dear older and wiser
Posted By: mtgrrl on 2008-05-24
In Reply to: Font size should not matter...sm - OlderButWiserMt
a GROSS line is not counted by character. geez. what kind of people am i dealing with on this board.
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I don't know where you have been working but most companies require the MTs to look up ADT and names of physicians. I have yet to find one that pays extra for this. Besides, if you are good, this doesn't take that much time!
Also, I think Transcend's QA does a darn good job with feedback, and yes, they are able to decipher the more difficult dictators!
I sure am glad you no longer work at Transcend with your lousy attitude! I hear Medquist and Spheris are hiring. I'm sure they would love to have you and MGR there, LOL.
Older and wiser than you by
16 years, is that ok now? I learned long ago you either suck some things up or no job. I learn well.
older and wiser, can you email me the name of your supervisor/acct you work on Thanks!
you'd be wiser
to ask for a mentor, and be paid for your work. I think that would get you much farther along, more effectively.
I have never worked for Transcend but what you say makes common sense. If there is one weakness in many at-home MTs (and I say this lovingly) is that some of them have no business sense. I always have anything such as a contract, etc. reviewed by legal counsel. Of course it is expensive, but not nearly as expensive as not having something reviewed and getting into a mess. I think that, especially in a situation such as a merger, legal review of any contract I signed would be mandatory. Not saying that anyone has done or would do anything wrong, not at all. I am just saying that it is much easier (and less expensive) to protect one's hiney from the get-go. Good luck, and as they say in the Air Force, COVER YOUR SIX O'CLOCK!
Hit my head and now I am wiser!
I was offered an IC job, which I turned down because as I explained to them, if I am going to commit to over 12,000 per pay, I would like to be an employee. They agreed and asked if I could be an IC for one week and start employment on 06/30. Well, I have been working as an IC for nearly a week for them. I have not seen any employment papers or IC paperwork. I simply turned off their software until further notice. I get the feeling when Monday roll around, it will be a different story and I would have helped them clear up a lot of ESLs and other work that is behind. I will not work anymore for them until I see some kind of paper work. I do not even have a logon ID, have not filled out any kind of paper work, etc.
Yes. I used an older ad that they had up. nm
I don't think any MTs are held in very high regard these days, old or young. I think that most companies take the attitude that if we want to leave we should stick our finger in a bucket of water and pull it out, that'll show us how much we'll be missed. Used to be there was truly a shortage of MTs. Now we hear that the companies must offshore because there aren't enough qualified MTs. But look on these boards and on the jobs board and check out the number of MTs literally begging for work and that includes those who are employed but can't get enough work to make a living. Sad indeed.
You may be right. I'm older myself SM
and the picture I get of myself or any of my MT friends out robbing banks or such is pretty darn funny. :).
Seriously, I know the issue with women committing crimes is mainly due to drugs, but I feel everyone is due a second chance.
older TT MT
Really how nice!
All Older MTs with 25+ Y sm
Anybody out there have any experience with Diskriter? I have 35 Y experience and am a 23 Y veteran of MQ.......left in 2006. I was there when it was Transcriptions Limited and then went to MQ and things were GREAT. But,,,,,,,we all know what happened.
The reason I ask opinons of experienced MTs is because it makes a difference. I do not mind major medical centers, I do not mind ESLs, OP reports and all the rest. Its part of the job.
This company has interviewed me for a full time position, NO VR, plenty of work, etc. etc. Sounds like what I was use to. Anybody have any experience with them?
I don't want to hear about how all you get is ESLs, OP reports, crap work, etc. I already know about all that and to me its part of the job always has been and always will be. Just general info if you have it.
If you have less than 25 Y I want to hear your experience too. I just put that number in because after that many years, we have done it all and seen it all and know that ESLs, OPs, major medical center crap goes with the territory!
Who were they? Was it a MT company older
than 12 years ago?
I'm curious. I'd like to learn a lot more about TT. As I read these boards, I wonder and pray that TT never outsources AND is never bought out by another company-- at least not until I retire.
I'm older than the AAMT by 5, they were
pitching at start their aim was to get us recognized (and paid) as professionals within the medical community. In turn we could network, and keep abreast medically through continuing education materials, seminars, classes, etc., to ensure we were worthy of same, and respected.
That was 1981, if you know what I mean. At this point, I'd be happy with the labor board taking some initiative here.
I know this is an older post....
but I can answer your questions the best I can. I work for Spheris, but I've only worked there for a few months.
1. As far as I know, they only hire employee status. Like I said, I've only worked there a few months, so I don't know every little thing about the company.
2. They give you a primary account, and you can have secondary and terciary accounts for when work gets thin in your primary. I personally have never had to work my secondary or terciary accounts yet. There has always been work on my primary.
