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VR does not necessarily increase

Posted By: SM on 2009-03-25
In Reply to: Speed - Curious

your speed. If you are making lots of corrections, then you will actually lose ground.

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A pay increase.
Ins. Increase
OK, you can panic or you can check into other things. Go ahead and call other companies and see what their insurance is costing the employee and the benefits it offers. This is going on in ALL insurance companies. Everyone and I do mean everyone I have talked to in the past 2 days about this has told me theirs has gone up, too. One of my friends who works for a very well known company pays over $108.00 a pay period for single coverage and basically the same benefits as my Aetna plan with TransTech. This is not some remote thing. Even my husband's insurance went up for all the plan options. He is now going to be paying $8.17 more a pay period than I am with Transtech for single employee only coverage. The cost of health care and medications are astronomical and they are having to pass this on down to the consumer. It's nothing new. It is time to wake up though. Inflation is not getting any better, only worse by the day. As for me, I will gladly work 45 more minutes a day to pay for the increase in my plan with TransTech. I would like to suggest a company though for those of you who have children and want a good insurance policy for them. My husband is ordered to provide health insurance for his daughter from his previous marriage and we took out a terrific policy on her with Midwestern Life of Tennessee. For a PPO plan that pays just like a group plan with your employer we pay $98.00 a month. This is for an 18-year-old female. Might be worth checking into. They will also take it directly from your checking account every month. They pay their claims well and on time and we've NEVER had a problem with them. Good luck to you all.
They would have to increase it by about 30% , that is
if they want to keep the MTs and want the MTs to type those spaces... LOL
RE: VR..anybody been able to make an increase in pay doing ME?
I more than doubled my production editing voice recognition drafts, and I am completely happy with the pay I receive for my efforts.
VR..anybody been able to make an increase in pay doing ME?
Webmedx MTs, 30% increase with ASR?
I keep hearing this is the productivity percentage an MT will see with ASR at Webmedx. What has your experience been?

Please share:

How long you've worked at Webmedx

How long you've been on ASR at Webmedx

If and how your production has changed (numbers/percentages if you have them)

I'd like to know how much of this promise of increased earnings is truth.

Thank you.
I think you might be wrong about a 30% increase sm
maybe a 30% decrease for ASR reports is correct. I don't know for sure though.
I got a significant increase when I

went to this company.  Pay is based on experience, like anywhere else.  You get adjustments based on quality score.  I got a raise the first quarter.  Regarding the negative comments about demographics, they were time consuming to me at first but CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE to eliminate a lot of the data entry on the unpaid screen.  I don't spend any more time on demogs now than I did at any other company. 

LPH and increase speed

As I mentioned before, I am struggling with speed.

I am curious what most people start out typing (LPH) and how quickly you increased to your max (many mentioned they are 200-300+) lph.  Anyone who will share on this?

I appreciate it!

That's a shame about the increase
excited to be getting to work for that company.  Keystrokes has a high plan too and are looking into it, but I've read that on here for over a year now.  I guess I have nothing nice to say, so I'd better be quiet.  Sometimes saying too many good things can jinx us!  
Try 9 for decrease and # for increase.
Have you asked them about an increase for the
Can anyone help me increase my lines?? sm
I've read how some of you produce 250-300 or more lines per hour without VR.  I'm wondering if you have the same docs every day who say the same things over and over so you use alot of normals and shortcuts. I mostly type for 1 hospital, not that difficult of an account, use many shortcuts but can't seem to produce more than 175 lines per hr. I've been doing this for quite some time and am getting discouraged at the end of my shift.  Any tricks of the trade would be very much appreciated.
Should I ask for an increase or just be glad I have a job? sm

I know with the economy the way it is, I should probably just keep quiet and be thankful I have an income.  I realize there are many here that are without jobs and my heart goes out to you.

