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"ONLY a profession of predominantly women would call the other women crazy for wanting the basics

Posted By: Could not agree more. sm on 2007-12-11
In Reply to: Mts have "personality disorders" ? Like, wanting to be paid what their worth and not lied to? - lbl

If this were a male-predominant industry, I can guarantee you the companies would be offering more or else they wouldn't have any workers. Men don't stand for the stuff women do. I don't understand why women do not think they are worth a fair wage, decent benefits, and a little vacation time here and there. Many say this is just a part-time gig while they raise a family. Does that mean your time is less valuable? I just don't get it.

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How do you know they are just training WOMEN?  LOL  See, that is part of the problem with this industry...everyone assumes only WOMEN do the work.
What are the initials of these 2 women. I think I know but not sure. Why do they keep them.
Is that the one that is so proud of being run by all women?
women dominated?

I don't know, maybe would be better.  When I began, pay scale was great -- could make a VERY good living.  I think it is more the mergers and free trade agreement and little government regulation that is bringing us down.  Lots of men in factory work have been plunged into poverty by corporate greed.



Yes, I believe the MT industry has gone all out, especially the home-based, in exploitation of women.  These MTSOs are pushing to get by with as much as they can.  How many guys do we see now as MTs?? There used to be a fair number of men doing transcription ... no more.  Maybe these guys got wise a long time before we ever will.  Women have always gotten the dirty end of the stick in the work force, but the MT industry has carried it to extremes, making demands they wouldn't make in any other industry... lower salaries, being manipulated re. schedules and hours, cheated on line counts, unpaid demographic work, etc. etc. etc.  I could go on and on.  It will stop when we make it stop.... sadly, there are MTs who so desperately need the income they'll put up with it. 

matronly women.............
I am not there yet, but I know already now that I am going to enjopy those 'golden years' or do my best to do so.
Already now I would not like to go 1 day back.

Yeah, they don't want women...
dressing likes prostitutes in their country.  Can you blame them?  Look at how some American women dress...and this is what we call 'freedom.'  It's pathetic!
Some women who've gone to the UAE have
Another nosy one fighting with me over nothing! You women (?)
jump in threads and fight with the wrong person!! Aren't you embarassed? Can you follow conversations in real life? I doubt it! I'm not talking about computers or anything - I'm on Busy MTings side, really.  We're having a fine conversation, in case you hadn't stuck your nose in the full thread!!  I'm not the bozo worrying about whose computer she's using and that nonsense. AND YES I WORKED FOR SPHERIS!!  HORRIBLE! JUST ANOTHER MONSTER NATIONAL! And I work for MQ - YUCK.  But it pays the bills, though that is another story all together!  When you nosy posters who jump in a thread decide to jump in and bash, why not pick an intelligent fight with the correct person?  You make no sense and look like more of a jerk than you obviously think I am!!  Sorry, too, not a blonde!  Black as the Ace of Spades - wanna fight about my hair??
Yah - a couple women got rich, and we all got -nm
That comment was very degrading to women.
Nagging, whining WOMEN!!!
Exactly why I choose to work at home!!!!
You said it! Women defined careers just don't pay
no respect.....men would never put up with the crap we do
Women in bathrobes unite! Puhleeze...
Men always minimize women's problems. I would DUMP

ahh com'on, peope (women) don't stitck together
I did note something on MTStars Job seekers, Transcription Express had an ad (I did not see another one a few below this one) but in the newer ad, gave her email and said use this one as she had no replies, guess she figured they did out go through on the board. So later I clicked on the first ad. It offered 7 cents (THUS, I would guess nobody was biting) HOO RAY) That is how to get the rates up but nobody will. Look how they accept 3-4 cents a line on VR. Pitiful.
ahh com'on, people (women) don't stitck together
I did note something on MTStars Job seekers, Transcription Express had an ad (I did not see another one a few below this one) but in the newer ad, gave her email and said use this one as she had no replies, guess she figured they did out go through on the board. So later I clicked on the first ad. It offered 7 cents (THUS, I would guess nobody was biting) HOO RAY) That is how to get the rates up but nobody will. Look how they accept 3-4 cents a line on VR. Pitiful.
ahh com'on, people (women) don't stitck together
I did note something on MTStars Job seekers, Transcription Express had an ad (I did not see another one a few below this one) but in the newer ad, gave her email and said use this one as she had no replies, guess she figured they did out go through on the board. So later I clicked on the first ad. It offered 7 cents (THUS, I would guess nobody was biting) HOO RAY) That is how to get the rates up but nobody will. Look how they accept 3-4 cents a line on VR. Pitiful.
Are you women or little girls? Free speech..
is just that. My opinion is allowed here as is yours; remember, they are OPINIONS.
HOW TRUE...from romance to finance, women are the first...
to sell each other out. At least men have their 'man code' even when it doesn't make great sense to me. The same man that will cheat on his wife would NEVER sleep with his best friend's wife...go figure.

