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Like I said - it depends who you work for. I work for a hospital at home - not a company. nm

Posted By: vrEditor on 2006-09-22
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I work at home as IC for hospital...
Stay put.  After 10 years of working at home for this hospital with no raise, I decided to venture out and try other MTSOs.  Good thing I kept my hospital job.   I usually do 200-250 lines an hour with the hospital but other MTSOs I was down to 120-150.  Mostly it is the different dictators and I can't stand leaving blanks so I would listen over and over to try to get them.  Then the styles of what this one wants and what that one wants also differs tremendously.  Stay where you are and maybe talk to the hospital about possibly doing at least some days at home. 
I work for a hospital at home also. sm
Fortunately, our hospital has the team approach. I am an IC for the hospital and my workload is the same as if I was an in-house employee. I see the entire work queue just as they do and we work first in-first out and abide by TAT. Not all facilities treat you like a second-rate citizen. There are wonderful people and well run hospitals out there to work for at home. You just need to seek them out.

I work as a hospital employee at home
Anybody work at home for a Louisville area hospital?

Would you mind saying who and what it is like?


I was paid by the hour to work from home for a large hospital. nm
You all have a point. I forget how this at-home thing works. I used to work in-house at a hospital.
and... we got paid extra for working holidays and even weekends and evenings. I am new to this at-home thing and it's pretty disappointing. I think I'm back to the hospital..
Actually, having employees work at home is a benefit...TO THE COMPANY
more than the employee. The company doesn't have to pay for office space, electricity, etc.....
When I worked inhouse, we used Chartscript, now that I work from home for a different company, we

use Docuscribe.  In my experience, my line counts were much higher with Chartscript, but I think any program can be told to count lines a certain way, such as weighted lines with Chartscript for difficult dictators, which made your line count higher. 

all depends on which company you work for
to define the line they first determine what is and is not a character. Some companies believe that a space is not a character so it is not counted as one. So, once the term character is defined, then every 65 characters would count as 1 line. This is different from a gross line that just counts the lines you see on the page.
But I think it depends on which company you work for.
I have a friend working in a hospital and she is looking for a company from home as an employee.
Would anyone care to recommend a good company?
It depends on who is offering it, and what kind of work is available. If you posted the company sm
name, we could give more helpful advice.
depends on work type, experience, spaces, company, area
A majority of at-home MT is overflow work with in-house getting the bulk of the work. If they clean
Ever thought of a home health care aide? Usually paid training and start work right away. Can work
No - it is not always slow! Depends on the company and hospital. I have never been slow this time
Slow time is usually in September when everyone is back to work/school from the summer months.

Been doing this 24 years and never slow this time of year. Actually, I am drowning in work - can't keep up.
I believe it depends on what platform u work on. I work on
Extext and I love it!!!!! I have not transcribed even part time in years. First night in less than 2 hours hit 300+ lines. Second night a little over 2 hours hit 350+ lines. This is all learning a new system so I find it interesting and fun.
First for hospital, then outsourced still on same hospital work
and believe it or not, the hospital was so much easier. Had worked at the hospital for 11 years before they outsourced and then worked another 3+ years for the company they outsourced to. What a difference! The company had so many rules and regulations you could hardly keep up with them all, thousands of them, on the same account, mind you. The higher ups would not leave you alone, constant IMs about any and all. I have gotten to the age where I do not need all that and walked the other week. Have scheduled testing with another hospital for this month. Hope I make the cut, love the hospital work 1000 times more than a company.
Used to work for them at home--sm
You don't work for any certain facility. They now have the MTs working on all their facilities depending on the region you are in. They have heavy ESL.
You would not be sorry to work for them. Like any @ home job, it is a job and to be taken serious (
The pay is good, it is based on a line rate and bonuses for tier levels. You would not be sorry. A good group of people, excellent technical support and communications within the management!
Work from home
Does anyone work from home doing anything other than transcription? If so, can you share what your doing?
You are right, I DO WANT to work from home (sm)
and I chose this profession so that I would not have to send my kids to daycare. Money saved.

