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Prescription Word Help on Word Help Board.. Thanks - Posted By: Angie

tax question...please help... - Posted By: MTMOM

I have a part-time employee and have taxes taken out of my paycheck...I filed my W4 as single 0 exemptions...however, i am only having about 10.00 taken out per paycheck and my pay is at least 400.00 every 2 weeks...shouldn't I have at least 10% taken out for federal?

please help...according to my employer they are taking out what they are supposed to but that doesn't seem right to me, at least according to everywhere else I have worked...

Wildblue satellite - does anyone have this - sm - Posted By: XXX

and if so do you like it?  Is it reliable, etc.?  I only have dial-up where I am (nothing else is available) and just started a new job and without DSL or cable it is very difficult to make any money.  So as satellite is my only option and I have heard that HughesNet stinks, I found this option through Directv and is available in my area, and half the price of HughesNet to boot. So putting out feelers to those of you that may have this service.  TIA.

Is it worth being an IC at 7.8 cpl? - Posted By: NM


How can MQ take away the insurance - Posted By: Curious

when the MT is paying for it also?  Does that not count for anything?

Advice from those who transcribe for their own docs - Posted By: Any help appreciated.


I was thinking about maybe asking around and getting one or two of my own doctors to transcribe for..what is the best advice you can give me on starting out?

Thanks a bunch for any replies, I really appreciate your time!

Express Scribe: Is there a way to change the play speed without using the mouse? - Posted By: JMc in WA

I can't imagine that there isn't a keyboard shortcut to slow down/speed up.  I see Play Real Speed, Play Slow Speed & Play Fast Speed, but what if I want to speed it up to somewhere in between Real and Fast?   TIA!

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It is not fair for some to post where they should and others not.  To avoid your post being deleted, please post under the appropriate boards.

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Thank you.


Affordable health insurance plans? - Posted By: Help!

Do these exist? Any leads on where to find affordable coverage for employee and 1 dependent?

Becoming an Editor/QA - Posted By: RonnieJ

Can anyone tell me how you go about becoming an Editor or Q/A person.  It seems like every job opening wants experienced editors but where do you get the experience from.  I would work for a lot less if I could get experience editing. I have been an MT for over 20 years, so you would think that would count for something.

Question for MTs - Posted By: Professional ??

I have only been doing this for a year and not full time yet.. So here is my question.. I was offered a job but the recruiter is insisting I get trained right now and for two days her Tech people have not called.. So she wants me to call them.. I'm sorry but I think they should call me, right?

I want to work for a company that does not have to many hands in the pot and sort of knows what they are doing... boy, I think I'm in the wrong industry for thinking that...lol


What chores around the house does everybody have "blindness" for?? - Posted By: SM

Right now I've 8 ice cube trays with ONE ice cube in it and the garbage is balanced in a delicately constructed pyramid 12 inches above the level of the garbage can and the "structure" has extended onto the top of the chest freezer it sits next to.  I'm gonna see how long this can continue! 

I am so tired of MTing I could scream - - Posted By: sm

I am doing my very best to keep a positive outlook that something else will come along.  Anytime I see something in my local newspaper I apply.  I have also registered with agencies, but it seems like all they want to offer me are more transcription positions. 

I'm tired of looking up information because a dictator only gives you "partial" dictation, such as addresses, etc.  Do these educated human being know that there are more than one William Smith and many different ways to spell Smith.  This takes time AWAY from my fingers typing - and if that happens, I'm not making money.  I'm about ready to send it to QA with a blank and let them figure it out.

I cannot wait to get out of this business!  How do these ESLs make it out of med school?  How in the world can the professors understands them -  Oops, I'm sorry --- the professors are probably from another planet too!  

Does anyone know if the newer versions of Escription sm - Posted By: searching

are compatible with Woord 2007?  The requirements I received some time ago stated that Word 2007 was not compatible.  Wondered if they had upgraded yet.  TIA

Who prefers VR and who refers straight typing? nm - Posted By: Jen


Calling all ICs and subcontractors - Posted By: huh

I'm thinking of switching to an IC. Tell me the absolute best thing about being an IC/subcontractor and the absolute worst thing.


