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I need your MT advice - Posted By: oldgraydog

I was asked to incorporate a different MT's paragraphs into my report - actually 3 paragraphs.  Of course when QA caught the errors.....

What would you do if you were asked to incorporate someone else's transcription and sign it off as your own?


foot pedal with escription - Posted By: Amanda

I am having a problem getting my foot pedal to work with escription V8.  If anyone has any ideas about how to solve this problem, I would greatly appreciate it.  thanks

DTS America - Posted By: barb

Has anyone worked for DTS America?

does anyone have a goot website--sm - Posted By: Debra

for looking up people you have lost touch with?

What makes ICs tick? - Posted By: Mandi

I have heard the following soooo many times, and I have been very guilty of this in the past myself, namely:

Fear of booting out one client and going after new clients who are professional - ones who are amenable to actually working with an MTSO/IC as a partnership so to speak, realizing that it takes the individual dictator AND the MT to produce an accurate report, and both will mutually benefit in ways too numerous to count?

Why is it that some ICs will continue to work with a client that they know is a gigantic pain in the tush and will never give them heave-ho, no matter how how bad they become and how good the IC is and no matter how many hoops she jumps through versus just going out and getting a new account?

I have had this fear myself, but thankfully, my self-confidence has taken over this fear and my common sense has directed me in the right path, and do not think I'm slamming anyone because I'm not.  I'd just like to know.  What makes us - ICs - tick in this regard?

All replies welcome............................ 

Easter Dinner What are you making? - Posted By: HungryMT

For those preparing an Easter dinner, what are you making this year?

New credit card interest rates (sm) - Posted By: Dianne

Wondering if those of us on this board have noticed that credit card companies will be increasing their interest rates along with the minimum payment due soon.  How will this affect some people who can barely make the minimum payments now.  Any insight greatly appreciated. 

Difficult dictators given with only 3 wks job experience in anything and everything! - Posted By: Young One

Killing some time, had to put last job back into the work pool, because it was a difficult dictator. This is crazy, I am only making about $10. to $18 a day!!!

see message - Posted By: question about business license

I am wondering, is it mandatory for medical transcriptionists to have a business license if they work from home, whether it is as an employee of a company, or an IC?  I realize the laws will differ from state to state, but just curious, in general, what is the rule of thumb? 

WeType - Posted By: MTMommy

Has anyone ever heard of WeType Transcription?

As an MTSO do you expect more from an IC than an employee...(sm) - Posted By: AzMT

I personally would expect the same quality of work from either.  Just curious if others expect better quality from an IC or an employee.  For example, should an IC send in less blanks to QA verus an employee and overall have a better quality work?

Thanks for your opinions.  I have never thought about this until it was recently brought to my attention. 

If 35 hours is considered FT, at what point does - Posted By: curious

OT kick in, anything over 35 or at 40? 

What should I charge.... - Posted By: tiredhands

what should I charge for a "transcription" job which does not include tapes BUT does include taking doc's charts and combining them for a single report? Don't know all the work this will take but going for the interview and hoping to set a good hourly price. They agreed to hourly, I just didn't give a price yet. They have TONS of work but don't want to outprice myself. This is an at home job that I found after tons and tons of searching......I have 12 years experience.

1 out of 2, 1/2 looks like one-half - Posted By: 4 days nonsmoker

what do you do in this situation?

Income Tax after Death - Posted By: Carolyn

I have a friend whose mother passed away in March of this year.  She was an IC and thus earned income right up until the time of her death.  Is her daughter now responsible for filing an income tax return and/or paying taxes on this income?  I know an accountant for her would be handy in this situation, but I thought I might get some opinions here as well.  Thanks!!

How do you copy word sup dictionary entries to another computer? - Posted By: Jamie

anyone know by chance?  Am going on the road with my laptop and would like to copy over my extensive sup Word dictionaries to my laptop for spell checking.  Any help would be greatly appreaciated :D

EMR/VR - I have now lost 2 accounts to VR/EMR programs. I wonder how much longer it will be - Posted By: MTSO

before more accounts will leave for the same reason. Sad.

