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VR and straight need the same MTing knowledge...sm

Posted By: () on 2009-06-13
In Reply to: Obviously editing and typing are different - cindylouwho

the manual skills differ, but not necessarily always.

You can download to an MT who has never done VR a VR document for editing and she will be able to do it. NO SOPECIAL trainin g is necessary.

When I tested for companies, when VR was introduced, they tested me on editing VR, I had never done it before and I passed.

Basically every MT can do it, bringing up the speed that is the challenge.


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Typing is the LAST thing MTing is about, it's about KNOWLEDGE..nm
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VR is more difficult than straight MTing
because there are no expanders, no templates, no macros and that brings you down. You MTs who so desparately stick to the OLD methods, are impotent without your Expanders and your grammar and spelling is questionable when it comes to correcting the whole document!
VR is ok, but the payment is pitiful. Hopefully this will be corrected in the future. VR is here to stay, believe it or not!

YOU are the ignorant one, always were and always will be, the future will show you!
MTing could not have said it any better!
Sorry everyone, I have been busy today. MTing could not have described the company any better. Also to add to that, to get a raise they do evaluations on your work and always tag you for stupid things such as missing a semicolon which enables your pay raise. A semicolon honestly does not interfere with patient care. Everyone is human and nobody is perfect!
MTing
The hospital I worked at outsourced our department and went with them. Quality was a nightmare and they are not renewing the contract.
mting
Hello, I am Karen, are ya'll working?  I need something to keep my busy, and it needs to be steady.  Where is the work?  Help....
MTing

Excellent, excellent post.  Your references to the psychological studies is right on target.  There is no reason why medical transcription should be any different than other professions as far as what ambitious, serious workers want in a job.  We have every right, and it only makes common sense, to seek the job where we have the most to gain and are the most satisfied.  Isn't that what everyone else does when interviewing with and/or deciding to stay/leave a company or profession? 


Unfortunately, due to the nature of transcription, it is not always apparent at the beginning how well a particular job will suit our needs or how truthful the service has been with us.  I've been stung twice in 3 years.  In such a situation, to not look for something better is not only stupid for the MT but does not pay off for the service either if they have an unhappy MT who, as this poster has said, will not perform at his/her best.  It has to be a good match both ways for it to work to each party's benefit.  That's the nature of this profession.


 


 


MTing
I'm in love with it too. I've only been with them for almost a year but they've been great for me. I do OP notes and really get good lines. TT is by far the best co. I've ever worked for. They are so employee oriented and have a great leadership team in place. Couldn't ask for better on anything. Looking for another great year.
MTing

Found this as their website.  Some Co info and you can take a test/apply on line.  read through it quick and sounded good.  You could always check with Dept of Labor, Texas Work Force, Better Business Bureau to start with.  I have never been a very trusting person and not getting any easier to trust people now-a-days. 


I've googled medquist v. (as in lawsuit) in the past and you get all kinds of stuff, so that's not a good sign.   


http://www.mtsoftexas.com/  Good luck. 


MTing
Not only is asking ICs to work set schedules not right, it is ILLEGAL. Whoever is asking for this needs to take a good look at the US Tax Code and labor laws as well. Call them on it if this ever happens in an actual situation.
Busy MTing
My sentiments exactly. One has to look out for themselves because God knows these companies donot look out for you Wouldn't you like to know how much the company actually gets per line plus they make all these promises to get an acccount on board and to get an MT to work there.
Busy MTing.
You are absolutely correct dear. It's no one business if you work for 10 companies. that is your perogative. More power to dear. I am on your side all athe way.
State of US MTing
...poop, or xxxx before the moderator gets hold of this... it has become all a game, a XXXXXXX game. NOBODY WANTS TO TELL THE TRUTH... Corporate poop heads are all sending what ever they can to India and playing games with US MTs. Just look at IT jobs in other web sites... this is all XXXXXXXt.
state of MTing
.. yes, I agree. BUT, there are other factors involved today. The time is RIPE for corporate greed. Under the current presidential administration, CORPORATIONS RULE. Their exploitation of workers is at an all time high. Mark my words, in the coming year or so, we will be seeing many demonstrations from all sectors of workers and industries. President Bush has not a clue as to what his directives has done to the average working American. Please, I am neither a Democrat or Republican. I truly believe that Bush is so far removed and protected from the average American, that he has no idea how many jobs are discarded to third world countries because of his polices. We are truly at a unique point in the American history. America is changing rapidly. Mting and outsourcing is not unique - there are so many other fields affected by the current administration's policies. Not until the damage is done, will our goverment ask, Duh, what happened?
The state of MTing
Your post is well received as both a former owner and a transcriptionist. But this is not the whole picture of the state of MTing today. What you are experiencing and what the transcriptionists are experiencing is something like a star that is burning out and sputtering.