I have 18+ years of experience working in this field.  Six months ago I was hired by a national to cover a cardiology clinic account at .08 cpl.  I'd say at least 70% to 75% of the dictators are either ESL or mumbling/speedy Americans on a good day.  Today I have 100% ESLs!.  There are probably only two or three decent dictators in the whole lot if you can find one in the queue.  Turnover on this particular account has been so bad that cherry picking is actually permitted!

I've already applied for a other accounts within the company (that were advertized on various job boards) and haven't had any luck yet.  I probably won't get the opportunity to move because they can't keep this account covered.

With that being said, would it be unreasonable to ask for an increase to at least .09 to stay on this account?  The only other way I have a chance of making any money is to type for 10 hours a day.

Sorry I couldn't give you the short version! TIA!

Dang - that's just a bit more than increase in
See link below for online calculator that lets you see what $x in a certain year should be worth today. I plugged in $14 and 1999, and it shows it would be worth $17.79 today.

That means that your 10 years of loyalty, seniority, accumulated knowledge about your platform and client sites, etc. are worth 21 cents.

Here's the calculator:
20% increase in production - haha!
haven't they been repeating over and over to you that you WILL see a 20% increase in production RIGHT AWAY!! after you conquer DQS then they're going to throw ASR at you and swear up and down that you'll have a 25% in production and they're going to cut your baseline rate by 20% to become a Medical Editor -- doesn't that sound just peachy!! i recalculated my last check with my MT work and my ME work and it came out to be $50 less because of the 20% decrease on my baseline rate for the honor of doing ME work (i have until 10/1/05 before the cut takes place). Oh, but you have your choice of doing 100% MT work and keeping your baseline rate, but guess what you'll be getting the docs that the voice recognition system can't do, therefore, you will probably see a 25% decrease in production. Heck, now as it is, the VR program can't pick up the little words like an, and, in, etc right and it's even leaving out very, very clear words that a very, very clear dictator is saying, so you figure how you're going to have a 25% increase on production when you're pecking nonstop on the keyboard like when you first started typing on a manual typewriter?? Tell me again, how grateful we're supposed to be for working at MQ? And, yes, I know I can go to MTJobs.com and find another job, but you know what, there's principles and if we just walk away from how we're being treated we're just going to be treated like that at another MQ-like company. Something needs to be done so they know that we don't appreciate being treated like someone with a 5th grade education.
What is the line rate for IC's, does it ever increase? nm
promised rate increase
I have to 100% agree with your statement as I personally experienced just what you stated.
I think OP meant an 30% increase in productivitySM

I don't think the original poster meant a 30% increase in pay, but a 30% increase in productivity! 

Has anyone seen a line increase in the last 2 days?

Interesting, working the same but lines have increased by about 200 per day.

I did ask that, it would increase accuracy, productivity, TAT....sm
She took me off one of the two clinics so now I only have about 35 docs and maybe 10 specialities, but I believe this is only temporary since I am having trouble familiarizing.  I just get the impression that I am not up to par where I should be and I'm surprised, as I'm a quick study.  And to pour salt in it, my two QA people on our Messenger List notated next to their names yesterday that they were typing ___ and listed my account name.  These ladies only type when backed up.  So I think I'm bogging them down:(   I feel so inadequate, and for less than 8 cpl.  Oy.
Do you love their insurance increase as was
Fuzzy math. A 40% cut in pay is not offset by a 40% increase

in production.  

To break even in this picture, you would have to have a much greater increase in production. IF you currently do 2000 lines a day at 8 cpl, and your new "blended" rate pays 4.8 cpl, you would have to do 3,334 lines to break even, or at least a 67% increase in production.  Do you all really think you can do it? 


when minimum wage goes up do IC rates increase also?
as others have said, increase dictation speed, let spellchecker do it's job
I believe everyone starts off at 8 cpl and usually reviewed in 90 days for an increase.
There is also incentive pay if you go over 1200 lines a day or 6000 in a pay period I believe. That is about all I know.
No they don't. There is slight increase for evenings and nights;
No, soon the government will increase the minimum wage
and MTs will be the working poor. Sad business this is.
But an increase every few months isn't in the lesson plan.
Not necessarily going to ASR

All of a sudden, no work at ALL on my offices biggest ED account...no one seemed to know what happened

Well, MQ's ED templates is what happened.."over 70 different templates for 70 main chief complaints" is how it's billed...go to MQ's home page, look at the link for ER's.  Doc picks the form, circles his choices and voila..all done! Don't need no MT to take care of business with these.