HELP. can never remember...stages are roman??? classes are ??? grades are ???? HELP - Posted By: nm


anyone know the deadlines for the W2s/1099s to be mailed out by? nm - Posted By: LMT


Goldbird Moderator maybe you can help (sm) - Posted By: quietmoods

I've emailed the administrator twice now and received no response (even gave her a few of the passwords that I know I've used on the internet).   I used to go into chat once in a while to see if anyone was there, but in the past few months I haven't been able to.  I tried every password I know I've used and even tried to re-add myself, but it says I'm already in the system (I know that because I used to be able to get into chat).  I've asked to have the password sent to me but it's never showed up.  How can I get my password sent to me again?

Radiology Transcription Question - Posted By: Terry

Hi. I've got an interview tomorrow for a radiology transcription position. I've been doing psychiatric, psychology, and some general medicine for the past 7 years. Anyone have any suggestions about what I should ask in the interview and how I can brush up speedily in this field if I'm tested on the spot. Any suggestions, ideas, etc. would be greatly appreciated.



I have tried and tried - Posted By: siren

and tried to get my production up but to no avail.  I am on the learning curve with Instant Text, and my average hourly line count is around 200 to 210 lines.  I would love to be able to get 300 lines an hour.  Any tricks of the trade?????  I feel that I am soooooo slow!  I have wonderful QAs (99.1), but I think my production stinks.

Really need encouragement. sm - Posted By: Frustrated

Started a new job, new platform, new acct. specs, new everything and very discouraged.  I've always maintained a minimum of 200 lph average, sometimes lower due to a difficult report once but made up with higher lineage the next.  Even starting on a new job.  Now I'm doing half of that at best and I don't feel like I've slowed that much.  I don't know what is so wrong.  I'm trying to get as much saved into my IT so I know that takes time but I've always done this starting new accts with new docs and it has never held me back so much.  I really need this job for the schedule and the benes but now I wonder how much is it worth when I'm making the same pay as I was making working pt at my last jobs? The people I've talked to say this is normal but it isn't normal for me, not over the past 10+ years, and that I'll pick up.  I just don't see how it will double, which is what it really needs to do.  I'm not a newbie but I'm making newbie mistakes because of my frustration and having to take the time to go back and fix these mistakes with formating, etc is just very discouraging.  

Express Scribe - Posted By: siren

I need some info on Express Scribe.  I have everything set up, but when I push on the foot pedal to play and then let up it keeps playing.  Any suggestions as to what the problem is?



advice from all! - Posted By: bcole

I am an MT, have been for 17 years, and my future daughter-in-law is interested in this. I want to make sure I give her the best advice possible. What schools are the best? Also, I don't know anything about medical billing, is that a better choice? how's the pay? I know she would appreciate any input I (you all) can give. THANKS!! Bridget

have your kids gone back to school yet? if so, where are you at... - Posted By: sm

if not, when do they go back and where are you at?  This is strictly out of curiosity, everyone, no ulterior motives here! I'm in GA and mine went back yesterday...think it's WAY too early to go back.  They were only out for nine weeks!

Question on Income Taxes and Home Office - Posted By: Deductions -

I need some input, please, on our tax situation. I moved to a new state and am having a new tax guy this year. I always declare my home office and a percentage of my utilities - have done so for 10+ years. This new tax guy said that my home office deductions won't matter, as they aren't higher than the standard deduction we are allowed as a married couple, and he can't believe I have never just filed a fast simple tax form without itemizing.  My old tax guy never said a word - he would just get all my home office figures for me each year and said he "entered them" on my taxes. He also charged me around $350 to "itemize" each year, just for these home office figures.  They are always about $3000 a year total. So now it seems I've been throwing my $$ out the window with my old tax guy?  I always thought our home office deductions were able to be written off, so to speak, separate from that individual standard deduction.  So, either my new tax guy doesn't know what he's talking about, or my old guy didn't.  I have a feeling the new guy is right, though, the way he explained it. Does our home office deduction have to be more than the regular old standard deduction? Or does our home office cost count separately on taxes? Thanks for any help, as I don't want to hire a THIRD tax guy to check the other two.  Thank goodness I never did Turbo Tax - I'd be even more lost. 

