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Think I have gotten it solved - Posted By: HELP WITH NEW COMPUTER .. UPDATE

I went to Radio Shack and got the USB, it is a powered VGA splitter and hopefully that will take care of these issues. Gang, I appreciate all the information each sent me. This site is priceless!!

Mac vs PC - Posted By: Mac or PC?

In the market to purchase a new computer..... Just wondering whether to try a Mac this time around?  Any thoughts? 

MQ in Florida - Posted By: nm

Does anyone know what Medquist offices are still operational in Florida?

Aren't Dove Chocolate Caramels to die for? - Posted By: 350, soon to be 400!!!!!

No message sweetie.  Send me some Dove candies.

Has anyone had problems with their Shorthand text expander? sm - Posted By: tobie

I have had mine for almost 10 years with no problems and suddenly it started not working. The type it button became inactive. At first restarting it fixed it but then that stopped fixing it so I uninstalled and reinstalled and that worked for about a day and then it stopped working again and reinstalling didn't help the next time. Has anyone had this problem?

There is something wrong with this web site. - Posted By: sm

Every time I visit this web site my computer runs like crap.  What's up with that?  This doesn't happen anywhere else but here. 

Experience - Posted By: Acute Care versus Multispecialty clinics

Does somebody who has been doing Multispecialty Clinic transcripation have a chance at landing an Acute Care job?  If not, what could I do to get more Acute Care experience?  I would love to get experience in Acute Care as well as what I have been doing.

Thanks for the advice!


quick help on word board, please! nm - Posted By: thanks

Bayscribe question--Can you search? - Posted By: curious

Will be interviewing with MDI. Can anyone tell me if Bayscribe allows you to search previous reports by patient number or dictator? I have worked on platforms that did allow you to search records and on platforms that did not. I much prefer the ones that do. That search capability can be an invaluable tool, especially when learning a new account. I searched the archives but could not find an answer. Also, if you can search jobs, does it take forever for them to pull up, or do they load pretty fast. Thanks!

Do you use the doctor's made up words? - Posted By: USMT

Doctors are forever dictation "arousable."  Do you transcribe this even though it does not come in in spell check?

Dictaphone Help!!!!please!!!! - Posted By: mt-WA

I am on the road right now and trying to work from a family members home on my laptop, however my 2-yo knocked my dictaphone off the desk and now although I can get a dial tone I cannot get any of the keys to work!!!!!

Anyone have any experience with anything like this

LIne count - Posted By: sailing

Okay, lets cut to the chase.  The way our lines are counted has been RADICALLY changed.  I've done this for 15 years and you get a feel for how many lines you are producing in a set amount of time or in the number of reports you generate.  Everyone is denying it but the line count is NOT the same.  But I'm sure the clients are still being charged the same.  They also cut out our pay for headers and footers.  So what to do?  There is nothing we CAN do.  These large companies are all about end results.  If they have to hire armies of TYPISTS what do they care?  They only have about a zillion QA people who can clean up the reports and make them look good.  Lets pay the typists peanuts instead of paying our TRANSCRIPTIONISTS decent pay.

Here's how ASR works - Posted By: mc5

ASR is NOT more production than when we were just doing MT work before. I like ASR because it is a variation in muscles used, NOT because of productivity. I have gone DOWN 10% in overall production since the induction of DEP/ASR. They say I have gone up 50%. It is not short to explain but I will try to brief it- They are taking a 1 week period from this summer and comparing the production of your MT against your ME work for that week. This does NOT show what your production has increased since you are an ME. An account with ASR puts all the well spoken dictators on ASR and leaves the more inaudible speakers on transcription. If they were to take production from the yearly quarter before DEP/ASR started and compare it to the most current quarter completed - That would be more accurate. This is another set up for failure or a carefully concocted tactic for MQ to make us think our production is going up!

Smartype or Speedtype free? - Posted By: trial versions?

Does Smartype work just like ShortHand or any of the other expanders?  Is Speedtype the same as Smartype or any of the other ones too?  I would like to try before I buy.   Thanks


Allison B. of WI you won the last Scavenger Hunt dinner. - Posted By: Administrator (see inside)

Please send an email with your mailing address and we will send a gift card to you.  Congratulations!

