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Anyone CURRENTLY working inhouse in the Atlanta area that can tell me the going rate of pay? SM

Posted By: This Message - the smileys are in there. NM on 2005-08-22
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I'm really just interested in people who are actually working NOW and what they're making NOW - not speculation from service managers as to what they think they might be making. 

I am considering going back in house for the benefits but if there is just absolutely no comparison to what I make now as far as pay, I don't even want to start wasting my time.  Thanks to those who can help!!

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anywhere specifically or just what inhouse folks in Atlanta are making?
In the Atlanta area there are a good many....sm

female construction workers and female home/buisness builders... and they're usually not gay.

PeachTree in Atlanta area
has anyone worked for them?  any good or bad on them?  all i see are for Spheris and Medquist these days. 
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Around the Atlanta area there's an organization ....sm
called BuyOwner and you pay a flat fee for whatever services you want, and it's a lot cheaper than using a full-fledged agent. The people who live across the road from me got a contract on their house within 3 days of listing with them and I've known others with similar results.

The first thing you need to do is make sure you have your expectations realistic. Research what similar homes are selling for in your area. Clean up and declutter as much as possible. Get those closets pretty empty to make them appear to have more space - same for all rooms in the house. If the rooms haven't been painted in a while spring for some fresh paint - be sure to choose neutral colors like white or off-white. Clean the carpet. Keep the yard trim and put in fresh flowers. Keep some of the air freshners that send out a scent every few minutes going through the house to keep it fresh smelling. Go ahead and on the for sale sign in the yard list the price - Good Morning America's report last week said this helps a lot as it lets people know right off hand if it's priced in the budget they're looking at. Doing so will also keep folks from swiping fliers you may set out because they're interested in finding out the price.

As far as realtors go, ask for recommendations from friends and neighbors who have used one. Let the realtors know that you expect them to aggressively push your home sale, i.e. talk it up with other realtors, put signs up everyone they can, etc. Ask them what their plan is for selling your home. Make sure pictures taken of your house for show on the internet show the best angle possible of rooms - 70% of people now look on-line before going to see homes so you want your home to catch their attention.

As far as the realtor that posted below to always use a realtor - I say that if you find one you're comfortable with then sign up. Definitely don't do just the "FSBO sign" in the yard and ad in the newspaper if you're serious about selling, but there are ways to get the word out without paying the high commissions that are worth a try. Signing with an agent doesn't guarantee you'll sell the home quickly.

Good luck out there!
On an Atlanta area news report last week they said...sm
that this winter it probably would be cheaper to use one to supplement the main heating source but of course people have to use caution with space heaters because of the increased fire risk.

I worked in house for the only hospital corporation available in my rural area.  I expected to learn a lot.  I actually learned very little with regards to transcription.  I learned a lot about hospital politics.  They had some of the worst dictators there, and the HIM director did not like confrontation.  Also, the main task given to me was to accomplish a line rate equal to 1200 per day with spaces, at which time they would set me up to work at home.  Unfortunately, I only had 6 months in which to accomplish this.  I was flatly told that if I did not accomplish this production rate, I would be fired.  Before that happened, I found a job online, and will never return inhouse again.  I also have to say that I don't miss driving 300+ miles per week in order to do that inhouse job.  Also, I wasn't thrilled with the prospect of the hospital's tech person visiting me ad lib at home.

Now, I can't say that I'm thrilled with this profession.  I have the same concerns/complaints as the original poster of this thread.  However, comparing inhouse, with inhome, I do believe that I've learned more and gained more valuable experience through the inhome process.  Yes, I have worked many hours and more than 1 job at a time.  When I research previous jobs by a doctor, I also notice that previous jobs have been submitted with lots of errors in them.  I have shared my concerns with my manager and believe that nothing was done.  I have also complained about poor dictators and why, oh why, are these doctors still allowed to conduct themselves so poorly?  When I worked in the hospital, I noticed that the HIM director let the doctors do whatever they wished because she was afraid to confront them, like they were Gods or something.  It is my opinion that this is a major problem in our industry with regards to the people who are the liaison between the MT and the doctor.  Somewhere, a doctor has a supervisor, office manager, director, hospital administrator, etc.  If a doctor is in private practice, he may care more about the quality of his product.  But, if a doctor is affiliated with a hospital or other facility, he might just be doing a job and as long as he/she can get away with it, he/she will be as sloppy as he/she wants to be.

