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Not to mention that through the years,

Posted By: sm on 2008-12-24
In Reply to: Again, we make pretty big concessions to be in our line of work ... - Eh

they've cut our line counts. They've gone from gross lines, to 55-char lines, to 65+ char lines. They've quit paying us for filling demos, headings, templates, etc. And now this VR slap in the face where it takes nearly as long to fix that mess as to straight type it, but they want to only pay about half the line rate for it...


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That is, be sure to mention sorry
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I would not go near them. Did they mention

Not to mention,
they have no work and they don't care when you have no work and will tell you so.
not to mention

the danger of hepatitis and C. difficile from having your nose shoved that far up boss's.


 


I should mention that I'm
not a member, just ordered the BOS a couple of years ago
You mention an
Abrasive personality.....I can't imagine which one you could be talking about, very curious though.
Not to mention DSG seems to pay better
They offered me 9.5 cpl and I was only making 7.5 cpl at MQ.  On top of that, they seemed to offer a lot of bonuses.
Not to mention ...
Now TT wants us to spend unpaid time (it'd take me an hour a day or more) to explain when, where, and how weird things happen on speech reports. I've given them these lists before and they were totally ignored. I still get reports where a as much as a third of a report is omitted on a perfectly clear audio. Well, gee, they say, it must be because the dictator whispers or pushes a mute button, or wants us to use ESP to figure it out, blah, blah. No use in switching companies, though. Most are even worse, at least pay-wise.
not to mention
extremely low pay
Forgot to mention
I have worked where I am for almost 10 years for a small MTSO out of California but have only gotten 2 raises in that time because she claims her lines rates are low in order for her to compete.
The person whose name we don't mention
At Medscribe, my paycheck was always just a little light. You had to check your lines and call S.... She was always annoyed or it was a bad time. Once I called and she was busy and so she put the phone down on the desk instead of on hold or calling me back... and I was forced to listen to the clacking of her keyboard for the next 4 minutes. Very rude.
I would be afraid to mention that...sm
especially if your boss knows you have the ability to see who is assigned what jobs, etc...With that in perspective, I would be afraid because they are not really hiding anything from you.  I agree with you. I would feel very bad and that that is an unfair situation, but again, would still be afraid to bring it up since the fact is not being hidden.  Maybe there is a certain short-term reason this person is getting the easier ones.  I would hang in there a little while longer, give it some more thought, see what happens in the next few days, and then make a decision.  I know hastiness gets me into trouble more times than if I would have just waited it out.  Hang in there.  Do not get discouraged.  I have had plenty of days like you are having where I just want to stop working for that day.  Sometimes I do, and later on, I regret it.  Hang in there! 
Why can't someone mention the company by name? Thanx. nm

Where did she mention a price?
I didn't see a line rate posted.  Usually a rate like 7 cpl is a temporary rate just to see if the person has the experience they claim (9 times out of 10 they don't) or it's temporary rate to offset the cost of editing of new hires.
Forgot to mention...sm

You don't have to look up addresses or spelling of doctors' names (for one of the docs she gave me an Excel spreadsheet, but other than that you just transcribe it as it sounds).  She doesn't want you to have to spend your time researching things like that that are easy for her to fill in.


Chickadee


Forgot to mention
They go on and on about their quick TAT..... it doesn't really matter how fast they do the work if it's not done right.  In my experience of editing it, almost none of it can go straight through to the facility they way it is.  I've corrected things like LASIX surgery and Foot-in-Mouth disease.  What they don't know, they make up as to not leave a blank, and then claim 98% accuracy. 
Not sure if I should mention the MTSOs name but

Is their an MTSO around that doesn't nitpick your work and make you feel like you're not worth a hoot.  Maybe the problem is that by the time I work my FT job and type 1500 lines then have to go home and do it some more I am just tired.  Also, I have a huge packet called style guideI should look over but  I just have not had the time.  Sometimes I wonder if it would be better to leave it than get fired. They sent an E-mail saying that if I did not raise my score from 96 to 98 my job could be in jeopardy.  I am not sure I will ever get it right.  They have changed words in my documents and told me it should be this way but I go and relisten and I still hear what I had originally put.  Even got DH to listen and he said he heard  I heard. I wonder if they are that hard on their foreign employees.


