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Yes, you read it correctly - sm

Posted By: Transcender on 2006-06-13
In Reply to: Thanks for posting! (sm) - mac

The platform is fairly basic.

They have made some huge improvements in it since I started editing on it but there is still some room to improve.

As with any other program, you can expect a learning curve so it's really about finding a way to make it work for you.

I have been seeing some improvement in my production (baby steps) but it would be really nice if I was at least making what I was before with just transcribing. I'm not, in case that wasn't clear.

Not to put the entire blame on the platform, I need to readjust my thinking and approach to getting my work done. It's different.

I have been very happy with Transcend for a long time. They are listening, even if sometimes they don't appear to be. It just takes a little time for them to figure out what needs to be changed in order for us (MLSs) to get our jobs done faster and easier.

Like I said, I'm trying to be patient because the last platform switch (when we went to VoiceScribe) was kind of a mess for about a year before it was really working smoothly but it turned out pretty darn good too. I still have hope for editing on this BT platform.


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If you had bothered to read correctly- it said
Some years ago working inhouse and my having seniority and supposedly had first choice at vacation, the time I chose was a time another person with less seniority needed for a trip overseas. She had put in for the time I wanted and I was told like it or lump it and I did not have a choice in that week. Being as I was making good money, I just sucked it up and stayed there. HOW DO YOU GET SHE TOLD SOMEONE ELSE TO SUCK IT UP????? SHE WAS TALKING ABOUT HERSELF. READ CORRECTLY NEXT TIME.
You do not read posts correctly
I said I was starting work around 12 and was late. No one contacted me about my not being signed in. I never sent an email and did not say I did. Maybe that is why you donít work for them anymore, reading something into things not there.
if you would read the posts correctly...sm
the *broom closet* statement was posted in the one above mine. I was just responding to hers, and I was trying to be funny about the mailorder bride thing. apparently you don't have a sense of humor either, on top of being rude.
Folks really need to read the posts correctly....
Guess some are coming out from underneath that rock again. I asked others if they had to work for Christmas. Please get things right. I work the hours I want and AM NOT WORKING CHRISTMAS by choice. Hello... do you comprehend what you read???
Oh, I read correctly. Apparently you're sm
not seeing the point - you accepted .075 cpl.  YES, I understand clinic notes.  You don't place much value on your skill apparently. 
I wish people read these posts correctly.
I am amazed that people here do not read the postings correctly and assume and go on and on about something that was not said in the first place. NEVER was the person posting about her father dying told to suck it up, NEVER. Arent we all transcriptionists and we have to listen and transcribe correctly what is heard? I am totally amazed myself that this just went on and on and it was NEVER said to the person whose father died.
Last word here - People here need to read a post correctly
I never told HER to suck it up. Why donít you read postings correctly. Can you not make a distinction between me saying I JUST SUCKED IT UP as telling about my vacation and you saying something entirely different? What is the matter with the posters here? I am outta here for the afternoon. Everyone have a good time.
Am I seeing correctly, already doing VR and
they are cutting your pay from an already low to a lower rate??
Around $300-$350 for both of you, if I remember correctly -
I've only been there 1-1/2 months. You have to wait 3 months before you're eligible for insurance, but your PTO they say you can use anytime. I'm so surprised how fast it adds up. I already have about $200 PTO.

Hope that helps. Good luck.
If I remember correctly, the pay is about 3-5 cpl and
they use a system I was unfamiliar with. I declined their offer.

But hey, if it suits you, go for it.
Spell correctly.
Maybe their line rate was low because you couldn't type well. It is atrocious
or get paid correctly. nm
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Not paid correctly

One of the companies I have worked for for almost a year has never paid me correctly. Sometimes, it is only by a few dollars, but others, it is quite a bit. I asked them about it a few months ago and was told something like all the work you do doesn't always get over to us. I didn't really understand this, but for some reason, just blew it off at the time. Well, my last check was a little over $100 short from what the system said it should have been. When I tried to confront them about it, they won't answer my emails or the person I need to talk to is always out of the office or not able to talk. This just really makes me mad and just wanted to know if anyone else has had this problem.


Yes, CORRECTLY. Redundant.
nm
If I am understanding you correctly,
companies have no business wanting an accurate report?? There is nothing wrong with requiring 98% quality in a report. If you are a good MT, it doesn't matter how long or short the report is, it will be accurate and meet the standards for you company or facility, that is, if you want to keep a job anywhere.
If I recall correctly...
We ran out of work once while I was on that account, and they paid for no work downtime at an hourly rate.  If anyone is really interested, I would speak with the recruiter because I believe they do pay for no work available and technical downtime.
you said it correctly. In this business sm
you work when the work is there or you don't work. Its a part of the job. I never liked the weekends either but hubby and I worked around them and adjusted things so one of us was always with the kids.