It is also really frustrating to be told that you have to do 150 lines/hour or more, or lose benefits or be fired or whatever.  At the same time, it takes time to really produce a good report, given the deficiencies in the dictations.  I panicked about this in the beginning, as I was doing about 50 lines per hour.  I'm happy to report that it does get better.  I also quit the job with the production quota.

Okay, I'll shut up now.

When working inhouse I had a supv
that one time told me in a French term (had to ask for explanation) that meant I did not join in with the others there. Hmm, transcription seems to be like a 1 person job and how can you socalize and still make your incentive. Always got terrible evaluations and on ongoing eval after 10 years there she gave me an acceptable for attendance. I brought to her attention I had not missed 1 day during the entire year and I wanted an excellent for that if nothing else. She said she had not noticed. Yeh, right! The next job so much different. Very good evals but by this time I was very shy of ever getting them again.
I'm the opposite.... the pay is okay, but I hate working inhouse. Mgmt. SUX! n/m
Try working inhouse at a local clinic or hospital.
That's what many MTs end up having to do to get their foot in the door & gain experience. IMO, that's the best way to start anyway since you have experienced people nearby to ask for help because those first few months can be very difficult. Good luck!

P.S. Agree with the other posters below that you need to specify you have your certificate in MT, not referring to yourself as a Certified MT which is a completely different thing and can only be obtained after a few years of experience & testing with AHDI. However, that brings up another topic... many MTs choose not to become certified now that AHDI has sold us out & encourages offshoring of our work. I've been doing this nearly 20 years and only once have ever been asked if I had my CMT, so it's pretty much irrelevant anyway. As long as you have experience & test well, that's what they care about.
Positives and Negatives of working at home versus inhouse.

When I first went home to work, I did think it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, but I got so tired of being stuck to my desk all day long and being asked to work overtime with no overtime pay.  No incentives anymore either.  The money is the biggest issue here and benefits at a good price.  .... So I decided to go back in house.  and believe that I found a great place to work.

Of course, there will be the usual bad side of working an inhouse job... dressing up.... which I honestly miss.. but maybe not every day, paying for gas to drive to work... but it's actually only 10 minutes away, the cafeteria--enough said :D... plus I bring my lunch and have always done so..., office politics--which I have found exist at home or inhouse....,  dept meetings--which I have found exist with at home jobs also... of course they are "account" not department meetings and communication! which is a really important thing and was the straw that broke this camel's back--got sick of sending emails to a myriad of people from the top to the bottom and getting no response back... or responses days later...

Can anyone add any other positives/negatives?

The pay will be worth it all no matter what, but I was curious to see what other things there are to consider.   

Please no flames. 

Thanks in advance.



