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At my national, not MQ, we also are required to use only one space after a period, have for years.nm

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MedQuist? Ctrl+shift+F, period, space, tab, period, space, space, change all. nm
At MQ we are to space once after a period.
That just changed in the last 6 months.
One space or two after a period.

Which is the correct way, one space or two spaces after a period in medical transcription?

Thanks for any help in advance.

I ALWAYS space twice after a period and I ALWAYS will!
says!  I learned to type on a typewriter and it is ingrained in my head.  Now that I'm doing VR, as I'm editing, I add the extra space after the period.  I look at it as just more money the MTSOs are trying to screw us out of!
At my hospital, even 25+ years ago, you were required SM

to type 1100 per day. That was with NO spell check, NO expanders. Nothing. Everybody typed a lot more than that.

I think the trouble that you describe must have something to do with working on some company's lame platform. I work in Word, I make my own expanders, my own everything, and work 5 hours a day, if I have 150 minutes to do. That is about 2000-2200 lpd. It is not a problem, because I do what's fastest for ME. The people at the hospital do some kind of merge thing and put everything in their system.

Working on a platform that is designed for anything other than MT will only cost you money. They make these systems to help coding, discharge, everybody but us. I'll never, ever do it again. I'd rather work at Wendy's -- Just kidding! Just kidding! Don't get THAT started.


Bravo! 1 cm no 1-cm. Follow-up no follow up. 1 mg no 1mg. 1 space after period, no 2. S
It will be slowly integrated over a period of a few years.
29 years, 16 at hospital, 4 as IC, 9 w/national
with the most lucrative income as an IC, although it sucked having to be responsible for accounts 7 days/week with no reliable backup subcontractor(s) for 2 of those years as an IC.
Late period, test negative, 1 week later my period arrived.
To be honest, when I did become pregnant, I knew it right away. Sounds weird, but I just knew and it showed up on HCG test at 4 weeks.

Sometimes, you just know! Good luck whatever results you have.
Actually, chosing "cap after period" will not force a period in the instances I mentioned. --
Even with it checked, it WILL NOT cap after a number with a period in it. Like "white count 14.1. hemoglobin 10.9.

If you know of a way that it WILL, let us all know. I have never had a version of Word that will work that way. Always puts in the lower case, even though there is a period there.
I meant "One space or two", not "l space or two" nm
A small national is a national company that is smaller
than a big national.  There are a few "big" nationals, where they have hundreds, if not thousands of employees.   I work for what I call a small national, only has about 30 employees.    An MTSO could also be considered a small national. 
"period, period, period..."
Yes I've transcribed for an MD who said this constantly while he was trying to think of what he would dicate next. I also had one who would say "ahhhhhhhhhh....." for what seemed like an eternity!! So annoying isn't it!
I went from national to small back to national
My large national has all the resources and money to operate successfully and have decent platform, etc., to work on, the small company did not, and I went back to the national.
No, you are not required to do this. (see m)
However, be sure to deduct the portion of your electric bill, heating bill, et cetera that apply to the square footage of your office. These will not trigger any depreciation reclamation on sale.

The only way you get into trouble on selling the home is if you have deducted a portion of the mortgage payment as a business expense. That's the only time depreciation would enter the equation. Stay away from that and you will have no problems.
IC not required

Also not required if hiring an IC.  You can get your own private disability insurance.  Some business insurance will also cover this for sole proprietorships. 

I am required to have one. sm
The county that I live in requires me to have a business license since I am an IC and considered self-employed.  Doesn't cost much and is tax deductible.
I am required to have one. sm
The county that I live in requires me to have a business license since I am an IC and considered self-employed.  Doesn't cost much and is tax deductible.
Yes it is required
Believe me or don't. I really do not care. I didn't post here to be burned at the stake. I was asking for opinions and I am sorry that I did. I cannot change doctors as our insurance states where we must go and we have few choices.
No notice required
Since you are still in the learning the job stage just inform them that you are resigning effective immediately. Usually the first 90 days are a trial with employee and employer and no one should take offense. They could let you go with no reason either.
ALL dictators should be required to take a
dictation class taught by an experienced MT. This would surely help this problem.
Exp. not required, but recommended.

Actually, AAMT has restructured the CMT exam, and MTs are no longer required to have 2 years of experience to sit for the exam.  However, they strongly recommended to have at least 2 years of experience in the acute arena. 

Check out the AAMT web site - they are working on a new certification exam that is geared more towards those new to the field and new graduates.  I believe this is the RMT credential already discussed here.  According to the web site, those eligible are recent graduates, MTs with less than 2 years' acute experience, and MTs working in single- or multi-specialty clinics.

Hope that helps....

Theresa Leppert, RHIT, CMT

Unfortunately, the license is required sm
I have never had to have one, but the clinic I am going to work for requires it. It is a lot of hassle, and I can't wait until it's over and done with :)
Are you required to keep a log sheet?
Im just wondering if this is common. I have to keep a log sheet on my current account and it is a big PITA and waste of time and money.
I'm not required to but I do and thank goodness! sm
I've received emails over the last two days from doctor's offices asking about missing reports. I had sent the reports they were missing...I just sent them again...QA said it was probably on their end...well it would have to be, because I had everything completed that I was assigned and turned in before the required time.

