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1200 to 1600 on good days (nm)

Posted By: Getting older on 2007-09-07
In Reply to: Another poll question. How many sm - whorn


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Clarification: 1200 lpd x 5 days/week...
1200 lpd x 5 days/week =
MQ: $0 incentive
Spheris: $24 incentive/week

Actually the good old days

were in the 70's and 80's when MT was first being outsourced.  Then the companies who were pioneers in the field would kiss the back side of an MT or do anything else to get and keep them, provided, of course they produced quality and quantity.  Editors and Q.A. hadn't been heard of, we were expected to edit and Q.A. ourselves.  Many of the companies in the good old days provided full benefits and the pay was much, much better than working in house and much more than it is today.

This is from one who started MTing when it was a MINIMUM WAGE job in the clerical section of medical records located  next door to the morgue in the hospital, rose to the peak in about the mid-80s just before the advent of computers and I guess everyone knows about the decline since.  Guess it'll have made full circle in another 10 years or so.

Good old days

I worked for a mom-and-pop MT service who gave bonuses, Xmas parties and gifts, and were good people.  We never worked holidays unless we asked to and a lot of us never worked weekends.  There were no line count macros.  DOS counted the lines.  We were paid very good wages and were told we were appreciated.  Hard to believe but true!!!!

Tell me about the good old days....

Hi all!  I've only been doing the MT thing for about 9 months now......so I need to know:  What were the good old days like for the MT business?  Were you really able to make good money?  Did companies really take care of their employees?  Did you really have the feeling of family?

And, more importantly, how can we get things BACK to the good old days?

Good ole days?
Let me think back,,,,,back,,,,, back,,,,,,,       I started about 6 years ago and have worked for 2 companies, a large national and a small national.  My pay has gone down at each company, causing me to tell the large national that I didn't want to take a pay reduction at this stage of my career and I gave my two weeks notice.  At the small one, couple of years ago I took a 50% pay cut because the company was just starting out and there was a chance it would have to close altogether.  That pay has gone back up a little but certainly don't ever expect to be making what used to be made.  Am figuring out ways to work smarter, since I can only edit and type efficiently and correctly at a certain speed, though I expect that to slowly get better.  I am afraind we are at the tail end of the quickly vanishing "good ole days." 
good old days

Ah.... I remember them well.  My first transcription job for a service was in 1983, owned by a local m.t. and had about 4 transcriptionists.  She treated us well, the second year I was high producer and she took my husband and I to Las Vegas for 4 days (all expenses paid of course!).   I worked for her for 5 years and then she moved away and quit the business.  I think of her often.  Wish there were more like her who knew us, we weren't just a #, and she didn't hesitate to tell us (and show us with extra $) how much she appreciated us.   Those were the days!



good ole days
Sadly enough, I do believe you are right!  With very few exceptions, employers don't give a rip about their employees anymore (not just M.T.'s, but ALL employers).  It's a shame.  If we don't have integrity, there is not much incentive to do our best and do a great job.  But we CAN and we DO!!!    AND we can sleep at night!
These are the good old days....
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm still making darn good money.  The trick is you have to know how to sell yourself and then make sure you deliver consistently good work.  Now I'm talking IC, of course. Working for another company, I don't know.  But MT is like all other jobs when you work for someone else.  You get what THEY decide to pay YOU!  And the sense of family?  I think that probably all went out years ago, not just in MT but most fields, wouldn't you think?
yes - i had told the first doctor i worked for that i should have been a painter - i used so much white-out i would go home with my hands covered - used a selectric typewriter, and dictabelts.  I swear I got hired for the sundress i was wearing - ahhh to be 18 again.......been doing this 30 years!!
the good old days
Oh Boy! Do I every identify with you! A selectric typewriter, 24 hour turn around, doing this in my garage! My then husband getting up at 4:00 a.m. to deliver and pick up work. One doc wanting me to transcribe his daughter's thesis! Two little boys, still asleep, three hours sleep for me. Eighteen docs! Fun, fun, fun! Bless your sweet heart, I was there too! Still doing it, but for a hospital, fantastic salary, boys raised, one a Gsgt. in the USMC, the other a Lt. in the USN! Divorced, thank almighty God. During those days I was working to pay his child support and alimony! I got skunked in the divorce, but nearly 70 and still going strong! The Lt. is getting married next month...the Marine is married to a stellar you woman and I have one adorable grandchild. My moto is, never stop, never give up, I have "mountains to climb and promises to keep", and believe me, I will!
A dictabelt is what came before the standard size cassettes.
Ahh yes...good ole days!
I began typing clinic notes on Avery sticky paper using a reel-to-reel machine and an Olivetti typewriter!! I used to get up at 4 a.m. and drive to LA to pick up and deliver tapes, too (I was 18 back then)!! I remember when I purchased my first Lanier word processor with great, big floppy disks to save and make normals on!! That thing was huge, 'bout 3 feet wide by 2 feet deep!! Now, I use a laptop and can transcribe anywhere, anytime and have my docs using a digital call-in system on a website! Thanks for the Internet..what would we do without it?
the good ole days
I used to have a provider that every day he would start his tapes with a joke, usually pretty corny, and at the end of the tape would always say "i hope this wasn't as boring for you to type as it was for me to say, have a great night"....made me feel very appreciated :)
Good ole days.
Hear you! Been there and done that and times have certainly changed. The hospital I worked at didn't outsource too much but they let go the long-time manager of 30 years and hired a CEO right out of college, no experience and tripled his income. Then they became real picky as to whom they wanted on their payroll.It was great for the chosen few but not for some of us who had been there 25+ years. Sadly, it was the final curtain but most of us were ready to move on after the change in management.
the good ole days
I remember at MRC when we were going to have clients or upper crust visiting, a sign would go up on the bulletin board to please wear a bra and shoes to work when we had visitors.

