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guys below have really good advice... c msg

Posted By: aa on 2006-02-09
In Reply to: Testing for an MTSO - Frustrated hospital empolyee

i work from home and receive hourly pay as a remote employee; i would never give up my set pay (not in this field, too scary).

you can supplement with an mtso, and there are many MTSO companies you can test for with better test dictators, and who pay for spaces. dont let this first experience take you down.

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Good advice, and advice that I'm giving real thought to ...

If I had known that they offshored before I accepted employment with them I never would have gone there to work.  I've been here long enough now though to not want to lose my benefits. 

Still ... making a DECENT PAYCHECK and making a living without being stressed out over the type of work that I'm doing is just as important as good benefits. 

I had no idea, I thought Medware was one of the good guys.
Guess I won't be applying with them after all.

To those already with them, I hope you can all agree to not assist offshore typists to take jobs from US MTs.
Are you guys telling me that you think 7-8 cents per line is good?
Good advice above
So right on regarding the type of work you do for the pay. There is much to consider, but will they tell you the truth about what type of work you will get for 7.5 or 8 cpl? Am looking for a change because of being in a pool with hundreds of doctors that I can't make macros for or expanders. Very frustrated. And then there is the voice thing.....
That's very good advice. sm
I know when the company I had worked a very long time for sold to MQ, everything changed and not for the better.  They took a really great company and ruined it. It seems to happen that way.  The only one looking out for you is you.
Good advice
That helps. I will look into that. Thanks for looking out for the newbies.
Good advice -
Thanks -- very good advice sm

That is good advice, so thank you. 

One more question -- have you ever been sorry about leaving?  I have always had the stick it out and it may get better attitude, but things just keep getting worse, my pay keeps going down, even though I am working much harder.  I have a fear of getting a new job that turns out even worse.

Not sure I have anything to add to the good advice you have already been given ... sm

But my doggie is my baby .. to give her up for a job .. never ... to give her up if I somehow became unable to care for, I'd do because it was good for her .... but NEVER let go of things in your personal life that you love.  One time I had a great job -- 11.5 cpl -- but my boss told me my job should be more important than family.  So, right or wrong, I said goodbye.   Unfortunately, my mom passed, so I don't have the family either, but looking back, I wouldn't change a thing.  You can always find another job .. you can never get another mom (or other thing you care for .. fill in the blank ).

Good luck to you ..  :-)

good advice
Well said!!
VERY good advice

In any event, it is over and now I am wiser and never going to spend more than 8 hours on an acct for anyone ever. MTSOs simply do not appreciate it or remember it.

Now THAT is good advice.  It's a shame to say it, but skill, loyalty, seniority, etc. - none of these things matter in this business anymore.  And I can tell you from direct experience, when your company gets swallowed up, NO ONE at the new company gives a rat's a$$ how many years or how much seniority you might have had at your prior position.  It's not even a consideration.  The 1-year girl, the 5-year girl, and the 20-year girl - To them, we're all the same.

Good advice!
Only downside sometimes of being female in this industry is we can get too emotional and take everything personal - I know so, as I do it constantly.Business is ultimately business, and we should all try to look to the future and not over analyze this and kick owners to the curb, etc. 
I donít think your advice is very good
Stand up and demand what you want? People now are hanging onto jobs. I in the past was exactly where they are. Bad advice, especially when you are not in the same boat. I think some let you know that.
I just want some help & advice about a good company
this is very good advice, anon. I did the same
sing-song of the voice you are listening to and forget your own inflections. You almost have to adopt that accept and understands that ra means la. Leave those blanks, go back to relisten and you will usually have saved time and some sanity.
good advice from admin above
This is a good recruiting board.  Recruiters posing as MTs raving on and on about their company.  What snakes!
Thanks. That sounds like good advice.

Good advice! I was holding a grudge
I realized that while I was angry and at home all the time with a grudge, my friend was out dancing and going on with her life.  I was the one caught in a trap.  Be above all that, forgive, turn the page and go on.
I think that is very good advice but how do you know if a company is going to treat you well?

During the interview they will tell you all kinds of wonderful stuff.  Are you saying it is better to look a company offering a lower line rate as an indication of a better place to work?  You could be right.

It seems kind of sad though in our industry that in order to get decent management the personal price is to take a cut in pay.  Why can't it be good management and good pay at the same time? 

Thanks so much, both very good advice, words of wisdom:)
I think your physician gave you good advice

These MT schools are still cranking out the MTs as fast as they can (and taking their money).  I am sure they know that there already isn't enough work to go around and no work = no money.  Plus the fact that the MT trainee who could ever hit the ground running and make money right out of the gate is far and few between.