Which was the one..... - Posted By: AnotherOldTimerMT

I believe it was Joe Biden; thought I could remember but should have written it down!  LOL

I think the most "surprising" thing to me was the fact that the "outsourcers" get big tax incentives.  WOW--what a novel concept.  Don't know why I haven't started my own BIG BUSINESS!!

Have a great day.....

ASTAT Transcription--Can't find anything in archives - Posted By: Interested

Any information on ASTAT Transcription?

They 'Found' My Grades - Posted By: Dianne

The saga continues.  After I filed complaints with every agency on the face of the earth, the VLC 'found' my grades.  They say they weren't really gone - it was just a techinal glitch - at the same time as the blocked access to their forum and the returned email.  And all of these 'technical glitches' occurred the morning after I threw a fit.  And now - after almost 5 weeks, they have even offered to really send me a medical dictionary.  WOW!!  What service!!  I'm persuing my complaints until I get full reimbursement and compensation for all the work I completed.  And then I'll find an accredited course to continue.

Thanks for all the support,


ForuMatrix is owned by MTStars. (SM) - Posted By: Goldbird (Moderator)

If you have complaints about ForuMatrix or about how MTStars is operating, etc., address them via e-mail to the Administrator (admin@mtstars.com) or myself (goldbird@mtstars.com).

Thank you,



Bald spot on head??? - Posted By: Sue

Has anyone ever had this happen or know of anyone who has had this happen?  My 14-year-old son has a spot on the top of his head that is bald.  It's about the size of a quarter.  He has never had this and it came all of a sudden a couple of weeks ago.  There is no hair growing out of this spot.  ~ 

Should I take him in to have it checked or is this a common thing?  I typed it in Google and came up with something called alopecia maybe.  ~  I'll take any advice anyone wants to give me.  Thanks!!! 

Job seeker's board question please - Posted By: IC

What happened to all the jobs in the "job bank"?  There's only one in there. 

Also if you open the adds up and click on "for information" it goes to the info for that one companythat has the add, not even the right company. 

See hurricane board for ways to help N.O.area animals. NM - Posted By: Ollie Woo


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.

Anyone going to watch the Book of Daniel tonight? sm - Posted By: LTMT

I really had not given it much thought about it until all of the hoopla about it -- now I am curious as to what could possibly be so bad, so I guess I will tune in.  It's funny how protests usually end up driving people to see the thing they are telling them NOT to see.  Hmmm ....

VONAGE AND LANIER - Posted By: anonymous

I just was needing some input regarding the use of Vonage and Lanier.....I am having some problems with this and was wondering if there was anyone with some advice on whether this is possible or not???? and if YES it is possible, what advice do you have or what do I need to do??  Any help will be appreciated.  Thanks in advance.

Anybody Use Quick Look Drug Book 2007? - Posted By: Getting older

Do you like it? I just received mine yesterday. It does not put a link on the Word  toolbar like the old one did. I called support and they downloaded a file for me to load and now it's on the toolbar, but now I get the message "QLDB.exe" not found.

I have uninstalled (like tech support said) and re-installed but still get the same message.

I checked the CD and it does not seem to have this file on it. Does anyone else have this problem? My task bar is already full so I really need it on the Word toolbar. Thanks

Hippo site - Posted By: M/L

I am trying to find the website for this Hippo host/client FTP site. Does anyone have the site address?


How many hrs (on avg) does it take to type 6,000 lines/wk? - Posted By: Sherrie

And is this what most companies consider FT (6,000 lines/wk)? Just trying to see if I will be able to do this...Thanks!

