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3 since November 2006 when I started at-home transcription nm

Posted By: Rad MT on 2007-09-05
In Reply to: Poll time: How many different transcription - companies have you worked for? (sm)


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My daughter-in-law wants to get started in transcription, like me...
I have been doing it for 25 years and don't have a clue where to tell her to start.  Does she have to take a transcription program, if so where, and are there any MTSOs who train?  Thanks for the help....
How do you get started in an area of transcription
that you've never done?  I would really like to learn radiology, but have no experience in it how do I get a chance to learn?
I used to be tied to it when I first started at home. sm

When I first started at home I was like, "this is way tooooooo cool." I can get back to some jobs later.  Then later became later or I was up with the sun, etc.

It took me some time (over a year) but I've figured out what works for me. I usually start at 7:00 a.m. and finish by 2:30 p.m. when the bus arrives from school. If I get lazy and read the paper in the morning, I work 8:00 to 3:30 or whatever. Tonight I have had the occasional evening shift because my daughter needed help on her project for school

Other than that, I usually leave my computer unless I go on in the evening to check my email before I go to bed.

I realized my computer doesn't yell at me loud enough to pound on the keyboard for another hour to make an extra $15 or $20.  Now if I were getting double time, this computer would be on all night. Like that's ever going to happen.

the prison transcription thing was squashed before it even got started = sm
At least it was in Florida. Once it made the news, I think people were quick to call around and make sure that it never took off. I, for one, am thankful for that.

Let's face it, if you are a Transcriptionist typing for a service at home, you can have access to all sorts of medical information. Take for instance celebrities. Think about this - what if a celebrity went into the hospital for "rest" according to their publicist. And a transcriptionist typing for that particular hospital through a transcription service transcribes the records on this particular celebrity, and certain information was dictated, i.e. "patient drinks 5 alcoholic beverages a day. Patient needs to start her day with such and such a drug." I could go on and on. Do you realize what a transcriptionist could do with that kind of information - sell it to the tabloids, call up People magazine, get Victoria Gotti on the phone ... blah blah blah $ $ $

Think about it. It can happen.
Any ideas on a letter to possible clients to get started at home? sm
I am wanting to gain some clients in my hometown to do their transcription.  I was trying to figure out the best way to go about it.  Should I type up a fancy letter telling them a bit about myself, experience, and rate range of what I should charge?  What could I say or do to make it REALLY stand-out?  Any ideas on fees?  I am looking for a monthly charge and I know it depends on the amount of work to be done, picking up, dropping off, use of my paper, etc....PlEASE any and all info wil be helpful! 
I started too but home office got moved to bedroom. sm.
Now have to use earphones when husband is sleeping. I actually prefer the earphones just because my speakers weren't the best but it worked well the other way too.
Been at home for over a year now and I switched to night shift. I work for a national. Started out
working the night shift and sleeping in shifts during the day. My kids are way older but that doesn't mean they don't interrupt me. Besides, there the phone issue, more interruptions, the dogs bothered me a lot, too. Love them dearly but, oh so spoiled. It was taking me 10 hours to do what I can do in 8 on nights, plus I manage to get more sleep, if you can believe that. I still get supper on the table, vacuum, laundry, etc. So far it is working pretty good, so I think I will put in for permanent night hours for awhile. No sense in working 10 when I can work 8.
I have 13 years experience and just started a hospital job working from home making $16 an hour

and with a really good incentive plan.  I live in the Kansas City area.  $10 seems like a low starting point even with only two years experience which is the usual benchmark for hospital MT jobs. 

It's been my experience that the low end of the pay scale for hospital employed MTs was around $12 an hour.  Also, it's been my experience that the pay offered is usually based on years of experience and how well you perform on the transcription test.

I would say if their pay is that low, they should at least be making it up with incentive and it doesn't sound like they are.


At home transcription. sm.
There really is no way to answer this question until you find that part time job you're seeking. A lot of small MTSOs seeking part timers just need you to have MS Word, player & pedal, and email. For others, you may need a fax machine to receive schedules, FTP access for file tranfer, etc. All of these cost bucks. I wish I could help you more.

Good luck.
It's not just with at-home transcription

I left a hospital job last year after working there for five years, strictly because of office politics and a hostile environment.  The department managers offered me the "opportunity" to resign because my coworkers found it difficult to work with me, despite my trying very hard every day to be pleasant, cooperative, and a "team player".  The managers didn't care how good my work was, nor how it compared to the other MTs - much less how hard I had tried to fit in in that dog-eat-dog environment.

The radiologists knew that I was the best MT they had, though. The next day one of them called me at home and said, "Who is going to take care of me now??!!!"  I was always catching his mistakes - some of them BIG ones - and bringing them to his attention. None of the other MTs at the hospital did that. I am now doing the overflow work from their outpatient office (along with another part-time job with a local MTSO).

I wouldn't go back to working in a hospital no matter how much they paid me. Yes, at-home transcription pay sucks. But you don't have to put up with all the cr@p that goes on in an office. And if it gets too bad, you can just move on to the next company.

