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Exactly...too much flipping back and forth through screens, schedules, faxes....

Posted By: Ditto on 2006-03-10
In Reply to: Didn't like it - Ex-Amphion2

and for what? A 10-line note about somebodies out of control diabetes or hypertension. It takes longer to fill in the DI screen than to type the note. I stayed for about 9 months because of the easy dictators, but found it was dulling my acute care skills so I left. I asked to change accounts, the answer was, no. I am MUCH happier where I am now.

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She threw us under the flipping RICKSHAW, lol!!!
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Demo screens
For starters, there is way too much information you have to put into the demographics field, which slows you down considerably.  Another thing is over 25 pages worth of account specifics that are you HAVE to memorize all while having to learn another account, which has over 16 pages of account specifics to memorize.  A lot of the things you have to put in the demo screen could be taken care of on the other side.  Such as having to put allegies in comment sections in the demo screen that is already put in the actual document.  Just a bunch of truly nitpicky things that will drive you mad! I hope this helped.
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Platform I was on had to flip thru many screens for
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minor demographic work..superb QA and feedback.  Fellow MTs on same account are more than willing to help and now they also have mentor program.  My pay is what they said.  They do have different pay for different levels. 
Had to toggle between many screens, no support or qa to speak ofl they dock $10 per document
They can't afford to bother you. You are too busy toggling between numerous screens in
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It's very convenient to use. ExText seemed much bulkier and much slower to me.
If it's Apex, steer clear. I was on it with another company. It eats reports. Too many screens. s
The spellchecker doesn't work and it was REALLY hard to get a decent line count with it. It's also not compatible with too many expanders.
You do have to say what hours you will work. That's called J O B

We're finally making strides to become PROFESSIONALS who have deadlines and hours and expectations and stuff! Can you just imagine?

Seriously, you have to pick the hours you will work. Then you have to work them. You don't have to pick 8-4. You can pick 8, 10, 11, 7, 2.

Of course, they can tell you they need other coverage, I suppose.
Yes, they are strict on the agreed upon schedule the transcriptionists obligate themselves to...they HAVE to be. TT is in business to provide their clients with quality reports in a time frame THEY have agreed upon. The reports cannot be delivered on time if the transcriptionists are cavalier in their work habits. I love working for TT. I can tell you another thing. Probably the only reason that Transcriptionist was written up was because she was consistently not working at her agreed upon time. TT have been wonderful to me. And yes, they HAVE been flexible, but I am on when I am supposed to be and provide a quality product for them.
I'm not sure what section of Focus you all work with.  With all the discussion about schedules, etc., I'm wondering what I've been missing.  I've been an employee for well over a year and have never been required to have a set schedule of any kind.  I work whenever I want, as long as I put in a minimum of 20 hours per week.
ICs and schedules
The whole idea of being an IC is to NOT have to stick to a schedule. There are companies out there. I have to do a minimum of 5000 lines per pay period (which is 1st to 15th of the month and 16th to end of month) but on no schedule, just whenever I work as long as come date of invoice I have a minimum of 5000 lines. I know there are other companies out there that do the same. That is the way it should be for an IC.
Set schedules.
No flexibility.
No set schedules because....
They don't pay overtime .
No, not boring - flipping burgers is boring!
Be grateful to be working!
Flexible schedules
Amphion Medical Solutions: You can say you will work 5 hours a day, or 20 hours a week, but that is about as vague as they can tolerate. Contact HR@amphionmedical.com
No...they are really flexible with schedules..nm
What do you mean by downloading schedules?

The ones here who want to make their own schedules
should just spend their time doing something else besides working. You really sound immature wanting to call the shots on when you work. Hospital work is 24/7. If you donít want to work on weekends or say you cannot work (UGH), stay home and take care of the kids. No princesses around here.
They do have some M-F schedules, but it depends on
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I think there is 1 small rad but there is ER. Schedules....

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That's because of the work schedules

Most of the MTs at MDI either work Sun-Thu or Tue-Sat.  Therefore, more MTs are working Tue, Wed, Thu. 

The problem is M-F schedules have
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No, but they have flexible schedules, so ask about
and if your schedules are flexible? nm
and if your schedules are flexible? nm
It looks like 2 different lists, 2 different schedules.

Schedule 3.13(a) hereto contains a complete and accurate list of all employees (including statutory employees) of the Company who for the year ending March 31, 2009 were paid annual aggregate compensation in excess of $35,000, showing the position, annual base salary and bonus potential for each such employee.

Purchaser shall continue the services of the employees of the Company following the Closing except for the individuals listed on Schedule 6.11 hereof who shall be terminated at or shortly following the Closing.

It appears that there are going to be some that are terminated at or following the closing.  Is that tomorrow or January 1, 2010?

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How were the schedules set up? Shifts? Flexibility? Thanks! nm
Are they extremely strict with schedules? nm
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Thanks! One more question...are they flexible with regards to schedules?sm
 I mean do they have a strict Su-Th or Tu-Sa schedule?  Thanks again..
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probity? how are they about working with schedules, etc.? nm
Do most of the hospitals have slow schedules
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Does everyone work every weekend?
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in my interview, they told me set schedules.
When I interviewed with them a few weeks ago, there was no flexibility. If you did 2000 lines in 4 hours, then you still had to work your entire 8 hour shift.
Does any company allow M-F schedules anymore?
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I am an independent contractor and agreed to a certain amount of lines per pay period and gave an approximate schedule but am I not correct that by law if I get my lines, they can't tell me when and when not to work.  I have only one time not gotten my lines and only because there was no work and that was about 9 months ago.

I can't stand the vile threats of being canned for not working a certain schedule when they hire independent contractors.  What recourse do I have if something like that happened?  Labor board, law suit, etc?
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WEBMEDX - how strict are they with their schedules and clocking in and out? TIA nm

12-hour window schedules are offered
by Spheris.