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...

executive body scan??? - Posted By: dls

Could this be correct?  Outcoming being discovery of gallstones.

Job search help needed/advice/clue me in!!! - Posted By: Sarah11144

I guess I've been lucky to work with some wonderful MTSO's in the past! I've been an MT for over 10 years, but am just now looking for new work and have not worked for big, national companies before. I posted the other day about testing with companies, and I did and got 2 job offers. Yea!...you'd think.  Ha! 

I thought I'd get offered a decent wage, for starters. Two companies offered me positions, one at 6.25 cpl and the other at 5.5 cpl. Both of them say they go up, the more lines you have. Unless they go up...like double...forget it! At least one of them additionally charges a fee if I don't make my anticipated line count during the payperiod (and I had to make my schedule a month in advance), as well as a bi-weekly service fee for using their software.

Is this what I have to look forward to????? I guess my head has been in the sand, because I had no idea this is what people's contracts had in them. No wonder no one is making any money. Honestly, is this standard? Sorry if I seem so out of touch.

I'm thankful to have a job at all - Posted By: new attitude

To my fellow MTs on Thanksgiving Day.  A poem that makes me realize how blessed I am to have a job at all in this economy.  Even if it's not perfect, it's a paycheck.    Hope it touches the heart of all who read it.



Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

~Author Unknown~



Question about working on Hospital accounts - Posted By: stay at home mom

I have over 5 years of experience unfortunately it is all clinic experience. Are there any companies that will hire a Transcriptionist with this much experience but not in the Acute Care field? I really would like to start doing those types of transcription. Any advice would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Frustrated again - Posted By: justme

It took me 6 months to finish a 1 year course for MTs.  It took me another 4 months to find someone to hire me.  I seemed to have been one of their better typers, since the e-mails with nasty remarks got sent to all of us and they were not any thinkg that applied to my jobs.  Talk about some stupid errors!  I have managed offices for the past 30 years and wanted to find a job that I liked and could stay home.  Thought I had it!  It would have been 1 year this month.  The company I worked for has a very poor computer system.  They are constantly having problems with their e-mail.  My last job typed to them was a very long one, which they claim that they never received.  I sent it twice to both owners and also saved it twice to the site.  I have not been given another job since, nor have I gotten paid for the previous month.  I feel I am a very adequate typist.  It only takes a little practice and any one can get a doctor down pat.  I use the internet alot for words I don't quite understand and usually get good results.  I am now back to the point of testing for everyone and anyone and hearing the same thing, "We need 2 yrs+ experience."  I'm glad I kept my day job for this past year.  I am still not ready to give up though.  Is there anyone out there that hires old women with excellent typing skills and the know how to find what they need in order to type a good report?

Bummed out - Posted By: me

I have searched the help-wanted ads now for weeks.  Endless weeks of testing and testing and testing (I could probably do the mttest blindfolded now).  Here are the results:  1)  One MTSO told me that the average salary now for 20+ years is 7 cpl and that's including shift differential.  2) Another offered 2 cpl for editing.  3) Went with one FT and had ONE report per day the entire first week (and they insisted on FT, no part timers accepted.  4)  Tried another (still there to have at least some income) and on the date of hire, had a 5 minute training session on the program they use, given no account specifics, no instructions whatsoever, no samples.  If you send something to QA, you don't get a copy back. I had one foreign doctor and I missed the same word in all of his reports and will never know what that word is, thus the report must go to QA and each one counts against you.  They have no night or weekend tech support and I was down a full week waiting for the one guy to work me in.  I have searched every website I can find for job postings.  I did find one for Indian-based companies and there were hundreds of jobs on there.  Guess it's time to either change professions to move to India.  I've watched the salaries drop every year.  I make less now than I did 10 years ago.  It's more like assembly line work now, push push push, quality be damned!!  What happened to going in there and taking your time to put out a quality report instead of everybody wanting 200 lines per hour?  If you have a perfect account, sure, but not on ESLs and such.  I have lots of personal friends in the business who are not too happy as well.  The AAMT guidelines change daily and then only apply if the particular account wants them to.  What happened to knowing your employees?  My manager knows nothing about me or my experience, neither does the person who hired me.  Didn't ask anything.  It's like they throw you in there, sink or swim, and if you don't stay for whatever reason, there's always somebody else out there who might put out some work for a week or two.  I find a company on the net, look it up here and find it's crap.  I spent 3 hours taking a very long test overnight, finished it, and THEN found out none of the contact emails on the company website were valid!!!  If anybody out there can tell me of a company who hires you, gives you what you need to work (reference materials), and pays more than 7-8 cpl, let me know!  Hospital desk clerks make more than most of us now!!  What happened to our profession?  We aren't unskilled workers by any means and it's a slap in the face to make less than a clerk who only has a requirement of an 8th grade education!

