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I forwarded this to AARP with some choice words

Posted By: on your behalf - NM on 2006-05-09
In Reply to: I wrote this email and sent it to the Toledo Blade newspaper. - mamacarolina


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Poor choice of words. sm
see my post above. I personally wasn't calling their gifts cheesy, they were. It is the thought that counts. Diskriter has proven over the years that they are a company who rewards their employees and shares the profit during the holidays.
I have forwarded all responses to HR Department. sm
Hopefully they are doing THEIR part and contactnig people. If you dont mind, e-mail me and let me know who you are and I'll try to light a fire under them!
AARP is doable
Single - 60 years old - 347/mo with low deductible and dental and vision. It is deductible if you pay on your own.
Don't laugh but did you check AARP? sm

Our insurance went up and was nearly impossible to understand.  I checked AARP's plans, they're comparable to what the company offers at about $25 more including dental and eye, and a lot less confusing.  If the insurance goes up again next year and becomes more incomprehensible, it's AARP for me. 

AARP was $800 per month, single. $1000 deductible. SM
I know personal insurance is reasonable for people under 50, really I do, but I'm not under 50, I'll be 60 in June. I have checked all over and, even with spousal insurance, it is 800-850. There is an insurance crisis in this country of epic proprotions and I don't see it being solved anytime soon.

I'm willing to pay well for my insurance, even though I am healthy now, but not 800 and up and those didn't even cover a yearly PE. Even my crummy Spheris insurance pays for that.
Definitely need the Sted's Derm&Immuno Words and a Path&Lab Words to do derm. Lots of weirdness!
Sted's Ortho Words, a lab words book, at least 1 drug book, and your AAMT BOS 2nd
In other words
at least on my reports it is counting each character and space correctly, yet line counts remain much lower on DQS.  Numerous others have posted the same thing here.

Hello-- I do know for a fact that the company is legit, as I live in the same city as the company. Dont know much about pay, although I do remember that they pay by the dictated minute. Hope this helps!


That would be Belleville, IL.

a few words
I don't know how much you know about the internet but posting in all caps is the equivalent of screaming and you seem to be screaming alot in your post below..

Just briefly, you seem to be posting as an MT, citing your experience with platforms, difficult QA programs, transcribing off the clock - yet you write about concerns that are definitely those of management, getting staff to show up for work, work flow, if you can't work that shift don't apply, we created offshoring so all of you MTs out there… Most MTs I know are concerned with work pools, fair treatment, honesty, timeliness of payroll, quality of dictators, line rate, etc. I have enough respect for the MTs and management that read this board to be able to intuit whether you are an MT or not or exactly what the motives of your post were; maybe to score points, I don't know, but whatever your motive, your post does not address my post at all..

In a very few words without any caps I told the MT asking the question about my experience. My post was truthful and I went out of my way to tell her that my experience didn't mean it would be the same for her and even indicated such things are hard to determine. I don't know if she was an Editor or MT I posted to warn someone who asked for guidance about my experience simply because I wouldn't want anyone to go through what I and others have. And I would want someone to give me the same heads ups if I had asked for guidance on a board about a certain company. It was measured, thoughtful, and brief and not an embellishment or downright lie to make a company look bad. I think you took care of that pretty well with your post.

I am not going to get into any debate with you or follow up any response you might make as you seem to have a lot of anger you are carrying around and maybe even an anger management problem but mostly because you seem to deal in absolutes that most reasonable people do not. Because you don't know of a situation does not mean it doesn't exist, because you have not had a similar experience does not make it an embellishment or lie, but mostly your generalizations and judgmentalness are breathtaking. MTs brought offshoring on themselves, download work and then go shopping, do laundry and dishes all day - that's a lot of laundry and a lot of dishes! - most do not take their jobs seriously, no work ethic, go back to the doctor's office and on and on… I just know that my experience has been MTs, editors and management in the transcription field pretty much run the same as most other professions, a lot of them are serious thoughtful professionals, a lot of them aren't, and painting them all with the same broad stroke because you happen to disagree with them or with what someone posts on a board doesn't give a lot of credibility to you or what you are saying.

