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Posted By: these values might come in handy...SM on 2009-07-27
In Reply to: The doctors will get better, it is all new for them,, believe me! They are no dummies...sm - ?!?!

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Transcription isn't all about passing an English test. A lot of rules which we follow are for ease of reading, again, in a critical situation.

And one of the major reasons for the push to convert to EMR/EHR is because of instant availability of a person's medical record in...you guessed it, a critical situation.

So it has become circular reasoning, i.e.

EMR/EHR can save a life because they're instantly available

EMR/EHR doesn't put spaces after periods

spaces after periods don't matter

a rushed and stress physician can't read the medical record because

EMR/EHR doesn't put spaces after periods

spaces after periods don't matter

patient dies.

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I agree! I just can't imagine a company speaking such negativity! I just can't imagine that.
Surely this is not a manager or anyone big time important at SS.  I just thought maybe it is a mad MT or something.  I have never seen such postings from a manager.  I was just curious.  I think it is very unprofessional if this is management.
not to be critical but...
If you are going to be running a successful business of any kind, good grammatical skills are usually a good thing to have... JMO
yup, that was it! And I was original responder, not someone else being critical :) nm
Newbie friend found them to be very critical and constantly changed the account specifics on her.
Can't imagine
why you would say that.  It is my understanding the person you are defaming very seldom works directly with the MTs and when he does it is in a techncial role of helping them get set up and assisting with technical matters; that assistance has always been timely, helpful and professional, according to my personal experience.
You can't imagine....
Out of 40-50 resumes, I might find one qualified applicant.   I recently hired one person who had been with a well-known national (the BIG one) for over 10 years, yet every word of her work had to be edited.  The mistakes were so gross we had to let her go.  There is one study at home school churning out graduates who are not qualified to do anything!  I get constant requests for easy accounts.  I've had people sign up for full time who only put out 80-100 lines per day and say they are getting used to the account.    A big problem is even getting applicants who can follow the instructions in the ads.  We are very specific about what to send and how, yet get emails saying I'm interested in the job, tell me about it.    Out of 7 I have hired the past month, only two remain.  It really makes one wonder about all the postings of people being treated bad or not being paid enough.  I get constant resumes from nurses who decide they want to transcribe and who curse me within an inch of my life because I won't hire them with a score of 60 on the test.   It makes me cringe to think of the reports getting through to the facilities and the patient behind the name who could be harmed due to the extremely poor work these people put out with their prior company.
I can't imagine how you can
say that QA is inconsistent.  They have a style guide that makes inconsistency impossible.   It's all in there. 
Yes, you can only imagine YOUR
point of view...

I think I made a valid point: Corrections made by QA in a team effort spirit - instead of playing GOTCHA (and don't question us or ask for clarification)are not objectionable to most MTs.
Just imagine...
ESLs dictating and Indian transcriptionists...can only imagine what the medical records will look line in a few years!
OMG! Can you imagine?!? (nm)

If they pay that for IC, imagine how low
Can't imagine working
anywhere else. Super people. Super tech support. Super platform. A lot of ESL, but some EFL (English First Language)docs can be worse than ESLs.
can you imagine good pay and
Can't imagine how they would be but it would be interesting to know!

I left in time....got all my money.  Some were not as quick to figure it out.

I would imagine all the larger ones do, whether
Yes, can you imagine messing up here?
The poster reminds me of myself 20 years ago - which just goes to say people do change :0

(now where did I put that prozac?)
Spheris does not. I would imagine, most don't.
Yep, that was actually true. Can you imagine?
That plan got quashed somehow, and was the same time the MQ suits got caught calling us all typing monkeys... If we could do it, convicts could do it.  After the typing monkey hoopla, Plan Convict MTs went out the window. 
hmmm just like they said would be done IMAGINE THAT !
Also, I bet your bank deposit is there tomorrow, AGAIN LIKE THEY SAID, AGAIN IMAGINE THAT. I only have one question for whoever you are that is too chicken to post your name, what is wrong with you? Have you ever worked anywhere else that you got paid in less than 7 days after close of pay period, then why did you leave. Most places I have ever worked, you would type 1st through the 15th and then get paid on the 1st of the next month for that work, so honey seven days is wonderful to me. Sure, I have had a few issues here, no place is perfect, but I can tell you when I let them know I was upset about whatever it was, never about not getting paid, they went out of way to make me happy and fix it, so again to you UNKNOWN MT, what is wrong with you. Please email me and see if I can help you. sheryl.cantrell@gmail.com I am just an MT for Cardioscribes but know how to talk to them and very happy.
Can you just imagine how much LESS they would pay if they had to pay overhead too? nm
I would imagine it means ...
mind their own business ... just a guess
Imagine how productive...

you would be if you weren't spending your time here reading posts from all of the complainers.