Paid production/hourly - Posted By: Esme

To those of you who are paid production (other than MQ) - are you limited to working 39 hours a week? I don't understand being paid by the line, yet being treated as an hourly worker. Just curious as to whether this is the norm at other places. 

anyone else upset at what MTSO's .....sm - Posted By: Kathy Stryk

Am I the only disgruntled EXPERIENCED MT upset about the pay per line the MTSO's are trying to get away with paying us?  6, 7, 8 cents a LINE?  Come on, MTs....we are worth far more than that and you know it. Maybe a "newbie" will agree to "start out" at that rate, but come on, even when I started 30 years ago I was making 10 cents a line.  Yes, I need to pay bills like everyone else but would rather work at McDonald's than be paid such menial rates.  It's time we stood our ground. Do not accept this below minimum wage pay....and remember....they will get what they pay for. 

Error - Posted By: Pat

About the post re measly pay, I accidentally capitalized transcriptionist--but maybe I really thought the title "transcriptionist" meant something

Line rates gross versus 65-character - Posted By: libby

I recently had a call for family practice dictation and I offered 12 cents per line.  Have always charged by the gross line and was charging 14 cents, which I thought was too high, so lowered it to 12 cents.  However, the more I am reading I see that 65 character seems to be the way everything is getting billed.  I also realize at 12 cents per line I lose a lot going to 65 character lines. 

I also realize with family practice that they might have a lot of times where there is one or two words on a line and probably wouldn't be too happy about paying for gross lines. 

I guess I'm looking for advice on charging.  Is charging for gross lines unheard of anymore? I have already quoted the 12 cents, so that will have to be my charge.  But as far as gross or 65 character, I haven't been asked that yet but would need to have that absolutely straight with them before starting.  Any opinions would be greatly appreciated.  I know I'm a little behind the times and am trying to catch up and stay competitive also. 


Has anybody heard about which places on Tx coast have - Posted By: Mandatory evac calls this am??? sm

This occurred after the local news was done and all national outlets are still saturated with McCain's ad and lipstick on pigs. would appreciate reliable info.  I live on the Texas coast.   

price range per line to do your own account...sm - Posted By: curious

I have a friend who is contemplating starting her own accounts.  She is questionable as to what is charged per line?  Is 15 cpl reasonable?  Do any of you know what the big companies charge per line? 

OT: Cat vent! - Posted By: diddles

I've already had enough problems working this weekend with technical problems and down time and now that I'm breezing away and making good money, what happens?  My stupid cat decides she needs attention!  First she rubs on my leg and purrs (so far so good, not really a distraction) but THEN she has to move to look at my face through the crack in my desk where the drop down keyboard rests and reach her stupid little paws through, hit the function key that saves and closes the report (which I cannot alter once it is sent through) on a report of over 100 lines!

ARRRRRGH!!!  I was almost finished and needed to spell check it!!!  That just cost me $10.  Her food costs that much!

Anybody wanna a free soon to be hungry cat??


Yes, I could be working today... - Posted By: unemployed

if I could find a job. I don't know how many applications I've sent out in the past three months. Two companies told me I was hired and would be sending out packets or contacting me for setup. Nope, nothing. How many times do I have to follow up? How disorganized can a business owner possibly be? When you tell someone you'll call them, do it! I guess I'll go fill out my foodstamps application since WalMart isn't hiring either.

Touchworks - Posted By: Momo3Reds

The office I have worked for for the past 14 years will be going to EMR in 3 months using a system called Touchworks. My understanding is they will enter most of the patient's note by touch screen in the room at the time of the visit but still dictate a small amount of the note, such as the Plan, as well as letters of referral, patient letters, etc. They would like the office note transcribed and then placed in the patient's electronic medical record. Can anyone offer me some advice about what equipment I would need to do that?

OT: Changing face of veterinary medicine (sm) - Posted By: catlover

Is it only me or has veterinary medicine changed quite a bit over the years to resemble care of humans?  I have cats and absolutely love them but I'm becoming torn between necessary care, preventive care, and just down-right UN-necessary care.  I remember back when animals went to the vet for shots and only when they got sick.  If they were sick, diagnosis and prognosis dictated the next level of care.  And in most cases back then there were no options other than to let nature take its course if something serious/chronic was found. 

