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My hospital is swamped also - too much work! Can't figure out these companies either. nm

Posted By: Hospital MT2 on 2006-01-01
In Reply to: Quitting - out of work too


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Hospital swamped
Do you work for a service or directly for the hospital?  if a service could you share the name...guess I will have to divide my work week among more than one service just to make sure I have work. 
Companies pull their ads if they get swamped with
I'm swamped and want a day off. Please come to work!
Not sure what account they have you on ...but I'm swamped with work..
I definitely would ask for another account. It is rare that there would not be any work. I work two accounts and sometimes my primary does get low but there is always a backup account. This just doesnt seem right. Even over the holidays, they were screaming for help on the accounts I was on..
Huh? I am swamped with work.... it is extremely busy.
Are you sure you are talking about the same place????
so far plenty and swamped with work but that is due to new accts and not enough MTs yet so not sure
They DO run out of work a lot, but we have been swamped on my accounts this week nm
Different company but no slow down, swamped but we were before holidays. Nice having work..

Oh my no! LOTS of work. Didn't have first 15 minutes of Thursday, but swamped outside of that. nm
That was not a complaint - just a statement. Can't figure out the companies workflow problems.
Maybe it's the accounts your on. I work for MDI-FL and I'm swamped with work..
Sorry.. I had gone through a few days a while back of slower work, but lately especially since over the holidays, it has been crazy.. too much work..
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.
Lots of work here too. I cannot figure out which accounts have no work.
I'm on the Escription platform
The big companies tell the hospital

when it all comes down the hatch, the big companies can't come through on what they promise. 

Most hospitals that outsource will offer employment to the on-site MTs, but that doesn't mean that MT will do that hospital they came from. 

I've been doing this for 20 years.  Even though I make more per hour than I did on-site, I still feel that there is no upward gain in this profession.  The only thing that keeps me going is my knowledge.  Without that, I'd be broke in this field.  

Trying to figure out this no work issue
What I'm about to say may be unpopular, but I feel I have to say it - hopefully it will be taken as encouragement for those who stay at MDI, or by MTs in general. I have not experienced this No Work Thing to the extent everyone seems to be at MDI. Of course I have seen accounts get slower and to a screeching halt of nothing. But, I get all of the lines I need every pay period because I have cross-trained on numerous accounts. The way MDI cross trains now, after you train on the account, you have to do a few reports on that new account for some 30 days so that you actually learn it. Now, I know this smacks of the MQ cesspool, but it is nothing like it, actually. MDI accounts are, for the most part, really good. Yes, when work is slow, switching accounts with different requirements, some totally opposite, is never easy and my productivity decreases. But, the point is, I am working and getting lines in, even if it takes me longer time in the day, during the famine that is the nature of the beast for the 25 yrs I have been MT-ing. Anyway, from my experience, 2 or 3 accounts is NOT enough. Go for more if you truly want to have work all of the time. I have not once not got my lines in and I do not EVER sit waiting for work to trickle in, and cross training is the only way I have found that this can be accomplished. This is a strategy I chose long ago that protects ME and enables me to get the lines I need. And, to top it off, MDI and all places I've ever worked value having MTs cross trained. I have never been turned down on requesting to cross train, but I do realize some of you have. That one, I can't respond to other than keep asking, as that is what C and D encourage us to do.

Just fyi...
How do you figure work on your shift is YOUR work . sm
The MTs working on your shift are instructed or given the green light to do so because there was no/low work on their own scheduled shift.  But you don't want to work outside of your shift to make up lines, while they do -- even though no one should have to -- and I DO blame the MTSOs for overhiring to set themselves up nicely, have extra MTs in their back pockets in case of extra work -- at our expense.  But it is unfair to blame an MT to work on what you consider your schedule.  I have had to do this many times when my own schedule was no/low work and I have had it done to work on my shift. 
Any companies out there that offer the hospital benefits besides Diskriter
I currently work in-house a hospital but they do not have at-work positions and I would like ot work at home so I wondered if there were other companies and/hospitals that hire at-home MTs with full benefits....besides Diskriter as I have not heard a lot of good news about them and it makes me nervous to apply.
Like I said - it depends who you work for. I work for a hospital at home - not a company. nm
Swamped 2...
Swamped in Kentucky!
Seems they are all swamped now
with so many MTs applying. Give them a few days and if you don't hear call or email. Good MTs are hard to come by so keep your chin up and see what happens.
She is probably swamped and cannot
or family emergency, could be many reasons. 
I'm swamped
I am swamped. I am doing about 1800 lines a day and leaving a ton in my queue every night. Can you ask to switch to another account. The acocunt I was on when I started was terrible, but the account I am on now rocks!

Good Luck!
I'm also swamped
I always do at least 2000 lines a day on my account. We have a huge amount of work. Some other accounts may be slow, but I don't see why you don't just give them a call and ask for another account. There are usually plenty of other accounts available.
As ICs at the hospital I used to work at ...
you got a contract for 2500 minutes monthly at $1.50 a minute. All minutes past 2500 in the month were $1.75.

Same here, no hospital work.....:(
Bills to pay and no work....
Hospital work
I do think spring breaks are playing a part in this. I work a few independent accounts and half of my docs are out this week. I also think the situation is made worse because of the services overhiring due to ridiculously promised turn around times. In the case of the account I work on for a service, the client expects and contracted for H&Ps guaranteed back in 2 hours, but on the other hand, no guarantee from them regarding the volume of business. A win-win situation for all but the MT.

hospital work
I was working for a group of hospitals managed by one company. Therefore, I had about 300 different doctors to transcribe for. Other than radiology, you never knew who would be coming up next. It really is just a matter of what you get used to.
Hospital work
I'm in Georgia - don't know if this is the Tri-State you are talking about, but would like to apply. Would you mind emailing me with info?

