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Just reinforcing my point about ignorance, lol!

Posted By: Proved my point! on 2009-04-22
In Reply to: What is Obama doing on the Company board? - Linn

Yeah, this is typical...They have no valid points based on FACT, so they resort to this type of retort.

Pretty funny, actually. My husband and I are laughing at some of the falsehoods about VR running rampant through this thread!

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Pardon my ignorance
what is a hayseed and why are you proud to be one?
Hoo-boy - ignorance is bliss.
Spheris is deep into switching to voice recognition. MTs are being turned into MTEs - medical text editors.

Of course, if you like the commeradere' of international trade with India, you'll be a happy camper, as they are swiftly overtaking many of the accounts.

It won't take but a minute or two two browse some of the posts on the topic on this very forum.

Here are the highlights -

A few years ago, they took PTO away from part-timers. Then they fiddled with the pay structure and gave people a pay cut. Then they regraded accounts so you had to stretch harder and farther to move up to the next tier to increase your pay. (Oh, yeah, no pay raises. Not never. Not nohow. If you want more money, you have to type faster.)

Where was I? Oh, yeah, last year they took away our HMO. Of course, the corporate employees got to keep it. We were told the MTs were too sickly as a group and were utilizing the insurance too much so they threw us to the wolves and kept the good insurance for themselves. Now they offer what is known in the industry as catastrophic disease insurance. Meaning, if you need any medical attention, drugs, tests, whatever, you get to foot the bill for the first, like four thousand dollars, and then they'll pitch in 60% after that. Pray to God you are either healthy or dying, as those are the only two ways to get any financial benefit from catastropic insurance.

Yesterday we were told we would be excited to know they restructured the holiday pay just in time for Christmas. It was cut by 50%-plus. Merry Christmas.

There is work a-plenty. If your name is Sanjeeb. Otherwise, you'll have to take on ten accounts and scrape around for jobs like the rest of us poor old American working slobs.

Don't fail to meet your line count or you'll get a nasty little note saying shape up or ship out. Doesn't matter if you were on vacation or on a ventilator. Any excuses - valid or otherwise - for not meeting production (like complete lack of work availablel) will fall on deaf ears.

Then there are the TOWN HALL MEETINGS wherein all the MTs are invited to LISTEN to the CEO spiel out his corporate speak. Oh, did I mention that all the MTs are put on MUTE so no one is able to ask questions? Of course, you are invited to submit questions by e-mail ahead of time. I think 90% of the peolpe last time asked about the pay decreases, the lack of work, and the jobs we were losing to India. Guess which of those questions were answered during the meeting. Not a single one. Instead, the CEO answered the question If you could have three wishes, what would they be? Apparently that was the most pressing question. Well, thank God we now know his heart's desire.

I suspect that's the reason they MUTED us on our own TOWN HALL meeting.

Any other questions?

Any other qustions?
Typical Ignorance
You have to excuse people like that. The region of the country has nothing to do with crappy MT companies. Wonder why they apply for companies in the south, when it's easy to look up the company and see where they are located before applying? Perhaps they can't read, or maybe they lost their religion.
Maybe I'm showing my ignorance
But I don't know why it wouldn't. When we use these platforms, at least in theory they are not supposed to do anything to our copy of Word. They just sort of overlay it with their platform. Over the last couple of years, I've accumulated several different platforms on my desktop without problem. Maybe if you tried running both at the same time you would run into issues, but using them separately should present no problem.
ur ignorance is showing now..
You stated VR demands constant checking and correcting throughout the whole document.
Those are the MTs who are so terribly outraged about the change to VR because they cannot make usage of their so helpful, comfortable and practical Expanders anymore.

How dang dumb is that statement. Those helpful, comfortable and practical expanders are what made us more lines and thus made us more valuable to the MTSO by making them more money! Sheesh....
I'm afraid ignorance was bliss...
OSI - post away! :(
Wow. You are really displaying your ignorance with that post. (sm)
post. If you really used to work there, as you say, and are not a disgruntled former employee who just couldn't hack it, you would know that they are constantly advertising because they are growing faster than you can imagine. They have three new accounts, which require over 100 transcriptionists, starting between now and the end of the year.