To Lisa - Going Rate in Area
I would try Career Builders and look for on-site MT jobs in your area and see what the hourly rate is and try to figure how many lines you would do in an hour for this account.  I'm no expert, but that is probably what I would do.  It seems strange to me though that the Nationals pay pretty much the same line rate to their MT's, yet they are all over the US.  Will you have to pick-up/drop-off tapes?  Do you have to print?  If yes to these two questions, bid in the middle to higher range.  If it is all digital and you only have to e-mail the reports back to the office, then maybe consider the low to mid range.  I'm on the East Coast, and the cpl ranges from 10-15 cpl (65 characters with spaces) or anywhere from $13-17 per hour.  I hear though in some other states such as Texas, the going hourly rate is $9-12 per hour, so this would reduce the cpl rate.  I guess it would depend on the type of program you are using.  I only use Word and the line count built in.  I do not have a separate line counter.  I hope Patti has ideas, and she very well may.  I think she said she's in Oregon, so that would be considered West coast, so I'd be anxious to hear what her opinions are on the average rate.  She's pretty knowledgable and from her posts "plays fair".  With all that being said, I think either 13 cpl or 15 cpl depending on the program and method of retrieving dictation and sending back reports once they are transcribed.  Hope this helps!  I tend to get real chatty!  Sorry! 
Here's how I do it. I start at a reasonable rate for my area. SM

I take of a penny a line for each of these things:

1.  Digital. 2. No printing.

Or you can start at your bottom line and add a penny for 1. Pickup 2. Printing. 3. Delivery.

That's just how I do it.

Line Rate for Indianapolis area

I can't seem to get anyone to reveal what the line rate is for this area.  I want to get an account or 2 of my own with local doctors.  If anyone has any info on this it would be appreciated.


I'm interested in working in the Marietta area, maybe for one of the Wellstar Hospitals. nm
If you are working at an hourly rate in a hospital setting, then you are
going to be in for a shock when you go to production rates. Most of the in-house positions were farmed out years ago. If you were lucky to secure an in-house position for this long, consider yourself blessed.
PA - Pittsburgh area is one locale, Philadelphia area also.
TriState area - PA, NJ, DE.
Charge him an hourly rate. The current rate is
between $15-21/hr. according to your location. If he had to use an independent secretarial service, he would be charged much more. You can look in the Yellow Pages in your area under Secretarial Service and ask them what they charge, then charge accordingly knowing you can back it up.
This was sent out to Atlanta
employees, not personalized to one MT.
Any Atlanta MTs?
I am getting so frustrated with this office.  The supervisors have turned into a bunch of robots.  The only explanation you can get for what is going on is "I don't know, that is just what they told me to tell you."  Who is THEY?  Why are statutory employee being allowed over time and the full time employees are NOT allowed over time?  What is going on here?  Why has the whole atmosphere and morale changed?  I don't mind typing the crappy accounts or working the crappy hours, but I will not be treated like a no count and be told things on a need to know basis.  I just don't understand... and who is over the Regional MT Manager??
DSG in Atlanta, GA (nm)
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA
about 12-13 cpl/gross line
about 17-18 cpl/65-character line
I'd go to Atlanta - nm
I think an inhouse job would be the way to so
as you usually get paid hourly. Working at home is not that great. I found that out the hard way. I am just doing it until I can find an inhouse job, they are so rare. Going inhouse is better in every way. YOu do not have to deal with "Do it this way this day and do it another way the next" as is Amphion's practice, along with many others. Also, the inhouse job would give you valuable experience. You can always go back to working at home. You would only gain in experience by working inhouse. Good luck!
she probably wouldn't be making $41 an hour.
And Inhouse
Inhouse you will type for 2 hours, then get a 15 minute break, then type for 2 hours, get a 30 minute lunch and then type for 2 hours then another 15 minute break, then type for 2 hours and go home.  According to my friend who works inhouse they rarely get their 15 minute breaks more than once a day, so even working inhouse they only usually get about 45 minutes and they only make $16 an hour.  Being at home on production you can decide how much to make if you use your Expanders and actually type instead of surfing the net, etc.
Oh, no, where are the Atlanta accounts going?
DSG in Atlanta, GA is still hiring I believe nm
When he performs in Atlanta....sm

the shows are reported to be fabulous.  The crowd does tend to have more openly homosexual couples in attendance.

I got my brother and his partner 2 tickets 4 years ago and by a stroke of incredible luck by being in the right place at the right time they ended up having them upgraded to front row center tickets - which he now has framed and on the wall of his house. 