What is wrong with expecting to make a lot of money. I am in a profession that requires schooling, continuing education regarding medicines, their spelling; continuing education in operative procedures; computer knowledge, program education and yet I do not get paid top dollar, because the MTSOs are running a business and are in it to make money. What do you think I am in this for? A hobby? Ummmm.....no. While I love this profession, I do this to pay bills, get ahead and provide for my family.

Plus, let us not forget the MTSOs who want you to be an IC and then dictate when you will work. How is that right/legal. If the company I am working for cannot provide the work when they want me to work, I should be paid no matter what. I do not get paid to sit at my computer waiting for work to come in. In case you have not figured it out yet, that makes it impossible to schedule anything, even doctor appointments for yourself. Should I take my laptop with me to the doctor's appointment and transcribe while I am sitting there and during the exam? No. That is what I mean by having a life.

The offshore companies are willing to do it for a lot less money (and there will always be someone willing to do it for a lot less money), is because they are a poor country. I personally know of women in Costa Rica who work 10-hour days and only make 60 bucks a week. I hate to tell you this Toto, but we are in America - not some third-world country.

I have always worked extra and helped out when needed, but that does not mean that should be my regular schedule. It does not mean that I should have to change my entire family's schedule around to fit what an MTSO or a doctor wants just because they are having a power trip. They can wait 8 hours while I get some sleep.

It is just amazing to me that it is okay for doctors and MTSOs to have appointments, take their kids to soccer, dance, or piano lessons, but us - the low ones on the totem pole, are not afforded that option. We have reports to transcribe and every single one of us should be sitting at our computer typing all the time. I don't think so. And if that makes me a prima donna, then so be it. I am one.
And we who work at home are
so very ''screwable'' because nobody has to look us in the eye and nobody fears us storming into their office and causing a scene.  It's all quite remote and sanitary this way.  Send out a couple of e-mails, do a no-information informational conference call or two, ignore phone messages.  Hey presto!  No mess!  All done! 
It is grand to work from home,
get certain things in writing, such as work times, how down time will be handled (server down), and if you will be required to go into the office to work for shortage coverage, meetings, etc. Been here, done this. Get it in writing or you will probably regret it.
I work for that account from home and it is
a great money maker. You have to move to Wisconsin for 6 months to train, though.
You can work in the office or at home....
if you dislike the office, or find it tense, you should ask to work from home. There are only about 15 people that work in the office, most are not transcriptionists, and my experience is that they would rather transcriptionists work from home.

Life's too short, go ahead and make arrangements to work from home. Why would you want to work in the office, especially if you dislike it so much?

Here is what you save because I work from home

The average cost per square foot of commercial real estate is $6 to $13 per month.  A cubbie for my work area would run about $864 a year.  You want me to give up taking off any time for the first year except for a couple of days.  HOW MANY DAYS DO YOU GET PAID TO TAKE OFF?  Oh, that's right.  Your job doesn't bring money in, does it?  I save you electricity.  I save you the resources you should supply me under IRS rules such as books, CDs, etc.  You should be paying 100% of my internet expense, provide a computer at no charge if you are an employer meeting IRS regulations and I worked on site.  You should contribute to my state unemployment fund regardless of what state I live in when you run out of work and I am left without an income (oh, that doesn't happen to management, does it?)  You should provide an email server to keep from cluttering my personal email account and causing me to spend extra money to keep all those informative emails that require server space.  You occasionally want me to fax something.  Did you provide me with a fax machine?  I'm getting further away from the definition of an employee aren't I?  You want me to be 100% responsible for my own health insurance.  What if it's so crappy I would rather find my own?  Do you contribute to my health premium costs, say $35 twice a month NOT to take your insurance  (like employers I've had in the past)?  If I am hit by a drunk driver, where is my short-term or long-term disability benefits?  Oh, that's right, you cut out those expenses because you didn't think we would need them and wouldn't notice what you did.

