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THANK YOU! I'm usually told how I should RUN

Posted By: MQ Recruit on 2005-09-21
In Reply to: thanks for the input - Old Mq'er

and all kinds of upset stuff.

Thank you! I hope to someday!!!

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I don't hesitate to ask. Have been told "yes", and have been told "no." Never been to
You are right, I told ek to do like ET...

Have they told you that you are going to

be a MEDICAL EDITOR?  It's semantics, like the "MLS" title for a transcriptionist.  Sounds really impressive to be called a "medical language specialist," but...HELLO...you're a TRANSCRIPTIONIST.

You are going to be nothing more than a custodian, cleaning up the junk that the "hookt on fonix" MACHINE REPLACING YOU has generated and for less money.  If the dictators are half decent, you might be able to fly through a report in minimal time, but if you have to sift through the GARBAGE, only to wind up transcribing most of the job yourself, you are definitely going to lose money.

Do you eat only what you are told? If not, try them...
Told me the same
Same bull came from Jennifer week to week.
What I was told
Here is what I was told when
I switched to DQS from Medrite.........

You actually were getting "free lines" on Medrite with the information that populated onto the (TES screen) actual report, for example, patient name, account#, MR#, dictators name, signing physician, address, etc. This accounted for about 6-8 lines per report. Needless to say, and I KNOW THIS FROM EXPERIENCE, a doctor could just hang up on that report and NOT SAY A SINGLE WORD and I would get paid those "free lines" because it was information that populated on the report.

With that being said, if you were typing 8-10 reports an hour, then multiply that by 6-8 for your "free lines" PER REPORT that would account for anywhere from 48 lines to 80 lines AN HOUR! Now, take that 48 to 80 lines per hour and multiply that by how many hours you work in a day. This is why and how you will see a decrease in your lines!

The problem is, is that with DQS, you ARE NOT PAID for the patient's name, account #, MR #, physician name, and so on. I believe this is where the misconception of DQS being a horrible platform and/or MQ screwing their MTs started.

All in all, I am able to type the same amount I was in Medrite per hour. The more you add to your word Expander and familiarize yourself with the platform, the better you will be.

Within a few weeks you will get used to it. I average 300 lines an hour and like DQS very much.

no but I was told that
people who were making a certain rate before DEP training were cut before the training. I heard this second hand from a girl in my class.
That's not what I was told when..sm
I went to work for them.  You must be management.
They should not have told you that. sm
There are very few people in this industry that make that much money, especially working for national companies.  Do you use a word Expander and do you use it at its fullest potential?  The most I ever made was 52K working for a hospital making 10cpl per 57 character line.  One other thing you might consider is trying to get your own accounts.  Where you may now make 7-10 cpl working with a national, you can make 15-17 cpl with your own account, provided you can handle the workload.  Unfortunately, they sometimes fail to tell you that in school.  Good luck!
No. Not that they told me. SM
They just told me about the training that I would be going through and kind of just sketched through it.  It seemed like they offered okay benefits, but the pay seemed fair.  I was just seeing if anyone actually took this position and could tell me more about it.  Radiology would be nice too.
Yep, was told would get
...another one, it would be added to my queue that day, but it never happened. This was three weeks ago. How many times should I ask before they get mad at me? It must be nice to be salaried and not have to worry about paying the bills.
they told me no, but when I got the sm
contract, there is a place on there that asks what hours you most likely will be working, so it is not set in stone. I understand that anybody likes to know something but I have talked to others who work for them and they have no problem. I am going to give them a 12 hour span when I could be in there. So far, they have answered my questions to my satisfaction. We will see when I get started. But, I am anticipating everything will be fine.
I was told that too.
I know who you are and you have told me

that you never checked to see if they were correct in their calculations when you were an MT - you just assumed they were right.  No wonder you've advanced to QA....LOL.  They love people like you. 

Who told you not to?
No, I'm not SURE...but it was what I was TOLD. That's way better than the 90% I was doing at a
What I was told.
I interviewed and with over 20 years experience, was offered 8 cpl for MT and was told that was their tops, but you can get a little extra for shift differential.  Also 4 CPL for editing reports.  This is not VR, but work transcribed overseas.  I don't feel comfortable proofing work for oursourcing  as I am patriotic and I feel the CPL is way too low for experienced help.  I am turning it down.
Was doing that, but QA told me not to do it.

So I assumed it was staying in the document when sent to client/QA.

I did not think that it would do that. But how would QA know that I had viewed in the larger type if it did not stay that way.


my guy told me about 30%
we were told
that nothing would change for the first 100 days, which we are in right now. 
Were you told (sm)
by the Lead MT or the tech person that they were too busy?  Be persistent and hopefully that will help.
I was told my

testing was so exceptional that they would waive the requirement that I pay the interviewer's hourly rate for the time she spent with me. I was gobsmacked, I tell ya.



What I was told about the OT...

There is really no way of getting out of doing the madatory OT.  They sent out an e-mail some time back that said that anyone not doing their required OT would face disciplinary action.  What I was told was that if you absolutely could not do it on a given day, they would allow you to skip that day, but you were required to double up the next day.   