I second that! Imagine if she were peppy
what this poster could come up with!!
Can you imagine having 700 MTs trying to TALK at once? sm
that's why it is set up for typing your questions.
Most disgusting? I can't imagine anything worse!
You really need to get a life if that's the "most disgusting" thing in your reality. Or else your time spent on this planet has been incredibly blessed. You don't have anything more important to worry about? Unbelievable.
I imagine they'd offer an incentive if everyone sm
was working her schedule and working extra hard in the first place. With excessive absences, it seems that not everyone is pulling her share. An incentive would entice the ones out of the woodwork who have been taking time off and who would get extra money for work they should have kept up with in the first place. (Bad sentence, but I'm in a hurry to get back to work--no time to edit.) I can work a half-hour extra each day, no problem. 30 minutes of time is not asking too much. At least this confirms no outsourcing, eh? WE are getting the work.

Relax, roll up your sleeves, grab some chocolate, and be loyal to this good company.

I can't imagine a piece of work like you
your company is doomed.
Can't even imagine this. I feel awful for you.
That is so wrong on many, many levels.  What in the world are they thinking?  I feel your pain and frustration and hope you find just the right account. 
As that company uses their platform would imagine
they had just built a working relationship and so brought her/him on.  SoftMed has undergone enormous changes since last fall - lots of layoffs - sorry you are having so many probs!
I can't imagine anyone paying for that, it's elective. sm
Insurance doesn't exist to cover huge expenses such as this. IVF is completely elective, completely unnecessary (in the sense of necessary to save life or limb or prolong life). Also the fact that it's a crapshoot makes it not a good bet for the company. Why would they pay out 10s of thousands of dollars when there's no guarantee it's going to work?
I don't do the California account but I can only imagine.................
Just imagine VR slaughtering ESLs and you have a recipe NOT to make money. You'd be spending all your time trying to put sentences together that make no sense. To each his own. I just wouldn't be doing that job.
Can you imagine the 100s of applicants
I could not even imagine working in HR for TT right now! I would not apply there now, it would be impossible to try to stand out among all the applicants. Its crazy!!!!!
Imagine a job with plenty of work
Still chasing that fantasy!  You have your fantasy, I have mine!
I imagine they are totally overwhelmed with applications right now.
I would give them a little bit of time to get back with you. I just can't phanthom the amount of applications they've probably received from those wanting to maintain a SE status. That's where I'm headed & actually looking forward to it. I wish you the best & hope you hear from them !!
I imagine they're busy job hunting.
I received my phone call yesterday.  I still think it stinks that they waited until 2 weeks before things ended to call and tell me they lost the account but they have no idea why they lost it - BS They know exactly what happened.  Yes, a 2-week notice is better than nothing but they've known for a while now.  I guess I just expected better from this company overall.  They were really great to work for until greed took over and India stepped in.  As they say, what goes around comes around. 
I imagine nothing to worry about unless you're a criminal!
LOL. I imagine someone with sharp scissors cutting pennies.
I would imagine they will just start sending usage payments
I cannot imagine what purpose you intend to serve by this post?
No wonder companies want to go overseas. I wouldn't hire the lot of you anyway with these ridiculous attitudes, slamming, and incessant back-biting.

It is apparent that US MTs are just not worth the trouble. The overseas MTs will do this work WITHOUT COMPLAINT.
Give me one too! Imagine the nerve of them expecting you to work your shift.
Well just imagine being even happier when you contact the company to follow up, and guess what? sm
You actually get the job because you show an avid interest in a job with the company.  On the other hand, you could be just happy to know that you passed the test. 
Yep--same situation for me.