Lastly, do you think I don't notice that my wages have been going down instead of up over the last 7 years because of forces beyond my control?  My knowledge, skill sets, resourcefullness and employment values increases yet I make less money.  Is this how it works in management?  About that retirement fund, thank you for offering it and contributing to it as I am going to need it when I retire from MT at about the age of 72 because I can't make it on what I'll be pulling from the federal government if I try to retire in my 60s.

Gee, I'm glad you cleared up what you offer me.  I honest hope you can see my point too.

I hope this point does not get pulled because I think these are valid issues that ALL MTSOs should be aware that MTs think about.

Did I leave out anything?

Is that In-House or you work at home?
U S Work at Home Directory???
Does anybody have any experience with this company that offers to give leads for medical transcription jobs?
Hello, Has anyone ever seen a legitamite work at home job?
just for typing not transcription
work at home tips

I found that I had to be mean.  No, I cannot babysit, take you places, loan you money etc..... I am working....... I found family to be the worst.  The husbands and significant others think they are exempt from this.  Call a million times a day.  Honey do you want to go..... with me and it is always during working hours.  They have odd working schedule and do not understand we have to work set hours.  I got a lot more done when I started being firm with people.

We use dial up so of course the phone is always busy but they are not afraid to use the cell phone.  Be firm and stick to your guns.  I found the best thing was having set hours because otherwise the DH wanted me to go everywhere with him on his days off.  I wonder how they would feel if the situation was reversed. 

Good luck to you


Do the coordinators work from home?
How do I apply for a coordinator position??
Yep. That's why I am glad I work at home. Yet
we have echos of in-house right here, and it sounds very familiar. Ahh, like the old days at the water cooler. Not! LOL.
Let's be honest, most of us became MTs so we can work at home and be

with our kids.  My son was born with respiratory problems and had severe asthma up until about age 10.  I started working at home because I was on the verge of being fired from an in-office job for missing too much work. 

I conditioned myself when I started working from home to block out the TV, talking, dogs barking, etc.  My desk is in the family room.  Whenever my son was sick at home with me, I set him up in front of the TV on the couch with his nebulizer, video games, various favorite movies, etc.  I worked in the same room with him, took breaks to give him his breathing treatments and medicines, make him lunch, etc. 

That way I didn't feel guilty and I got my work done.  I know some MTs have trouble with blocking out noise and need complete silence to work.  I'm one of the lucky ones who can get in a zone and hear nothing by the dictation in my ears.

The other thing I can tell you is don't feel guilty about choosing your kids over your job.  Family has to come first period!  And if I find the person I work for doesn't agree with that, then I'm not working for the right place.  I flat out let my employer know back in those days that there would be numerous doctor's appointments and I would have to take sometimes two to three hours off at a time to take my son to these appointments.  I would make my time up, but I was going to go to those appointments whether they liked it or not.  Of course, I didn't put it quite that way.

Especially when I worked as an IC.  I never asked for permission to take time off.  I simply sent an email and said my son has a doctor's appointment.  I will be unavailable from this time to that time and I will make up my time when I return.  Thank you.

Guilt is a working mom's worst enemy and especially so when you have a chronically ill child.  It's hard, but you'll get through.  I did.  My sickly little boy is now a healthy 16-year-old boy.  I still work at home and I'm still here for him whenever he gets sick, although now he doesn't have to be in the same room with me, and I still take him to doctor's appointments.  Just not as often. 

My advice, just do what you have to do and don't feel guilty about it.

Is it work from home or in house ...sm
in New York. That is a good job.
Legitimate work-at-home job that isn't MT????
Please spill it! You don't have to say which company if you're worried about all of us suddenly jumping in with resumes, just what industry? Thanks!
As much as I like to work at home, I'm ready to
how do we work it? Easy answer - work for another company. That happened with the company
I was working for. I would wake up at 4 a.m. AND ON THE WEEKENDS TOO because they needed "coverage" supposedly and I would sit until 9:30 or noon without any work. Sorry, but my rent of $1450/month could not be paid with only $57/day. So I got another job and when I got the equipment and everything, then I quit for the other employer.
Hospital at home now.