What to do? (sm) - Posted By: Canned beets

I can't remember for sure but I don't recall cooking beets out of a can.  Instructions say to microwave.  Seems I remember just putting in vinegar.  Can't remember if I added anything else like sugar or anything.  I don't like them and don't buy them often.  I'm fixing them for my son who loves them.  Any suggestions?  Thanks.

anyone go from IC to employee and like it better? - Posted By: trying to decide

I was offered a job and I'm now weighing the options.  I have always been an IC and have been offered employee status with another company.  The pay is 1/2 cent cheaper than what I make now as an IC.  The hours are still flexible and they do offer good benefits, PTO, vacation, etc... Has anyone gone from IC to employee or tried both and would like to comment? Thanks!

Diagnosis? - Posted By: jenny

Can I get some opinions before I make an appt with a doctor?  Have been having mild fleeting pains in my llq, probably about a week and a half, sometimes midabdomen, the last couple days it has slowly moved upward, now kind of in my chest but still just a mild dull ache - possibly pulled a muscle?  Don't think it is anything serious but is getting more prominent, any ideas?  Thanks.

"Oh, I could do that..." sm - Posted By: arrrghh!!

OMG!! How do you respond when someone says this about your job? My neighbor just the other day said this when I told her what I do at home. We just moved into our house and she and I have talked a few times...Saturday night she said, "I know you work at home, but what exactly do you do"? I said, medical transcription...she said, oh, do you have to read the doc's handwriting and type it out...I said, no, they dictate and I transcribe what they are saying...HER REPLY: Oh, I could do that...! I didn't know what to say. I mean, she's a teacher, and I did not presume to say, oh, you spend all day with 20 6 year olds, I could do that...that just burns me up. I felt like saying to her, ok, let's go to my office and see how well you do... 

I really need to know how to handle this sort of situation if it ever comes up again. I honestly did not know how to respond. I just said, yeah, well... I thought I liked her, but now I'm not so sure...

Cannot recall password for Windows :( - Posted By: Greetings Comrades

PC crashed so I pulled out the old PC from years ago.  But, I cannot recall my password.  Can I get around this somehow?  I am lost without my puter :(. 


To NeedSomeone2Listen - Posted By: AgingMT

Hi there. Are you still on this board? Hopefully you are on the road to getting much deserved help.  I know many of us are thinking about you.  I would e-mail but don't want to invade your privacy.  Keep us posted and feel free to vent as much as you need to.  I'll be checking here as well as the other boards for you.  We care.

Wireless Headphones? - Posted By: Dazed & Confused

I am constantly getting tangled up in my headphone wires and would love to find a set of wireless headphones. Does anyone know what type of wireless headphones would work well for transcription? Thanks in advance!

AMA membership/nonmembership - Posted By: dlsifford

I need to know the signifiance of whether a doctor is a member of the AMA or not.  What exactly does this organization do and what does their membership mean.  Any info would be helpful. I am researching a physicain who is a nonmember.

Is there an easy way to enter generic drugs and brands into your spellchecker ? ( a fast way) - Posted By: Working in Word. NM

using desktop computer mobile as a laptop - Posted By: Fingers2TheBone

Anyone have an idea about using a desktop computer as a laptop?  I am wanting to take a roadtrip and I had a laptop that has a cracked monitor screen that I used a Belkin wireless internet PCI card in the side of it with WiFi internet connection.  Is there a way to use my physical harddrive and establish the same wireless internet connection with WiFi?  I do not have the same port that the laptop has on my harddrive that the Belkin wireless card fit into, but is there another card that plugs into the desktop harddrive that will have the same effect?  Thank you all.



