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Posted By: probably LAST, VR system. on 2007-05-16
In Reply to: Clinic I MT for spent big $$, too, but I am still doing work - for them. It is not as great as saleman makes it s


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If the hospital is in your area
It's their choice if they want to have any MTs in house or have them all remote/at home. However, our experience has been that the MDs like knowing there are at least a few MTs on campus.
The hospital in my area only pays 9.40/hr.
Ridiculous! Had I known I never would have applied. When he told me the pay, my face must have reacted because he said "but you get to work at home". That position was for 20 hours on the weekend doing radiology. Thanks but no.
Try another hospital. Maybe there is another in your area that pays decent. nm
I know the feeling. I have contracted with a hospital locally here, done great work, provided 7-day a week service, and given them rock bottom prices - no increases in the 9 years. They decided to go to India for $2.00 an hour. IT'S ALWAYS ABOUT THE MONEY.
if she was dumped it would not be the first time
we have literally had animals dumped on our door step.   For whatever reason, this dog knows it is in a safe place and even though our yard isn't fenced she doesn't stray from our yard.   I feel so bad for her.  We have such a small place for her to stay warm, but today we are having snow and freezing rain, so I guess any place is better than none.   
The reason he dumped Jennifer

was that he got tired of being prettier than his wife.  HAHA  - I'll take a real man anyday, like James Gandolfini, maybe.

passive aggressive men..dumped him too...LOL..nm
Same thing happened to me. I dumped them.
Depends on what kind of hospital? Large urban hospital or small community hospital? SM

Also, is it a large teaching hospital? If so you have to consider there will be A LOT of different residents dictating, usually a lot of ESLs at teaching hospitals, and the residents rotate out and new ones rotate in every summer. So you can't expect to get the same dictators and build up your macros because the dictators change all the time.

I would say 9 cpl would be a pretty good offer for a small to medium community hospital where you will be doing the same dictators on a daily basis.  But for bigger, urban or teaching hospitals I would want at least 12 to 15 cpl. 

Think OSI test dumped crap on computer
This is just a warning to be careful.  I took a test for OSi last week and I think the audio files dumped a lot of crap on my computer, so be careful.  When I double-clicked to open the file I got a popup that tried to dump an ad tracker cookie on my computer, then my desktop froze up.  I rebooted.  I did this about 3 times and finally just opened Real Player and then opened the file.  I found a bunch of crap on my computer afterwards that I cleaned up.  I can't say 100% this is what did it but I would suggest being careful and running AntiVirus/Adware programs afterward.  I finally deleted all emails from them because one had 3 attached files that had nothing to do with the content as nothing was being sent to me and I once had my hard drive completely wiped clean by a virus sent this way when I naively opened the file. 
PA - Pittsburgh area is one locale, Philadelphia area also.
TriState area - PA, NJ, DE.
I dumped my ex 20 years ago, but got lucky 13 years ago

It would take me all night and pages and pages to describe what a bad person my ex-husband was.  After six years of putting up with his OCD, verbal abuse and alcohol, I left him the house, took the kids (5 and 1) and didn't look back. That was 20 years ago.

I wasn't looking to get married again, but I did.  After 13 years I only complain when hubby doesn't see things my way. :) 

My older kids, who were 5 and 1 when I left, are married and have kids of their own now.  My husband gets the Father's Day cards.  Their "real" father sits alone in the perfect little house I left behind and let him have and he drinks himself into oblivion every night because nobody is "perfect" enough, including his kids and his grandkids that he never sees. 

Sad, but true.  So glad I smartened up and got  out of there when I did.