Please forgive me but I really need to vent.  I think  I am at my lowest now.  I have worked in local Hospital Radiology dept. for 10 years and was told I must work at home, or no job.  I must provide high speed internet and pay for it, I provide space in my home and desk and chair, must show proof that my homeowner's policy will cover their computer equipment, and must show picture of area in my home showing a door for HIPAA compliance, they say.  I get 9 cents per line, only what I type, one line each for headers and footers.  They won't tell me how they determine a line, they won't say if macros and normals are included. I went to personnel and they say my department head determines what and how she pays and they won't interfere.  I have a one year old mortgage so can't say no, and my pay is down to 8-9 dollars an hour, and that is before I deduct what I have to pay to work at home.  When I told my supervisor that the new program they put in is not Transcriptionist friendly, she said, no it's not, it is mainly designed for Voice Recognition.  I can't check my lines, they give me a paper with total lines for the last two weeks on it with my paycheck.  I feel abandoned and abused.  I called local labor board and they said if I was getting minimum wage and overtime pay as required by law, then I should be thankful I have a job!

I am about to default on my mortgage, and have three kids to worry about too.  Can it get any worse than this?

hospital vs at home


i would love to work at a hospital again.  i've been working from home for not quite 2 years now, and the ONLY advantages for me are the hours that i work and being able to be close by in case of a family emergency.  and of course, the price of gas. 

other than that, i now understand why all the people i know who tried working from home went back to their in office jobs.  the pay was so much better, you have contact with people who will answer your questions, most of the time you know your dictators, or at least have the same few, and if you have questions you can actually walk up to them or call them and ask them.  at home jobs just leave you clueless and payless, basically.   thats just my experience obviously.  lots of folks love working from home. 

Enjoy the same "benes" you do, work at home,
but work for a company that pays fairly, average $22-36 an hour, depending the dictators. Also get PTO, insurance, 401K, etc., and equipment furnished. I do not consider less than 200 lines an hour good output..
Could it be that so many work from home or in the basement of hospitals? sm
This is NOT generalizing because I know several MTs who are not psycho, but I have met so many absolute nut cases in this field that I question my own sanity after listening to them!

We had an MT at the hospital I used to work for that called security because she was certain that someone moved her chair and wanted a full investigation. She could not accept that perhaps the cleaning crew did this!
No wonder you post anonymously and work at home.
With that personality. Lash out irrationally lately?
I used to work for a home healthcare agency and we got
one weeks pay for every year we worked there.   They were a non-profit agency and so to get rid of any profits made during the year we got bonuses.  
There are several. Are you lookin to work in-house or at home? nm
legit work at home jobs

Go To: http://www.telcoa.org/id156.htm

i have worked for west.com - made $12 - $14 per hour, paid every 2 weeks

hope this will help

I work 12 hr/day, 6 days/week, and my take-home pay - sm
comes out to around $6.50/hour. Is that about in the same ballpark as what you're making, and if so, how can your employees afford to work for you for less than that?
if your take home is $6.50/hour and your doing quality MT work...sm
sweetness, it's time for you to find another profession. You can go flip burgers with bennies for that pay. This is an example of why our pay scale is so low. There are those MTs who are willing to work for peanuts. One should never make this low wage in this profession. You must either have to do a lot of researching because you lack medical terminology knowledge, or the company you are working for is putting the screws to you. I truly feel sorry that you find are willing to do this. Good luck to you.
But as work at home IC, deductions can often lower
Oops... This is for Work from Home by Anne below

I work at home and I live in the Midwest.
You have to consider the job market and cost of living in your area of the country.  I think I'm doing pretty darn good.  If I factor in the incentive pay, I'm making around $35 per hour.