Lines required for FT

Hello.  I was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of how many lines companies are requiring at minimum per an 8-hour day. From a few of the ads and my last "in-house" job, it looks like they are asking for about 1200 lines a day equaling 6000 per week. Does anyone know if this is about the average?  I am researching this to know what to discuss with a local physician regarding transcribing his work.  Thanks to all for any information.  Have a great week.      L. Dickin 

Lines required for FT
Thank you for responding.
If you are required 8 hours a day on each job, and are
alternating back and forth you are not working each job 8 hours, more like 4 on each.
Required overtime

Advice needed!  Boss is pushing for us to do overtime, but the last time I worked overtime I got paid LESS than a regular check!!!  It all went to taxes, and the way they calculate holidays, etc.  So, I told her for this reason, I don't think it's fair for me to work overtime.  She said, "Too bad for you, but we are backlogged, and everyone needs to pitch in."  I want to be a teamplayer, but working for "free" really gets me down.  Especially when I do at least 600 extra lines every day!  Please help me handle this tactfully.

A SS card has ALWAYS been required
for jobs--if nothing else, to verify it for tax purposes. Go to your local SS office and apply, have to do it in person as they require ID.
Anyone required to have bus. license...sm
to work as IC?  Was going to work for company, but require I have a business name and license.  Also pay per page and not per line.  Never ran across this before.
The state is PA and yes it IS required here.
Breast exams are required for driver's permits now in my state. They have been for several years now.
We were required to get up once an hour for five minutes
to stretch, walk around, do hand exercises, etc. Our hospital was very much into preventing repetitive motion strain injuries. I still do it at home. I type for 45 minutes or so, then I get up, fill my beverage, throw a load of laundry in, run out to the mailbox, ride my exercise bike, whatever.
Question: How long have you been on DQS? They have required I be on

now require the DSL. 

They had said the other program/platform would not work with DSL and thus required I stay on dialup.

They keep me so confused. 

Access code is required...sm
This is what it says when I try to get to that site:

Welcome to MedAbbrev.com, the premiere website for medical abbreviations and more.
New users please have your Access Code ready and click the Register button on the left (Access code can be found on the inside front cover of your printed book). If you do not have a copy of the book, please click Book Order Form.

Registered users please enter your username and password on the left then click the Login button. Thank You.

is giving notice required?

I'm having a debate with my husband right now. 

I know when you're an employee that it's customary to gives two weeks' notice, but what about when you're an independent contractor? One of us says that two weeks notice is customary whether you're an employee or IC, but the other says that you don't have to give any notice if you're an IC. Who is right?

The loser pays for a dinner at Olive Garden.  

Maybe notice is not required, but it's the right thing to do. nm
Insurance required by employee

I am reqruied to have insurance also by my contract employer - I found a great deal $89.00 a year.

They  require it because someone wrote an article, which I did see, and wished I had printed fron the internet, that stated (in faver of the employeer of course), one way to prevent being sued by an independent l contractor,, is requring them to carry insurance liability.  It is a definite distinction between self-employeed and employed...

What a waste.


125-150/hour minimum required usually
Yeah, company required it.

It seems like eons ago, but I don't think I bought it myself....I think the company purchased them and took the $$ out of the check for them.  Don't quote me on that though.  I'm referring to it all the time for stuff.  It is interesting though how they do change things over the years from one version to the next.  Being the conspiracy theorist/anarchist that I am, I'd say this most definitely is a survival/money making tactic on the part of AAMT.  It's kind of like how I feel many companies ensure you keep buying their products...they specifically design pieces parts to break or wear out. 

Yup. It's required reading, as far as I'm concerned.
I see WAY too many MTs just sort of doing their own thing (usually incorrectly). Several places I've worked at require using the BOS as your guideline. I know I would if I owned my own service or were the manager of an MT department. It gives us all one common language, one standard.
Has she downloaded the required audio
Testing only...no response required

I'm just seeing if my post comes through.

No response required.

IC Workers Comp Ins. Required?
thought i posted this earlier, cant find it, sorry if its redundant.  Im an IC, have been for 8+ years with the same company in MASS.  I live in WV.  I was contacted last week and was told that the company had been audited and all IC's were required to have Workers Comp insurance.  the policy costs $655 a year.  anyone have this same requirement?  I have other insurance, Aetna major medical, additional accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability through my husband's employer, AEP.  So, is it necessary for me to carry comp ins? 
Must depend on the state. I am not required
Are males required to have testicular
Signing the petition and getting e-mails to Congressmen is FREE !!!!  The fee would only be if you wanted letters hand delivered to the Congressmen.  Please don't let the mention of a fee stop you.
I don't know about that, but I do know that towards the end of pay period...

when we run out of work, I have to call in and have them special-assign me the ASR reports that just sit there like a lump and can't come to me automatically anymore since I don't (and won't) do ASR.  Getting sick of it, too. 

At least I do know what's going on now, after researching it via various sources. I pity the others who don't know and just assume there's totally no more work on the account at that point without checking.  Those ASR reports do "turn over" at some point and go automatically to whoever's on, but they have to just sit there for awhile first, waiting for an ASR MT to come and do them.  Isn't that just GREAT for patient care, too? 

I was 26 before I got my first car, period!
Period, period, period, uh, uh

Didn't someone around here (in a dictator gripe thread) talk about how one of thier dictators would "fill the space/silence" by repeating "period, period, period, period"???  This has GOT to be the same guy that I've got right now!  How very annoying!  He can sure make 5.5 minutes feel like an ETERNITY!! 

I think I would prefer the ones that "uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh" or hummmmm or something to this "period, period, period, uh, uh, uh, period, period" crapola! Yikes! Somebody save me!

12,000 a pay period is FT.