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If what you are saying is true, why then

Posted By: sm on 2009-04-25
In Reply to: TT Cheerleader - Used-up MT

do you not find another company where you can have a decent platform? I went to work several years ago for a company and the work was fine but the platform was not. I went from my normal straight of 2000 at least a day to about 1200-1300 lines. I told them, thanks but no thanks. I have to do what I know I can do. It had everything to do with that and so I found another job.

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Glad that's true for you for 8 years. Not true for many. I love the company, but I do run out of
as do many others. Wish I were as fortunate as you.
Not necessarily true. That is not a true test of skill.
Do you know how many people get others to take tests for them? It happens and it happens more often than you might think. The only skill that shows anyway is that you can do it.

We are actually more than a transcriptionist. We are specialists in our field and we are supposed to know some things regarding anatomy and physiology as a working base. That's how we can judge if a physician dictates something in accurately and many do because they can't pronounce or just are not thinking. That's why our skills of basic knowledge come into play and that means basic knowledge of body parts. If our job was just to sit there and type without thinking about what we are transcribing, then all patients are in trouble and this is just based on what I see as a QA person.

It's more than just knowing how to transcribe and some of the companies have discovered how to know what your basic knowledge is based on what you have picked up with your experience by utilizing your references etc. Hopefully that utilization of your references has taught you something that does stick in your head.

Beliefs like yours are just so far off base. You have to know what you are doing. It's not just about being able to listen and type. Base knowledge is a very important thing and the services have to find a way to know that knowledge base that is there in your head.

This may be true... and that is philisophically true, but
and pay bills while being screwed? This is what I think the OP is scared of... I certainly agree and honestly think it is unfair to put people in this precarious position... on one hand be grateful you still have your job, or a job, and on the other, immediately there will possibly be a cut in pay, for which you may have to give up your home, or medicine or reduce your budget for food. I don't know if I am the only one, but I think the OP still has a good head on her shoulders and that may be the problem...at least for employers out there who are switching to VR.. and their employees
It is True
When really negative things are posted the company can request that they be removed from this site and it will be done for them. Take it from someone formerly on the inside. :-) I know.
Not True!
If you are working for CorT then you were invited to the meeting that we had today at 1:00 EST. They told us everything upfront and were completely honest. Focus chose not to have anyone representing them on the call. CorT is not being properly paid for the work that we have done and they are paying us themselves. I'm tired of hearing everyone badmouth this company, especially those that do not or have never worked for them. They are absolutely wonderful. They give every newbie a chance to earn while learning and our newbies are doing spectacular work...I know because I QA for CorT. If you choose to leave the company that is your decision, but they are going above and beyond the call of duty for those of us that work for them and the management is awesome. I plan to stay with them because they have been totally upfront and honest with us. Unlike some companies that I have worked for who never let us know anything until it was too late.
that's not true...sm

I post positive about MQ all the time, but I'm not a recruiter, or even management. I'm just a lowly MT like the rest of ya! So, nope, your theory is wrong!

That's not always true

Some people won't be able to edit as fast as they type.  The CEO said that himself in a conference call when he said that high producers in typing WILL NOT be able to produce as much in editing as those who don't do as well in typing.  If a person is typing 350-400 lines per hour now they're taking a pay cut. In all the con calls they've had I haven't heard of anyone being able to produce 600 lines per hour in full editing.  If you're mediocre in typing you should be able to increase your overall line production per pay period, but even then unless you're able to increase your overal production by 40%, you're taking a pay cut.

You are so right - everything you said is true!
Communication is nonexistent! They do not respond to questions nor listen to what you tell them. Many cons with this company. I'd say stay away!
That's very true.

If you don't normally type a high volume per hour, you will definitely increase your production in editing.  If you type 400 lines or more per hour, there is no way that you can edit 750 or 800 lines per hour, yet you will still receive the decreased rate for editing.  For some people who have been on the accounts for years all they had to do was pull in their self-made templates with the jumps programmed in and fill in the information.  With editing, some reports need to be corrected almost entirely or at the very least have full paragraphs that need to be corrected or moved.  The people making 2800 lines per day on editing are only doing minimum editing, which makes for an extremely sloppy report.  Ask some on the Forum about their QA scores in editing.  In a recent conference call people got low QA scores even though they followed all the instructions given to them about not changing certain things in the report that they had been correcting before.  They were told they were over-editing.  So when they stopped doing that their production went up, but then they got low QA scores.  Something has to change.  That means that either QA is going to change and allow sloppiness in the reports or people are going to have to start editing more closely to make sure that these errors are corrected.  That means closer inspection and more editing time. 