Hospital. I wish I'd never left my hospital job.
They'll only take me back if I start off working nights and weekends again at the bottom of the totem pole.
If you work for a hospital - how come no one from the hospital
called you?? Were they in the dark, as well?? How sad, that no one in your hospital communicates with the at home staff.
Is DSL not available in your area?
It's worth it to have it.  It's tax deductible as a business/work expense.  It's only about $35 a month here total, compared to $20 a month for dial-up.  It's so much faster, more reliable and easier to use than dial-up.  It also doesn't tie up your phone line like dial-up does, so no need for a second phone line and no getting bounced off the Internet when someone calls while you're trying to work.  I'd still have it even if I couldn't write it off on my taxes.
I'm in the D/FW area and we have taken in several ...
and Dallas is making sure the children are in school, there are special job fairs to make sure the adults get jobs, even though our economy was terrible to start with, companies are making jobs for them, and every one that is interviewed says they are never going home and making their home here in Dallas/Fort Worth. I know they need places to say, what happened to them is terrible, but this area really did not need the strain of all the added people. Several of the people have been offered new housing back in their state or such, but they say they do not want to move again. I just think everyone needs to be looking at the big picture as to what is going to happen in the long run, as New Orleans is going to need some of their residents to come back and help rebuild. I have a son that has been looking for a job for over a year in the field he went to school for and has had no luck and now he has to compete against 1000s more people. I just don't get it.
If you have one in your area, may I
They are a corporation who apparently does give a rat's a** about its employees. They don't give their top people big bonuses, etc. and instead pay their employees a living wage...a REAL living wage and have one of the best reputations for treating their employees like real human beings from all I've read about them.
See if this is in your area

bay area MT
Since you mentioned you were also from CA, I was wondering if you have seen much about relocalization and eating local? I have read a lot about this and try to only purchase goods that are produced within 100 miles of my home in the South Bay or if not available within that radius, only from our state. I have also started my own vegetable garden growing different types of squash, lettuce, spinach as well as others in addition to fruit. Everything I am growing is either from seed that is not genetically modified and is organic or I purchased from the nursery from organic growers. My housemate is suprised at how much variety we have with our container gardening. She was just saying this morning that she never realized how easy it was to grow things yourself.

Another thing to support your local farmer is to sign up for a CSA. They had an article not too long ago about how organic goods really wanted by consumers, but even though these goods are organic, they are being brought from different parts of the world, which kind of kills the organic goodness considering you are expending oil to deliver it.

As for offshoring of our work, I have found since I moved to CA getting close to a year ago that there seem to be a lot of companies who do not offshore and will not consider it a consideration. I think there is hope:)
bay area MT . . . sm
You see, I am right!!! They also had an article not too long ago about what the true savings from offshoring work has come out to. Instead of getting the 50% to 60% or more most places advertise to cut costs, the only real savings has been around 20%. They had an article about that in our local paper as well as I think I saw it on Yahoo News if anyone wants to search for it.
What area are you in because....
I had to fight to get $1.35 per minute IC directly from a hospital and was told that was the average.  I recently did some math and figured I was being paid between 8-9 cents per line.  I get 10 for a PT IC position.  Trying to figure if I should ask for more again, especially since I get several different doctors now that they use hospitalists.
Is this in the KC area?
I'm from a town just north of KCMO and plan on moving back in a few months and was just wondering if you worked for one of the hospitals there? I currently work for a national, but am hoping to get a local job when I move back.
None in my area.
Many are mad at this organization because of their stand on things. I am not happy with them at all.
if it's available in your area
This may be getting off topic here but there are some states which have monetary assistance (moolah to you and me) for small small businesses (SSBs). It is the same as first-time homebuyer money, which is aimed to get people into homes who otherwise wouldn't have the downpayment money. But you take classes, come up with a business plan, and I don't know what all else. I was in the homebuyers program for 1-1/2 years, taking classes, working on perfecting credit, etc, and eventually got 10K. In some of my monthly classes there were small small business people participating for state money for starting a business. You will, of course, have to check in your area. Just a thought!
In our area .. Cingular has that
Check cingular.com
Are their any IC in the Tampa, FL area?

Just wondering if there were any other IC in the Tampa/Brandon area, and do you think line rates are cheap around here?? 


not sure of the prices in your area

..but gas here is $2.73 (cheap stuff) 

Home prices have gone through the roof here.  We sold our home last year for 250, and we bought it 2 yrs prior for 170.  In our area, homes sell before they even make it to the MLS listings. 

I am an IC and have no problem finding work.  I have actually turned away 2 offices last week.

Oh, health insurance, may not want to hear this one--we pay 200. per week for a family of four.

I live in the Tampa area.