Those were the days!
if I am lucky enough to have enough work on my primary account. If I have to move to my secondary account it drops considerably to the 1100-1300 range.
My version of the Good Old Days
My "old days" started in 1985 working for the first HMO I'd ever heard of. Yes, electric typewriters... hard copies, white-out...learning other aspects of medical records when MT work slowed down...knowing and seeing and being appreciated by and sometimes teased by the docs I transcribed for. Then on to a mom and pop company, highly appreciated for my work (the first computer/word processing for me). Then onto the first transcription service I'd ever heard of - I loved it. I worked in-house, was paid well, was regularly appreciated, got reviews AND raises. Line counts and pay all made sense.

The next larger service I worked for was even better, started working at home for them in 1991, same company since (well, bought out by a MQ).. back then, felt like so much of a team player, like what I did really mattered and counted. These were years of annual picnics, Christmas parties, review and raises, knowing who I worked with and for by name and face, meeting with other local MTs (this was encouraged!), getting cards or flowers from the owner for helping out on a brand new account. I too felt I could count on my job, my skills, no matter what.

The changes, the "good old days" becoming just that (old and no longer current!) have been coming on for a while now. I guess I'm finally taking my head out of the sand and, though I wish it wasn't this way, take some small comfort in finding I'm not alone.

I will always take pride in my work though, that won't change. Twenty years 20 years of MT work is hard to just throw away! Wish I could be more encouraging to those entering the field, as the "guts" of this career still fascinates me.
Hey, thanks for letting me have my say.

oh i remember the good ol days
I could never stand working with people a straight eight hours a day, i'm not an "on" type of person and not gossipy either.  Just not my thing.  A lot of backbiting went on and you could just feel the negativity in the air.  At home I don't have that.  My dog/cat never talk behind my back nor are they fake.  They really and truly like me.  Just kidding.  But I remember those days well, couldnt get out fast enough.
My good old days were great..SM
worked full time for a local hospital from home, making 14 cpl, 1 month off a year to start, full health insurance, short-term, long-term disability, all equipment and phone lines supplied.  Those 2 years I made more $ than ever and haven't been able to reach that level since.  They outsourced.
To anyone doing 1600-2000 lines per day
Just wondering what exactly your day is like, how many breaks, do you have tons of macros, on average how many hours do you spend typing, how often do you get up.  The biggest question of all, don't you get hand cramps??  Anything over 1300 and my hands start cramping/getting numb!  Just tell us your secrets, I would love to produce at least 1800 daily!!!!
The good days started unraveling when

The nationals started buying up the mom and pop MT businesses that started cropping up in most cities in the late-1980's and early 1990's. Most of these were small businesses with a few local doctor's office accounts and hospitals, had a guy who ran back and forth picking up and delivering tapes, and everyone got along fine for the most part aside from the expected competition between local companies. Then came Medquist, Transcend, etc. who swooped in and started scooping up these companies by the handful, and pretty soon we had what we have today. It happens. What started out as a good thing (computer networking) making us able to leave the offices and work from home, continued to evolve into what this business is today. Now it's taking off in another direction with voice rec and overseas MT's who work for peanuts. I've seen this business evolve from the IBM Selectric, a tape player, and a bottle of white-out to what it is today, and it's amazing what changes there have been in the last 27  years. Who would have known!

That is great! My best so far is about 1600 but I am a snail compared to most - nm
1600/day proud, 1100 distressed and sad.

I feel like a hen in a henhouse.  Give me decent food, great co-egg-layin' buddies, and show me ya love me once in a while with some bread and I'll put out double-yolkers.  Put in a rooster that just likes to give it to me up the butt over and over again without leavin a little sumthin' sumthin' on the nightstand afterwards, well, then...need I say more really.

But that's just me.

1600-1700 straight transcription (nm)
Wow! I do 1600 lines daily and make only 9.5 cpl as employee-
SE is that without benefits.

