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ITVPRO help pretty please - Posted By: Straggling struggler

I run my Expander stuff on the left side and something on the right that has whole words. I use them both. I don't like to put medications into the expander part for many reasons. I'd love to put them on the right hand side list...but I don't know how. I have read the manual and I am just as confused and no closer.

How does one get an entry into the glossary that runs on the right side?

Many thanks.

Character count tips - Posted By: ArkansasMT

The hospital/clinic I work for is changing the counting method from gross lines to character count.  Does anyone have any tips on increasing production using total characters?  Thanks

If you're happy and you know it... - Posted By: naturegirl

I have been with a company for a long time, and am now looking elsewhere.  I have enjoyed moderate flexibility with hours, employer-supplied equipment, easy-to-use software, fair support, moderate pay.  I am looking for the same, just with more money.  I would hate to entirely give up flexibility in hours.  Any suggestions?

Can I do just 1 month of COBRA? sm - Posted By: Old Broad

I'm wondering if I can sign up for just 1 month of COBRA health insurance after the fact. I'm nearing my COBRA election cut off. My last day of regular insurance was 10/31. I would just like to pay for COBRA for the month of November, but the paperwork says you must pay all months up to the day of election. I had an ER visit in November, which is why I only want to pay November, but if I made the COBRA election today, I'd have to make 3 months of payments. Has anyone ever done this? I thought maybe I could just send in a payment for the 1 month with a note that I didn't want it after that. TIA. I know I should probably ask the plan administrator, but I'm embarassed.

Okay, I cry uncle! - Posted By: LB

I posted last week about how much help a company should give as far as samples and feedback while they are pushing you to do acute care.

I have spent all day struggling with consults for some of the worst authors I have ever had.  I finally asked my supervisor to send me some samples of this author stat because I won't even make my minimum line count.

She sent me 1 copy of his pacemaker implantation report and I couldn't even open it.

Now we have hit totally ridiculous!!

RadGuy??? What did you decide???? - Posted By: I wanna know........

Okay, we helped, so now ya gotta spill it.......what did you decide to buy your sisters for Xmas????  :)

Happy Holidays, btw.

Webmedx shifts - Posted By: Birdlady

Is it set in stone that you have to work a weekend day with Webmedx?  Is there any way around that?


Company suggestions for 1 year experience - Posted By: Wondering

Does anyone have any suggestions for companies (nice companies) that will except 1 year exp., just got burnt real bad by SS

What's your house like? And your finances? - Posted By: trying to destress my life

I'm just being nosy because I'd like examples.  I feel like I'm drowning in "stuff".  I've been decluttering and trying to get organized for years now, but it doesn't seem to be helping.  I got rid of all the stuff I was saving for "some day it might be worth something".  I feel like just going through the house and chucking everything because I'm tired of looking at the piles of crap everywhere.  It's not like it's a pigsty either, but there's just too much of it.  I've sold stuff on ebay and in yard sales, but it's all piling up again.  I hate it.  I'm not a packrat.  Anybody else feel like this?

And finances.  Do you have a checkbook or do you operate on a cash basis?  Do you track every single penny every month using a home accounting program?  I've been really anal about our finances for years now, too.  I'm just tired of the stress of it.  It seems like life would be so much easier if we just lived life instead of trying to remember where it all went.  Honestly, why do I need to keep track of it all?  It's not like I'm a wasteful spender.

Rudd, do you have any news yet? nm - Posted By: Winnie


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!? 

Code Runner - Posted By: MQMT

Anyone know what this is? 

Are the $30 lumbar supports from Office Depot - Posted By: worth it? Can't afford a new chair. nm


stephen baldwin, alec baldwin - Posted By: ve

Stephen Baldwin used to float my boat but then he got too wacked out about religion..I like Alec, though..They grew up two towns from me on Long Island..

Anyone use calling cards for long distance accounts? Can you recommend some? TIA nm - Posted By: babs


images - Posted By: Shawna

I am hearing (sac-high)resolution images..any thoughts?