3. Yes they have a minimum. 10,200 per 2 week pay period.
4. You HAVE to use their equipment. They have their own platforms and computers that they send to you. They come with the whole 9 yards (footpedal, headphones, Shorthand, keyboard, etc.).
5. As for the starting pay, I think it's 6 cpl. Don't quote me on that though. It gets updated all the time. It also depends on what level you get hired on on, i.e., acute care, clinic work, etc.
Hope I helped a little!!
All of a sudden I wish I was/were? older???
Too long to retirement, too old to go back to school.
Better dust off the exercise equipment and find a new husband
They pay older longtimers 8CPL and
Also, you will be paid only half that when you are switched over to VR, which all accounts will be in the coming months. Also, no incentives for hiring date after November.
I must agree with you. Seems harder the older you get.sm
When I was in my 20s, sure I could do 1800+ a day, but it's a different story now that I'm in my 40s. Sore wrist and fingers. Forearms tight and painful.
PS: Chinamom, sorry, I didn't mean to reply by email. Clicked the wrong thing by mistake. I must be getting old!!
Older posts were negative. Not sure why. nm
Ok, I guess you are older that you forgot
but you bet me $1.00 that you were older. You, not me, did that. No, you shouldn’t care about my age, you were being sorta rude above in the fact you first said about betting $1.00. I will try to refresh your memory since Alzheimers seems to be kicking in some- the post was about how folks scared about 9/11 and you came in with a post on that, on the main board. Take it easy, dearie.
Were the MTs let go older/higher-paid, and
Older post says they didn't pay for spaces. nm
Looked in archives for eTrans Plus but most were older
But I was wanting to find out if it's possible to do about 1500 lines a day consistently, also if the work is pooled (do you get pretty much same docs on same account every day or are there hundreds of different docs)?
For those who work there, do you like it?
For those who worked there but quit, how long did you last and why did you quit?
Just trying to do my research :)
Thanks for any info
My line count suffers the older I get -
I used to be a high producer consistently hour after hour, but as I near 40 and have been doing this for 15+ years, I notice my production even when the work is there is not quite what it used to be.
I think that we just naturally slow down as we age and cannot physically do what we can at that young age. People say that typing is not physical labor - but I beg to differ in some aspects. My bones and joints and muscles are just as worn out at the end of the day as they were when I was doing physical labor in a mill.
Now, I am not dead tired, but it does have a huge impact on our bodies to do this job and the wear and tear causes the slow down - Just my opinion!
Heed the messages in the older posts, not the ones planted by
management in the post below. That is all fairy tales about everything being so wonderful. It gets worse by the day at Transcend/MDI-FL.
Thanks. In the older posts, it looks like people were running out of work a lot...SM
Is this still the case? These posts are mostly from 2005 and 2006, so they are really old. Are the flexible with scheduling? Do they pay on time and treat their MTs well? I just want to know before I even think about applying! Thanks!
Just curious, what didn't you like about being statutory employee at older job? sm
I'm thinking of becoming one so I'd like a heads up on possible issues this causes!!! Thanks.
Well the one company uses an older version of DQS and has not upgraded to the last 1 or 2 upgrades.
That is my concern. I am not sure where to look at the version I am on for the company with the lower version to see what it is. I hope this works out okay.
MT in Texas. I left you a message under your older post below
They're kind of new. Older posts had people having difficulty with them. nm
Older posts said the software was cumbersome and not MT friendly and that the pay was low. Hope
Older posts said they still use a DOS-based software and have a 1600 lpd requirement. nm
Yes my dear...
Simply divine intervention, I guess. I should also mention that since I got the $3 raise (which will be promptly taken away in January) they have been routing all the longest reports, foulest dictators and general pond scum to moi. I used to churn out 150 reports a day but since my "raise" am lucky to slog thru 90 or 100 (on a good day).
MQ doesn't fool me in the least - I was born in the morning but it wasn't THIS morning!
PS: Thanx 4 your sympathy (and orchestral overture! LOL).
Dear me2, how did they cut the
pay in half, was it because the system was so bad everyone's production dropped or was it because they actually cut everyone's CPL. Just curious. I want to go into this with my eyes wide open.
Dear No Name
You forgot to put the apostrophe in wouldn't little miss perfect. I am sure she didn't find anyone to pass the test.
Of course I don't, dear.
You can't tolerate being opposed and you can't tolerate being agreed with. What exactly can you tolerate, other than the sound of your own voice?
Sure, dear, whatever you say...
Dear Fat Cat
Can you email me the name of the company you are happy with so that I can apply?
