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IC pay - need opinions

Posted By: curious on 2007-08-09
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I was just offered a job transcribing psych work IC at 0.06/line.  Would this be good bad, reasonable, unreasonable. Same doctor/doctors every day.  Opinions needed

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Can I have a little feedback?  I have recently tested with most nationals and have been offered jobs. Who has the best insurance?  Who cares most about us with 10 years plus experience in acute care?  Who cares about quality?  I have been offered jobs with every national for which I have tested?  Who really is honest about their insurance, and values MTs who have been in this field for a long time?  I am not going to believe they are going to put us old MTs out to pasture, my goodness, we are the ones who caused this business to boom.  Please provide all opinions, I just want an honest company, paying benefits, computer provided, that cares about quality and experience.  Thanks.

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Well, here's my opinions, lol!
Worked for Spheris and MQ. Both were good. I made more money with MQ but things were easier and more in my control with Spheris.

I liked Spheris' incentive program better and I could control which account I logged into. With MQ, I had to take which ever account reports were in my queue.

Haven't worked the other 2 companies, though.

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If you were making $700 (before taxes) every 2 weeks and had been on an account for 4 months, would you be happy with this or would you be applying at Walmart?  Seriously, what would you do or what is your honest opinion?

If you have never worked for this company and are just bashing it to give YOUR company a better shot then thats what I call invalid. How many of these negative posters have ever worked for KS for real? Im sure not everyone has a positive experience with any company but so far I think KS has had more positive than negative.
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What companies that you have worked for have the most user-friendly platforms?  In considering a switch, the platform seems to be most important to me but have only worked for one company for 12 years, so have nothing to compare.  If not the company, what platform would everyone recommend?  Thank you for any replies.

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Doesn't sound good for starters. I've found that this is a good indicator of things to come if ya stay. I agree with the first reply...time to move on.
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Scheduling? I know that they are Sun-Thurs or Tues-Sat, but are there specific shifts? How is their payscale? Do they pretty much leave you alone to work? Is the platform easy? How many accounts?

I have almost 10 years experience working at MQ and I'm looking for a change. I have an interview with MDI next week, but I have a few other offers out there as well (Landmark being one, but I'm unsure of that one due to the payscale).

Everyone's mileage may vary. Why would some of you not believe that some MTs cannot make a full-time living with Landmark? This probably depends on just how much work each MT needs to earn for their own particular circumstance to survive, and this would be dependent on location, cost of living, and particular expenses. The same people who express some concerns about Landmark have also agreed that the company has positive attributes (nice people to work with, honest line counts, pay on time, decent system, no garbage about schedules). The truth is still the truth. This company has had issues with losing multiple accounts, then shuffling the MTs and QA staff, which created situations where there was just not enough work to go around. The company has also gone for long spells (not just a day or two) where the work has been so low that the MTs could not possibly make a usual pay check. It's well known that most MTs that work for Landmark work for other companies, but that's not unusual for a lot of MTs with other companies. Many MTs work for multiple companies to make sure that they have enough work to make a living.

The issue here is why question people's valid concerns about a company, but not the people who only are cheerleaders? Why not question why some people keep popping in to rah rah this company every chance they get?
I want to thank everyone for your opinions!!!
I have made my decision though and will be going with Transcend and my gut tells me I definitely made the right choice!!! I hope I can be with them for a long time, as I hate changing jobs, LOL!!!!
P.S. - Opinions welcome
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All opinions are welcome here. SM

Some have positive views of a company or situation, others have negative ones.  All are welcome.  Debate the topics, issues.  Stop with the personal attacks.  Do not stalk other posters' posts.  Do not stoop to name-calling.  Report inappropriate posts - don't join in the inappropriate behavior. 



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Of course you are entitled to your opinions... sm
and entitled to your right to free speech, as well. The problem I had with your original post, going into minute detail about this conference, is that you presented it as FACT and while a lot of your info is, in fact, fact, you injected your personal opinion in with those facts and it makes it more difficult for those not invited to the meeting to sort through the ideas expressed. IOW, you were not an unbiased reporter merely presenting who, what, when, where, why and how.