Those 2 are quite a team (K&T that is...) the latest STATS are in....with a lovely note asking us to do MORE than our minimum......oh, by all means...do more....but "no overtime please"....Yeah right!  They would love for us to be chained to our desks 24/7 just to keep everything nice and up to date for them....but when we're trying to work our "scheduled" hours....there's no work!  So tell me girls......why do you demand we work a "schedule"?   Maybe we should DEMAND work!!!! How I long for the days of a PRIMARY and SECONDARY again....I'd really like to tell you two where you can shove your turnaround time - you just don't have a clue...but how could you....you're not transcriptionists!  How dare you ask us to do more than our minimum, when we can't even get THAT in an 8 hour period and then add insult to injury by saying "no overtime, please"....Instead of helping out another region, why not help your OWN region out and give us all back our primary accounts and stop all of this nonsense already. 

Intergy by Sage....software - Posted By: need to know

Does anyone know anything about this software program?  It's called Intergy by Sage, administrative, financial, and clinical systems.....  A doctor's office has changed their dictation system over to this and I am going to have to learn it.  Is it easy to learn to use?  Any information?  Thanks very much.

When using Dictaphone ExText do you have - Posted By: me

to be connected to the internet the entire time?   I googled it and didn't find anything that really detailed how it works.    I've been offered a position with a company using this (I tested for them months ago and they had position using C-phone and I wasn't interested and now they have offered this one via e-mail and I haven't talked with them to ask details).  I travel quite a bit and I don't want to be tied to a situation where I have to be on-line my entire work time. 

in response to 'uncredentialed do-nothing MTs" - Posted By: banshee

Just in case the poster did not check back, I moved this response up:

Perhaps you are in a better situation but for most MTs I know (myself included) the costs far outweigh the benefits. For the working Joe here, working for an MTSO in a pool of dictation daily, for me to invest the time and effort on the so-called CMT certification (I say so-called because non American workers are getting certified faster and for a LOT less money than it costs me) there is no justification whatsoever for the monetary cost. There is self-satisfaction, but I cannot afford that.

You mention noncredentialed do-nothing coworkers - but that comment alone shows me your credentials have only covered up the surface of something darker underneath. Peronally, I would rather work with those so-called "noncredentialed do-nothing coworkers" than someone with a certification but a very bad attitude. Just my opinion...

I believe many of us could easily pass the CMT tests without any problems (I have seen the test material, it is not rocket science, come on), but it is a matter of MONEY and whether or not the average working MT can really afford to not only get the CMT, but keep up with the financial committments expected from the organization.

If in the future the cert is required (as the organization is trying very hard to pass), in my belief if it only for the benefit of the organization and not really anyone else. Unless someone can prove to me otherwise, I am inclined to think perhaps we "noncredentialed do-nothing coworkers" may be the backbone of this (what used to be a) profession.

Something your credentials have not been able to do: As long as you have QA versus MT, in my opinion, there will never be unity, and when there is no unity you have what you have today, sweat shop and substandard working conditions for many MTs. Not all because PG there are a few very good companies left out there, but the majority from my own experience offer horrible working conditions...

The non American MTs are being sought after because they (at least for now) offer cheap labor and no fuss. Wait until that all changes and they start getting smarter and making more demands. Could backfire and they could unionize...? Perhaps we will be latching on to their coat-tails someday.

Keeping office chair clean - Posted By: Sandy



I have a cloth office chair that is fairly new.  Lately, I noticed it's getting a bit of those little tufts (for lack of a better word) of fabric on the seat.  I had used a towel to cover the seat for awhile but it was more hassle than it was worth.  I was wondering how I can get this cleaned up and how I can prevent it from happening again.  TIA

1000 lines?? - Posted By: sm

Can someone please give me an idea of approximately how long it takes to type 1000 lines a day? I know it can vary depending on dictators, platforms, typing speed, etc., but I've never kept track of how many lines I do and would like an idea of how long this would take. It would be for clinic notes through MS Word. I type around 90 wpm with almost 10 years' experience. Thanks for any info!