Hi, they told me they have......
nothing available right now ....................
Thank you. Like I told someone else, I have (sm)
been doing MT work since the 80's and NEVER had this kind of trouble learning a new program/account. Was thinking it was just me and I was getting too old or senile to do this anymore. Thanks.
They told me no they don't.
for clinic accounts anyway.
They told me they pay 25%
and it would cost me approximately $280 and couldn't tell me how much it would cost to add my kids on.
They told me that the pay is between 9-11 cpl
which is great! I make 9.5 where I am now, so hopefully I'll end up with around 10 cpl.
I have told her
And its not that I'm upset, I was offering an explanation to why YOU may always have OT and others on your account may have no work.
Told ya' so....
I think I was told $300, could be different now
If more of us said no and told them willing to
negotiate, pay might come back up, but there are too many out there that will take whatever is offered.

I was told that they pay anywhere from...
99 cents to $1.05 per report, regardless of length, which would not be bad if you got a lot of x-ray reports and not too many CTs, MRIs, etc. I would try asking on the MQ board. I get comments from the MQ board in my email(due to the alerts and I have set up) and respond to them all the time.
I think it told you how...sm
to go about getting your own accounts in the book.
I was told...
for now, they require 1100, but in the future it will probably go up to 1300.  Yes, I have noticed the omission of clear words.
i was told. by them..sm
Only employee status. 7.5 cpl.
Do you believe everything you are told? nm
Who has told you or where have you sm

read that you are being phased out, as you say?  I would hazard to guess that if you steadfastly maintain that you will not under any circumstances do ASR work, then yes, you would be phasing yourself out of a job. 

Otherwise, I have not seen or heard anywhere that the MTs are being phased out.

Here's what they told me
last week.  QA/QC is 16.00 per hour plus shift differential.  VR is 6 cpl.  The test was very easy, yet they said I failed, BUT offered me a job at 4 cpl.  I think the test is just a way to test what they really want, which is 4 cpl VR editors.
Here's what I was told.......
I was told that 15 minutes of dictation was equal to 1 hour. That would be about right for me, because I usually can do 60 minutes, give or take some, in about 4 hours. This is all subject to change if you get a difficult dictator, one who likes to sleep while dictating, etc. Nothing is average in this job.
They told me that too,
but they also said they would reimburse up to $500 of travel expenses. I wound up not taking the gig with them because before they could get their act together and have somebody actually call and interview me, I got an offer from another company that I accepted.

I actually planned to combine the trip (if I went) with visiting a couple of good friends in that general area.
What we were told
We were told when outsourced if we retyped sentences, paragraphs and the like we would only be paid for VR lines so you could lose a lot of money like that. I have read here that others do like that but your salary would fall even more.
they told me that QA for the MTs is sm
different than VR. I cornered them on that one. She said I didn't take the test for QA. Well duh, I CAN take the test for QA but don't want to. I don't want VR either. VR is strictly you get paid for any lines you change. WHAT A FREAKIN RIP OFF! I am not going to sit and read reports all day and make no money nor am I going to deal with India tech support.
Someone who knows a lot told me
the managers get big bonuses for meeting company goals - certain % of work going offshore, all turn around times met, etc., so I guess the biggies are getting paid to keep us broke. This came out of headquarters so I think it must have some credibility.
The way I was told was....
you're right that we can keep using the computer we currently have but once it has to be replaced, we will have to buy our own computer. As far as the virus protection, it has to be paid for through a subscription so once they quit paying for it, we will not be getting the automatic updates that keep it working so we will have to purchase our own virus protection software of our choice or pay for fee for symantic. As far as the foot pedal, the one we have will not work with Triton so we have to buy a new foot pedal that they said cost at least $60. I thought the email was a little confusing too. I am not happy about any of it. Trying to be positive but not doing a good job.
was also told
that there are new shorter TATs in place, and in keeping up with that, I am guessing more were hired and, hence, less work.
she just told you why.
I was told by
Larry that the SE status would no longer be available after January 1. He very clearly stated this in the meeting yesterday. I think CB is trying to cloud the issue (or she honestly does not know) so that they will have someone to type on the accounts until they are formally moved over to Transcend.
I was told the same. sm
did you take the job?
Here is what the recruiter told me
A few weeks ago I was offered a position with the Baltimore office for their "big" oncology account. The recruiter told me they start all transcriptionists at 7.5 cpl but after 90 days you would be moved up to 8 cpl. She also said that they now have a production pay plan that would pay 7.5-8 for the first (I think it was 700 lines); then 8.5 for for 701-1200; 9 for 1201-?; and it would go on up to as high as 9.75 cpl depending on lines produced. I turned them down because I thought that 7.5 or even 8 was low for someone with a lot of experience in oncology. I was very disappointed to say the least...especially after going through talking to them on the phone, then testing, then waiting for them to get back to me (which took forever) to see if I even passed. I thought I hadn't made it through the test and was really down and out...then after all that I turned them down anyway.
If they told the truth...
nobody would go near them.