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Heavens, no. They are free to leave at any time.

Posted By: Only need be a guinea porcine if they allow SM on 2009-09-28
In Reply to: so, do the MTs always have to be the guinea p**s?..nm - lara

themselves to be. 

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If you have this much free time on your hands....
In the name of all that is holy, OP, seek professional help NOW.

Ex-employees with too much free time on your hands
We all know who has been posting the negative remarks; ex-employees that have far too much unemployed time on their hands and they spend this free time posting negativity on web sites. Please, seek help, therapy, change your attitude, try to adapt some professionalism and work ethics into your personna, and get on with your miserable life. Your 'sour grapes' attitude is getting so old. Get off of the web sites and get a life.
Same thing here with the co. I work for..free time is

ok sometimes but I really want to work!

but it is a free country. People ask questions all the time that
are best answered by a representative of the company in question. 
They leave you alone. Pay is always on time. sm
I think you will be fine with clinic notes. I think the only accounts they pay spaces for are with Emdat accounts. Do not do any acute care work without being paid for spaces.
I agree. After 22 years it is now time to get out. Where are my hip-boots when I need them.
Time to leave
I have started putting in my resume. There have got to be better companies out there.

At first things were not to bad but things have been going rapidly down hill.

I have always gotten good reviews but lately I find it difficult to work due to never getting a raise.

I do like my supervisor but I have noticed a change lately.

I have been on a special team for the last 2 years doing this one provider who expects 100% all the time. Now, i received an E-mail stating that I am being taken off of the special team because I made a couple of errors. Well, that was the straw that broke the camel's back. So, I am now looking at other companies. Another thing that bothers me is I was never paid extra for being on this team. So, I guess it is okay for them to ask 100% but it is not okay if I make a mistake. Well, at this point I do not care.

So, I would not recommend this company.
Then next time leave it for someone who
appreciates it. Lots of MTs would be very happy to have the extra money you're complaining about.
AMEN sister..Better yet. why dont we just do it for free, donate our time to a good cause.
I mean really..we dont need to earn a living or eat. I'd love to sit all day at home making minimum wage. This business has gone down the tubes. I'm just insulted.
Lots of people are happy with them, but you DO have to "clock out" every time you leave your
Big Time Micromanager! And if you leave, good luck on getting that last check.
Although you are an IC, she will expect you to work a rigid schedule.
Also...do you have to clock out any time you leave the computer, i.e. to answer the door, go to the
Did you ever consider staying with them part time? I dont know if I should leave altogether or not.
And other days I just want to throw in the towel totally. Ugggg.. this MT business!
Is Keystrokes a big company or small? I am thinking of applying. Time to leave the Q. nm
The sad thing is that I do not even think they would notice if I left. I am a high producer but not very vocal and they seem to have forgotten about me :(
Sweat shop mentality! Time for you to leave and find a job where you'll
Good heavens!
I didn't know Deb was the owner!!  Add modesty to her many attributes.  I've known her for years and years before TT and she never told me she was the owner.  If she is the "owner" someone said was moody, I beg to differ.  She only has one mood and that's CHEERFUL.
Oh, for heavens' sake! (sm)
If you were at all familiar with DRC, you would know that the current clients REQUIRE all MTs who do their work to be USA-based. Why would the CEO of Acusis spend big bucks to buy a thriving, successful company, then turn around and send the work offshore and lose the contracts that made DRC worth buying in the first place?

Move over, Chicken Little... you've got houseguests for the weekend.
Oh heavens. Sorry about that. Half awake. nm

Free enterprise. You are free to re-educate and retrain, as well!!!!
What's the complaint?!

Oh for Heavens sake! That is old news and all their clients already know about that.
Come up with something new, and maybe people will listen.
Oh for heavens sake! Did it occur to you that maybe she left there for a reason? She
addressed that when she came to Transtech and emphatically that she was not interested in offshoring and they are not going to offshore. Sheesh! She worked for ONE company that offshored and she left that for a reason (didn't like offshore).
Heavens to Betsy, learn voice recognition
Good heavens, outsourcing Radio services see link
I have heard of NightHawks - reading radiology reports at night etc., now even the radiologist are at risk for job loss and lower wages just like the MT.  Can be read as far away as India and sent back. Interesting article see link
Free sure. There are free on-line fax

services, in fact I used one last week.   Most do have limits on how often you can use and how many pages though.  You obviously would have to scan pages into a document, but maybe she doesn't have a scanner either.

She could have mailed paperwork back. 

Yes, it is free.
They told me that I would get a discount with steadman's and Dell, but they never said that I would have to buy anything. The only thing they said was that I would have to provide the home type of equipment (i.e. Internet, computer, foot pedal, and software for listening to the files. I received the same things you mentioned above too.
The only one I know of that is free
is Emmaus' MedCount . . . they have a link to this site and advertise here, and the company offers other software programs for sale that are designed for transcriptionists, but the line counting software is downloadable and free.
Here's the web site: http://www.mpword.com

I was unable to use the free program above . . . I had used it before, but on the computer I bought last summer, for some reason it would not work, so I purchased The Abacus.

I have seen a couple of times people posting about The Abacus being a free program, but I had to pay for it. Seems like they may offer a free trial for a certain period of time or number of usages, with limitations during the trial, but then if you do want the program you pay and they give you a code that enables the full program.