I took the Amtrak from Atlanta, GA
I got wireless internet via Verizon before I left. I had to have an air cared. There was even an outlet on the train so I didn't have to worry about using up my laptop battery. Many hotels claim to have wireless internet however, I was happy that I had my connection via Verizon. I spent 7 days in New York last summer, my 8-year-old and I, and was able to log in early morning to get my work done. We still had lots of time to see the sights.
I live in Atlanta
I would appreciate if you would email me their name. I am an MTSO in the Atlanta area and certainly don't want to take on an unsavory doc.
Live in Atlanta 2.

I thought about getting my own accounts so would love to know who they are as well so that I can avoid them.  I left my e-mail. 

Sorry this happened to you but this is one of several reasons I have waited so long to get my own accounts.


Anyone live outside Atlanta-sm

Considering relocating there and wondered if anyone had any input.  Specifically the Gainesville area.  Thanks

Metro Atlanta
Most of these are local docs that are not my accounts. The offices are paying 12-13 cpl for gross lines. I also transcribe for a small company in another state (the 8 cpl account). I do feel lucky to have found these accounts. In addition, some of my work comes from a midsized national and is paid at 7.5 cpl for 65-character lines. I continue this work because it is the easiest work I have, so I probably average about the same as the others (although as mentioned previously, the others are clinic work and easy too)
Hope you are not in Atlanta
because going to small claims does not mean you get your settlement. You might win the case but you are told up front up to you to collect- I won but the person has never paid, 3 years ago, $2,000.00.
Are you in Atlanta where Clark is
or do you just know about him. Clark, for the people not knowing, is a millionare but a cost-cutter and a half! He could sit back and just rake in more money but a true advocate. He takes calls here in the city and his question is usually "How can I be of service to you." He pinches pennies in his own life, talks about shopping at the box stores, Costco and such. I really admire him as a person- lots of people want him to run for some sort of office as in mayor, governor, etc. and I would definitely second that.
I am a little south of Atlanta
probably about 20 miles or so, used to live right in Atlanta but the living where I am very, very reasonable now. What part of NC to be so expensive?
I did go through that with my last inhouse position ...
and after I quit and went home to work for my present employers, I realized what the most significant factor was for my burnout: Working with the absolutely rancid attitude of unhappy coworkers. True, I should not have allowed them to get to me but they were unhappy over ANYTHING. Nothing could make them happy and all they did was gripe and b****.

I eventually quit going to lunch and breaks with them because I just didn't want to hear anymore negative spin on whatever was going on. Of course, then I was Miss Goody-Two-Shoes because I wouldn't fraternize with them. There was already tension enough over production. I got to where I would drive around and around the block before parking...then I would be late a lot because I could hardly bring myself to drive to work. I felt sick at my stomach as I got up, knowing I was going to walk in that office where such emotional poison was.

On their own, I liked these women - they could be funny, were intelligent, had a lot on their plates. But as coworkers, they were unhappy about anything that happened and just could not leave any topic alone. At lunch and breaks, they so horribly bad-mouthed the superv, the QA person, the management, the hospital policies, the equipment, the software, the incentive plan, anyone who wasn't sitting there's production, other people's dress and how they handled their family life, etc. I mean it was HORRIBLE. When I started back to college, they were mad as h*** because I got "special treatment" in their eyes. They worked whatever schedules THEY set, but apparently I wasn't allowed to do the same. I see now that they were angry because I was doing something different and progressive in my life.

Then, when I announced I was leaving I thought they would cheer because, after all, I was the outsider. Instead, they got angry. They were angry because I was leaving and they were left behind. They emailed and left voice messages a few times after I had left, asking how I was, and talking trash still about that hospital. I never called any of them back.

I'm done with that attitude. I literally cannot take it. The same issues were happening to me but I chose to look at it differently.

Making a radical change of quitting and going home into a completely different setting and controlling my own environment, pay, etc., was the key to recovery for me.