I just lost a great account we worked on for several years. There was a takeover by a corporation and they dumped the service I was working for.
you my dear, are probably...sm
one of those MTs who do NOT depend solely on YOUR income to live. I busted my behind trying to make money with VR, and THAT IS NOT realistic unless you work 20 hours a day.
If it works for you, that is great....but most MTs i have spoken with who LOVE VR,.....are the ones who really and truly do NOT have to worry about money or in this MT thing just to have something to do make mad money on the side.
Dear FED UP
The exact same thing happened to me, but my company started with the letter D. I was scheduled to be working on/and or set up on a certain date, but 3 weeks went by and no one knew what was going on from the HR manager to the transcription manager to the missing in action tech person. A supervisor decided she would do it herself and downloaded the software on my computer. Then the QA person, started training me, but was adding and taking materials out as we went along in training. Then, I was told I needed to have UNLIMITED LONG DISTANCE, that they would only pay for if it was through VONAGE, anthing else, I would have to pay for out of pocket myself. To add further insult to injury, the old, outdated, dictaphone C-phone they sent me would not program or the commands were incorrect and I just had it. I QUIT THAT DAY WITH AN EMAIL.
Taxes not going to the government? Whatever shall we do about that?
Well, in point of fact, all my taxes are going to the government, I am simply the one who has to keep track of them, since there is no withholding. I get a 1099 every year, which I file with my taxes. Are you sure you are not confusing IC with earning money ''under the table''?
The only thing that could vaguely qualify me as an employee is the ''ongoing relationship'' line in the IRS definition of employee. But since I sign a contract from year to year, and since either party can break it with proper notice, I interpret that to mean I am an IC. If they decide my services are no longer required, I don't qualify for unemployment. I am happy to forfeit even that for the freedom to come and go as I please.
I do not require group health insurance, as I have it through another source, so I cannot think of any reason in the world why I would want to be this company's employee rather than an IC. If I want a day off I can take it without going over some company-imposed limit on time off within a certain period. I can really pound the keyboard if I need money, without violating some overtime hours restriction. I feel respected and I feel appreciated. I am considerate of their needs - to a point - but I am my own boss.
Can you seriously believe that all we need to do is everybody become employees making 10-plus cpl with full benefits and hospitals won't seek to cut their costs however they can? I feel that with so many of our jobs going overseas, the IC option is one factor that keeps employing US MTs viable. If you can do without company benefits, and thrive without company restrictions a TRUE IC job is great.
Like dear old dad used to say........... sm
If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas.
There are MTs on the Chartmatrix side of the Web who have already expressed their opinions about the changes that are upcoming as well as their experience with the software, and those opinions are not very glowing. Combined with the out of work situation and the overhiring situation, I can't see how this change will benefit the MTs in the least. Maybe the high producers, unless they have reached the top tier, will be happy with it, but the average to lower producers are going to suffer a real loss in income, no doubt about it.
Just curious, what did you hate about the Web?
Dear Lord, lol
C'mon, people, lighten up.
Okay, one of the reasons I posted on here was because I DIDN'T want to sow seeds of discord within the company and cause trouble there. I wanted to know if I was alone in my perceptions, if I had been too hard on Transcend or if there were others who felt the same way, if I was alone.
I talked to a member of the quality council about it, who actually felt similarly in some ways, and there was only one other person I trust enough to talk to about it in detail with through email. I thought if I talked to anyone else about it, I'd be causing trouble, and I thought maybe she and I were alone.
As I said previously, I see where I could've done some things differently, and Transcend could've too. Both sides of an argument usually contain truth, there are rarely any innocent "victims."
No, I will not post specifics because it might discourage new people who haven't had the same experience as I did and perhaps my experience was unique to me and a few individuals for whatever reason, which again, was the same reason I didn't post on the forum or email others and ask.
If anything, the cheerleaders now are making me MORE comfortable with my decision to quit by their behavior on here, not less.
If you could perhaps see another perspective other than your own and allow for the possibility that just because YOU see things that way doesn't mean everyone does, then you might learn something useful, learn from others' mistakes or the company could learn from its mistakes, that's what I'm going to do with this.
It appears that others are trying to control the negativity out of everyone, like Stepford Wives, instead of listening better and learning from our mistakes, which might make us all more productive as individuals and a company; however, this behavior is evidence that that will never happen, so I standby my decision to quit.
Thanks for helping me out with that, and it wasn't the negatives that did it, it was the beating-a-dead horse cheerleaders who are misjudging why people are afraid to talk about their concerns.
If it's positive for you, that's all that matters. Boundaries, people. Why are people taking it so personally if Transcend is insulted?
Dear Mrs. Lincoln:
See post by ADMIN: That's right. Back up your claims with facts, not with lunatic remarks.