My Headache - Posted By: LG

Did anyone ever work three jobs just to try to make it as an MT?  I have an office job during the day (NOT MT) work and I work as an IC and I just got a job working part time for another national.  Until my speed work catches up with my accuracy what I'm I suppose to do?  I'm so tired and so frustrated and i refuse to quit as I enjoy the MT work but I'm so tired...

Does anyone who has experience have any advice?

Thanks to all of you - Posted By: A very thankful Mom

I just wanted to send out a very special thank you to all of you who pulled together today with Sheri in order for my children to be able to have a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS this year!!  I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!!  Just when you think this world has become so cold, along comes special people who know just how to warm your heart again!!  Once again, THANK YOU ALL!!

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas (I know my children will because of all of you)!! 

Sheri:  You are an angel from above!!  ((HUGS))   

Kittens being born..HELP... - Posted By: Carly d

any advice on what to do with these kittens? Mom has decided to have them in a paper grocery bag (did not like any of the places we had set up for her!) She is just a kitten herself, a stray who showed up pregnant. One has already been stillborn, not sure how many more to follow! I know to keep the other cats away from her, but I have got appointments in town all day and can't just have her in a paper sack? Is it okay to put her and the sack into one of the boxes or what? Any help would be appreciated...TIA, the new grandma!


What's the funniest thing you have had to transcribe - here are my personal top two favorites - one was from an ER doc who had been working 72 hours - he dictated that the patient had a ball in the 9th hole on the green and he was going to try to miss the sand pit - I called the hospital and let the head ER doc know - they let the poor sleep-deprived doctor go home and someone else finished his dictation. - the other - I had a doctor who dictated all of his reports to the tune of Mack the Knife - no kidding - I think about him everytime I hear that song.  He was quite creative and talented.

Etymotic ER 6 earphones - Posted By: just ordered and wondering

Has anyone tried these earphones for dictation.  Is it clear?  Does it actually reduce noise around you.  Does it clear the static from dictation?  Just curious if it is a good earphone for dictation.  Thanks for any info. 

Question about digital sound files - Posted By: RT

Hi everyone,

I am totally new to medical transcription and have a question. In doing transcription digitally, what are the most common sound file formats? I am about to take a test (both written & verbal) for a company and they sent me my test files as .wav files. The files are hard to understand at best  (the guy sounds like he's talking into a tin can ) and I am wondering why they didn't send them to me in a clearer form such as MP3. I am about to ask this same question to the person sending me the test but I thought I'd ask it here too. Is the .wav format the most common form of sound file for MT's? And if so, what's the best program to listen to these files in? I have Windows Media player, Real Player and WinAmp on my computer. Are there programs that MT's use to better hear these files? I hate to sound like a total dummy here but I'm new to this and when I went to school several years ago for MT, we only did tapes--not digital! If anyone can give me some info here, I'd really appreciate it!



If you won the lottery - sm - Posted By: Kimberly

Would you continue MT'ing??

A local lady won $1000 per week for life.  Now I do realize that a lot of MTs make more than that (not me).  I average that every other week.  We do not have a lot bills though and I know that we could live comfortably on that amount.  This lady says she will continue to work, but plans to slow down.  She is married and in her 40s. 

I think I would probably stop MT'ing for awhile, but I like my job, so I would probably eventually miss it and go back.  Just curious what other MTs might do if they were to hit the lottery!



Can't hear you, doc, over Harry Potter (sm) - Posted By: Purple-Hair MT

Could you get your kids to turn down the DVD?

BTW, they do sound pretty young, but I still think HIPAA would frown on your dictating while sitting beside them, especially since you're a psych consultant, and this patient is one weird potato chip doing some pretty kinky things with cleaning equipment.