New to at home transcription
Hey guys, I know all of you are busy, but I am an MT with over 14 years experience inhouse (physician's ofc, radiology, IM, FP, etc).  I'm a little anxious about IC vs employee status.  Can anyone tell me which is best.  I have accepted two positions, one of each and dont know which is the best bet.  Any help is greatly appreciated. 
Home transcription
Hi, I'm a Transcriptionist with 8 years experience looking forward to home transcription job offers.  I can do on-call transcription meeting deadlines and give 98% accuracy.  please contact me in my email address.  thanks.
When the kids started school I wanted a job in my home town. A hospital clerk position (sm)
came open. You started compiling charts, making copies, etc. Then I was promoted after a few months and began learning transcription and did that part of the day. Then a few months later they taught me coding and abstracting and I did that part of the day. It was a great learning experience to learn things from the bottom up. Needless to say, I am an old dog here who has been doing this more than 25 years now.
When the kids started school I wanted a job in my home town. A hospital clerk position (sm)
came open. You started compiling charts, making copies, etc. Then I was promoted after a few months and began learning transcription and did that part of the day. Then a few months later they taught me coding and abstracting and I did that part of the day. It was a great learning experience to learn things from the bottom up. Needless to say, I am an old dog here who has been doing this more than 25 years now.
Medical Transcription from home

At-home transcription advice
Hi! I'm a fulltime, working Transcriptionist with a Certificate in Medical Transcription from a local, accredited schoool and nearly 4 years of Clinic experience. I want to keep my fulltime clinic job but I would also like to start up my own at-home transcription part-time for extra income. I was hoping somebody could give me a little advice about start-up equipment and supplies/cost if any. I'm not looking for my own accounts, just working for/contracting with a company on here PT for right now.
More at-home transcription questions

Hi everybody. . . I have some more questions about at-home transcription.  Can anybody tell me the definitions to some terms or a glossary where I can find them. What is an IC? What is acute care? What are Basic 4 or Big 4 Reports? Also, when a company advertising for an employee says they will provide the software, does this generally mean just the transcription software? Does this tend to include text Expander and spellchecker as well? Thanks!

Medical transcription jobs from home
Anyone know which companys are for real, and where can you find jobs on line to work at home? Is it best just to start your own business, does anyone have any tips on how to get started? Thanks
What tricks do I have to perform to get a transcription job at home?
I have applied for so many at home jobs and have done endless testing (some very lengthy) and have not yet received any feedback from any of these companies and then they have more ads out for transcriptionists.  I have 30 years' experience and have taught med term and medical transcription at the local college for 20+ years.  What gives? 
Yes, and it's coming out on CD in November.
It sounds like it will be a huge improvement over the latest QLDB, because people who have always used QLDB are saying the latest one doesn't work as efficiently in past. So go to this website to order Sauders. CD isn't scheduled to be released until November, though.

20 years as MT in November........wow.....
i've been looking since november (sm)

and no luck, but i really ran out of work in July.  I hung around that company for a couple more months and finally gave up, went with another one and about 2 weeks in lost the account through no fault of my own.  have not typed a line of transcription since november 10th, and cannot buy a job.  i have to have ic status because of some health issues, and i am just about finished with mt'ing.  Poor companies screaming about not being able to find MTs who will work...my a double s. 

oh, and the grammar/typo police?  sorry folks, but i am on an evil laptop that makes typing, shall we say interesting, and it is not like this is a job interview ha!


39 years come November
The first post in this thread caught my attention and I would like to comment.  I started as an MT from scratch, having been lucky enough to ask what the one-woman medical record manager (a post-polio paraplegic in the wheelchair using "thumb pedal") was doing with earphones on, playing tapes and typing away.  I was 19 then and helping out with the filing since she, obviously, could not.  She offered to let me give it a try and it took me three hours to transcribe one discharge summary because I was listening to a whole 'nother language and my best typing speed in my college typing class was 60 wpm once, averaging 45 wpm.  I loved words and was hooked.  Over the years, I've helped to train new MTs in a hospital setting.  Pat Forbes, a former AAMT president, was a coworker at one of those hospitals.  We discused the training of newbies and the consensus was that it took 3 years to train an MT from scratch, 5 years for them to become independent (agreeing with the writer of the initial post). That is in a hospital setting with acute-care training.  Any non-acute-care training limits an MT severely.  I'm a definite "oldie" and would love to be part of an "oldies" forum.   Btw, my typing speed is much, much better now. :)
Take at home transcription job or unit secretary job at hospital?
I've been an MT for 12 years and have worked at home doing MT for 10 years. Recently got replaced by EMR so had to find work elsewhere. I took a job at a local hospital as a unit secretary working 3-11 now I have been offered a job with a national transcription company. I'm not sure if I should go back to transcribing since the line count/money making potential has me worried. I've been assured that I will never run out of work but I'm worried that I will actually be working longer than the 8 hour shift in order to make the amount of money I need. I would love to be back home with my kids typing again as I miss not seeing them as much as I used to and they want me to be home. I am just not sure if I should stay in a job at the hospital which has a guaranteed amount of money per pay period since I'm being paid by the hour and not by the line where my paycheck can vary. Any thoughts/suggestions/opinions, recommendations out there? Any and all would be greatly appreciated!!