What is she saying that is not true?
Not true if they are an SE.
Not true......
I calculated my line count for a week, use normals all the time and got paid for everything.
It is true?
When is the takeover supposed to take place? Are the hospitals currently at Heartland staying with Spheris?
Not so true
I am not sure where everyone is getting their info from....I work for MDI-FL and never run out of work.
That's definitely not true....sm
There is plenty of work to be done, including some new accounts. I'm getting e-mails asking for overtime commitment not asking people to take off and stop working!
Very true...

So not true
only production and PTO time is accountable towards those 40 hours
I'm wondering if you have all worked on the new platform?

When you fill in a timesheet, you write in your "down" time, your productive time, etc. If you are reviewing QA returns, DOCUMENT IT, you're paid for it.

Why not wait and see how the new plan (which is not really new for some of us it seems) works out? As I've said, I've watched this company for 30 years and this is a GOOD move.
That is not true. Many use 37.5, I have seen as low as 32
And insurance companies let the employer define "full time" so it is not for insurance purposes.
Very true. I am.
thats true sm
they dont bother you as long as you work your schedule. always work to do also. each time you run out, you let them know and they set you up right away with another account; just gotta learn each hospital's specs.
thats true too dr
and with that said, i also have been looking elsewhere. dang, for a while, i thought it was just me
now - I'm not sure if this is definitely true or not - sm
but I believe the current issue of For The Record does state that TRS does do some offshoring. I haven't read the article, just heard about it in our department today. cover of magazine showed tropical picture so we jumped to the article. Have to finish reading it though.

Heard the QA is good.
That is very true
I base my gross line count on Courier New, 12 pt. with 1 margins. My client can have any font, size, etc., but my fee is based on the above. I also include printing and pick up and delivery of tapes/transcription (and have for 10 years but that may change soon as I believe I may have sold the OM on going digital).
you are right, BUT there are some companies that offer benefits to their PT employees :)
This is very true. Also this is why (sm)
there are a lot of A MTs that are coming to GIMT. I do not blame them at all. The bell definitely tolled for me. Very bad company!!
Not true..sm
I have been there for 3 years and I like there. I have never been lied to about incentives, etc. I have gotten plenty of them over my time there. I don't agree with the offshoring of work, I'll admit, but it has never caused me a lack of work available to me. I say go with them! There are not many companies out there that have mentor programs for newbies and you will certainly benefit from it. I have seen the posts on here regarding some of the people employed there. I have never had a problem with any of the people mentioned...haven't even had any contact with them other than an the emails regarding account specifics. Pay is on time, incentives offered often, and have no complaints with any of the people I interact with there. Good luck on your job search!
Very true
Yep. I was in a situation recently that was soooo demeaning. I KNOW that I am NOT an idiot but these companies sure go the extra mile to make you feel that you certainly are.
This is true. (NM)
that's so true!
And the worst part is, I've found that when I try to use a pen to write something manually, I'm like a 1st-grader just learning how to write!! I try to go too fast and my writing gets really atrocious! We're just so spoiled to computers, shortcuts, etc.!
Sad but true ...

I hate to agree but must.  Hospitals neither have the time, money or investiture in keeping their physicians in line when all the focus is on the bottom line.  We have not only outsourced but we have changed the face of treating physicians practicing in our country by allowing so many ESL physicians to treat our citizens.  They have no investiture in our healthcare system for heaven sake.  They are sending money to Fidelity or Waterhouse and getting the h.... out of here when they can retire.  We have limited funding for young Americans to attend college and so exactly who can afford to foot the bill for med school and when they get out do they want to be indentured servants of insurance companies who dictate all.  In greed and stupidity we are sinking to the third world and once the slide starts the momentum grows and grows .. faster and faster.  We don't train medical people, we don't support farmers thus we can't feed ourselves, we purchase oil primarily from the mideast because of agreements that make a select few very rich, and we close our eyes and ears to what is happening until an election year.

Pretty soon the Give us your poor and huddled masses will not be about those who want to come to America to follow the dream .. it will be about us here already who wonder what the hell went wrong!

sometimes true for some
It IS true!
I personally experienced this last September. If you would look back in the archives, you will see the discussion that unfolded on this board. I have been reading this board for more than a year and the very same statements have been posted over and over again.