I also know that I won't be doing this much longer...THAT HELPS A LOT...LOL.

I appreciate the advice.

I had one when I was inhouse and loved it! sm

I just wish I could afford to get my own right now. It takes a little getting used to, but not too bad and it's soooooo comfortable. 


inhouse work

I am thinking about going inhouse to work for a family practice group.  What is the going rate per hour or per line?  I have 10+ years experience.  It would be working for 2 family practice physicians 25 or so hours per week.  Because I have only done IC the last few years, I don't know what to charge when taxes are taken out. 

Please advise what a reasonable hourly/line rate is .  I am not sure at this point.



i used to be a coder inhouse. sm
my schooling was actually a combination of MT/coding so i had the option of either. i started out coding at a local doc office. i didn't have much of a problem with it. the cons i would say was dealing with people b*tching about the bills and medicaid pain in the *ss, but other than that was fine. i slowly picked up MT work on the side to do in the evenings part time, realized how much money i was making and eventually quit the inhouse job to go full time at home as an MT and tripled my money. not sure about coding at home so i can't help you there.
You actually WANT to go back inhouse and having to
I have worked inhouse at
made anywhere from the $11.00 range up to $26.00 (counting production bonuses). There is a wide range. The benefits are usually much better than working at home, but I much prefer working at home and will never return to inhouse again.
I think I would stay with the inhouse job, have the
baby and take your maternity leave. While on leave, you can be looking for an at-home job, and maybe even start with them while on leave. Then, after your paid leave turn in your resignation.
Going to work inhouse again
Well, you would have someone to talk to besides your dogs and you might just enjoy the comaradie of other MTs. On the opposite side of the coin, it may just end up being a very competitive, cold and unfriendly place. You could try it and and prove yourself to to be a valuable MT and perhaps they would send you home to work like a lot of hospitals do now if in fact you would rather do that. If you find your home to be a comfort zone and enjoy your dogs, you may just not like working inhouse. It's your call and good luck
pay for inhouse position??
I have an interview in the morning for a part-time inhouse position.  What is the pay looking like working by the hour with no incentives?  I don't know what a fair offer would be and don't want to sell myself short.
I am going to work inhouse again -
I just took a part time inhouse position to supplement my at home income because I am so short... and this is not the first pay period so I am in trouble.

The inhouse position is only part time, but at least I know it is enough to pay my house payment. It is also a lot less per hour, but I want some guarantees so I can stop worrying so much.
Sorry but I am not going back inhouse.
I do well at this work. I always have. Though my income has varied a bit over the last couple of years, I am still doing very well and I don't plan to join a union or go back inhouse.

It costs hospitals more money to payroll you inhouse because of the capital expense. More and more hospitals will contract their work out as the economy squeezes on them, too.

I agree that those who are new should try to work 1-2 years inhouse first. But to say that going back inhouse is going to "save" this work? No. Completely disagree. It won't even be an option soon for the greatest majority of facility MTs.

do you have 6 years of inhouse sm
doing acute care or doctors office MTing? If you have gone from strictly office stuff to hospital acute care, that is a big transition and one that you are not gonna make a ton of money at starting out. Experience as an IC is not the thing, do you have the 6 years experience doing the same thing inhouse that you are now trying to do at home?
Here's a sad story from Atlanta today....sm

A couple left their 2-year-old son with friends while they were at the hospital having their 2nd child last night.  The 2-year-old somehow or another got out of the apartment of the friends he was left in, wandered into a road and was hit by a car.  The car didn't stop and when the friends he was left with discovered him missing at 4 a.m. they called the police.  Searches found the boy critically injured by the side of the road and he subsequently died a few hours later at the children's hospital. 

I can't even begin to imagine the grief of the couple having a baby the same day their child is killed.  

The police are working hard to identify the vehicle that hit the child as there are car parts left around.  I hope they find that person!