Hospital work - sm
Come on people - do your foot work and search. These positions are out there, you just need to search.

Cooper Hospital in NJ was looking for at home MTs for Radiology - don't know if that was filled.

Baptist Health in Texas hires @home MTs.

The one in GA has been filled.

The hospital I work for

I am not sure what it means for us yet.  I did work for an MTSO part-time for 6 months.  The hospital had better pay and a much better benefit package.  Another benefit is that I am familiar with the territory.  I don't have to google every nursing home, hospital, doctor's clinics, doctors name in the area as I am familair with them and their specialities.  I hope that makes sense. 

Hospitals can be unsteady.  I have worked for 2 different ones.  The first one was going to shut down but that didn't happen, then it was going to merge with another hospital, that did not happen but it gave us a great scare a few times.   The same thing with the one I am working at now.  It was going to merge with another hospital.  They opened a surgery center and that took away some of our work.   Now they wre saying they are going to go to VR.  It is not here yet but they are seriously talking about it. 

KS - Does anybody work of the hospital (sm)

that we have not been able to work in for several hours now due to their internet problem?  I'm new - how often does this happen?  Is this rare?  I sure hope so!


I work for the hospital... sm
And we have vendors. Because we are paid hourly, it's only fair that we are kept busy.

Not on my account. We are swamped. nm
I know they've been swamped
I would drop them another line or call them if you can and see what's up.  They're worth it. 
Swamped? When I worked for them

Hope they have corrected that.  Otherwise, nothing bad. QA department is wonderful. Management, well, best left unsaid.

Be Patient...They are swamped...
It was almost 2 weeks before I heard from them. You might drop them a quick phone call just to let them know you are interested. E-mail me if you want more.
What are you talking about? I am swamped! sm

of course, I have 4 accounts I do and I am seeing them all, fast as I can type all week. 

I have said it before, and I was told this when I started, if you'll take more than one account you will be far less likely to run out of work. 

Really? I am swamped today! sm

Do you only do one account?  Because there are a couple today in Span-Tel/TSP that are swamped with work.  Also, from what I hear, they are adding a large hospital next week to the DocQScribe platform, so if that is the platform you are on, I imagine it will pick up rather quickly.  I guess it just depends which team you are on and which accounts you work on.  If you are this low on work, could you ask for more or to be trained on the other accounts?  I think the work is there, and if you really want it, you should ask for it. 


As an aside, I think it has likely been slow the last couple weeks with a lot of companies - it usually is around Labor Day but then picks back up through the holidays - at least in my experience anyway. 

Hospital Account Work
Go to mtdaily.com and check on their jobs page. There are numerous. Diskriter has issues; be careful. Of course, all places of employment have those, but some you have to be very careful with. It is great to work at home, and there are some great employers. If you don't need benefits, I'd suggest working as an independent contractor as you can set your own hours. However, if you need more discipline and the benefits, working for a national company might be great for you. Good luck.
regarding hospital employee work - sm
again, as posted previously, it really depends on what state you live in. What state do you live in??? There are quite a few hospitals that although they do not advertise, they do hire transcriptionists from around the state.

As for Diskriter, and any company for that matter, please do not believe everything you read on this board. It reads like the National Enquirer for Transcription. For every good thing a poster might say about a company, there will be five people (or who knows, maybe it's the same poster over and over again), saying bad things.

Just because one company is not a good fit for a few transcriptionists, does not mean that every Transcriptionist should run. Sometimes these are really bad transcriptionists that were let go, or maybe they are great transcriptionists that were dealt a lousy deal by the transcription service.
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 small hospital...
which is going through some changes (selling out to another organization).  My question to you is what area are you in.  I have been trying to get an hourly rate for my area for a while now and can not get an answer.  I also get paid per minute, not production per se,  just a certain amount for every minute of dictation I do.  I do the basic four which also includes radiology and psychiatry.  A little over a third of my work is radiology.  Please e-mail me.
I work for a hospital and it happened to me.
after I had my baby.  I finally made my way back home.   They also tried to do it  to another pregnant woman and she quit. 
Yes they do on everyone, just hired, work for them, not hospital.(nm)
JLG did work for our local hospital when I was there.
They charged us $3.50 a line. I saw the contract. I was shocked. We paid ICs $1.50 a line. And the work was horrible. Everytime they uploaded reports, 2 of us spent most of the day correcting them. After about 6 months, we fired them.

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 for a hospital out of Texas also and....
My work has been slow to non-existent since Thursday before the hurricane. I did about 6 jobs yesterday. I heard one of my dictators tell his nurse to cancel the rest of his patient's visit as his mind is not on seeing patients, as he had to find a well pump. I don't know how much longer I can be without work. I am hoping I get paid, as my transcription company is based in Texas too.
We get a differential at the hospital I work for
If half your hours or more are worked after 3 p.m., you get $1.50/h extra (we get paid hourly).  I work 10:30-7 (with half hour lunch) in order to get the differential.
That's your experience. The hospital I work for
has staff available 24/7. We have several major hospitals in the area that run 24/7 in most departments. Each area of the country is different. I have NEVER run out of work on the weekends and I transcribe everything from radiology, ops, to simple ER reports.
Outsourcing is a hospital sending work out to SM
be done by a service (for our purposes, this is a good definition), while OFFSHORING is when a hospital or service sends the work outside the U.S. (like to India, Pakistan, Phillippines, etc.) to be done.
To Shelley: What hospital in Birmingham do you work?
I'm a Bham MT also.