Yesterday, I Cried. - Posted By: XtremeMT

Yesterday, I Cried

By Iyanla Vanzant

Yesterday, I cried.
I came home, went straight to my room, sat on the edge of my bed,
kicked off my shoes, unhooked my bra,
and I had myself a good cry.
I'm telling you,
I cried until my nose was running all over the silk blouse I
got on sale.
I cried until my ears were hot.
I cried until my head was hurting so bad
that I could hardly see the pile of soiled tissues lying on
the floor at my feet.
I want you to understand,
I had myself a really good cry yesterday.
Yesterday, I cried,
for all the days that I was too busy, or too tired, or too mad
to cry.
I cried for all the days, and all the ways,
and all the times I had dishonored, disrespected, and disconnected
my Self from myself,
only to have it reflected back to me in the ways others
did to me
the same things I had already done to myself.
I cried for all the things I had given, only to have them stolen;
for all the things I had asked for that had yet to show up;
for all the things I had accomplished, only to give them
away, to people in circumstances,
which left me feeling empty, and battered and plain
old used.
I cried because there really does come a time when the only thing left
for you to do is cry.
Yesterday, I cried.
I cried because little boys get left by their daddies;
and little girls get forgotten by their mommies;
and daddies don't know what to do, so they leave;
and mommies get left, so they get mad.
I cried because I had a little boy, and because I was a little girl, and
because I was a mommy who didn't know what to do, and
Because I wanted my daddy to be there for me so badly until
I ached.
Yesterday, I cried.
I cried because I hurt. I cried because I was hurt.
I cried because hurt has no place to go
except deeper into the pain that caused it in the first place,
and when it gets there, the hurt wakes you up.
I cried because it was too late. I cried because it was time.
I cried because my soul knew everything I needed to know.
I cried a soulful cry yesterday, and it felt so good.
It felt so very, very bad.
In the midst of my crying, I felt my freedom coming,
Yesterday, I cried
with an agenda.

need to replace DAC phone - Posted By: Vicki

Hi all.  I need to replace my DAC phone and looking for recommendations.  I currently have two and both are on their last leg.  ONe is a DA-125 and the other is a DA-127.  I don't think I necessarily need the same exact one.  I just need to make sure it is good for VDI.

I have had the DA-127 worked on, but with time the issue is back and it is just plum worn out after almost 10 years of use.

Any suggestions are welcome.



DocQscribe update-help - Posted By: nannette kessler

We just updated to 5.13 version of docQscribe..and now I can't connect--I turned autoprotect in norton off--and it still says 'docQscribe cannot connect' when I try signing on...HELP!

I was working today, hit a wrong key and... - Posted By: Need help bad!

in my report came up all of the secret code fields..and I could not finish my report..Do you know what I am talking about?  It has all of those funny marks, dots in between words, etc...My tech support is out today...Does ANYONE know how to get this off of there?  I tried just using my Word and it is in there too..HELP!

Looking for dependable DSL service - Posted By: Recommendations please

I have had Adelphia and now have Bellsouth both with connection problems. It seems everytime I turn around my internet is down and not in my area but with my puter. I have to use Bellsouth webmail cause my outlook is always getting hung up. I call and they have to set me up with a new ISP# to get connected again. Very frustrated. Anyone out there have a good DSL to recommend. TYIA.

Medical transcription - Posted By: USED TO BE MT

  I have tried to post this twice before , but was given some lame reasons about me mentioning a certain company or 2 - This company has a site of their own on this forum, so I am guessing that is the reason why!

To all you newbies -  good luck - you're going to need it!!!!  Back in the middle 90s I was making almost $50,000 a year MTing, just my normal hours a day.  For the past  couple of years I have been lucky to make $20,000 a year, doing twice as much work, of course.  I guess when you have foreigners who will type the stuff for 4 cents a line, why do they need us?  This used to be a great profession to get into.  All of the business colleges had courses in it - which I took 2 years of, plus worked in an office for 2 years before staying home with my babies.

I guess it served it's purpose when I needed it, but if you are looking for an MT job - Please be very cautious!!!!  They will promise one thing and deliver another.  Try doing 5 different hospitals, all with at least 500 docs, who, of course, all  want something done different/specifal just for them, and you may get these docs to transcribe, oh lets see, maybe once a year - but God forbid you for get that E-mail from 6 months ago that Dr. So and So wants his dictation done in a different format!

This profession has really becme ridiculous, and gets worse and worse by the day!  I am collecting unemployment now, which is not much less than I was making transcribing, and I am planning on going back to college to obtain a real degree with a REAL job!  Good luck to everyone who hangs in there!!! REALLY!  I hope you prosper!

Now, I know there are going to be MTs out there who claim to type 3000 lines a day and make 15 cents a line - Bullcrap!!!!  I can type ANY speciality and after all these years I haven't met one person who could type faster than myself!!!!

Now, I'm sure this will probably be deleted because MTing is the bread and butter of this web site, but just in case, if there is anyone out thre thinking about transcription as a position, think again!!  Wendy






How do you copy your SH file to text - do you copy each dictionary separately? nm - Posted By: katydid


I hear echoes - Posted By: CeeCee

What would you do if a former employer would not return emails or calls about paying your last 2 invoices.  I got fired a couple of days ago because this megalomaniac, micromanaging owner obviously had her feathers ruffled when I pointed out that I am an IC, not an employee.  She lashed out in obviously the worst possible way by firing me and telling me that I was uninformed, that she has worked in this business blah, blah, blah and I haven't appreciated her expertise and tutelage (even though I have 14 years experience and ANYWHERE I've worked, I am off QA almost immediately and always complimented on my work!).  I say this latter and, please, I know, I should have left a long time ago, because I thought, any time now, I'll be off QA - the job paid 11 cents with spaces, 55 character lines - I was on QA for at least 3 months, which was ridiculous because on several instances I had to correct them when they'd send me corrections!  Sorry for venting - still steaming!  Back to the question at top if you could, thanks. 