[I loathe the new Dumbledore.  If he doesn't settle into the role (dumbledore is a bumblebee, not a wasp who throws Harry up against trophy cases), the end of the sixth movie will have us all begging Snape to blast him.]

SoftScript (rip-off) - Posted By: justme

I am looking for an honest MT position from home.  SoftScript is stealing my lines and I am sick of it.  Any suggestions?????

What is the best short-cut program to use to increase you speed? - Posted By: need for speed


Call me, call me anytime. - Posted By: I feel like Blondie today.

I'm waiting to hear back on a job.  Call me!

OK I THINK I asked this but anyone using a MAC - Posted By: Me

to work as an MT?  If so, does it work seamlesssly with WORD?

When I get a new computer, I'd really like to toss PC for good. 


Need advice on how to handle this --sm - Posted By: typinaltime

I am an IC and have several accts -- One of my accts has not pd for services since early Nov 2006.  I have given notice that will no longer be providing services as of 02/09/07 -- Should I continue to provide services, knowing that I may not be paid -- or can I just give notice saying that since I have not been pd -- i can no longer continue.  I have no written contract with physician.. pls advise Want to do right thing as this is small area but also want to be pd for work performed. ...

macros HELP!!! - Posted By: anon

I need serious help recording macros.  If someone has macros for the following actions, I would greatly appreciate it if you could email them to me as an attachment.  I need one for jumping that uses ?? and ctrl+J to get from ?? to ?? and one that starts automatic numbering in the 1) 2) format flush left.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Not MT-related. A houseplant question. SM - Posted By: Babs

Could anyone tell me how to start an English ivy?  I have a plant from my grandmother that both my sisters want a start from.  I am lucky it has still survived with me, but is quite healthy looking and grows like crazy!  How can I make a start from this plant?



How to copy & paste into FTP site? - Posted By: MT mom of 3

I can't seem to figure it out?

How long did it take you to get used to Instant Text? - Posted By: backandforth

I spent about 16 years w/ a regular Expander and am having a hard time switching....

If your MTSO bounces checks or pays late - Posted By: post the name of the company here

along with facts to back up your statement. If an MTSO bounces checks or pays late, we all need to know who they are. There are no rules that say we cannot list the name of a company.

There is absolutely no excuse for MTSOs who jip us out of our hard earned money. Because we work from home it's much easier for them to do this to us. In most cases we live in an entirely different state. I'm sick of this crap. I'm sick of the run around, the delays and excuses. There is no excuse.

Yearly income to expect as full-time... (sm) - Posted By: MT

employee (not IC) for a national?

Further bleeding per Dr. **** will affect a hysterectomy. - Posted By: affect or effect? TIA nm

does MDI offer voice recognition? - Posted By: anyone do VR with MDI or any other co.?

Sounds interesting to me.  Would be curious to know if anyone is successful with VR and what companies offer it.

to ask for a raise? - Posted By: is it time

To make a long story short, I've had this account for 4 years, and am on a salary.  At first I didn't think I would make any money since it was a salaried accout, but as it turns out, some days there is much to do and other days there is not as much, so it rather evens itself out, but then there are days when I'm working from daylight until dawn, but those days are rare.  Four years ago this was great money.  However, the COST OF LIVING has gone up exponentially!    I love this account, but it's my sole income; I have no other accounts.  Thus far I've been able to make it on this account and prefer to not take on anymore work because, as I previously mentioned, some days there is more work than I want, but it has to be done.  It would just make life much more difficult to take on more work for the days that they slam me, which outweigh the light days.  My problem is this:  I really want to ask for a raise, but afraid to rock the boat.  I realize all they can do is say no, but then, once I've mentioned wanting a raise it might plant the seed that I might be moving on if they don't give me a raise, which I have no intention of doing, but how do I tell them that?   I can't just say when asking for a raise: "Can I have a raise?"  (them) No, you cannot.  Me:  Okay, just thought I'd ask.  I am at a loss as to what to do about this situation.  Any advice would be so much appreciated from anyone with experience in such a predicament as this.  Thank you very much.