The web address for The Abacus is: http://www.theabacus.biz/theAbacus.htm


Buh bye OSI!!! 

I will miss all the good MT's there but at least I will be getting paid for holidays from now on.  Maybe, just maybe the good MT's still there will be right behind me.  Or maybe not, and you can enjoy your little mug of candy for Christmas. 

Yes!  Yes!    Yes!  Yes!

I think most use it because it is free and can
be used w/o a pedal if you had to.  I have used their tests with other software though.  I've never had trouble downloading files, you can right click and save to a file.   I think they companies have always provided instructions on how to save the files too. 
No 1 MAKES ME do anything. Have free
All 40,000 others are free to post as often as they like also.
Is Turbo Tax free? (sm)
WebMedX has a list of required reference books you have to get.  I'm sure I spent at least $100-$150 on them.  I ordered them from amazon, so the receipt should be easy enough to get.

The debate is whether to do my taxes myself or go to H&R Block.  The last couple years I had someone else do my taxes 'cuz I had a part-time IC job and deducted my phone line charges.

Hell, I could probably deduct my DSL bill this year, I suppose...
the free one does not count
Testing isn't free either

It costs us 10.00 for every applicant we test online.  Out of 50 people I might refer who look promising, about 80% will get to the actual transcription part and say I couldn't finish, it wouldn't let me when the actual qualified people have no trouble whatsoever. 

How many of you get the emails with the cover information not spellchecked?  I get them that say I am very qulity conscience.  I got one from a lady who worked in the surgical stockroom of a hospital and was furious when I told her that didn't qualify her to be an MT.  I had a welder who wanted something different,  several from people claiming to be med students or doctors, one dentist in an extremely remote part of Alaska.   I get stories of I have children and I'm about to be evicted and I quit my job.   I get my hospital went bankrupt and closed (yet the phone number still works).   I can advertise for ops and get people asking for an ER account.  I needed an Editor for a particular work type and had a lady apply who said she had 18 years experience so I let her try to edit a document.  I would have had to hire somebody else just to edit her work!!!  It really makes it hard for the experienced people because it's like we've heard it ALL...so you don't know who is good and who isn't!!!

Do you know what the right of free speech is?
It does not apply to private company matters, etc.


Well, when you're free of them, please
Where can you get this free trial? nm
working for free?....don't think so. sm
Look, it all comes down to getting paid. Doing their work for free isn't doig yourself a favor, just them. What did the contract agreement say that you signed? I would fax that portion back over to her and give her a date you expect to be paid. Losing invoices? More than one? Come on girl, this is a big red flag to me.
Don't you work for free?
I'd be nice to you too if you were making me all that money for a little info that you should have got in school.
it's friday free-for-all! Hoo-ha! nm



guildftp is free I think sm
Someone had posted before some free FTP sites.  Not all cost per month.  Some are a mere $6.00 per month.  It is to keep documents safe, and you'll need a password.  You can also store voice files there.  HIPPO is $39.00 per year I think and easy to use.  
Sounds like they might be trying to get free
work done.  Ten pages is excessive and I wouldn't do it. 
Regardless, it is work done for free.
It's horrible that one would think that we should not get paid for any work/data that is entered by us, whether it be 1 or 10 keystrokes.  It is my time and I am not doing it for free.
What do you mean work for free?
Maybe I should specify that when I stated dock I meant QA score being docked.  Maybe you were thinking money/pay??  LOL
unless you like to work for free
stay away due to the recruiter and the company as a whole unless you like to work for free...just do a search and you will read plenty of negatives on this shameful company and all of their affiliates.
Still Stress-Free...

Some of us still enjoy stress-free living w/o a care in the world.

We never had kids! (LOL)

More money + more peace and quiet = Stress-free living forever!



What about MT Desk? They are free and very
Yes, if she actually wants work, free or otherwise,
most indeed count, then an MT will have resume, advertisement, whatever free of errors. As someone who did a lot of hiring, I can tell you that if there was even one so-what error, as you say, the resume was passed over. If you can't proofread something as important as a resume or request for work, then it's hard to fathom you will proofread medical reports any better. I hope she took the advice and watches more carefully next time, rather than listen to advice that it doesn't matter.
Exactly. You should never work for free.
Our industry is bad enough for newbies without starting a trend wanting them to work for free....
If it's free, I'd do it just to make sure sm
I'm following all the rules and I'd probably learn new ones (to me) while doing it. 
It's amazing how much we do for free
these days, isn't it. In the old days, we were paid for EVERYTHING, templates, headers, footers, demos, etc... and even better with gross lines. Sigh :(
So Right On!! I have to remember Free Will...
This is so true... fearing something means we are chained to that thing... even with bills we are not chained to a certain job. I suppose I will see how it goes, and as always, have a plan B, C, etc. In the meantime, have to have resources to pay the bills for the time it takes to see if it will work or not. Being the only one supporting a child, I worry about the short term of pay check to pay check... I guess that is the real fear. I long for the times when I had a secure job in this industry. I never ever thought that with a good head on my shoulders I'd be skating on thin ice in job security. But then again, many of us is going through this and I can't wait for the time when job security comes back... I will sooo appreciate it, never take it a secure job with benefits for granted ever again!