I really started this MTSO to test the waters.  I just got so tired of driving back and fourth I was hoping this would work out.  I am just not feeling confident in my self to do this job anymore but I have to pay the bills somehow.  I cannot get by on my good looks. So, I printed this style guide, going to poke holes in it, put it in a binder and will look at it while the kids are getting their hair cuts. I will carry that thing with me everywhere I go along with my corrections and study it when I can.  If they can me before I get a chance to bring my score up, I will burn it.


Yes, and no mention of US MTs working for them, either. nm
.
no i don't mention money but
I do have a fancy resume that might indicate that I would like a lot of money.
Jo - You mention that you have 2 accounts at KS (sm)
Can I ask if you were given 2 accounts when you were hired or did you ask for another one after you started?  Not trying to be nosy but I have 1 account with them and it has been very low lately...
Yes, but as you mention they only hire FT
Have applied as an IC to several companies....same pay as mentioned in my posting.  I notice also that a couple places had very misleading advertising for their jobs posted as far as pay.  As mentioned, this has been very disappointing.
These companies you mention should
be much more worried that the complaints have VALIDITY than that they are aired.

Take care of problems and complaints are few and far between.

AND YES, most of take all comments with salt.
I have the first problem you mention

Sometimes the shortcut doesn't expand when I try to use it.  I finally decided the problem is with my keyboard not being sensitive enough.  It does not happen if I use more pressure.  Good luck.


forgot to mention..
while working as an employee for our hospitals, she worked under the vendor for the SAME hospitals but strictly doing ER work. Really interesting.

Forgot to mention that also
I was NOT complaining about my company. I have a great company with good people. They use ExText which is very slow. So my complaint is about the server only.

Don't be so quick to judge people. The only time I will air my complaints about a company (haven't had to so far) is if I feel it will save others in the future.
Oh ya forgot to mention...sm
They told me because I was not meeting my production that I would have to pay for my health insurance on my own until I met my production.  Well, how can I meet production when I never have work?! Doesn't seem fair at all.
Not to mention wheelwriters. sm
IBM wheelwriters - if you made a mistake you could back up a little with that erase ribbon, but if doc said go back up, or start over, out came the paper.  No white out allowed either, remember that any other old antiques?
Did I mention that they are paying 50% too? nm
nm
Don't forget the other 42% they don't mention! nm
xxx
Thanks so much for the info...will mention your name

forgot to mention

Oh I forgot to add they are suppose to be adding a new system and I do not think you will have to look all that stuff up.............I know it was delayed because of some MTs quitting on them.....me being one of them because I could not handle working my full-time job and that.


So it might be a nice fit for you. Good luck!


You got it!! Not to mention that the stress of
have to use our PTO for sickness rather than fun.  I also never got anything of substance approved as far as days off, so my PTO time was useless, just part of the games of no work and getting sick over no work.  I feel so sorry for those who stay in that situation, thinking they are going to lose out on PTO by starting over. Its your LIFE at stake, right?  We are so worth more than PTO at MQ.
Agree 100%. Not to mention that its NOT
a good thing to claim that they promise you as many accounts as it takes to get work. Gee, doesn't this sound a tad bit like MQ?  I just can't get over this particular person just cheering this on like its good news or something.  And, yes, there are lots of WMXrs low on work right now, so don't believe everything spoonfed to you.  Again, really cracks me up how this person thinks having many accounts is great with WMX, but sucked at MQ. 
Oh and I failed to mention
that 90% of the work I do are ESL. Plus the audio is so bad I have to turn it up FULL VOLUME just to hear sometimes and then all of a sudden it comes thru normally and blasting at full volume, so its probably all in how they're holding it. The list goes on and on really but I think what I've mentioned is enough even for most hardened MTs.
Forgot to mention
that the initial dictionary entry I provided comes from Merriam Webster's dictionary.
Funny you should mention
the microchip. I was just reading yesterday about a company in Delray Beach, FL, Applied Digital Solutions Inc., that produces just such a chip, called the VeriChip, for implantation under the skin . . . Well, I just googled to get the name of the company and found this:

April 29, 2008 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

VeriChip Corporation Launches HEALTH LINK SYSTEM in Florida Revolutionizing Future of Emergency Medicine

Greater Palm Beach Area Residents and Hospitals First in State to Benefit From New Service

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (BUSINESS WIRE) Florida's emergency health care system is receiving a shot in the arm this week with the introduction of Health Link, a revolutionary bio-medical technology created by VeriChip Corporation of Delray Beach, FL.

The introduction is initially aimed at residents and hospitals in the Greater Palm Beach area. The service will eventually be introduced throughout the state and the nation. Sixteen hospitals in the region have welcomed the System into their emergency room protocol practices and signed on as program participants.

For program participants, this means they will able to receive critical care more rapidly, accurately and safely. Emergency contact information is also provided, offering greater peace of mind for the Health Link member, his or her family and caregivers.

Health Link requires implanting program participants with a tiny microchip (similar in size to a grain of rice) just under the skin in the rear upper portion of the right arm.

The Health Link microchip contains a 16-digit identification number that, when scanned by a Health Link hand held electronic reader, provides a secure link to a private, online database that reveals the patient's personal health records and emergency contact information.

No other information is contained on the microchip. Once the Health Link microchip is implanted, it cannot be lost or stolen. http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20080429005913&newsLang=en

I told you this was going to happen back in 2005. Here is a link to that article The mark of the beast is around the corner. http://www.renewamerica.us/columns/janak/051108

This chip is basically an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag. This technology will be able to be accessed easily for your name and identifiable information.

With the handheld device pictured here you can see how they can use this device.

The VeriMed Patient Identification System, which consists of a hand-held radio frequency identification (RFID) scanner, an implantable RFID microchip, and a secure patient database, is being used to help rapidly identify and provide access to important health information on participating patients. http://www.technologynewsdaily.com/node/6339

This technology will come under the heading of other health information systems in regards to this bill.

I also want to inform you about S.1693. This takes S.2911 to the next level.

S. 1693

To enhance the adoption of a nationwide interoperable health information technology system and to improve the quality and reduce the costs of health care in the United States.



So, I guess the microchip is already here. And, of course, the guise of greater ease and safety, etc. with patient care/medical issues is the perfect way to implement this, having everyone believe it is for their own good. Pretty scary if you ask me.
Blechh, don't mention that
vile woman's name this early in the morning - LOL! :D
Oh you didn't mention you got 10 CPL as an IC - sm
There's a huge difference between 10 cpl IC and 7 CPL w/incentives. And it is way more than part of a half of a half of a cent.

You know what? Different strokes for different folks. I'm treated well, paid well, given decent insurance and paid time off, and have good accounts and a great manager at Webmedx. Not your cup of tea? That's fine but keep in mind that NO COMPANY IS RIGHT FOR EVERY MT.

And if you were offered 7 CPL for their hardest account, you are totally not credible to me. I know that is not how this company works.
You mention 70% correct
So you are basically saying you only have to correct 30% of there report, how can that be a bad thing? Give me a 300 line report, I would rather edit 100 things in it than type the every single character of a 300 line report. Its a good thing, it really is.
Funny you mention
I was at the grocery store the other day and the bagger was on another checkstand so I started bagging my own. I joked to the checker that I was expecting union scale for doing so and she said Not anymore you don't - we start people at $9 an hour (minimum wage in our state is over $8). I've been through her line many times, so we sort of know each other in that way, and she started telling me how lousy things had gotten in the grocery business.