I have been with Transtech for almost three years now and I can tell you they are the best MTSO to work for. You, on the other hand, are obviously some bitter old hag with nothing better to do with his or her time than spew your vitriolic crap in this anonymous forum to try and make some sense of your pathetic existence.
Not faux pas-sheer ignorance. sm
Or possibly you have been living in a cave for the past 20 years. 
My goodness, your ignorance and paranoia

are showing. Maybe you should just sit in your chair and do your job and not speculate about things you know nothing about honey.

Their assumptions/accusations are based on ignorance
Much like any other type of prejudice, their assumptions and accusations are based on fear (translated into ignorance). They think that because of their shortcomings and inability to be successful at it, then it's impossible anyone else can be successful at it.

I've stopped wasting my time and energy trying to reason with or explain VR to any of them. Their minds are made up, so let them go work for Jane Doe's little MTSO around the corner that has very little work because they don't do VR. The industry will force them to find other careers in a couple of years anyway.

Their loss, our gain.
You're right -- ignorance means a person didn't know, and I didnt. Sorry. nm

Ignorance is bliss and bliss equals happy nm
Excellent point, and point in case
look at the charlatan christian in the
Whitehouse who uses religion to push his agenda...

Christian IS as Christian DOES...
I understand your point, my point is why can't MTs and QA work together..
being QA doesn't mean you are above everyone else, you are just an extra set of ears...and why do so many MTs take offense to QA??? That is my point...you made have had bad experiences in the past with QA but not all QA are bad...
Actually, I can see your point AND the opposing point
I do see your point. sm
I just don't know how bringing up old news affects the here and now. The article did say that Linda only referred to this time period as the "black hole."

From what I can tell from the article, a lot of court, attorney and ESI quotes were quoted, but no real fresh news, i.e., something present. If this article was never published, I would have never known.

I also understand and recognize your personal feelings. How do you think that this is going to impact you and/or the MT community? It could go both ways of gaining clients or very wary practice managers.
My point exactly, and....

Respectfully, if this story had not been published, you would not have known.  You would have not been fully informed of the business history of fraud.  What if, for example, instead of selling your business to her, you entered a partnership with her ??  And then found out this history in the newspaper?  If it were me, I know I would feel pretty ticked off and deceived.   That negative association could possibly last a business lifetime for you. 

Execuscribe (Linda) had awards locally, and has been in several news clippings and featured in Inc. magazine.  She is definitely in the public eye.  She has to take the praise along with the truthful reporting of fraud in her business.  She owns both.  Would you vote for a political candidate with this history???  Would you want your son/daughter to marry somebody with this history??

Her clients may jump ship -- I know of 2 MTSOs locally who have already received inquiries to change providers.  They may change, they may not.  Are they wary?  YOU BETCHA!  But, why is that?  Not for anything they have done, but because they may be lumped into the "Execuscribe" category simply by association of being MT.  Don't ya think that's a bit unfair?  From what I've been told about questions asked to these MTSOs, they have to go in with their defenses lined up about how they DON'T do business, before they can even present how they DO business. 

There was no "slant" to RBJ reporting.  Simply the facts taken from court records.  It's fresh news if it has not been disclosed previously.   I, for one, will be watching them closely. 

you do have a point! nm

That's my point
The "not saying more" poster said "Don't believe everything you hear about Transcend. The GOOD MTs like this company" and made it sound like if you didn't like Transcend, you weren't a GOOD transcriptionist. Those that left were there for years.  They must have been doing something GOOD with the strict QA to last there for years.  If they were that bad, why would Transcend expect them to sign a waiver not to sue when they leave? Transcend could always say that the MTs sucked, they were unreliable, their QA was terrible, etc.  Instead they want to clear themselves from future lawsuits.  That alone says a mouthful.  So "not saying more" is just plain wrong in assuming that it's the MTs at fault.
You have a point.
That would be the only drawback for me was the pay. I make 9 cpl now and at Amphion I would probably only make 7.5 to 8 cpl maybe. But I love the fact that I wouldn't have to work, weekends, evenings or holidays and I can spend that time with my family. I also am trying to consider the fact that if I get a good tax return this year I will pay my SUV off and that would save $300 a month. My baby is due any day now. The hospital I am working at has me working Labor Day (if I am not in labor), and Christmas. I worked Christmas last year and that was bad enough but this year will be my baby's first Christmas and mommy will be pounding away at the computer while dh, MIL and my other dd have the big family gathering.