Best of luck,


I can REALLY relate to you in one area...
My DH is a high school principal, however, we purposely and specifically moved to a different town so that our children would not have to go to school where their Dad works.  Our oldest (a senior this year) did her freshman year at the same high school, and then we moved.   Some kids were very rude, saying mean things about her dad within ear shot so that she would hear, and kids telling her that some senior was "looking for her" because he was mad at her dad.  As far as lying... I think you might try teaching her a lesson about lying.  Tell her you're going to get her a car and then when the day comes to go get it, you can say "oops, I was lying, we're not getting a car."  In other words, show her what being lied to make a person feel like.  She can know that you're doing it in order to teach her a lesson, and that she just might never know when you're lying or telling the truth.  She will soon realize what she is doing to you and what it's like to live with a liar.  My DD is very honest and we havn't had any troubles with her, but I've got 2 more coming up so who knows what's in store for me there.  There but for the Grace of God go I, so I will not boast about the one well-behaved teenager that I have raised.  Sometimes in spite of everything we do, and the best upbringing, some kids just make poor choices.  Hang in there.  I now know why God invented menopause. Can you imagine what these people having babies at 45 have in store for them in their 60s?  They're NUTS!
Any Denver-area MTs??
She needs a neuroophthalmologist and I cannot find one in Denver for her.  Any insight appreciated!  Thanks.
I can REALLY relate to you in one area...
Dear Lisa,

My ex's latest bimbo (who is now his wife) badmouthed me in front of my then 12 yr. old daughter. This trash even went as far as to discuss their intimate relationship in detail in front of my child.

Although my daughter lives with me, she has no respect for this trashy woman.

Your daughter will eventually see through this woman's lieing and manipulation. From 15 to 17 is a tough age for girls and your daughter is right smack in the middle.

I would be firm with my daughter and tell her that calling you names and being rude to your fiancee and his family is unacceptable and you just won't tolerate it.

Further, tell her that respect is earned and she'll have to clean up her act if she wants your respect.

Your daughter knows how to "push your buttons" but don't let her get to you. Ask her, "How would you like it if I called you names all the time?" When the shoe is on the other foot, teens have a tendency to think about things more than we realize.

A real job doesn't have to bring in a paycheck. The most important jobs that we women have is being a Mom. If we are able to juggle motherhood and still bring in a paycheck then all the better. It doesn't matter if your office is in the living room, or in an office downtown.

If that paycheck helps buy your daughter things that she wants, I would simply say next time she asks for something, "Sorry, I don't have a real job, so there's no real cash to get you what you want."

Sometimes you have to stop being the "nice parent" and put your foot on the brake. In the long run, your daughter will come around and respect you for it.

It's a tricky area (sm)
Let's get real--in the vast majority of these companies, they're using you as an employee yet calling you an IC. That's the reality.

Therefore, I think you should let them know that you want to raise your line rate. Though technically another poster here is correct in saying that you can give them a notice that "effective x date, my line rate will be x" I think that's risky. That's assuming MT companies are functioning legally and ethically and actually treating you like an IC, which again they're not.

What I did when I was an IC (very recently) was call the company and said I would like to negotiate a higher line rate. I cited that I could do all work types, accents, worked weekends, and therefore was valuable to them (it takes a little practice aloud first and some chutzpuh to make that call). I gave a rate higher than I expected, and they came back with something in the middle, which was just fine to me.

Yes, it's wrong that it works this way, but the reality is you are probably in an employee position yet called an IC. Therefore, unless you have other accounts and don't really depend on this company, better to take an approach that is somewhere in between employee and IC.

Good luck!
Walmart in our area.

I live out in the sticks, but we have Walmart in several small towns close by.  My friends who work at Walmart have an income comparable to other retail jobs in our area.  A close friend's son is in management at Walmart and makes a very good living for this area.  I do not like some of their business practices, but a lot of the smaller businesses around here have shady business practices as well.  I am willing to pay a little more and support local business owners, but I had just as soon buy a few groceries as go down the road to Ingles, Kroger or Bi-Lo and pay twice as much, as these are big chains too. 

Come when the area is not so congested? What does that mean?
Not sure I'm following, but I sure don't blame you for being upset.  I think I would delve into this a little further once you are less mad.
I don't know what rates are like in your area.