Post a Reply] [View Follow Ups] [Company Board] Posted By: Administrator (sm) on 2005-09-20 In Reply to: Absolutely . . . sm - me
Step up to the plate and post in more of a professional manner. Otherwise, it serves no real purpose. MTStars was not created for people to come only to post their personal smear campaign.
Dear unhappy, is that IC or FT
is that MDI Maryland or what. I can't seem to find their web site. I would also apply. Not too happy with the way MQ is headed. I am happy you got your raise. I do feel sometimes the lines are jiggled a little bit, but not sure.
I just wanted to say that I have had some ins and outs with KS. I worked for them full time for about 8 months. Then I left after some issues with pay, not getting paid, bad checks and also a company-wide pay decrease. However, I did go back after being assured that these issues were straightened out. Upon my return, I saw that nothing had changed and that I had been knowingly mislead. Since that time, there have been continuous negative threads about KS. I also knew an MT that was still working there after I left. She stayed for quite some time but had many problems while she was there. The main issues, no matter what the circumstances, always came down to being lied to. The owner and others in positions of authority did nothing but tell half-truths. So, please consider this when making your choice. Please do not discount all the negative posts as being a disgruntled ex-employee or the same person. Save yourself some heartache and find another company.
No, what is embarrassing (2 r's, dear) (SM)
is how any of you believe one thing on this board, period.
Any person in the world can post anything they want. You have not a clue whether these posts are from individuals or all the same person; whether they are even an MT or not; whether they ever worked for a company or not.
It is embarrassing (again, 2 r's) that no one has the good sense to realize that reputations are at stake and since companies are the only names that can be dropped, they are the target.
If companies could post names of problem MTs and MEs, this board would triple in size for the blackballing going on.
You want the anonymous protection to come here and hurl slurs at someone you are upset while keeping your own pitiful work ethic and quality and production tightly under wraps.
I really thought MTs had a higher IQ than this. Certainly, as women, I hoped there was more character and integrity than to behave so wrecklessly - all because you THINK you have total anonymity here.
wake up, my dear...sm
one of my hospital accounts had their radiologists buy a very nice expensive Dictaphone VR program because they saw it in action at the next hospital. Within 30 days --not even kidding-- all the radiology work was done by the docs without even editing by MT's. Took the 3 full time MT's and put them on H&P's. One of the dictators is a stubborn old Indian but too bad, so sad, they made him do it anyway.
I am not your dear! I am a veteran MT who has never taken
their test but I am telling you what I know from QA. I definitely am not your dear and will never be. I think you need to come off your high horse.
Just to follow up. Some dear one,
another MT, posted on the Main Board, I believe, about our job as MTs; how hard it really is, how much knowledge we need to do this job, and may I add, cannot do this job just fresh off the street. Why are we not valued by the people who hire us!? Doesn't make sense. Then during the interview, you're asked, *Do you have any questions?* Well, yeah, but am I going to get the truth, or just what you think I want to hear? So I just don't ask anymore. Just had an interview the other day, was kind of excited at the time, sounded good, but now I have that nagging feeling that maybe I'm better off where I am working now. To my thinking, it's a roll of the dice....as someone once told me *You pays your money and yous take a chance.* LOL But really, I wish you well in this dog eat dog mentality of the MT business.
Dear Recruiters: I would like to sm
know why you don't state in your job ad what kind of internet connection is needed. Mainly, I would like to know if satellite is acceptable so I know whether or not to even pursue it. Some do say so, but many do not. I really just wonder why. It wastes the time of the recruiter with useless email questions and the MT's time trying to find out.
You are not alone, dear. There seems to be many, many that promise this and that, benefits that sound great, pay sucks, etc., but I like many would like to have a life. I take pride in my work even if others do not notice, I will work extra when needed, but that does not include 24/7, as it seems if you do it a few times they rely on that, even though if you choose that route you are considered not a team player and will also work the extra mile if there is an incentive, which in most cases there is not. I now have a happy home though I always look to see what is out there just to be looking. It is our perogative to go from job to job if we are not happy because that ONE job will come along sooner or later, you may find out the grass is not greener on the other side of the fence, but a chance you may have to take. I love what I am doing and that is why I choose to work at home as a medical transcriptionist. It does not, however, mean I have to be at a company's beck and call whenever. I have worked both clinic and radiology and like both, clinic because usually no holidays and radiology because the pay is better. I now work for a company that never bothers me; no phones calls, no daily emails except for my appointment sheets. Only occasionally will get an email saying they have extra work and asking for any help from anyone, not just me, if we have the time. It is wonderful not being bombarded with petty stuff on a daily basis. This is an ideal position. You sound like me, getting all worked up, then it is hard to concentrate and do your work in both quantity and quality Hang in there. It is not the end of the world. I am wishing you the best.