpokes.  Can we just see everybody's side to this drawn out saga and give it a rest now?  Thank you. 
Don't believe it if they say it. If it means the bottom line,
I think you need to suck it up and learn to do ESLs or you'll be left behind.

Bottom line on anything business is $. They can
well...your bottom line is lower

than I would accept.  I currently make 10 cpl and will not go lower than 9.5 for transcription and will not go lower than 5.5 for edit.

Now, someone making 7 cpl currently will say....yeah, I will work for 8 cpl, that is a raise for me.

Also, there are some out there making 3 cpl for edit, if they were offered 4 or 5, they would take it. 

How can we set a standard like this?

Bottom Line -- Mgmt always says that
cherry-picking is not allowed and will be dealt with; however, it very rarely is. If management is not going to take care of it, nothing you can do. Just type and go on. This way, you will get up to speed on these dictators and it will not matter in the long run.
MQ - their bottom line pay 2 cpl offshore or pay us NOTHING for ASR -nm
The bottom line is money...
3 cpl for VR...more money in their pockets.  On the contrary to some of the replys to my first message...VR does save a ton of money for these hospitals, but these MTSO's know that the MTs can do more lines per hour with VR and hence, lower the pay to 3...so disgusting.
Of course the bottom line is that with the new platform anyone anywhere can get into all accounts in
all offices so it really doesnt matter where you are. I think MQ is probably just going to dump everyone into accounts that are behind and totally eliminate overtime or any kind of bonuses, etc. That is already in place in the NE so just a matter of time.
Bottom line, if you are happy with paycheck, you are okay. If not,
For Natls, $ is bottom line, which is why offshore as
Bottom line---Check with your supervisor.
If the CP does not state to insert apostrophes and you are to follow BOS2, then QA is wrong. The only way to clear this up is to ask someone who has the authority to make that decision.
Becuase it is a business with $$ as bottom line.
Bottom line for me is the paycheck. Nice don't pay the bills.
and they dont care is offshored. Bottom line to them
the bottom line - Cherry-Pickers are scum,
should be fired, and should not even call themselves MTs. If you have a job, you type what is assigned to you. Don't like it?! Take up burger-flipping. Only incompetent MTs cherry-pick.
"chuckle" raise in 3 days, not to their bottom line advantage is it.
Hey gooble up this one if you like. Not me!!! I could understand if hourly, but we are not. WE are the one who lose already, learning there program, acct spec, formats, the various QA preferences, learn/get an ear for each dictator. We LOSE BIG TIME because it takes time for all that above stuff, we cannot just sit down and zoom off. Hey but grab IT see how the attitude is toward MT with 6 cents offer, it says something ya know.
Bottom line is administrators trying to save a buck. Many drs. don't want records going offshore.
Bottom line: What does it pay per line?
Legal or not legal overtime question.
My friend works for an MTSO who assigns dictators.  You are supposed to keep up with your assigned dictator whatever that takes.  She is overloaded and working 50-60 hours a week.  She is an employee.  They say they do not pay overtime and do not have to pay overtime but she is expected to get those dictators current and keep them current.  I say because she is an employee the federal law of a 40-hour work week and overtime apply.  She has asked everyone from her team lead to the HR person and they say they do not pay overtime.  I say that is not even legal if she is in fact an employee.  What is correct? 
Absolutely not true...it is 8% less than the line
count shown in ExText for headers and footers. Been there for 3 years and check my lines every day.
True - Regardless of line rate, if the work isn't
flowing like you need/want it to, then you'll not make your goal.

They do not pay the MTs a true line count anyway. Why would anyone work for them? nm.
Not true. They pay based on a 65-char line with spaces.
18 PTO. ha ha ha ha ha ha and you think you can produce

Do they happen to talk about how lines are attained NOW?

Remember we are into an area of counting lines we haven't been in before...EDITING.

They have us totally in a fog.  And you think we can even keep up with what they are doing, much less double check them?

MQ will never offer anything that will do anything but make you carry all the risk and they will make all the profit.  And when you drop by the wayside because you are broke, they will kick you to the curb and hire another body to EDIT.  Whatever that heck that is supposed to be in their world.

This is not true. I have been there a month and get a good line rate and paid for spaces. ??? nm
I know that when my company has MTs who produce
poor quality work that they usually don't get much work or told that work is slow.  They do this instead of firing the MTs in most cases.   I have seen the work of the MTs who say what good quality work they produce, but it is horrible, not even spellchecked.   I know this may not be the case in every situation though.  I see people who also work for my company (not TT) complaining about lack of work or not enough work, but I have always had all I could handle and there was always more if I wanted it.    My MTSO says it is very hard to balance the work.  If she hires more MTs when work is plentiful, then when it gets slow she either has to spread it thin all around or someone has to go without.   If she doesn't hire when there is extra work then we get out of TAT and we are asked to work more in order to stay in TAT.   I personally wouldn't want to have to deal with those issues because it is a no win situation. 
And if you produce an odd # of lines do they cheat
you out of that 0.5 cents or do they round it up and give you a bonus of 0.5 cents?
I produce around 1000 lines per day...
I have seen my production increase quite a lot in the last four months. When I first started I could only get about 500 lines a day...so I get a little more every day. :-)
Does anyone know of a company that is looking for an IC to produce at least 500 lines/day . . . sm
and I can work on my OWN SCHEDULE, just as long as it's back in 24 hours, and who pays at least 8cents/line per 65-characters with spaces??? I keep applying to places that seem to fit this, but then they want me to work certain hours, that's not what being an INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR entails. Thanks you guys!
M-TEC and Andrews produce MTs that are the cream of the crop.
M-TEC's course usually takes anywhere from 9-18 months to complete. I'm not sure about Andrews.

I have hired MTs from both those schools as well as other lesser-known schools, and the M-TEC and Andrews grads are the only ones that were worth keeping onboard.

Andrew graduates produce like pros.
Why is it hard to produce quality work?
You are either good at your job or not. If not, then find another line of work. If you don't think you are paid enough to take the time to produce quality work, then find another company to work for.
To be honest I would not like my health insurance riding on MQ with having to produce this and that
as they do have a nack of running people out of works and onto multiple accounts. I feel much safer carrying my own health insurance as an SE and not having to worry about MQ coming up with some other quirk in the future and you have to scramble for health insurance.
I guess it does not matter how nice someone is, if you can't produce due to disorganization, huh?

I am just really nervous.  The company I have been with for over a year does not offer benefits and it is really scary to go switching jobs for benefits.  I do have a family and need benefits.  But I would rather be certain in my accounts and my company that I am work then to take a huge leap of faith, get a job where you cannot meet production due to whatever reasons and then be out of money, job, etc.  This is a scary field to switch jobs in.  Thanks for all info!  I appreciate it!  You may have just saved me from making a huge mistake. 

If the off-shores produce "client-ready reports" why do you need THREE tiers of QA? nm
Because in a production environment, the MT will generally produce a significantly higher number of
lines per day.
I agree, especially when they had to produce a phony number and gave someone's home phone with th
answering machine on. I also feel it's a fishing expedition. I guess we'll all soon find out...
It's more accurate......nm
But it is not accurate!