What MQ office do you work for? Are they hiring.
Do you guys ever feel like just a number? Remember the good old days...
When if you had a problem, you could go straight to the manager and they'd take care of it right away, making you feel secure in your position and important?  When I talk to my supervisor, I feel like her main focus is to get off the phone with me asap, being very short with me, and quick to say she will get right on something when in fact she never does.  I just feel so remote and always worry about how long i'm going to have a job in the MT field because of how uncaring the supervisors are, not knowing us personally, not having a face to go along with the person, being able to yank us off an account we're comfortable with onto some ungodly thing where our line count goes down to zilch, and having NO control over it.  I was never one to work around people because of all the backstabbing that goes on with women in the office, but I would love to have a home office to report to periodically throughout the year, and maybe work in-house a couple times a month, just to put a face with people and not feel like a number that would be easy to dispose of. 
The good old days were not so good for me. sm
Transcribing from tapes on a Selectric typewriter with 3 or 4 carbons and white out, no spellcheck, no expansion program, no internet for research.  
30 hours divided by four days equals seven-hour days. Most of us have to work pretty much every day
Working 6/hour days, 5 days/week I make
$42,000.00, but the work is there to make more if I want to.  I'm in the southeast. 
1500-1600 doing acute, multiple, multiple work types. NM
2000 low days, 4000 busy days
Did 43,000 lines last month.   6 doctors. 
You can "make a living" if you work 16-hr days, 7 days
and if you rarely buy anything but food and the barest essentials in clothing. My balancing act is so precarious that all it'll take is one of life's little disasters (rent increase, sick pet, major car repair) to pull the rug out from under me. Not a good feeling at all.
1200 lpd for me nm
I have an SX 1200 APC www.apc.com
Our power frequently goes off briefly when there's a storm nearby, even if it isn't storming here. The backup has been really helpful.
most MTs I know do about 1000-1200 lpd
It took me 2 weeks to get to 1200.
1200 lines per day.
It ought to be nice at $300-1200 a night....sm
We just went to Disney for vacation for a week and stayed at one of the All American resorts there - and the price package was 1/3 of the Polynesian.
typically 1000-1200 /d nm
What would you make in incentive doing 1200 lpd?

With MQ's new plan in January:   $0 incentive on 1200 lines/day.

Spheris:  1200 lines a day = $24 a week incentive.

What about where YOU work?!!


One oil exec made $1200 PER SECOND during Jun/Jul/Aug!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That may be the AMERICAN way, but I'm steaming when there are people out there who can't get medicine, have no place to live, when America is paying disabled people pennies to live on in a month, and children don't have decent schools, teachers, or buildings to stay in.

And I'm not finished here!

The /act/ put on by our congressmen and women yesterday turned my stomach.  It was totally a PRODUCTION.........but I hope they don't think they fooled anybody.  Why did they even bother wasting my time and theirs.

The oil companies didn't even get a slap on the wrist.

I'm sick of off shore companies getting a safe haven to do their work and oil companies being allowed to suck what little dollars we have left in our billfolds OUT......while they are making $1200 A SECOND!!!!!! THAT IS PER SECOND people!.  That is obscene.  WE ARE AT WAR HERE......we are all making concessions......and our children are getting killed over there. 

When is the insanity AGAINST the American worker going to end?

My minimum is around 1200/day which isn't that hard to get. -nm
Mine is 1200 too, and i think its hard.
i usually just barely get it by 6 hours... how long does it take you?
Need to type 1200 lines on new

I just started new job about a week ago.  I need to type 1200 lines/ day to reach my income goal.  How long does it usually take to reach this amount of lines?  I can't seem to find a comfortable routine.  I want to work nights but no luck with that.  I am straining too much to see the work because the eyes are just too tired by the end of the day and day time is full of interruptions.  Thought about splitting it up with 4 hours in the day and 4 hours at night.  Anyone heard of doing this? Any other suggestions?  I have an Expander but I haven't put all of the shortcuts in yet.

thanks for input.

$130/month ... $30 of it is cable ... 1200 sf
I hate to spend money on utilities, lol.

between 1000 and 1200/day in 5 hours. VR and
straight typing. Depends on work type and account.
well, some newbies are getting 5-6 cpl; so, 1200 lines day = $16,000
Hours per 1200 lines

Just want to get some feedback on how long it takes to do 1200 lines.  I did clinic notes and was an IC for four years and work on and off throughout the day, so I really never had to work straight through the day to produce.  I am now going to do acute care-hospital work minus lab and radiology reports.  I have about four years experience.


I can do approximately 1200-1300 per day...
When I am in the "zone" I can get 1400-1500.
I usually average 1200 in 6 hours. But
I end up surfing the net and take a bathroom break every 2 hours, so it ends up being around 1K. I should be doing better, but some days are so boring on I am here way too much, when I should be typing.
1200 is the minimum at most places for
full-time. Personally I transcribe anywhere from 1700 to 2000 lines in an 8-hour day.