Sounds like MTs now want tons of money, the 9-5 shift and nothing to enter their little world. That is great but it is not the profession. I wouldn't expect a nurse or a doctor to say they don't want to work weekends or any other medical professional so what makes us any better? If the work is there at odd hours and you work on production then you work when the work si there or don't work!
If you need benefits, you chose correctly.
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In their defense, if I remember correctly, their name
was very similar to at least 1 other and possibly 2 other transcription companies.  I don't know if that was the reason for the change or not. 
Funny, I missed that one. At least she used it correctly once, LOL. nm
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Then spell stupid correctly.
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Wait, am I understanding you correctly? ... sm
Are you saying that the work flow is up and down like this a lot? I'm a relative newbie to the company and I was told that they always had an abundance of work. I'm a little in shock right now.
Think I could have spelled "thing" correctly.....LOL. NM
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If I understand the article correctly,

the records were stolen FROM a Transcriptionist who was subcontracting, not BY a transcriptionist, probably as a result of a computer being stolen or a home break-in, although the article did not say.  It seems the only way to prevent this type of records breach would be to keep all transcriptionists in-house.  Or am I missing something? 


And she doesn't even spell her name correctly
lol
It DID have a spellchecker, but a really poor one, if I remember correctly. nm
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You heard correctly. I quit over a month ago, sm
and can't seem to get anyone interested in getting their computer back. Does that tell you anything???? Glad I left...what a mess that place has turned into after their supposed reorganization last year!
Offshoring MT has been going on since the 1980s if I understand correctly. SM
It picked up big time in the 1990s, follow the money. It also has been done in prisons. When I first heard about that I was shocked, but it seems as nothing can shock me anymore.

I know about our tax returns being offshored, and things the above poster mentioned. I had to call a CC company the other day, and the call center was in India. I cut that CC up promptly (probably to my benefit anyway, LOL), and I know a lot of computer call centers are in India.

I wish I had an answer for all this. I know it's a global economy. We are going to have to adapt and it's scary.

As far as the AAMT or whatever it's called now, that is very disappointing. The word American shouldnt even be in their name.
Spelling correctly would help search function. nm

if I remember correctly, isn't that Spheris' India department?
Supposedly over 4000 employees, JUST for that India account, according to Advance Health Magazine...
Whatever company you work for, you should verify that it counts correctly. sm
Take the document, cut and paste it into Word, count it that way. No way I would take the word of a company or a program unless I can verify my lines.

I do not work for Keystrokes but had to give my 2 cents, whatever it's worth!
When nm guessed correctly, the moderator pulled that post too.
She guessed with a line from Romeo and Juliet without giving a name and that post was pulled too.
See last post; I didn't explain hours correctly

Nope, but if I remember correctly you have to do a physical and all that jazz wherever you are.

This was back in 2005 when Diskriter first landed the Florida hospital.  I worked there and had to actually take a three page form to my doctor to fill out.  I had to pay for my own urine drug screen and TB test administered for a local lab and provide the lab with a postage paid envelope to mail the results directly to the hospital in Florida.


I put up a fuss because I thought all that was a little much for a remote MT position, especially when you consider that I would probably never set foot inside the facility so who cared if I passed my physical and got a TB test?


I guess I could have missed a number, but thought I dialed it correctly nm
nm
Docs can't be trusted to spell medical terms correctly much less a doc's name. NM
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Re: The post asking if MTStars mods are MTSOs, Goldbird answered correctly.

I own the MTStars website and I have a team of 7 moderators and none of them are owners of transcription services, nor are they management of any transcription service.  We have never had moderators in any transription ownership or management position since we went live many years ago.  If anyone has any questions about this, you can email me directly at admin@mtstars.com.  I have removed any posts other than the post Goldbird made responding to the original poster below so everyone is clear. Thank you.


I read all read all the threads in the "companies" section
of another board, MT Chat, and Googled each one that got positive reviews. If they had a website and a way to apply online, I did so. And that was how I got hired at TRS. They were not advertising at the time. By sheer coincidence I applied to Transcend just before I applied to TRS, and they were not interested in what I had to offer at the time. And now they've got me anyway, since they bought TRS. Interesting how things work out sometimes.

