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This drama NEVER ends! It is SOOOOOO scary, and so boring at the same time!

Posted By: MTMQ on 2005-08-02
In Reply to: to lost at sea - Keystrokes MT promoted to Lead

Now Lee will come on, with an empassioned plea to please call her, and yada, yada, the misunderstandings. This person left, or that person left, or now a new bolt of lightning. It is getting ABSURD to have this regurgitated at least weekly on this board!  Same old, same old. I would NEVER work for Keystrokes, and can't imagine anyone falling for this saga and applying.  Something is VERY wrong in KS land.

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    When I worked for KS took me almost a month to get my first check. 

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    If you file the SS-8, there are consequences on both ends - sm

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    Many times the truth is both boring and painful.
    Time to wake up and admit that to yourself. 
    that place is sooo boring; who posts there?
    jobs there.  I think Spheris also has job ads there... 
    I hope I'm a patient whose care ends up
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    I am in a pool... see inside for the boring details :)
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    But I digress. Anyway... at first I was assigned to a somewhat-limited pool on a large hospital account (an account that was brand-new to TRS and in fact I think we stole it from 'the Q') and all I was doing to start with was discharge summaries and letters. Well, once I got used to all the different voices, I started begging for at least some consults and H & Ps because even though I had only done 'clinical' before, I had done literally thousands of excruciatingly-detailed consults and H & Ps for internal medicine, hematology-oncology, orthopedics, and a few others I can't think of right now, over the years.

    Then, apparently because I could actually do the work (plus I got kicked off the usual 1-month mentoring full-QA program after only 10 days, because it was mostly a waste of their time to full-QA me), they started trying me on another account, which I was later told was the VERY HARDEST account TRS had in its inventory, and before long I was in the 'all-work pool.'

    So now the 'hard' account is my primary, the original account (still with only discharge summaries and letters) is my secondary, and I also have a tertiary (which fortunately I don't get hit with very often because it has REALLY CRAPPY sound 'quality', scratchy phone lines or something) on which I seem to be on just consults, progress notes, discharge summaries, and H & Ps.

    I am told that the 'goal' at Transcend is to have everyone working something like 80% on their primary account, with the other 20% on secondary and tertiary, with no more than 3 accounts (except perhaps in extraordinary circumstances), mostly so there would be fewer account instructions to keep track of.

    I can't find out how many physicians practice at the hospital that is my primary account (short of manually counting them) but it is a 350-bed hospital where they do pretty much everything. Just on a rough guess, there might be around 100 dictators I run into. A certain number of RNs and PAs dictate in addition to the doctors.

    They keep me on that 'hardest' account because I am actually pretty good at deciphering most of it. Of course there are a couple of real 'problem children' still, and they usually have as many blanks after QA gets done with them as they did when I gave up on them, so that makes me feel better.

    Not only that... our people are very proactive about actually talking to the clients to try to resolve problems. One of the worst dictators was just recently talked to and she has gotten a whole lot better. I e-mailed the liaison to report that, and asked them to please pass the word along that this doctor's dictation had indeed gotten a lot better and we, the poor saps at the other end of that phone line, really and truly appreciate her efforts....

    Anyway. I had better get back to the work that is actually available this morning....

    Anything else anybody wants to know, just ask, and I'll try to answer as best I can. :)
    Broken promises, messed up pay, endless drama. Good riddance!
    Pay period ends on 15th, checks on the 20th. This
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    You certainly are a lucky ducky. Wait until the honeymoon ends.
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    wow - now THAT is scary.... sm
    Something to consider when giving out our private information...
    I hope you hear from her soon.
    This is scary:(
    Anyone way out of line could do the same with any company for that matter. If someone asks a question and wants a truthful answer some flake out there. However, I think if posting as a KS recruiter they should actually be a recruiter. No need to be playing head games with fellow transcriptionists.
    I've been posting for months as zzz on the MQ board and I'm not concerned or upset that another zzz is posting. I find it kind of strange, though, that I'm aligned on most of your philosophies. You're a little more aggressive, but I do agree with you on many things including this subject.

    The whole cesspool concept is outrageous and I really have no respect for a company who thinks this is good for anyone. I know the idea was to prevent anyone from running out of work (no downtime pay for MQ to worry about too), but...

    Anyhow, I do what I have to do for me. They did what they had to do when they took over $300 away from me a month with no warning (daily bonus), so I shall follow my leader.
    Now THAT'S s-s-s-sc-sc-scary!
    I know, it's so scary when they
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