Deep down inside we all know that medical transcription as we know it is changing dramatically, changing because of technology and other sources available at much cheaper labor costs. This profession has no job enrichment. There are few real opportunities that offer true advancement with better pay. There is no security, not that we feel we must be entitled to it, little benefit or perks, and the pay psychologically does not attract the personality who is motivated to advance, and is ambitious. This is not a value judgment about anyone who performs transcription. It is a stark fact in the industry, and your post reflects the true position and frustration felt in the industry. Any business behavioral professional will tell you when there is no job enrichment or motivation, or incentive, workers will perform below their level. The industry pay scale has been directly impacted by the healthcare corporations and globalization. Now, please, do not misunderstand what I am saying. Each and every one of us should have the ethics to perform a job well done, and give our best no matter what pay we get. But studies and analysis of job performance will show you time and time again that when there is low pay, no raises, lack of incentive, and no future in a job, one begins to see the problems you are describing exactly. The expectations to uphold the privacy, confidentiality, accurateness, have an extremely extensive knowledge of medical language, and continue education in the field, does not match the low pay any more. So you see, you get transcriptionists that are anxious, always looking for better pay, even if it's a quarter of a cent more, and the focus goes toward that penny. Businesses struggle to stay afloat with operational costs and payroll, and more and more trying to attract good transcriptionists.

The thing I hear and understand about comparsion to Transcriptionist in India is the disturbing message American transcriptionists get from those that control the pay scale. As Americans workers, we have standards and protection for the American worker - labor laws, a livable wage, ethics,and we have gotten used to that. When you hear a business owner flagrantly make statements about how the poor little Indian transcriptionist will be grateful to work long hours for very little pay, work weekends,holidays, make her job her life, something about that pitted against our standard becomes disturbing. Since we are not yet at the economic level of India, you will continue to see revolving door workers. You might say the etiquette is becoming that of workers who can get a job at Seven-Eleven or MacDonalds - sure you can get a job there, those jobs are plentiful, and pay almost as much as transcription does today. These are just the cold hard facts. Perhaps if industry owners would try something different - instead of going through 3000 resumes to get a good handful transcriptionists who possess both the work ethic and the quality, start off at an agreeable pay with guaranteed raises based on consistency and rotate weekends. More companies should learn that rotating weekends works better than consistently looking for permanent weekend schedules. Transcriptionists need to have a balance of work and life outside the computer.
Change and MTing

This is no longer the once respected career where one is paid for their knowledge and many years of experience.  I urge everyone to pay very close attention to who they are voting for in the presidential race and what they stand for.  Back the candidate who says no more tax breaks for businesses that are sending our jobs overseas.  It not only applies to our jobs but those throughout the country.  How many times do you call a customer service line and get someone on the line you cannot even understand??? This is an outrage!!! While people here in the US struggle to find jobs or see their $$$ go down and still have to work under sweatshop conditions.  Bottom line, back the person who is going to help us the most at risk for losing our job to some offshore company.  Companies will say they will never do it.  Believe me, if its going to increase their bottom line they will do it.  Most of all do vote, every single vote can make a difference.


She went back to MTing for OSi
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how long have you been MTing?

Sometimes it can take a while to work up your counts.  But as other posters below have said, if you've been at this for a while, I'd look into how the company is paying you - what constitutes a line, spaces included, expansions included, normals included, etc.  If you feel they're not paying you correctly, you may want to address that with them.  I would definitely suggest a change in employers before giving up the whole industry.  You might have just gone with a sneaky company.


There are companies out there that pay for ADT info, you just have to seek them out.


Believe like you want but my MTing money is
not all that I have, receive a trust fund each month plus retirement money. Sorry you seem so bent out of shape about the possibility of having to do VR.
Not a newbie, but I have been away from MTing for a year...sm
and I was never the fastest typer in the West to begin with. Plus I cant find a job doing anything outside my home either!!! It is really scary trying to get a job anywhere these days. I like Allegiant's flexibility and line count requirements. I think I can do them...
not to but in but MTing put herself out there stating she was perfect...
and had 100% quality. No one is going to just take your word for it with a comment like that. I am not even in QA and thought the exact same thing when I read the post - I could not help but notice the errors.
Yep.. they are both back to just MTing as well as one of the trainers
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Best platform ever used in 20 years of MTing. NM
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Yep, I make as much MTing now as I would on disability.
Guess what I am going to take since I qualify?
so glad to hear that MTing has been sm
brought down to a profession of chump change by the newbies.
so glad to hear that MTing has been sm
brought down to a profession of chump change! You do the profession proud. NOT!
good point, keep MTing
at least some, and you can still take those tax deductions as well as keep your skills up.
Not to my knowledge...nm
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I have some knowledge..
How long have you been there and why are you not happy there?
OSi and knowledge
I think that many of you who challenge the skill level of those working at OSi are full of sour grapes.  I think just like any company OSi has a variable learning curve of skills in both MTs and Editors.  Everyone comes into their job from a different knowledge base, whether it is formerly working in-house, formerly working on a clinic account or just out of school.  I think all of us need to be more tolerant and help others move on an upward curve rather than a downward one.  By the way, I love working for OSi and I have been there for almost 4 years now and I have always found everyone to be helpful.
To the best of my knowledge
everyone has been paid. Don't know why no one else has posted this fact. It is notable that no one posted the company's name, which I think suggests a certain loyalty as they have been a very responsible employer.
To the best of my knowledge sm
They have everything traditional on Extext. Some ASR is on eScription, some on Nuance. Standard XP computer is fine and Word 2000 or 2003, and I didn't read the ad, but whatever they said.