I was offered a position and had forms emailed to me. I completed the forms, faxed them back and got an email confirming receipt of the docs. I did not hear anything else for weeks. I had to followup by sending an email to the recruiter and the person who emailed me the forms. I STILL did not hear anything for another few days.

YOU HAVE A LOT OF NERVE coming here to say that people are lying when they say this.

How can you speak for everyone in your office? How do you KNOW what they did and did NOT do? You probably don't even work in the office at all.
Yes, it's true.
Yeah, right.
It is true.

Is this true?
Where can I view the article on this as it is very upsetting? Thanks!
Also, if this is true...
why not get up a petition, or signatures, and go to the government site. Someone posted a while back about possibly being able to get help from the gov as 'displaced' workers, or losing your jobs to overseas.

if they tell you you do not qaulity, I would see a lawyer, and do this in groups...the more people the better...

remember, there is strength in numbers...

be proactive, and do something
So true!!
The absolute worst company!!
It's true
They are starting to off shore. And the reason you have heard bad things recently is because it's going downhill. I'm not trying to bash them...I work for them. No communication, not told things in advance, work has been scarce, then find out after training for editing the reason why. Jobs have been going to VR and we didn't even KNOW. Didn't know once we were trained for editing we were immediately editors and not MLSs. I know you can't trust everything you read, but I'm telling you the truth. Been working for them over a year and still am not up to FT. Alway some reason you can't get to your lines, beyond your control. We have a forum and believe me...very, very unhappy employees right now. One got canned via e-mail, not even a phone call, for expressing her opinions about things on the forum that were only the truth. I'm very disappointed and broke. Made over $35,000 at my previous job, took a job with Transcend to work at home again with everything and anything promised...didn't even make $10,000 last year. I'm looking at the moment for some place else...since you can't believe everything you read, I am probably going to go back out into the working world where you get paid by the hour and not production. Anyway, to confirm, yes they are starting to offshore work. They say it's just a trial, but I don't believe it and neither do most of us. Hope this helps.
Because what nm said is true!
True. LOL!!
This is so true!! I do know that they have gone over a certain
size now for employees which will allow a better health insurance plan when the current one expires. Maybe transcription companies should offer health club benefits! Not that it would do me any good. I belong to Curves, Bally and a local one and still don't go :)
very true; also..c msg
those liars might even be those of the favorites; only they can get away with that. i know people who will say they're sick, something's wrong with their phone line, internet connection, need the day off (1 hour before their shift), or whatever they can come up with when they're assigned a certain work type for the day, leaving everyone else to pick up the slack.
Very true...
And unfortunately *great* money is not the case anymore in this field, okay money is more like it.
Sad but true.
Shhhhh is correct. This is sad but true. It seems that MW has decided to throw quality out the window, as they recently introduced a new pay scale which cut wages almost half for editors and reviewers. :(
Not sure when you were there, but this is NOT true now!

The things you mention have not occurred for the last 9 months.  They have finally gotten their act together.  I have been through the thick and thin with them, thought about leaving several times but couldn't get any better offer anywhere else.  As far as the getting started - Do you really think they should just hire you and not check out your background, we have access to SSN, DOB, addresses of patients, etc., I really think this is sensitive material in our information age.  The physical was no big deal either, drug check (most hospitals do this too), and a hearing exam - hello - no big deal they want to know your not a druggie and that you can hear because you have to have good ears to do this job.

If you aren't there now, you can't give advice as to the current working conditions.  I am there and have been for the last 6 years.  I think it has only gotten better over the years and now those that don't belong are gone and things are going GREAT!!!


Not true at all
They had a recruiter take another job and a secretary leave, that is all.  Where do you come up with 4 or 5 people?  We all got the email, did you?
I know for a fact that at leas 7 people from management left last year. They have all been replaced -- but doesn't it make you wonder why they all jumped ship? Perhaps some MTs were never aware of this change -- but believe me it happened -- I know -- I was wearing a life jacket when I jumped.
I had that big account as my secondary and didn't know it was going away until I could not log in...was not told that I could not log in however before it happened...which is also something that has happened many times...we get told things after the fact, not before
Very sad, but true 7 CPL!!
I have 3 yrs experience and my rate is 7+ with working one weekend. :((
Not true at all

Very little work is done in India, only 2 accounts and we still have editors that review that work.   You are way off on your assumptions.  We received an email about 1 month ago explaining the India work and how we compete, Medware is still a great company to work for.