Additionally, your original post left out what, to me anyway, was something of major interest: That the Acusis CEO has been a thorn in the side of some of the big-boy MTSOs to the point of being sued for calling them out on their less than honest billing practices, and that he intends to continue to push for transparency in that arena as well. That statement alone was enough to make me say Yee-Ha! right out loud... but you forgot to mention it.
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1.  Amount/line (average - - for 30+ years experience).

2.  Reliability of work not running out.

3.  Reliability of being paid.

4.  Benefits.  How long does it take for them to kick in once employed.

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I just wanna know if there are insurance companies that cover it.

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What would you do ........... offered an employee hospital position, at home, hourly base pay, plus shift differential, plus benefits, plus tiered line incentive on top of hourly rate.... Would you give up your IC status and client(s) for this?  

Of course, I will try to keep the IC status until I know it is going to work out, but that always scares me a little, thinking will I be able to keep up with it, back to working 12-14 hour days.  

Feeling secure knowing I have the job, plus a little insecure wondering, well what happens if........

Been in this business way too long I think and I have never been insecure about anything, what the heck is happening to me?



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I am IC for a company.  When I first started working for them, there were no stipulations on when I would work, just that I would have all work back within 24 hours.

Since then, I have been told that they have a contractual obligation with the clinic I work on that all STATs will be done within two hours.  I have no contractual obligation with the company that I IC with on STATs at all -- when I have to have them back, any additional pay, stuff like that.  they are now telling me that I have to available during normal business hours **in case** a STAT comes in.

In your opinion, would you say that what they are asking me of me falls more in line with requirements they could make of an employee, or do you think they are within their rights to require me to be available during the day? 

these are just opinions and guesses,
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I know it is never the same to listen to someone speaking our native language as it is to listen to an ESL, but it is the nature of our profession to have to listen to them. Supposedly, my accounts are 70% to 90% ESL (and I think this is a very accurate number), and to be honest, I have never thought twice about it. They are what they are. Every day I train my ear even better, and some English-speaking docs are worse than ESLs!

Again, I am NOT criticizing anyone who does not like ESLs. I would just like to pick your brain as to whether you think you might be shortchanging yourself by shying away from them. I kind of look at this career as one big lump of things that I need to know how to do, including OPs and ESLs. In my own mind, I would feel like I was limiting my potential knowledge by not learning all aspects of this business (at some point, not all at once! I started out on clinic notes when I was a baby MT, but there was ESL in there).

I hope my rambling thoughts are making sense. Just a question, not putting anyone down at all. I know we all have our comfort levels. I just have faith that MTs are a REALLY smart bunch of people, and the things we can learn out there are endless! I am just looking for insight because inquiring minds want to know :-) Have a great day, everyone!
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I work for this small company as an employee @ 9 cpl with only benefit health insurance.  I have a set schedule. They don't go by the Book of Style.  They say every year they come up with changes so they can make money off the books (which is probably true to a point).  However, I brought it to their attention, that cc is on the Joint Commission unacceptable abbreviation list.  They said they will continue to type things the way the always have, also for instance times two instead of x2, and so on and so on. I am assuming there is 1 QA person.  But what really angered me today, I just typed a 12.00 minute H&P and instead of sending it directly to QA (her), she wanted me to instant message her the audio number of the blank, let her listen and she instant message me back what she head, which took up a lot of my time.  Now since she is getting paid hourly for QA, which should I have to taken away from my production to help her with the report.  I work with ExText.  If there is a duplicate report, she not only wants the job number, but also the name of the MT who did the original report, which takes research, therefore taking away from my production.  On top of that, during the hurricane in Texas, one of the hospitals was affected (not the hospital I was on), but my account ran out of work for almost 2 weeks, and no one bothered to tell me and to this day have not, that other MTs were put on my account, which pulled work away from me.  I have been promised a secondary acount, but still no 2nd account.  Is this worth looking for another job, or should I just bite the bullet and stay, as times are hard every where.
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Thanks for your reply!  Do you work for them?  I've seen a few negative comments when searching the boards.  Any opinions on them? 
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