We went to Disney in November. Definitely purchase your airline tickets on-line (sm)

I priced them through Travelocity and on the airline's web pages and I got a better price direct from the airlines.  On NWA you can preregister on-line 24 hours before your flight leaves, so you just walk into the airport, drop your bags and head for the plane.  For the parks, we booked everything through AAA.  The price was about $100 less than booking direct with Disney on-line.  There are very few places to get cheap Disney tickets, don't waste a lot of time trying.  If you're staying on the Disney grounds, let me know and I've got TONS of tips for you.  It is a GREAT place to vacation. 

I think it's still $5.15 in FL until 2006...sm

it's going up to $6.15 in Florida this year I read......still not nearly enough in my opinion.....*tsk tsk*

But happy that the states may be taking it over....*S*

No kidding. I was going to buy a 2006. nm
MTme on 2006-05-02
I don't expect anybody to read anybody else's mind for me?  Unless maybe you know how to read minds??
2006 Saturn Ion
Will say it this way, seventies. Not 2006.
Class of 2006
Who said 0.00 because its just a high school graduation?  My middle son just graduated this year and we did give him a huge graduation party with a buffet, cake, ice cream, balloons, napkins imprinted with his name and "Class of 2006" on them, etc.  We did the party here in our home on a Sunday afternoon and invited family, close friends and a few teachers he had kept in touch with through the years.  Yes, it was his job to earn the diploma and such was expected of him; however, the party was our reward to him for a job well done.  He did receive lots of gifts -- some were money, some were things for college, etc.  The monetary gifts ranged from $5 to $200.  My son was just as grateful for the $5 gifts as he was for the $200 (grandparents).  He also received only cards from a few people who attended, and he was still grateful for their sharing his special day.  One of the gifts he was most excited about was a gift card to a bookstore.  He spent a couple of hours wandering around trying to decide what books he wanted to purchase.  Another gift he cherishes to this day is "A Book of Prayers for the Graduate."  Don't give more than you can afford.  If a card is the best one can do, then its enough because they're acknowledging an accomplishment and milestone in a young adult's life.
The 5th edition was put out in 2006. Definitely
Not able to see 2006 posts
How do I get to see posts from 2006?  The archives seem to show me 2004 and 2005.  Sorry if this is an obvious answer, but I am not seeing it. 
Sorry meant to say 2006.....- nm
$35K in 2006, PT. Last year sm
Argh! Probably about $28 to $30K. Took a job that kept running out of work. I have a full time job now and a PT IC. I think I will break $40K for 2008. I HOPE I do anyway.
Right, retired in 2006...sm
Due to medical problems, and I am certainly not up on the latest technology or who is getting what type of work. When I retired, V/R was just becoming widespread and I never was involved in it. I just loved the ESLs, but maybe they have gotten worse/more careless/truly don't GAS. My sister had one that I could hardly understand either.
CMT 1992-2006. sm
Don't worry about the test. Like Iowan said, just register and take it. I had to drop mine when I retired, but I enjoyed having it when I was working. :)
Happy New Year 2006 to you! ...nm
NEWS = DISINFORMATION 2006!!! very sad...nm
Anyone else really disappointed with the 2006 QLDB?

This latest version seems like a beta version.  Could it be more time consuming with all the clicking, scrolling, and tabs required to click on?  Even the new search feature stinks as it does not bring what you typed in to the top, it just leaves it on the bottom and you must scroll to bring it up.  This one is definitely NOT built for production.  Has anyone figured out how to import things from previous versions of their drug book into this one?  I cannot figure it out with this version and my e-mails to them for help have gone unanswered thus far.

Is it faster than paging through a book?  Yes.  Is it up to the standards of their previous QLDBs?  Not in my opinion and I have been very happy with the electronic version since 1999. 

2006 Honda Civic
P.S. Those dates should be 2006, not 2005 nm
I'm seeing posts on different boards from 2006. Need
Take a screen shot of this: $150 in 2006

Health Insurance policy for 2006
is now charging a supplement payment for smokers and those that live with smokers. Does anyone else have this policy or getting for the next year? This not through MT companies.
Interesting article about best careers in 2006. sm
I know the Club Med there will not be open until June 2006, if that is of any help. sm

No doubt a travel agent could give you an idea of how things are.  If it was me, I think I'd wait a bit.  They were hit pretty hard, and there is a lot of cleanup, I'm sure.

Wherever you go, have some sun in the fun for me! 

EXText and Stedmans 2006 spellchecker?
Anybody know if they are compatible or if there are any glitches I should be aware of before I plunk down the dough? Thanks!
2005-$12K, 2006 expect to make about $21K - sm
2005 --I would have made more but when my daughter got sick in 3/05 I could not work much with her going to chemo and just dealing with everything, so that hurt my income big time. Have 2 PT jobs, 1 is a small MTSO and the other is my own account. My goal for 2007 is $24K...would like to eventually get up to $30K.
2006 Chevy Cobalt - love it!
2006 Monte Carlo SS (black)