I'm now noticing that every time I take one of the cats to the vet's, the doc wants to do "baseline" blood work at least once a year and now wants to see my ten-year-old cat on a twice-yearly basis.  My kitty is healthy as a horse and has had no health problems for ten years.  Why all of a sudden does he need expensive BASELINE lab work and xrays as well as needing to be seen twice a year and have his teeth cleaned twice a year (not cheap)?  It sounds like I'm complaining about the money end versus taking care of my kitty, and I suppose in a sense I am, because this adds up to a whole lot over the course of time.  The doc mentioned the reasons for the lab work (diabetes, thyroid problems, anemia, cancer, etc.)  I'm torn between having the work done and what I would do if anything chronic showed up on the tests.  I love my kitty but don't know if spending lots of money on chronic meds/therapy would be an option when I would have to weigh other expenses against them. 

Any suggestions on this? - Posted By: eScription person here

My system is running slow as molasses.in have DSL, just had new ram installed to bring to 1.5 gb and my dictation is coming through in jerks, I am typing faster than the screen and having to wait on it. Oh, defragmented also. Any suggestions on what I can do, should do?? Thanks.

I need help with QA deductions..SM - Posted By: Thank you!

It has been so long I don't remember the exact deductions and how it works.  Could you please tell the very basic process for deductions and how it works.  Specifically, how much is deducted for a word left out, the wrong medication dosage, no comma where there should be one, and when they type a word like has but it was supposed to be his.

I'd really appreciate it.  Maybe someone knows a site that has this info.  I couldn't find anything myself. 


I hate testing - Posted By: test

Why when you have experience why do these companies send long dictations, are we not educated, can you not read a resume... I understand that we need to test but some of these test are just well grrrrrrr..... If that is the test then I will not work for you I can't imagine what your like to work for


How many blanks in a day? - Posted By: Cindy

I am wondering if I am a good MT.  I am an IC that worked on the same account for 3-1/2 years and NEVER sent any blanks.  The doctors were great!  I lost that account and now my company has given me a new account for the past 2 days.  I think I have left at least a few blanks in EVERY single report I typed that had to go to editing...is this normal?  What are the average number of reports that most good MTs have to send to editing in a day?

Is it ibuprofen or acetaminophen that can cause elevated BP? - Posted By: can't remember


I miss Janelle! - Posted By: kyradmt

Darn Maggie and Yvette! Janelle deserved to win Big Brother 6, IMHO. She was the best. Hate what's left of the "Nerd Herd."

Is there a future for me as a IC MT... - Posted By: Shelley

Hello!  I'm new here but any advice would be welcomed.  I haven't worked as a full-time MT in nine years.  Mostly I've done Pathology at a hospital in Las Cruces, NM.  I would like to get back into the MT field so I've purchased the SUM Advanced CD, which I am currently working on, and 19 practice dictation tapes from "Absolute Experience".  I have also just started a workbook entitled, "The Language of Medicine."  After I've finished all this, is there a future for me as an independent contractor MT?  This is really the only job that pays well that I can do from home.  Please let me know your thoughts.  Thanks in advance!  Shelley  P.S.  I took a test this week through a company called StatIQ in Albuquerque and I was surprised that I scored 94% (since it has been so long).  However, you must score 98% to secure a job.

Heartland is finally purchased... - Posted By: HCR ManorCare Insider

Spheris purchases Heartland Information Services.. more to come later in the week

Best place you've ever worked for and why . . . - Posted By: New to work at home MT

If you do not want to give the company name, just give the reasons why you like or liked your company.  What keeps us gals happy around here?

Same companies posting... - Posted By: Renee

Have been a member of MT Stars for quite a while-Has anyone else noticed in the Job Seeker's Board it is always the same "Big companies" looking for new MTs.  Makes ya wonder why these companies are always looking for MTs.  Transcend and Spheris come to mind real quick, but I'm sure there are others who chronically cannot keep MTs as well.  Just talking out loud...What are your thoughts about this???

Lawyer tells you how to outsource - Posted By: Frustrated

Please don't send this to the gab board as this pertains to US, the US MQ employees:


JOB LISTINGS - Posted By: denice

Where have the help wanted ads gone?  This board looks different since the last time I visited.  Just wondering.