So, you mean to tell me after a week. the office finally says.."well, unbeknownst to us.SOMEONE sold them on the template system..just amazing the answers they think we will believe.

Not necessarily ......sm
It could have the opposite affect too. The aircraft industry has tried that too and it just pushed more and more work offshore. We used to have 30,000 aircraft workers in my town and now we barely have 5000. My opinion is you train everybody you can to do transcription and take as much work as you can and that will leave less for them to do and evetually they will find out it is not the little pot of gold they once thought.
Not necessarily
Some MTs who have posted this kind of income were working for a service - it's mostly a matter of getting on a good account, I think.
Not necessarily so
I work at Spheris and have an account I've been on since day 1 with plenty of work. I do have a secondary but really just work on 2 accounts. I have not found them to be inflexible at all -quite the contrary. It's a big company with lots of supervisors, several platforms, and different people have different experiences. There are MANY happy employees here, along with some that are unhappy. Sorry you had a bad experience - I have had a very good one.
Well...not necessarily, but it CAN

All you have to do is create a new folder each week that you save all of your work into.  At the end of the week, have Sylcount count all of the lines in that folder (the place where you saved all of your files for the week).

So, you would have a main folder called:

ABC Transcription (or whatever your company is called)

and inside that folder (after a year's time) you would have 52 folders (one for each week of the year).

Hope this helps,


Not necessarily
Just want decent pay, and to work with people I can respect, not people sticking daggers in my back. Managing people is really not my thing, I am more into QA, things like that.
Not so necessarily
Many high school grads are avoiding higher education in highly trained skills BECAUSE of the influx of foreign workers -- so yes, it is due, in part, to a reduced US skilled labor force not due to pay, but the realization of competition from outside countries. Even in the mid 1990s, software companies were bringing in foreign workers. I have a friend who works for one of those companies and while he has held onto his position, he recently told me that 90% of his coworkers from the 90s were laid off and have been replaced by foreign workers. The skill set of the foreign workers is higher than the ones let go and the work force is younger with fresher ideas, having grown up sucking their thumbs while surfing the net. They get an equal pay and performance bonus as he, while prorated for longevity.

If Silicon Valley employers can buy a retired cruise ship, import large numbers of foreign workers and float them in international waters for months at a time to work, bring them on shore for the government allotted time before returning them to sea, tell me where money is saved?

If our international MTSOs can spend millions of dollars on the construction from the ground up for the training of and employing of up to 5000 MTs (just for one company) in foreign countries, and those employees are now beginning to earn salaries and benefits close to what US MTs are getting, tell me where to find the savings, especially when you factor in lost profit due to power outages and riots over things we would never lose a day's work over.

It is a global economy, not just in the MT world, and will continue to filter down in every aspect of our daily lives.
Not necessarily.
I recently applied for a similar position. They did have a website, but it was very limited and didn't really have any info. No one had ever heard of this company. I was a little hesitant, but decided to accept the other anyway. It has turned out to be the best company I have ever worked for. The pay is much more than I was offered at any of the nationals. I had been there less than a month and received a raise as they said I was doing great and they appreciated all my hard work. There are good companies out there. I am very happy I took a chance.
Not necessarily - LOL (sm)

SM's platform is a horror.

Not necessarily..

Unless you don't mind working more than an 8-hour shift when the work is low to get your counts, or when there are problems with the platform, etc.   Not trying to discourage you but there are problems there.  And they quoted you 10 cpl?   

Not necessarily

I can do 2000 lines in a day - usually a 9 to 10 hour day, but still ....