Only the hospital knows if it's a better deal for them.  Some companies provide equipment, dictation systems, tech support, supervisors, transcriptionists, etc., so if the only thing you are doing is transcribing and you are relying on the hospital for all the rest, then the hospital has to absorb all those costs.

I'm in the Nashville area.

Tampa Bay area

I have been here for 15 years and still love to drive over the causeway into Tampa it is just so neat having the water all around!  I will say that things are more affordable in Tampa but the county taxes are high because you are paying for the Bucs and for many social programs as there is a price to pay to fix a city and make it a place anyone would want to live.  Pinellas County (over the Bay and more beach like) is a bit pricier, but there are still affordable places to live.  SW Pasco county is also affordable and taxes are lower but so are services.  It all depends on what you want/need.  Jobs are available.  Many hospitals still have inhouse and there are services always looking for good help.  I love it here and there is a substantial community of MTs if you need a shoulder to cry/grouse on!! 

in FL $400 per area one time......

New Braunfels area
I love the New Braunfels area. We lived at Canyon Lake for 7 years and it was not fun to drive 30 miles just to get groceries and never be able to have pizza delivered to your house! LOL It just depends on your preference though! The schools in NBISD are excellent!
Dedicated area is better for me
I used to have my office in the living room area and I was always wandering off, getting distrated. I moved my office to a spare room in the basement and I get tons more done and time actually passes more quickly for me.
Actually, many in our area have children
they have sick children all week long, they don't work, so no excuse there. They wait until the weekends to do all their healthcare for ALL their children, sometimes up to 4 to 5 children. They have all week long to get good healthcare at good clinics that do take their insurance or even at the local health department, but they wait until Friday evenings and BOOM....while others sit in the waiting room that are indeed in need of immediate care.
anyone from York, PA area? sm
i am looking for info on an OB/GYN named, Rosean Freundel.  i can't find her on any of the MD websites.  anyone have any contact info on her?  she delivered my SIL's baby and she needs to request her records.  she delivered at York Hospital about 2 years ago.
You must be in the Albany area..
work for SamHealth?
Must depend on the area. sm
I have had their cable and roadrunner for about 5 years and service is always excellent here.
contact other MTs in your area to see if they need (sm)

Vacation coverage, etc.  I have done this and actually acquired an account from someone who was retiring.  One thing I can recommend besides *pounding the pavement* is just get yourself out there by maybe joining your local Women in Business or Chamber of Commerce or something in your area.  Or any hospital functions, fundraisers, fairs, etc.  You don't have to go with your whole resume or brochures in hand.  Just get yourself out there with an open mind and you never know what might happen. 

Also, when reading your local newspaper keep an eye out for announcements about doctors joining clinics, opening practices, etc.  Also my paper has a *People in Business* section.  Check it out.

But other than that, 18+ years is a lot of experience and since you are very good, well I cannot imagine any company turning you away for whatever schedule you wanted. 

Any MTs in the Colorado area?

My husband has a possible job opportunity in the northern Colorado area.  I am just wondering if anyone on this board is out in that area?  I am wondering what the average pricing is on housing, apartments, etc.  Anything really fun to do out there?  This would be in the Fort Collins area.   Also, what is the usual temperature in the summer and winter, snow fall, etc. 

I have found most of this information on-line, but I would much prefer to hear from someone who lives around this area.  I would take a personal view over a computer anyday!  We live in Florida now, so this would be a HUGE move for our family!

Thanks for any info.

what general area are you in
A gal I know up in a western metropolitan area got 14 cpl 5 YEARS ago, but she says the prices up there are like that. I wonder what they get in New York?
It depends on your area.
would ask for no less than $16.00 an hour.  This should make it worth your while.  Most on-site jobs at clinics pay hourly, not per line. 
I don't know if it would work for your area but
cpl for Dallas TX area?
Anyone want to share what the going rate for cpl is for Dallas/Fort Worth area?
Is a 15-min walk possible in your area sm
at that time of night?  That would get your blood moving!
NorthGate is really good too...same area
I remember NorthGate being just a smidge cheaper...check both!