Men will at least stand up and say I will not be treated like this and damn the consequences while women tiptoe around hoping things won't get any worse. My biggest problem is the corporate suits, mostly male, get this and do use it against us.
why and what kind of women 'flaunt' their bodies?...sm
This is the question. Why do they flaunt their nice bodies?
Is this to entice men? Running around half-naked and then they wonder when they get raped.

BTW, I have a very nice body, but I do not flaunt it, this is a very risky behavior.
Again, lonely women in need of male attention, whether the guy's into females or not
but that's just me. THat goes for the so junior high comment below. Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make them immature. You have your opinion, I have mine. Deal with it.
Sure do agree with you WORKING women set a good example for kids and
SCHOOL and DAY CARE never replace a mother. A 2 person family with a stay at home mom does not make a great kid. I see messed up kids from stay at home families all the time, the wealthier they are sometimes, the more entitled and into alcohol and drugs the kids turn out. A child sees the mother providing for them and it makes them feel loved and secure. I do not want my daughter to be a stay at home mom. I was her to have a career and to always have confidence and to be able to support her family whether there is a husband or not. Not all husbands make enough to keep a family going. Some people are just very narrow minded.

of course men don't work for free; and they typically get paid better than women
and they are definitely jerks - all of them - they suck and they know it, and we are not impressed
E-zines, women and parenting mags, local newspaper.

I have a subscription to writersmarket.com to find places to submit, and there are a few market list databases at other websites.  I'm just starting out again myself after giving it up a couple of years ago.  The few articles I was paid for weren't worth much at all.  I've got a few book ideas I'm working on, too, but I never have time for it.

What have you done with your writing so far?  Do you belong to any writing groups or anything?

That is terrible. You know, those women have no idea how to handle all these big university accounts
that are moving up there. They are very very wrong about some of the things they do and it seems like they really dont know as much as they would like you to think they do. That is absolutely disgusting that they did that. I hope that MT reported them to anyone in New Jersey they could find. I would have taken that as far as I could have if I would have been her to the CEO. That is just horrendous. My goodness, why does MQ continue with them. I believe firmly if you make enough calls you will find someone that is willing to listen and take the info where it needs to go I believe that.
You're on to me Dr. Phil. Wanting to work in a profession
where my pay is not being cut month to month is so wrong. Please don't take my funnin' the wrong way. I'll try to use my powers better from now on.

It does not say "only"
Yes, but you seem to be the "only" one
The OP asked which to go with, and I say Axo is probably more user friendly.  KS may have the rep of being nice with loads of work, but working in a hospital platform is very difficult to make productivity. 
For LOL, re: "only" radiology MTs
I'm so sorry that all of you are going through this, but it doesn't help to start sniping at each other. I wonder if there is a way to unionize MTs? AHDI is great, but really...they don't do much for us as professionals other than standardize the way a sentence should be punctuated, a gross oversimplification, I know. This if you've got a pulse and a computer, you've got a job attitude that seems to have been adopted by most MTSOs has gone way too far. We are completely overlooked and under-appreciated, invisible employees. They cut our pay, send our work overseas and then look at us and go, Whaddya gonna do about it? I'm beginning to feel like a coal miner, or a mushroom (kept in the dark and fed bull flop). And for LOL, I don't think the person who posted the it's only rad MTs that have to worry message meant anything nasty by it, I think it was an attempt to allay some fears, albeit not a very successful one. I've been an MT for over 20 years and I wouldn't know a radiology report from a hole in the ground. Keep your chin up!
Oops sorry, thought you said you "only" get out of bed for 6.5 ! lol
I "only" make $1.15 per report and have made over $62,000 this year so far. I only work 8 hou
5 days a week and pick up one 4-hour weekend shift a month. It depends on the account, your company, the report length, your expanders, normals, etc. I made $1.43 with Edix before I switched and even though I took a per report loss, I make more money in the past 2 years than ever with Edix. I rarely run out of work, which is a HUGE factor. I know that the company I work for is both praised and condemned on this board, but I am happy at KS.
You are in a profession
of people who really are scrambling for work. It's not like you are a doctor or lawyer. You are a typist and so stop being so uppity about it. your profession. I thought you had friends and that you are a mother, sister, niece.... get lost
Thanks everyone! Due to this profession and
all the garbage that goes along with it, I have accepted a position outside of transcription.  Pay is better and bennies to boot!  It's sad to see what this profession has lead to .  The ungratefulness from MTSOs is growing by leaps and bounds.  Please no replies that.... the grass is not always greener, etc.  Been there, done that.... I'm very comfy with my decision.  I can always fall back on transcription -we are a dime a dozen whether we are seasoned or newbie (unfortuantely)!
This profession... SM

can be a rewarding profession, but definitely not an easy one.  There are waves of workflow, waves of pay, waves of anger, waves of joy, waves of guilt, waves of happiness, waves of sadness, waves with a shark lurking (like an ocean).  hehe

So what do we do in the ocean?  Go with the waves!  Surf's Up!!! 