OK I am not bitter.....lol. Probably just PG hormones.

I also see the point, however, sm
I meant no harm, just trying to offer help and/or encouragement to the original poster.  Most probably I could have done with just saying QA lest someone be offended.  I expect anyone who has ever been in the position of having that type of QA person would call that type of person the same, or worse, than I did.  Matter-of-fact, in real life I swore viciously at my monitor over that type QA person and called her everything but a good milk cow.  'Course no one saw or heard me and my email to the super was quite professional and simply referred to her by name. LOL
My point, exactly. Thanks. nm
Yes I am, to the point I am looking for another job. nm
This is my point
MTSOs have to be willing to walk away. Yes, the facility can find someone to do it cheaper and more than likely, the quality will reflect this. A company I used to work for had a large hospital account with all overseas MTs on it. I did QA for this account. The MTSO was dumb enough to release several of these MTs from QA which allowed them to upload directly to the hospital. I'm laughing as I type this. Two weeks later, the hospital had bailed. Account gone...POOF!

I can only imagine what those reports looked like that the offshore MTs were uploading. QA is like life support for the offshore MTs. They will always need it 24/7. What company in their right mind would allow these people who understand nothing about the english language and proper grammar - to come off of QA? Unbelievable!
and your point is?

That's not the point...sm
Word Expanders have NOTHING to do with being paid for spaces.
That was my point :)
Yes they do... but I think the point is that it is not always right.
And your point is.....
LOL.... Having postings proves nothing. And you cannot follow directions obviously.
the point is . .
I've been in this field almost 25 yrs. and even back when things were so much better, there were the catty, whiny people who chose to be unhappy no matter what. At least here we don't have to click on their posts, now do we? I hope as I get older, I won't have one of those permanent frowns I see people like that acquire. Such unpleasantness is such a turnoff. This is the first time I've come to this site in 3 mos. because I got so fed up with the petty nastiness. Sorry to see nothing's changed. :0)
And your point is what? I said
it had been at least that long, so if you are correct that there has only been 1 male supervisor, guess that's who we're talking about. 
Exactly my point...
As long as this is the way we look at things, it is the way it will be. Once again, you have a couple of people who have had a bad experience, therefore ALL employers are bad.

With this kind of attitude, it's no wonder that many employers think of MTs as a group of whiners. We make that bed for ourselves.
Just want to point out...
This is NOT about ethniticity or race or anything like that. I was a marketing executive before I opted to do this and stay home with my daughter and worked with many, many foreign countries and people. The work is just as good and some cases better. HOWEVER, this whole situation is not good for anyone involved us as US-based transcription and the transcriptionists in India. They aren't being paid fairly and the AAMT has made things sound quite a bit better to them than it ever will be as many of us know from experience. As far as the horror being turned out by US MTs, in your particular situation or not, there are, in every profession, the bad apples. While unfortunate, I know that most of us care about our work quality and strive every day to put in 100% to make sure each and every sentence, word, note, dosage and spelling are perfect and correct. I have also found that those companies that treat there transcriptionists as people and with a lot of respect and awesome, noninsulting QA tend to be those high-rated professionals who are confident, hardworking and 110% more dedicated, in my particular situation.
At what point
did we resign ourselves to just being paid on time being enough from a company?  There are good companies out there that pay on time but are fair and honest.  Focus just ain't one of 'em.  If anyone has worked for Focus full-time for any length of time and still think they are a good company, I got some ocean front property in Arizona and a couple bridges for sale. 
Can't do that at this point. SM
I'm still in the honeymoon phase and wouldn't feel comfortable singing the praises of another company until I have at least given them 90 days.
Point well taken - but here's what I did
Due to being very poor working as an MT (LOL) I have had to stop buying the better grades for a time. As soon as I heard the recall, that was the day I started making my dogs food (anyone with recipes for cats?)

My reseach - and the dogs reaction!! shows the following to be safe and nutrious. Don't know if it contains everything needed in the right quantities, but you can Google recipes for dogs and choose/design your own... I baked bunch of baking potatoes till very done. Roughly chop in bowl. Add broccoli, carrots, some cheese, and your choice of meat (doesn't have to be a lot). They (3 large dogs) STAND AT THE GATE waiting to be fed and NEVER leave anything in their bowl.