As for the coding, it is pretty obvious that is a huge candidate to be done by EMR and I'm sure it will happen in the not so distant future.  There will probably be someone an R.N.? LPN? EMT? who will do chart reviews to ensure that every possible diagnosis that could get another dime in reimbursement is put in the record.  That would be a few jobs depending on the size of the hospital.  I seriously doubt that these jobs will be offered to former MTs.

Another job opportunity might be that of what used to be called ART (acredited record technician), those people might be allowed to do chart reviews as they have always done it anyway, I even did it myself way back there.  The JCAH (forget what they're called  now) used to offer a study at home course but you had to be affiliated with or work for a hospital in order to have access to the records that were necessary to complete the course.  In some smaller hospitals ARTs (or whatever they are called now) were even heads of the medical record department.  I believe it is also offered as a 2 year course at some community colleges.

Sadly I think that those who have put themselves out for the expense and bother of getting and maintaining CMT credentials are just going to be SOL because I think those credentials and a buck might buy them a cup of coffee.

This is the way I feel and I could be wrong but I don't think so.

Good luck with your interview! The best advice I was given before being hired was to communicate.
I had a few vacations planned, had my son about to go off to college and wanted to give notice to my employer. They worked with me and were very easy to work with. I think they send out that letter to weed out those who do not want to work hard, cannot work hard for one reason or another or for those looking for specifics that they do not offer (i.e. IC status).

Good luck!
Are you telling her to work for $5 an hour? That is not healthy or good advice nm
Thanks for the advice. The idea of clinic work sounds good, but I do feel comfortable with acute ...
care. I have a lot of experience with operative notes, DS, consults, radiology etc.. but I am not that thrilled with ESLs. It is just harder to make money on them. I think I will look into clinic work. It was only the lack of work that was bothering me about these companies and mismanaging the accounts they did have, broken promises, and just getting the runaround.. over everything from benefits to work.
Hey, guys!
I'm glad you're here, I find that guys can sometimes tend to be a little less emotional and more objective than girls (please no flames, just MHO!). And specialties...I love path, too, but have only ever been able to do it in-house. I've been doing Onc for many, many years and love it absolutely, but it's not that easy to find at-home. I have a fabulous account now, but I work for the apparently doomed MQ, so now what? RadGuy, was it only money that motivated your stay? Do you think your account will stay with MQ? PathGuy, have you thought about tapping into more vet stuff? Will they pay better or the same?

Glad you guys are here...

Thanks guys
I took my time and used my reference materials that I have and thought I did pretty well. Guess not. There were a few questions I did not know the answer to so I guessed, but would never do that on a report. It was very disappointing.

I wish I knew what questions I got wrong. Almost like QA'ing the test would have been helpful to learn from that.

I will keep trying because I am still looking for job. Not happy where I am right now.
Hi Guys!
Well, I think I am still in shock, but the panic has been hitting hard today. I just found out this morning that one of my kids looks like he will be facing surgery on both of his eyes in July! Great timing, huh! I am just worn out! Last week took its toll both physically and emotionally.

I hope everyone finds jobs (the right one for you!) quickly!

Take care of yourselves!
How about these guys?
Any info on Aero Transcription in Maryland or U.S. Transcription in Iowa?  TIA
If I were you guys (sm)

I would start looking.  I know you reach a comfort level where you are, but TRUST ME, there are reputable companies out there (I work for one) and believe me, you are better off leaving now, before things crash down on you just when you start feeling comfortable again.  Good MT's can still find work in this country, and they are paid in dollars, not rupees.

thanks guys -- could

you e-mail the account name or some specific hint so I if apply I can be forewarned?  Thanks.


Thanks guys...
your help is sooo appreciated. From the frying pan into the fire is not a good thing.

Thanks again!!!

Hey thanks guys

As good as it feels tho to be able to feel hopeful about the future, I guess the pessimist in me wont feel truly elated until I've started my new job and quit my old one. But hell I'm happy regardless LOL It's just such a huge load off my worried mind !

Thanks again and I hope to be in close correspondence with any present and future Transcenders, maybe we can help each other out at times :D
Thanks to both you guys.

Thanks guys
for all the great info.  I will let you know how I test.
Can you guys believe this!!!

I am sick and tired of taking these so-called top notch transcription tests with the most difficult grammar questions, BOS-style like questions, abbreviations, what is a plural,etc, and only having an hour to complete the test.  I just recently jumped through hoops for a compnay I shall not name.   The VP told me I had exactly one hour to complete the all most impossible task.   Well, I passed her fricking test.  Then, she told me to gear up I had exactly until the end of the day to complete her 4 wave files.  I completed them.  After all this, she had the nerve to offer me a full-time IC position at 7 cpl.  The wave files I heard require more than 7 cpl and why on god's green earth would I take an IC job doing acute care for 7cpl, I would be losing money.  Then, she had the nerve to set a schedule for me Monday-Friday starting from 9 am to 5 pm.  No thank you.  I will keep right on looking.  I do not need this stress.  I am going in-house.  I simply outdone. 