Anyhoo, my accuracy stays in the 98 to 99% range.  I have occasional blanks when I just can't make something out.  My company uses templates, too, for each doc (it's a clinic account) and I have them saved in Word with the modifications that are needed.  I type in Word and then cut and paste into the platform.

I use lots and lots of expanders.  That's how I can get 250 lph.  Everything that is more than two or three characters that can be made into two or three characters is or has been and I add to it constantly when something else comes up.

Not everyone is fast and sloppy. 

Not necessarily. When you have new MTs,
Indian MTs, or MTs who just really don't even try, it can slow you down DRASTICALLY & be very time-consuming. QAing is not something that should pay per line if you want it done right.
Not necessarily - sm
It is my belief that if the number of employees laid off is less than 50, then 29 USCS 2106 and 20 CFR 639.1 would still apply.

Good luck!

Not necessarily--probably just tell them --sm
to look in the *archives* or Google it. *This has been discussed here a thousand times. look it up* or some other such rude answer. Nobody on this board seems to want to help any longer.
Not necessarily...
Sometimes the bar is set so high that, even those who do meet it, can't do so for any length of time without suffering the consequences in terms of health, mentally and/or physically. Sometimes meeting the bar takes a toll. It doesn't necessarily mean a person can't meet it...simply that they won't. It all depends on each person's priorities. ;-)
Not necessarily.
Signing a nondisclosure agreement at the outset of your conversation with the company presents no onerous burden to you and allows them to discuss the position in greater (specific) detail with the knowledge that you have agreed not to disclose anything you learn during your conversation with them, such as who their clients are. This is reasonable for them to ask, especially since neither of you knows whether you will be offered or will accept a position with them.

Sign the forms and get yourself into the conversation. It's nothing you should worry about and it makes perfect legal sense.
Voice will reduce transcription and increase editing

along with lowering pay across the board.  There is a company I left after a short period of time who bought into Dragon's sales pitch.  It was a medical management company who thought they could make a quick buck moving into MT.  They bought the sales pitch without understanding the whole picture.

They hire at $8 an hour, have great benefits and expect you to kill yourself for that $8 an hour.  IF you edit more than 16,000 lines a day for each pay period (2 weeks), then you pay bumps up to $10/hr.  But if the average for any pay period is less than 16,000 lines per day, you get stuck with your $8 and are told if you don't like it leave.  Well, I did.  The day after I left they announced they were sending the editing to India.  Ain't that a kicker?  Their reason?  To get the MTs in India to train Dragon so the American MTs can make their 16,000 lpd goals and have happier employees

Things that make you go hummm.


My husband got a raise to cover his increase, the lucky bum. nm
You DO get a line rate increase for passing the CMT at Webmedx. sm
Ask your supervisor.
Not necessarily - there are 2 systems....sm
Transcend's and eScription used by MDI-Florida.
Bigger ain't necessarily better!

Just because someone works for a national doesn't mean their accounts aren't overstaffed, they don't have a terrible platform that breaks down virtually every day, (sometimes for 8 hours at a time), and they don't constantly run out of work. I simply can no longer afford to remain with my current employer, which is a national.

I'm a hard-working, loyal, dependable, dedicated person who takes pride in her work and doesn't like to switch jobs.  I'm not looking for my next job; I'm looking for my FINAL job.

All I want is an HONEST company with a dependable platform that actually works, an abundance of work (with no overstaffing/bait-and-switch games) and decent medical benefits.  If it's a small company, that's fine.  I just want to work for an ethical company that I can trust and respect, and one which is willing to pay a fair cpl rate.  (To actually receive respect and some loyalty in return would be the proverbial icing on the cake.)

Is there such an animal out there somewhere?

Not necessarily 2 weeks (sm)
It depends on how fast you pick up their excellent system. Your reimbursed after so many months for your expenses out of pocket. No charge for the use of their computer which they maintain excellently. No one looking over your shoulder. What more could a happy MT ask for. Excelent work environment.