As I waded through your derisiveness and sarcasm and anger I just felt bad for you and maybe you ought to think about the fact MT might not be for you…and if you are a member of Alltype management, oh wow…

Words R Us
Does anybody have info on Words R Us out of Illinois?  Do they pay on time; how is their QA; voice quality of their files? 
key words here are Used To.
In other words, the
p.r.n. racket..................NEVER!! 
2 words
Well, then THREE WORDS:
She did the work. The employer didn't pay. Bottom line: Employer owes her the money.
I just used above the same words like you did here
Working for MQ seems intolerable to me from just what I read from their postings here. My work, for the most part, is smooth, nothing like only allowed 3 blanks (I would be in a tizzy then because of our ESLs) and so on. I cannot believe people actually want to stay there. What is the big draw?
don't stick by their words
There is way too much of that in this industry.
Thank you. I think those are just made up words.
There is a Google box right under the words
type in what you want to search and then click the circle beside 'mtstars' located right below the Google box, then search. This will bring up archives on your topic, if there are any.
You have to be kidding. Per your own words, DR

is not the best. Any poor MTs coming from MQ have been beaten to death by now - they don't need another company that is not THE BEST. Let's see - what was I being tactful and leaving out? It takes 4-ever and a day to actually start - criminal background checks - yeah, I know, no big deal, but still creepy - physical exams, and plenty of other hoops - probably a month to get started. Computers were garbage and platform was down often, though none in my account received 1 cent of downtime pay. Platform antiquated and also allowed for prime cherry picking. As a newby, I used to watch the good work get sucked right out of my pool from my coworkers. Backstabbing galore, office politics, no supervision whatsoever. Pay was on the low side, but was told it was due to how great hospital accounts were - not really. MTs expected to adhere to a strict schedule - quality of work was poor as we got hospital leftovers from inhouse staff. DR also has had run-ins with the labor board and were found guilty of whatever it was they were caught doing. So, yes, let these comments scare you - check the company board archives - always lots of negative about DR. In fact, this is the first time I have ever read positives, so I honestly suspect its their recruiter trying to snag some newbies. DR was even posted about just last week - go thru pages and search for them. Good luck to you! Definitely not a good replacement for MQ. If you're close to the breakdown point, as I was when I left MQ, DR is likely to push you right over the edge.

Thank you so much for the kind words!
I want to thank you all for your kind words SM

and suggestions.  It means a lot to me.  I'm a pretty optimistic person, so I believe something better will come along...but it feels good to share my frustrations with those of you who have been there, done that, and got the T-shirt!

I better go to work!  Have a great weekend everyone and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

Just Me

Your words are obviously heartfelt,
but it might be time to consider another career if you feel so dehumanized that you consider yourself a machine. Best wishes.
Perfect words! sm
I guess I needed someone else to validate for me that it might be okay. Although you'd think my hubby and three children would be enough to do it for me:)  I too am having a very hard time with the testing for other large companies; that is why I was surprised and even a little leary that I passed this one, almost too easily.  And yes, the experience on the resume would be big!  My next project for tomorrow tho (while waiting to get info that I probably won't receive for one reason or another) is to test for Amphion...been interested for awhile so what the heck. Thanks again for making me feel okay!
Thanks all for the words of wisdom. Nm
I just have ten words on the subject....
July sucked for the MT. It was so slow everywhere.
Words Unlimited in N. J.
Anybody ever hear of or work for this company in E. Brunswick, NJ?  Raymonde Pozzolano is the owner.  Need info ASAP.  Thanks!
Why Ortho Words?? sm

I most times start with Google and then make sure it is spelled correctly by looking it up in the medical dictionary.  I also use a Word Book that just gives medical words but no definitions.  That helps to narrow things down sometimes too. 

I'm wondering why the above poster said to get Ortho Words.  Is that a must for all types of specialties in your opinion?  I don't have one but would get one if it is helpful.   I do Radiology so you would think that would be good for me anyway.  Think I'm going to go to Amazon.com right now and order one. 

Well, Shelley, then maybe you can help me get the money I am owed from them for services all the way to May 1st and up through the present date.
In other words they may beg you to stay or
Consider that the most frequently used words
have 3 letters or less, so 25% or more of the space taken by that word would include at least 1 space. 
Words of Advice
There's not much work at Webmedx - think carefully.
Words Unlimited.....
I am looking into a few different places to place resumes and I came across Words Unlimited.  There is no info in this board that I can find out about them.  Does anyone on here work for them or has worked for them.  Any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks
LOL - You took the words right out of my mouth.
thanks for the encouraging words (nm)
Thanks for your kind words
I have 25 years of experience, yet am only in my mid40s (started while in college). I am glad you got lots of offers. It is nice to know that it is possible we are not all thought of as old and crotchety, that is exactly the word I was thinking of LOL. And you are probably right I should not judge all of them just like I thought they judge all of us. Guess I was getting paranoid after speaking to that 1 MTSO.... shame on me! Thanks for your reply :)
MDI-MD? Are you sure of her words? Never is an absolute. sm
And I find it hard to believe their recruiter, who I have dealt with for weeks now as a newbie, would use that specific term.
Too unbelievable for words
Let me see, to be able to make 25.00 per hour you would have to type about 3100 lines per hour using 8 cpl.  How is that humanly possible?????????????????
LOLOLOL -- big words and all!!!! nm
So, in other words, I have cut back to 1 job.
Sorry if I did not make that clear in the above post.
Thank you so much for the kind words!
Needing some encouragement. Have been bouncing around without a good work home since before Christmas last year. I probably will not give up my IC position either. Congratulations and all the best to you starting Sept 8. Perhaps we will be working together some day! :) Thanks again for your input.

