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Whoops! Meant agree with MTing - not MTer!

Posted By: Not Micromanaged MT on 2006-06-05
In Reply to: I agree with MTer. I, too, work for CyMed. - Not Micromanaged MT


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Whoops. I meant quiet suddenly. nm
meant hourly rates for MTing, not QA.
I agree with MTer. I, too, work for CyMed.
Extremely MINIMAL micromanagement style.  If you stick to your schedule (with a little flexibility) and are accurate, I think you would find Cymed to be a good company for you.  It has been for me so far.  Good luck!
Whoops! I meant to address this TO fatcat, not FROM fatcat. Sorry Fatcat!
Right, I totally agree, I just meant
that with everything I have read on here for the past few months, I have read over and over that MTs with years of experience were only getting offered .6-.10 cpl everywhere they applied adn were having to take it because there was none higher, so that's why I was asking.
I knew what you meant, and I wholeheartedly agree!

If one cannot trust their hourly employees to do a good job especially when on the norm there are evaluations on employees at some point time, then what have we got here?  To simply say there must be a minimum production is like saying we're slaves to the grind. 

Countless and I mean countless times when I worked on-site, I was pulled to a different area to help answer phones and even perform EKGs (yup), and I never bellyached that my typing was getting behind UNTIL the manager wanted the TAT report from me.  Oh yeah, every so often, she needed to report to her superiors what day we were working on.  What a joke! 

No matter how hard we tried, we were treated like the machines people expect us to be with not even a thanks. 

It sounds like someone is jealous of your trust fund. (No, I do not have a trust fund. I am a paycheck-to-paycheck grandma taking care of a large family.) Whether you have a trust or not is irrelevant. Just sounds to me like somebody is a little jealous; no, a lot jealous. There face is turning green with envy. Pay them no mind.
Oh, but I am American MTer
Still does not apply.
Happy MTer
Thank you for the uplifting message. This morning I was thinking how fortunate I am to be working for an honest company that treats me well and I am hoping that all of my fellow MTs can find an equally good place for themselves. Keep looking. Don't settle. There ARE honest MTSOs and good colleagues. From a fat old lady's perspective :) kind of like dating (if memory serves me well, it has been so long). You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you meet the handsome prince......
Happy MTer
Believe you me, you would not want to live in California. Everything is insanely expensive and everything is being raised. For example: Tax on cigarettes (I do not smoke, got this from the news) will go from 87 cents a pack to 2 dollars and 37 cents a pack! And that is just an example. The taxes are going through the roof, the cost of living is just unreal (2K for a tiny one-room apartment!) and Ahnie says the state will be bankrupt by July 17. People with AIDS and other disabilities are demonstrating and shutting down traffic on Santa Monica Blvd. to protest the cuts in health care. So even if they pay 10 cents a line, it will not go far in Sunny Cal. I personally consider 18 cpl a living wage for what California costs. And I am just sure some MTSO is going to pay 18 cpl. (Insert sarcasm here.)
Happy MTer
What I do not understand is, if there is not enough work for the MTs who already work there, why are they hiring additional people?
Happy MTer
Believe it or not, snakes are affectionate and make good pets. I have had snakes for years.

Make that WORKING, not WORK. Tired!
Too fast, too early! I mean SOME, not soem mighty good jobs.
Whoops, should be an rather than and. :) nm
I meant to say purchased, not purchases. Guess you can tell I worked all night!
Whoops, a bit over 39,000, SM
Want to stay honest. But I know of people with over 50K and climbing. It IS an obsession. :)
meant to say the person who said, not people who said it was run by Bernie Madoff wannabes was correct. That person really has it pegged correctly.
whoops - "floated to top" - you ARE

at the top end of the VR pay scale.   Good for you.


Whoops! that should read (SM) not (nm)
whoops, go FOR it, too early
Whoops, the cat needs more coffee!
I meant to say if we really are PROFESSIONALS, not PROFESSIONS. Too early on this coast! :)
Whoops that should have been lines paid nm


Whoops, TransHealth, not Transform
Earlier message in regards to TransHealth and not Transform. Talked about the wrong company
Whoops! Talking about Cymed...
Whoops!! Not Hopeful Execuscriber:)
Whoops, text not test. nm

Whoops, the above post is regarding TransTech.
whoops - should've said YO BUSH BUDDY....lol.nm
WHOOPS, referring to companies who do not offshore.
Whoops....Guess I should of proof read that! Been a long day.


I meant nothing wrong. I meant a friend who can vouch for
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!
The hospital I worked at outsourced our department and went with them. Quality was a nightmare and they are not renewing the contract.
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....

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.



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.

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. 

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
nm.. RH
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