Anyone have any good websites for OB/GYN, ER, & dermatology? Thanks! nm - Posted By: keep on learning



I have completed my transcription course with an "A". I have had med term, A&P, study of diseases.....  I have been a medical records coordinator for 5 years.  It is very discouraging looking for work as an MT with no experience (on the job).  If anyone knows of anyone who is willing to give me a chance, I live in orange county, California and am looking for PT work from home. 


On the granparents topic..what would you do.sm - Posted By: wondering mind

In our house, the kids have been raised that if they do something wrong then we should hear about it from them, not someone else.  This helps to foster responsibility and open communication so things can be discussed as the growth and get into mishaps of the ages.

Hubby's mother has always wtached the kids while we are on vacation.  This year I was a bit leary and so I made other plans, which he had a fit about it would hurt her feelings, blah blah blah.  I left STRICT instructions for my good friend to be called for ANY trouble with the kids as she is not known for being good at standing up to the kids...hence the worry with 3 teens.

Anyway, we get back from vacation, everyone is weird the first night we are home.  The kids all go off to school the next day and even weirder is that my MIL stays in her room until hubby is up.  THEN she comes out bawling and blubbering about how we should not be mad.  After 30 minutes of her crying jag it comes out my son was arrested while we were gone.  She did her ususal, no punishment, no in trouble of any kind and let him sit on his ass while suspended.  To top it all off, AFTER she leaves I find out he was suspended AGAIN only 3 days later and nobody bothered to tell me this...I am told by a daughter who informes me she waited for her bother to tell me or her grandmother as my son had thrown the origial mail to me away.  I just blew up..to say the least...suspended twice and arrested in 10 days....whole new territory to me and all she can do is cry about how we should not be mad at him and not to punish him.  Really?

Now, I REFUSE to let my children go there as I do not feel she has any idea what dangerous behavior is and even when she had the names and numbers of others to deal with any problems decided to hush things up and not use them.  To top it all off, SHE told my children not to say a word to us when we got back....basically having them lie to our faces when we asked how things went, etc. when we got back.  I am sooo furious I could spit.  Hubby cannot believe I will not let her have my children any more and says I am insane. 

I want other opinons if YOU would entrust your children to someone who pretends such activites did not happen and sweep it under the rug and break huge house rules of being truthful with the parents.  She pulled the "if you love me you won't tell your mom and dad" crap and do not feel she can be trusted with supervising teenagers for any time whatsoever.

Can anybody recommend a good seat cushion for my office chair? I'm having a lot of problems SM - Posted By: MissouriMT

with numbness in my tailbone, and left buttock with tingling down into my left leg and foot.  I can't afford a new chair right now as I just bought this one six months ago.  I have to get up and stretch out and walk around quite often during the day and its cutting into my production. 

help - Posted By: Tammie Diaz

How do you change the background color? Thanks

Can a company "trick" you into paying you by the 65 character line by - Posted By: JLG Question

stating 9 cents per 65 character line in writing, but you don't get paid for spaces? I heard rumors about this particular company that they don't pay for spaces and so I'm wondering about this.  I suppose I could call and ask them, but was wondering about that. Thanks. What's been  your experience about pay, if you have one?


Check this link - Posted By: xcopper

Provided by a fellow member,,,,This is great. Thank you so much for sending it to me...Last time I bother you I have to start my shift now...


Is it typical to perform gastric bypass surgery if - Posted By: pt did not remain npo and had semi-solid food?


Help! - Posted By: PJ

I'm transcribing a difficult accent and it sounds as if she is saying "cough tenderness" with respect to knee pain.  I thought it might be cuff, but can only find references to rotator cuff, not knee.

Lines - Posted By: curious

What is your average lines per day.

Realistic Income Expectations?? - Posted By: missybb

Hi guys!


I am a mom who currently runs a very financially successful home daycare business.  I am looking for a change and considering MT.

After much research I am still unsure about the REALISTIC income that can be made doing MT.

I will be working 6 hours a day - no kids, no interruptions etc.  How much can I really make a year as an independent contractor from home?  I am very familiar with medical terminology etc and plan on taking an MT course.