MT isn't the only profession
As a coder, we often work around and in spite of. Their written documentation is just as bad as their dictation. One visit the patient has metastatic cancer, the next visit they have cancer in situ, then they have a history of cancer, etc., etc., etc. One visit HIV positive, next visit AIDS, next visit HIV positive. There is no consistency at all. They come in with a visit diagnosis of Diabetes type 1 but their office note says type 2. MTs have it rough but we're not the only one. I think anything in the HIM field meets these challenges. They're just in such a big hurry to whip through it that they don't pay attention. Most docs consider doing their documentation just too big a bother and scr__ the consequences.
And I think that anyone in this profession that has

in this year 2009, should automatically be a CMT; no test; no money; just grandmothered into a CMT.  I am only 38, but I've been transcribing for almost 20 years now and used to have to look every word up in a dictionary and didn't have Google or electronic spell checks to help me do my job.  I feel like I should already be a CMT and not have to take the test.

I also think the line rates are very low here lately especially for acute care work that requires evenings and weekends.  I know this profession is 24/7, but all MTs deserve more than 7 cpl to work nights and weekends as in any other profession, there is a shift diff that pays.

As far as the ist at the end of my title, I don't mind.  A transcriber, in my opinion, sounds more like the name of a machine or office equipment.  The ist I feel is derived from the term specialist, so add what you like before the ist and that's what you get; it is not belittling and definitely not feminine when you consider how many male physicians there are in society today.  Furthermore, I'd take a male dictator over a female any day of the week. 

Okay, I'm done...  for whoever cares... 

This is the only profession ......
that the longer you are in it and the more experienced you are, the less you get paid.
If you are in this profession you have to
accept them, they are part of it whether you like it or not, or as you say - get out.
MTs getting out of the profession
I agree with that assessment. My local technical college is discontinuing their MT program because of the changes being made. So what is going to happen is that there is going to be a huge paucity of qualified people who can accurately transcribe and edit the few remaining necessary functions that they now perform and they will then be at a premium and the price will go up. Then once the medical providers figure out that the way they keep records (EMR point and click and VR), while they may be expedient and cheap, are not living up to the hype and hence will get them into trouble legally (due to sloppy entries and slipshod data entry by the physicians themselves), they will reassess the need for those in our profession and go looking for us again. Perhaps we will be there but probably not.
Yes, call waiting works. I also have call forwarding from my home line
Not wanting to know...
what anyone's cpl rate is, just would like to know if after working for this company a while, do they give raises at all?

I am not trying to find anything out at all...just curious if you are with them for some time, do they give you raises? That's all I would like to know.
I am currently an IC and wanting to
if I will be able to maintain the amount of money I make now as an IC. I currently type around 190-200 or so reports a day. Is this doable at Keystrokes? TIA
Thanks, wanting to know
The reason I am making changes is because of no work/low work where I am. Maybe this kind of nonsense goes on everywhere these days.
As an IC they cannot demand a schedule AND THEY KNOW IT!  They are breaking the law if they do, simply stated.  You are giving up employee benefits, PTO, insurance, etc. in exchange for that flexibility.  But there are always going to be MTs that will give them their cake and let them eat it, too. 
actually, was just wanting to know myself
if anyone works or worked for the Nevada location that can tell us the good, bad and ugly.
to have a real profession
So before you going calling anyone dumb.... think about just how skilled you aren't. MQ'ER move along.
Don't let this sour you on this profession. sm
There are great companies out there and horrible ones. What was horrible for you might be a good fit for someone else.
the problem with this profession..

is..... it is very ill defined.  nothing is measured, nothing is objective, at least consistently.  7 cpl is equal to 10 cpl somewhere else.  a few examples.  people don't say they are acute care MTs to annoy you, there are a million different scenarios and a whole lot of jargon being thrown around, and i guess i'd be wondering what a person is called that does acute care but no ops.  a whole half a company where i work are like that.  so.. uh...see.  every scenario is different... which is a major part of the problem.

but, in response to your note, i disagree with a whole lot of it, and it's due mainly to what i say above.  i chose to work at home because i dont want to work at an office so i am sure as heck not interested in turning this environment into the very thing i left.

any, may i submit to you, and many others speaking in these forums.... it's fine to express opinions; it's not heard with much regard when it is touted as fact.  you see divas.  i see an industry of people who have been taken advantage of like no other.  there is no accountability from the doctor, the hospital, or the MTSO... it all runs down hill to the MT.  laws are blatantly ignored and policies rarely written with any definition.  if you want to compare the way we work to traditional offices, when was the last time you worked at an office where you worked 10 hours to get in 8, and you only got paid for some of the work, but not all.  it's come to be the norm here.

some heavy duty revamping needs to take place... and i'm working on it.  everyone put their thinking caps on about what's really at the root of these problems, and stop arguing for crying out loud. never seen so many arguers in my life.  it's apples and oranges that everyone is arguing over.... little bites of fact taken out of context.  no big picture.

i will be back over the next few months to hear them.  let's get down and serious and fix this chaos. look underneath what got you ramped up.. the ramping isn't valuable, but figuring out what is driving it is.  i say we start a revolution.

You are a traitor to this profession.
What you are doing is the reason why MTs are in the fix they're in.  You are selling US out for profit.  Pray tell, how do you plan to ensure patient confidentiality in the jungle? 
I would! This profession is all but dead