Companies with negative reviews, or company queries that got only a terse I sent you a PM reply, I passed over.
I read your post. What do you want me to re-read?
and it seems those are your posts, too, so things just didn't add up and seemed inconsistent. If a place dropped me down to p.r.n. at 7 cpl or whatever and I already had another job where I could get 1000-1500 lines, I wouldn't give the first place a second thought so just couldn't figure out why anyone else would.
He doesn't trust VR, or doesn't trust his MT to train it correctly?
Or perhaps his MT(s) has/have been filling his head with horror stories about VR and how it is a lawsuit waiting to happen?

Personally, I don't see any reason an M.D. would not trust a VR program, unless he's seen the products of a report edited by a less than competent MT who didn't do their editing job appropriately.


To Before You Read This
Girl... you are absolutely right on target and now even after I read your comments, I never knew OSi outsourced. That to me is a SLAP in the face. And you are right about the promotions. I have applied for different jobs and told they were already taken. when they have a job available, they KNOW ahead of time who they are going to hire. and you are right about the "welcoming thing, saying welcome so and so, when we didn't know there was a job available Now that I know they ship work overseas, I am totally OUTTA here. And you are right again, you are NOT paid extra fo holidays, weekends, or shift differentials.
OSI........LOL....... read on.....

OSi will promise you the world if they want you bad enough.  Then once they get you, the promises are null and void.  I see where they are finally following through on their annual raises that they promised years ago that no one ever got....and FINALLY, a holiday incentive?  Wow, they must really be desperate.......I worked for OSi for many years, gave them my all and got nothing in return except heartache in the end.........do what you want, but just be looking over your shoulder every inch of the way and get EVERYTHING in writing! 


Don't believe everything you read. sm
Most are staying with MQ.
Did you read where it said
39 hour 7 day work week?? Does this mean we are being forced to work weekends? I only browsed through mine.
Don't believe all you read....
I had never even heard of MTStars when I was looking for my first at-home MT job.  I would have never accepted the position I currently hold.  Every time someone tries to encourage others to apply at "my company" the negative banter that follows only does more harm than good.  Just wanted all to know you can't believe even half of what you read on here.  Mostly just ex-employees of wonderful companies that couldn't quite make the cut. 
Sorry, that should read SM above
nm
I can't read it.

In fact, I can't read any posts regarding Transcend.  First time I heard of Yahoo even having a message board about them.  If you can still access it, could you please copy and paste it and email it to me?  I'm very interested in this, concerning the constant turnover & turmoil with that company.  Thanks. 


I cant read it either. NM
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Read above! Read below. Just read!
nm
Please read....

This topic has come up before and this concerns me as well.  I saved a post I did on this board a while back.  It's edited a little but the message is the same.  Here it is. 


I've worked in many pathology departments, referral labs, and the like. And I'm here to tell you that there isn't a single pathologist that I have met that is willing to go with VR let alone outsource their dictation. NOTHING will convince me otherwise. As for radiology, I am seeing too much of it being outsourced to ever believe it will go totally VR. Besides, VR is an absolute joke! Y'know that old phrase? Garbage in/Garbage out? Well, there are many docs who have already found out that's just how VR works. Just TRY, and I mean just TRY and take out the human element out of the picture (meaning the transcriptionist) and you will have reports coming back that are even worse than what is coming back from India!!!!! A question here....a very serious one......don't you think that if VR was more effective in transcribing reports that all the companies outsourcing overseas would go with VR before they did that? Something to think about. I've been around since 1990 in this field and they have been saying that VR was going to replace transcriptionists back then. Well, here we are 15 years later and quite frankly, VR hasn't even made it past first base yet. The doctors, the naysayers if you will, the big companies, etc. will be trying to find anyway they can to save money, cut costs and so on and the bottom line is, it will NEVER HAPPEN. The Transcriptionist is here to stay. There is absolutely no way you can take the human element out of this picture and have the absolute best quality reports/charts/medical information system on the planet....PERIOD.


Read MSG
Thank you for noticing!! Yes I made typos.. there are LOTS of MTs that make typos on here. As long as Im not doing it on my accounts I don't really care. I DO make this much on ONE account. I charge 12 cpl GROSS. I do have one Transcriptionist who make about 15000/year, so yes deduct this off the 60,000. This is also PRETAX. I really should not have to explain myself. I knew I would get some posts like the ones I got. I will laugh all the way to the bank with my nice FAT checks, while these negative people struggle at their low paying jobs. :)

Happy New Year!!