Moral of the story? We don't have to make FOR PROFIT corporations richer at the expense of our beloved animals. It literally takes just a few minutes to make their food - and I don't freak out that I am unintentionally poisoning them.

This is the whole point of MT...
All of the below goes with the job. Where they mess up grammatically or terminology wise, we are educated to be the one to catch it. They are educated to be the ones to save lives and are owed that due respect. Be thankful we have these physicians for our families and children regardless of their annoyances and that you have a good job instead of complaining about it. Complaining = foolishness
On-point mts?
Anyone know anything about this company?
I don't know anything about them, I asked the same last week and no one replied.  I received an e-mail from them last week.  She sent me four op notes to transcribe.  I told her I didn't have experience with op  notes.   She sent me an e-mail back and said she had a clinic account also and it looked like I had enough experience and didn't need to test and if I was interested to let her know.  I e-mailed back and asked about turn around time, cpl and I never heard back from her again. 
It could be a totally different person, for all I know, but the QA/trainer for Alphamed last year had the same first name as this one for On-point.  As I recall, she was very disorganized.  She sent me corrected reports that were transcribed by someone else.  She forgot that I had answered questions and would ask the same question over and over.  Again, it could be a totally different person, but how many people are there with that first name?  Also, that position was as a subcontractor for a subcontractor, which of course means that you get less cents per line than if you worked for the main company directly.  So, if you think about it, ask her where the work comes from and if she is contracting with another national company.
My thought is, if you want to do the work from Focus Infomatics, you might want to apply directly to Focus instead of getting it through a middle person like On-Point.
On-Point MTS
Any info on On-Point MTs out of Wisconsin?
If it is On -Point
Stay far away from it.  On-Point does not pay their MTs and many are now considering law suits against the company.
My point was not about $$$...
you are not a slave to your company...you make it sound like companies keep us chained 24/7 to our computers. It is YOUR choice who you work for. If there is downtime and no work/no pay, ASK for another account, or find another company to work for where downtime is not going to happen..good luck! Our companies are not REQURIED to keep us in work...there is such a thing as TAT and you have to expect some days of no work/downtime.
Point taken but you don't see any...
I love OSi on here now. You would really have to know what goes on inside OSI to learn why there are so many derogatory comments on here which usually means all the whole posts will be deleted. Amazing how no I love OSI troopers are here now. Not paying for holidays when you are actually working on the holidays is the final slap in the face and the old OSI defenders are leaving along with the rest of us. The holiday thing is not the only reason- it is just the final reason.
Thank you, my point exactly...sm

Transcription is sometimes feast or famine...either ask for a back up acct, find another company or a different line of work. If one can't go a couple of hours without work then it is time to reconsider your job choice.

You have a point that the MT...sm
has no idea what the person running that company might have on their plate but you also stated that I wish people who post at this board would put themselves in other people's shoes. Maybe sometimes the MTSO should also think about the MT sometimes and put themselves in the MTs shoes. They have feelings also. Granted she did not get the job and she is obviously moving on but she is just stating her feelings and looking for a little support. That is what this board is for.
Exactly my point. Everyone is getting mad at me for saying this.
I can email my superviser or Lead and get a response.

Plus, you dont know if the same goes for every account and it could be different for whoever answers the questions here.

It is best to ask who you work for rather than use this board.
I am about at that point too. Seems like after I hit 40 and went sm

through menopause, everything on my body just fell apart.  I am a bit nervous about operating on my eyes too, but if it comes down to it, with or without insurance, I will find a way to do it.  I suppose that is the same for all things in life -- if we need it (or even want it) enough, we find a way to do it. 

I hope you are seeing well now. 

My point exactly. You have been doing this 2-1/2 yrs.
You make the same amount of money that people with 20+ years of experience make. It is not fair to those of us who have spent years and years perfecting our craft. You should be happy. I would be too if I made that kind of money just starting out. The fact is that I should be making at least twice that and if I had stayed in my previous profession I would be. This Internet MTSO profession has gone to pot. You can have it.
What's your point?


That you go through life with a red pencil in your hand?

Get A LIfe!!