1. They've cut back and expect everyone to do more.

2. Their insurance benefits have gotten worse while their share of the premium has gone up. She had to pay $1300 a month for coverage last year when she had an extended leave in order to cover herself, her husband and one kid.

3. Their wages have been stagnant for 3 years and it doesn't look like the union's going to be able to get anything more than cost-of-living increases in the next contract.

Sound familiar?
Forgot to mention
Most people don't consider a living wage to mean a wage that qualifies them for foodstamps and free lunches!
I forgot to mention....sm
that they also have holiday pay as well along with their other benefits...
I forgot the mention...

I got to rambling so much I forgot the point I was trying to make - as far as typos, grammar mistakes, etc. when it comes to the posts on this board, I think everybody really needs to lighten up.  As MTs we have to be so careful in our work - that's what we're paid for and we do our best to get it right.  When it comes to chatting like this, speaking for myself, I just type along sometimes and don't pay much attention to what's coming out.  Sometimes I look back on the posts and see mistakes I made and cringe.  Can't this be a place where our typing isn't scrutinized?  If everyone has to work so hard to impress the other MTs on this board, where's the fun in that?  I personally don't feel the need to impress anyone - I just feel like chatting sometimes.


 


the posts on this board, I have commented on this and have read a few others abo, and I think everyone needs to


See what I mean? ...forgot TO mention...!!
and I'm sure there are others inside the post!!
Funny you should mention that...
Now I realize how stupid I must have sounded a few weeks ago when I went with my brother for his colonoscopy.  I heard other patients at the front desk asking about the report and photos before they left the office.  I thought they were requesting that the report be sent to their doctor when it was available or something.  When we were getting ready to leave, the front desk person asked if we wanted the report/photos and I said, Oh, it's already been transcribed?  I had no idea that was how the EMR stuff worked.  I guess I'm a bit out of the loop!
And I didn't even mention...
... that the suits who invent the codes for everything change everything around every couple of years....

By the time I left my billing job, a little over 2 years ago, I think the procedure coding system for chemotherapy administration had gone through about 5 complete--and I do mean complete--revisions. I suspect it has changed yet again since I left, but you know what? I don't CARE.

By the time that last coding revision came down the pike, I could not even absorb it. Fortunately, one of my minions figured it all out, so for those last 6 months, she did all of the chemo charge posting.

Meanwhile... the insurance company is sitting on 6 months' worth of chemo charges, but guess what? The pharmacy supply company isn't willing to sit and wait for THEIR payment. So we were out thousands and thousands of dollars in drug charges that we had to pay to the supplier within 30 days, or maybe 45 if we cried hard enough, and my boss is sprouting new gray hours by the hour, wondering how he can keep it all going.

No wonder he finally shut down his practice. I would have too. Even if it did mean putting me out of a job.
Not to mention the fact that a recruiter sm

or supervisor you burn at one job will probably turn up at another place at any time.  They change jobs too, you know.  I happen to know a couple of recruiters and I have been known to put a name or two out there as a "do not hire" just because of the kind of work they put out or their attitude (usually both).


Very small world indeed. 


Is there anything I should be use to mention. I have never posted a resume on here before and have
actually only ever worked for one service. Definitely looking now.
In addition you forgot to mention...sm
that the sky is falling and we'll all lose our jobs fears were prevalent back when PCs were introduced, and we're all still working.  With the government requiring more and more documentation to be made electronically there's still a ton of work to be done and no VR system is going to have it perfect, ever. 
did they mention anything higher than level IV? sm
for higher percentage of ESLs?
she didn't mention a price, i said
If you send a professional resume, go through the trouble of testing, passing it with flying colors, 7 cpl should not be anywhere in the offer.  Pay a professional what a profession is worth from day one.