I am so mad - Posted By: need to vent

How in the world can my company be looking for new employees when I sit here for hours a day with no work and for some reason my supervisor will not give me a second account? Is anyone else in the same boat? AAHHHHHHH!

Anyone worked in Saudi Arabia at.. - Posted By: Interested

King Faisal Specialist Hospital?  I know, I know, terrorism.  Still, I am curious.  I have been contacted and will be getting some answers to tomorrow.  Wouldn't mind hearing from someone who has been there.

QA - Posted By: Jamie

Does anyone no the going rate for corporate QA?

Can someone please tell me what $5.00/1000 words converts to in cpl when 5.5 char=1 word? nm Thanks! - Posted By: Curious MT

Rates have changed so much in the last few years and I am wondering... - Posted By: (sm)

what the going rate is in Arizona.  I have 20+ years experience.  I used to charge between 14 and 14.5 cpl, but now that I'm going digital everyone wants a discount.  Is 14 cpl a fair rate for a digital account in Arizona or is it too high?


Need advice on contact lenses for astigmatism. I have tried different soft contacts but - Posted By: IC

I can't seem to find a soft contact lens that works for my astigmatism that I can wear all day without going blurry on me all the time. I have worn gas permeables in the past, but they are not comfortable anymore either. Any contact lens wearers out there with astigmatism that have found something that works? Even Accuvue Advantage for Astigmatism did not work. Help!

YIKES!!!Got our oil contract for this winter and almost passed out!!! - Posted By: Not a speed typist

Last year I paid $845 for  600 gal of oil with a 2 months to pay. Yesterday, I recieved our contract for this winter and it would cost $1517!!!!!

Guess who won't be taking the contract.  That's ridiculous. The country is going to go broke at this rate. They want $759 for 300 gallons. That takes us 3 months into the winter, but......where do they think the seniors  and others are going to get this money?

Guess old Mamma Bear is coming out of storage this year. Wood is no problem for us. We have a stockpile for the garage coal & wood stove and a friend that has 11 acres of woods he likes certain areas cleared every year.

I feel bad for others who have no access to another heating source.

Trying to figure out if I would come out the same as employee vs. IC for taxes...SM - Posted By: Pondering

I know the IC will pay self-employment taxes, but if taxes are already being taken out of your check as an employee, you are still paying them, so does it come out the same in the long run? You are still paying the taxes...but the difference is whether they come out right up front from your check or whether you pay them yourself from the money you've (hopefully) set aside.

And how does the statutory employee fall into this? Better or worse? I've only ever been an employee but am exploring other options.

Does anyone use SmarType and Word using text fields {}? When I F11..sm - Posted By: AzMT

to the next field {} it causes SmarType to lock up.  Does anyone know how to fix this?

thanks so much

Doc just made a funny. - Posted By: just browsing

OPERATION PERFORMED: Doc says: Meatotomy and circumscision, er, uh, no...that's wrong. Meatotomy and cystoscopy. That's right! Oh and heart transplant...let's just add that on there too. Then he starts cracking up and says no, no, no don't say that...

I'm still laughing. I'm sure it sounded funnier than it comes across in type, but it was funny.

Hope I'm asking in right forum. sm - Posted By: Anon

How much would you charge for a "normal" report? Had a GYN doctor ask me that. She wanted a special rate for normal reports. I said that I would charge whatever the line count came up with. Sometimes they adjust their "normals" and add on, and then I would not consider it a normal. If they did not, what would you charge?

Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Has anyone kept a list of line rates, report rates, benefits, etc for sm - Posted By: Looking around

the different companies out there?  I feel lost and confused.  It seems like everything is changing daily, and I am not being organized enough to keep up.  I am about to actively look for full time employment again but if there was a list, I would be able to sort through a lot more quickly. 

Can anyone help?  I am going to start keeping a chart myself in case anyone needs this in the future.