You'll love it, I sure do.
Not to my knowledge, but I don't know everything that goes on. sm
I do know that I have a great account and can get 300 lph, so the money is good. cpl rate is better than most as well.
meant hourly rates for MTing, not QA.
Thanks
If money's an issue, you're better off MTing.
Most QAs do it because they MT'd until their hands gave out & can no longer MT.
I really get the idea you would love MTing go out of business
Lots of your postings go in the same vein. My work on VR is darn near perfect but it still will throw in some crazies ever so often that has not done before and continue on with that for awhile. My hospital allows for the patient's name in a report. Eight months ago the names were almost always right, now never so we have to change those. Eight months ago when doing preop diagnoses you had the first diagnosis under the preop and now it is out by the side so then you have to move that down and put #2 and #3 under those. It can do things today that you may not have had last year. The ones that were problems last year cleared up this year. I do not worry about a machine putting me out of business, hey if that happens I might be like others and just retire, right?
Having the years in MTing is making no difference
with the pay. If that were the case I would be making the big $$$ as I have over 30 years. You are either going to have to learn or find another profession, that is unless you are perhaps working for a specialty group of physicians, not these companies. I was outsourced from a hospital position to a company. Do you really think that company takes into consideration the years I have in? Nah, doesnít happen. Having said that, I am extremely happy I know VR and use it now, only work an 8 hour day and can make good money doing that.
Shannon may have tried to help, but her knowledge
was too limited.  The only one I can rely on for help or a half way honest answer is Terri in the office, but I do not know if she is a teamleader or not.
No direct knowledge but
There's a message on the Career Step board by someone who says pay is late and by Paypal. Don't know about the rest but the Paypal payroll would be enough to turn me off.
Not to my knowledge. My account
right now has a backlog, as does a fellow MT's on a different account. I have NO idea what account this person has been on, but I have worked for MDI-MD two different times (took a few years off when I had a baby) and have NEVER run out of work. They're a great place to work, and you can get a secondary account in the off chance that your primary ever runs out of work.
Well... it is common knowledge
that the whole QA department is the laughingstock of the industry. What a joke... unbelievable. They wrote the book on inside politics. You never get promoted with this company unless you are in the right clique. Truly the blind leading the blind. Coordinators aren't even that bad. QA department in a league of its own. Now that I'm gone I can look back and laugh - really laugh. LOL LOL
I don't have any person knowledge of them, but
at least I can't remember hearing a lot of terrible things about them. Give them a try. Might work out great for you.


ANYONE WITH SPHERIS KNOWLEDGE.. PLEASE..
Is there anyone out there who has current working knowledge of Spheris?  Hospital just sold off to them, all the employees given little to no information.. they said they only send stuff to India on a third shift basis if needed... Please reply if you have had any current experience with them, either good or bad...  such as hours, flexibility, any information would be greatly appreciated.. thanks again all MTs out there...  cindy  
Knowledge is power!

I just wanted to thank you all for sharing.  Every opinion and every point of view are valuable.  The truth really will set us free --eventually.


Whoops! Meant agree with MTing - not MTer!
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Bravo! Well, said Anna. TT is the BEST company in my 17 years of MTing.
Thank you for standing up for them!
Against. Dead/dying for MT now days for sure(30+ years MTing
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what a nasty post! Her 40 years of MTing count for nothing? I cannot believe this...nm
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I work for this company. To my knowledge, my DD's have ... SM
A-L-W-A-Y-S been in the bank on time and usually early, and I have worked for this cmopany for nearly 5 years.

Now, I don't know what happened to affect the DD this time, and I myself have not gotten my check as of noon on the day after payday. However, I do live out of state, and I know for a fact that someone who lives closer to the office that I do has already received hers.

Can we not just give the company the benefit of the cout this one time? Can we not, just this once, accept tha maybe an error occurred, or an emergency, or some other mishap, and wait and see if everything works out to our advantage by the next pay period? Saying that this company should not be in business is really jumping the gun!

I have a feeling that if you have automatic withdrawals that are affected by this situation, if you will talk to management, they will probably work with you with some kind of a reimbursement. They have always been more than fair with me in anything I have ever asked.

I realize that paydays are not to be fooled around with, but come on, haven't they A-L-W-A-Y-S paid us correctly?
Please don't post what you have no first-hand knowledge of. sm
It just makes it difficult to sort through what is true and what is not.
Anyone with knowledge about Doctors Documents?
based in Florida? Pay, workload, good people to work for?
Any info appreciated.
Er, make that personal knowledge (nm)
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