To all you hard working MTs out there.

I've been in the business too long not to have learned something. I still have not found a decent, honest and fair MT company and this is after 20 years. They require tons of qualifications out of you but in return what do you get? I don't trust ANY of them! They're  in it for the quick buck and don't give a rat's ass about you. I long for the those old days when hospitals had their own transcription departments and MTs had benefits and some security. The MT companies now want you to have all this bunch of equipment, each has their own software (this drives me crazy), they expect at the very least 98% accuracy, fast transcription, and want you to stay put at your chair all day IN CASE work comes pouring in. They want you to have your own books, your own C-Phone, unlimited long distance, high speed internet, etc. Why don't YOU demand the same things they expect of you? We all know doctors hate to dictate because there's no money to be made there. The archive departments have to get on their backs every month, so, they come in and dictate a ton of charts and you can't understand a frickin word they're saying and God forbid the ESLs...but you see, the company you're working for doesn't care and the doctors don't care. You need to hold these companies at much greater standards than you do now. Affirm yourselves, question them, get it in writing, and don't take less than what you believe you're worth! Stand up to them for once, and you'll stop this abuse. After all, it is your life and your revenues are as important as theirs. Report them to everyone you can. They are not honest and have no integrity although they will try to convince you that working for them will be the greatest thing that happened to you. C'mon....wake up girls! Stand up and tell them that we are not going to take this anymore. If docs can't talk or write, and the companies know this, they'll shove it on to you...yes, you at home, working soooooo hard to do a good job.....I'm out of this now and will never go back because to home working because THEY can't pass MY test!

Love you all but please wake up!


Thank you for your kind words! s/m
I just finally felt like it was time to share the other side of things with my company. As expected, I was met with talk to your STM (I have) and get another account (I have 4). I just felt like I needed to be honest. I do love Webmedx in most ways. Just yesterday i received praise for my work from my STM. I have NEVER had a manager take the time to do that before I worked here. They truly are nice people. My family just cannot survive with the no-work situation more than just the occasional seasonal lows. This has gone beyond that. I realize that they over hire to take care of upcoming accounts, etc. We received another mass email trying to explain the situation and how expensive it is for them these days. I totally understand that, but my family is feeling it. I have not jumped ship yet, and I might not if something better does not present itself, but I wanted to share my most recent experiences with this company. Isn't that what we are all here for? To be honest and help each other? I am not bashing this company at all, and if I DO ever leave, I will miss it--but I will not miss my ever-shrinking paycheck. I suppose it is the same everywhere these days. Thanks again for taking the time to acknowledge my post. I wish you the best of luck in this crazy MT world! :-)
Thank you for those kind words (nm)

Thank you for those kind words (nm)

That's too funny for words!
meant sending work outside the hospital until I read the one about overseas. I almost squirted my orange juice out my nose!

Yes, indeedy. Once again, this time with feeling...

Outsourcing - having another transcription company do the work (regardless of location).

Offshoring - the work leaves the *shores* (get it?) of these good ol' United States.

Did that sound mean? I didn't mean for it to sound mean - it's just funny to me.
thanks for the kind words :)
so I don't know their tax ID number or whatever.
Correction - "a few WORDS"....
Thank you for your kind words.

What I was trying to do with my original post was spark some healthy dialog, and boy did I!   It’s clear that few are without an opinion on this one, from those who took my fanciful VR language as a true and scary representation of what VR produces each and every time (yike!) to the more Borg-minded crowd (Resistance is futile.  You will be assimilated.)   My point – and I actually do have one – is in the title of  Judge Judy Sheindlin’s book:  Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining.  I don’t necessarily see VR as an intentional move by our MTSOs to cheat us out of money, but I also don’t see them taking the 30-50% cut in profits they are expecting us to suffer. 


Somewhere between steeling ourselves for a career move that includes saying  *Do you want fries with that?* and allowing ourselves to get all borgified  by our employers’ switch to VR there must be a middle ground.  I just have not thought of it yet.   Anybody have an idea what that might be?  Instead of just bitching and catastrophizing about this, I would like some constructive suggestions for peaceful resistance, should employer tell me my account is switching next month. 

Don’t put words in my mouth, what I am saying is
I would rather have $5.00 than absolutely no money at all. Anyone who does not understand this has something wrong with them. I do not work for that but she quit her job without anything else no now 0 money. Now do you understand?