Thanks for letting me vent.

Thanks guys
I appreciate the straight dope about this place. We all probably know what to expect with any national company, so we gotta look after ourselves ultimately. Medquist and Transcend have failed me pretty bad so I'm gonna try and do whatever I can (within reason) to make this work.

I'm hopeful.

Thanks again and thanks for the All Caps trick !
Wow! You guys, I'm so sorry! To have to go through this after...

all the drama you had to deal with at Focus.  I had a bad feeling things were going south at JLG right before I quit back in July.  I can't believe they didn't even offer you MT positions!  Well, my opinion is they are going under and they probably didn't have anything to offer you.  When I quit, I sent out an resignation email and never got a response.  So I just quit working and started my new job earlier and nobody said a word.  I thought that was a bad sign.

I was having trouble getting my pay checks when I quit and then right after I quit they sent out the email about not using direct deposit anymore and then I kept reading about all these poor people who were late getting their checks.  It just didn't look, sound or smell good at all.

Man, it just goes to show you there isn't a reliable company out there anymore.  Used to be when I first started working from home JLG was one of the most reliable companies around with a good reputation.

Well, good luck gals!  Drop me an email sometime.  It's still the same and use me as a personal reference if you need to.  I have nothing but good things to say about all y'all!


Hey, guys.....

Hey, lighten up!

In the old days -- 20 or so years ago, or maybe as recently as 10 years ago -- those terms were possessive with the apostrophe and the s.  It wasn't until recently that the definitive references like Stedman's (or should that be Stedman?) decided to drop it. If you read medical literature, you will see that in most instances the apostrophe s is still used.  So it has changed, and a lot of oldtimers (and M.D.s too) still put the apostrophe s at the end.

I prefer the apostrophe s as most docs dictate it that way and that was the way that I was trained to do it many, many moons ago.

Hey - You guys that are IC's
Forgive my total ignorance, but why do you guys choose to be IC's?  I have been an MT for very many years, but all I really know about IC it is that you have to pay your own taxes and you do not receive benefit.  I am not currently using my medical benefits (hubby's), but are there other perks?  Do you make more $$.  More flexible scheduling?  Do you just like to have your own clients, and more than 1 or 2?  I would think having your own client would be more profitable than to do IC work for a company, cutting out the middle profit.  I see so many IC positions now but I thought that was to the company's benefit.
Exactly. You guys need to get over it -
lots of companies operate this way - they just tell their workers about it. It's nothing new or earth shaking. Get a grip.
How do you guys know so much info?....sm
I have been working at OSi for almost 2 years and never get any information about anything...other than from this board. I got the email this weekend about the coordinator job and have been wondering since who left...and hoping that it is not mine, who is awesome. I like working there and have had zero problems since the day I started, other than being made to switch to SE from IC, but all this nastiness is starting to worry me too. When I started up with them I could not find a single bad thing about them...now it is all that I see.
Do you guys know of anyone hiring for
If I could find a psych account I would be in heaven.
Thanks guys. Seems as if it is the same thing everywhere.

Thanks to you guys who answered...

on Oracle. Guess I don't know about the platform since I saw some not so favorable reviews on using it and being productive, am trying to figure out what exactly I really need to get started purchasing and I don't think at this point a C-phone would be one I would be willing to purchase. Thanks for the info!!

Anyone out there on JLG and their platform? Thanks!

I declined it. Thanks guys. sm
I just can't survive on $10 less an hour.
Thanks for the info guys :)
TT. You guys like working for them?
I am currently in the testing phase.
As an outsider to MQ, isn't anything better than what U guys
How do you guys make that much?
How many years exp do you have? I have a little less than one and am struggling with money. How long did it take you to start making that much money a year?
Hey guys, got a question for you!

I work for this company part-time, ExText platform, pays for spaces, headers, footers, etc. at 9 cpl, easy to get lines, M-F.  I am considering going full time, but there are a couple drawbacks.  They don't have PTO.  They pay only for 5 holidays, provide health and dental insurance.  What do you think?  Should I take the dive anyway.  I really would like some 401K with match since I'm in 50s, and would love to be able to take a week's vacation.  However, it is easy to whack up 250 lines per hour on the system  with the spaces, headers and footers.  Any opinions appreciated.  Thanx

Well guys, you convince me --
from now on I'm going to demand that I have work.  I don't care if it takes it from someone else.  That's too bad for them.  I'm just going to worry about me and my pocketbook.  The rest of you don't matter.  Thanks for the push!