I would really appreciate a response.  I don't want to give up my daycare and spend money on a course only to find out later I have wasted my time and money.



reference material - Posted By: Julie


I was wondering what reference materials would be the best to use while working out of my house. I have some, but I am getting a new job and I need more. Thanks so much for your time. Julie

With new membership, will MTstars still have - Posted By: giveaways this year for MT week? nm


could some one please help on word board (nm) ty - Posted By: physical exam help


looking for the best copier - Posted By: for my money

I am looking for a good all-in-one machine.  I have, in the last 7 years, been through 2 Brother machines, 1 Lexmark, and now a Kodak 5500 that is not even 1 year old.  This Kodak was great at first, and I loved it because the ink cartridges are only half the cost of the Lexmark (which, by the way, produced great quality pictures and copy), but the Lexmark just up and stopped working on me one day.  I don't remember the exact message it was giving me, but it was something I found out I was going to have to contact Lexmark about and basically have the machine refurbished, which I did not do because it would have cost about as much to do that as to buy a new one.  Then my husband brought home the Kodak, which I loved up until about a month ago, when it started just not copying at all,  and it changed ink colors on me all on its own when I tried printing something.  Black is yellow, red is green, etc.  I changed ink cartridges thinking maybe that was the problem, but with brand new cartridges it still does the same thing.  I am going to contact Kodak and see if they can tell me anything, but in the meantime does anyone have a recommendation for a good, reliable AIO if I can't get the Kodak working?  I hate paying for the ink cartridges for AIOs too, but that is unfortunately the kind of machine I need.  Thanks very much for any ideas.

Feedback about Medware? - Posted By: Terry

Okay, gang, here is one more.  I see that they are listed as the 2005 and 2002 AAMT Employer of the Year, and I am scheduled to test with them tomorrow. 

Any feedback, good or bad, on Medware?

Neuro exam: no pes pointing?? nm THX! - Posted By: Ashlee


Convince to go locally - Posted By: IC

Anyone have any good answers to this question:

Why should I (physician) let you to do my dictation(local person) VS hiring a National Company to do? Any help would be appreciated.  Trying to prove to Dr to choose me instead of the leech-like Nationals that are only out for themselves and taking advantage of this profession that once was valued before they came along and started slave labor.



what ARE these companies thinking? - Posted By: Esperanza

I have been looking for a part-time job to supplement when my full-time is low on work.  I have this one lady who contacted me that she had a part-time position but it would require me to work every Friday, Saturday and Sunday as well as a few days during the week.  She already knew I had a full-time job and that I was looking for something Sunday through Thursday as this is my schedule for my FT job.  When I reinterated to her that I was looking for Sunday through Thursday, she got rude with me and I haven't heard back from her!  What in the world makes these companies think we want to work EVERYDAY and not have a life!? 

Top 3 expanders - Posted By: Abby

I am in the market for an expander.  I have never used one and am ready to.  Just wondering what people's favorite 3 Expanders are so I can research about them and pick one.

Thank you!


General MT questions - Posted By: MTgirl

Recently, I was asked the following questions by a friend who is helping to revamp a medical transcription course.  These questions are also asked by individuals who might be interested in medical transcription and are posed at seminars.  

I would appreciate your input if you would be so kind.  Also, what is the industry-wide expectation on required number of lines per day and number of minutes per day (8-hour day).


1.  On average, how long does it take a medical Transcriptionist to produce 1 hour of dictation?

2.  Besides Word, is it essential for transcriptionists to purchase any of the transcription software thats available?

3.  Is it common for doctors to transcribe into templates, which eliminates the need for medical transcriptionists?

4.  How many lines an hour should an average MT be typing?


Thanks I appreciate any and all input.

Jump to text - Posted By: Just Me

How do you jump to text in a document?  For instance in a history and physical.

help - Posted By: kristi stallings

I need help picking out a name for my transcription services. Please help me. Thanks!!

How valuable is the RMT credential to employers? - Posted By: Meg


Goldtouch Keyboard - Posted By: Donna

I just got a Goldtouch keyboard with seperate number pad.  I can't get my ALT functions to work on the keyboard or the number pad.  I speaking about ALT 171 for 1/2 etc.  Does anyone have a Goldtouch answer?

Need help with digital dictation - Posted By: AzMT

I currently have my own account that is digital, but I did not have to setup their voice recorders.  I only had to install the secure program I use for file transfer and show them how to move their voice file into my program.


So, I guess my question is when a doctor buys a digital recorder does it come with its own software program that allows them to plug their recorder into their computer and upload the voice file onto their computer?  I know at that point they can just click on the file and drag it over into my program where I access it to transcribe it, but Im lost on how they use their recorders as Ive actually never seen that part of it.  I just got a new account and would like to know this information before my meeting with the office manager, so I dont sound like a complete dork :)


Any help or explanation as to how the doctors do their end of uploading their voice files would be greatly appreciated.


Thanks so much!