I just dread the thought of being yelled at, and then probably fired, because I can't keep a schedule.  I work when kids are watching a TV show, or taking a nap, or a neighborhood kid drops in to babysit, or dinner is taking extra long so I can squeeze in a couple more reports. Like you, THAT is why I've been with MQ for almost seven years now!

I feel like crying.

I just had this same situation come up - sm
I simply explained to the company that I would rather my present employer not be contacted at this time, since they are not aware that I am looking. I have another reference, so I hope it isn't going to be a problem. But like you, if things don't pan out with this company and I end up staying where I am, I definitely don't want any problems.
This is my situation.

I am a hospital employee thinking of going national mainly due to the drive though. There is plenty of work though and when the work is low which is rare, we file, the ones that know how code, code, sometimes we can help out with Release of Info (ROI), or do other things until there is more work so you are always getting paid. Great bennies too at my hospital too, tons of PTO time that a person can cash in.

The down side is that certain ones can get away with turning in crap work all the time. thers if they make one little mistake it is magnified and made to feel like they are the worst Transcriptionist in the world. Some are allowed to cherry pick and others get stuck with the worst dictators. Also a problem is that I am in an office with newbies who donít have to worry about production (rest of us do) and they act like children, literally. Sing songs out loud, shoot rubber bands at each other, the phone where family and friends can call on rings off the wall. I also have a loud speaker over my head where the operator comes on and says ďDR SMITH call 99999 or whatever.Ē I donít fit into the little cliques.  I cannot afford fancy clothes and I cannot afford to go out and eat once or twice a week, I have go to home and cook supper as I have two small children to feed.

I'm in the same situation - someone took all my
call me. I followed the employee manual and sent an email as my first step in problem resolution to my account supe (who never returns emails). And this is a new job I took because of the very same thing happening at the last one, with assurances that I would NEVER have this problem here!
Am not sure what the situation is. SM
If this is a local hospital, I was welcomed with open arms on no more than a medical terminology course, although that was years ago.  There is no better training than the one-on-one I received there.  Sometimes you will find there are people available to help you until you can get up to speed.  Even in a local doctor's office, you may not be on your own for awhile.  If you're not sure about the situation, don't hesitate to apply, and there is no need to mention your lack of experience.  I imagine it will show up on your resume, so they will know exactly what they are getting.  If you get to the interview stage, that would be the time to ask about training, what exactly is expected, how long you have to learn all you need to know, who is available to help, etc. Good luck whatever your decision.
my situation... c msg
I'm an actual full-time employee for two merged hospitals. Full benefits. also includes radiology. I went home 1-1/2 years ago. pay is 20/hr. The minimum production is 75 minutes plus 0.50/min after 80 minutes. all equipment provided including second phone line and internet connection. We do have outside vendors that back us up, but we have majority of the work. I'm happy with my position. Unfortunately the hospital itself is making cuts and the transcription department is one of its targets, although they haven't touched us yet. One of our vendors are now doing most of the work for one of our hospitals, so I am considering asking my boss to hire me as an IC.

I say take the job if you have more pluses than minuses, but remember, hospitals do lay off so have a back up plan. Good luck to you.
I don't think I would like that situation...

I think you should be able to see how many reports you did and line count for each.  I've had instances where a report I sent was missing from my total, and I would never have known if I wasn't able to get that detailed info.  I have always kept a log, also, of all job numbers to compare.  Maybe there would be some way you could check the line count for each report before you sent it and write it down and then compare the total to what shows up? but that would be a pain!

Your's is a different situation
than mine of course, and so we have different concerns.  I really do not know much about them, as the people who merged with MD-IT, who I will be working for, are very new to MD-IT (June of this year), and they really cannot give me many answers to my questions.  This is what concerns me the most!  MD-IT may be fine itself, but I am worried about the branch of it that I am dealing with.  Let me know if you would what you find out about them, and I will do the same on my end!  Good luck with whatever you decide to do!!!! 
Yes, same situation here also

You don't know the situation...
shut up until you do. It is not up to supervisors to train someone how to be an MT, they are only responsible for showing them how to use the software platform, unless they teach a transcription class. Companies hire MTs that have had years of experience, like duh. These were stupid errors only first-year MTs would make and this woman had more years of MT experience than me and still made them.

It's not my responsibility to teach MTs medical terminology and spelling. They should already know.