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Posted By: Becky on 2005-12-17
In Reply to: Sometimes you can have it both ways. - PK2


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I agree wholeheartedly.....
The hospital job is the Cadillac of MT jobs anymore.  If you're lucky enough to live in a larger metro area that pays better than rural, the hospital job is the last good job situation that you can find.  I'm homebased and local to my hospital job, regular employee, benefits up the wazoo, hourly pay PLUS incentive, all equipment supplied for free including my cable internet bill.  I left the national scene 3 yrs ago and God willing my hospital never decides to go with a national service, I will be there forever.  I'm making 35,000 working less than 40 hours a week.  I'm in heaven.
I agree wholeheartedly with you...
... my hospital forbids its transcription service to send its work overseas, and the company must sign a document every year with regards to that promise. HOWEVER, catching them if they are doing it surruptitiously is another matter. But like you say, it's a huge trainwreck going somewhere to happen. I think it's important to educate the PATIENT that there is always the possibility their confidential records could be leaving the country. For some that could pose all sorts of problems. I for one try to remind my own doc, nurses, etc., that my info. had BETTER NOT get offshored, because if I find out about it, I will sue. And I think all patients should make that point perfectly clear with their healthcare providers. Like you say, sooner or later something really NASTY is going to happen to someone's medical records, and for the institution that was negligent enough to allow those records to end up offshore, there will most likely be hell to pay.
Agree wholeheartedly with you.....sm

Oh. but I DO know how GREAT it is to not live with this type of personality any longer (married 13 years, divorced him and now 15 years without him and I am SUPER HAPPY).  Unfortunately, there are also passive-aggressive women out there in the world, equally as oppressive as the men who have this diagnosis. 

By the way, my ex was never *formally diagnosed* - I diagnosed him myself.....and today I feel bad for his  wife of nearly 5 years; however, I never deal with them, have never met her....I simply feel sorry for her from afar....because horses NEVER change colors.

So, yes, I not only lost the oaf, but a mere 5 years after the divorce, I dropped 50 pounds and KEPT IT OFF!!!  *talk about big weights being lifted* 

Best of luck to ALL who are going through life dealing with a passive-aggressive personality on ANY level.

I agree wholeheartedly. sm
Unfortunately, they are the only ones that provide any sort of credentialing for this field, as sad as that is. 
I agree wholeheartedly...sm
I recently had a neighbor move in with two small kids. It was a father with these obnoxious little hellions. He asked me on three different occasions if I would watch his kids while he was at work because *you're home all day*. I told him no three different times, trying to explain that I work from home and that I did not have time. He even told me he had to go on nights soon and would it be okay if I could run over to his house two or three times during the night to check on his kids, or perhaps spend the night. and I am supposed to do MY work, when??? not to mention getting any sleep of my own due to running over to his house? Again, I said no. I could not do that. Then suddenly he would start showing up at my door mid afternoon or so and say he had to go pick up one son from school..the other was sleeping on the couch and could I just run over every 15 minutes or so to check on the sleeping one? I did it once, because he put me on the spot. the second time I told him flat out no! They just don't GET IT!!!
Nothing to add except I agree wholeheartedly.


Ditto. Agree with you wholeheartedly.
I agree with you wholeheartedly. There is no excuse.
I have learned to live by the basic rule of treating people as I would want to be treated. I'm sorry for your experience.
Agree wholeheartedly, 100% on this one (No Mess)
I agree wholeheartedly. Your kids are only young once. nm
Wholeheartedly agree!!! this business screams UNION
How many people have the sheer determination and guts to carry it through?
Agree wholeheartedly - have to learn to be responsible someday - hopefully already know
I second that wholeheartedly!
Couldn't agree more, I just watched it all again this morning. Loving it!
I wholeheartedly disagree

   First, if someone does not like her acting style or anything else about her, they are certainly entitled to their opinion.  I think through chance or intent I have seen  every thing released to date that she has done - Hackers, Girl Interrupted, Gia, Beyond Borders to name a few.   She steps up to every different role and continues to grow.     She is 30 years old and has been speaking more intelligently in interviews for years than a lot of 40 and 50 year old actors and actresses.  She is putting herself out there and putting herself in harm's way as does anyone who puts their face, famous or otherwise, on a cause.

     Many of the humanitarian roles she has assumed now are ones she has been asked to do.   Since practically birth, and particularly since her teen years, everything she has done has been under a microscope.    Now, everything she does is under a different kind of microscope and I think she is doing an admirable job of walking the line.  No question she has a wild spirit -  didn't most of us have some wild at 20 and 30?  She is now formally representing the US and I cannot begin to imagine how stressful it must be to have to say the right thing to everyone every time and still try to achieve the objective.  She has looks, brains, money and could be doing anything including sitting around whining about any number of trivial pursuits.    Is she an actress who wants to be a philanthropist, or a humanitarian at heart who wants to act?  I don't know, but I for one enjoy the entertainment and only wish I had all her gifts so that I could go out and make that kind of a difference.   For the record, in my mind there are no similarities between Princess Diana and Angelina, other than perhaps the eye of the world being on them at any given time.  Diana's circumstances were forced and tragic and I believe her unbelievable heart and empathy were borne mostly of her pain.  She did not strive professionally to be an actress.   As a member of the royal family, she was both expected and required to be involved in some charitable works or humanitarian efforts.  What she became is a reflection of her true heart, I think, and I admire her very much in that regard.   If a single child does not die of thirst and hunger on a floor of dirt because of Angelina Jolie or Princess Diana, I think the world is already a better place.    

I wholeheartedly disagree with you...

I do work as an IC for an online company that does not require a line quota and does not dictate my hours.  They only require that the work I take is back with 24 hours.  So, I think you've made a blanketed statement here.  I certainly do believe that MTSOs do abuse IC status in more ways than one.  I have a whole lot of experience in this field, and I can tell you that it is abuse.

I wholeheartedly disagree. sm
If every company followed the BOS, then we would have standardized medical records. I've gotten copies of my records from various hospitals and clinics from around the country (I've moved a few times in my life) and most were a joke.
I concur wholeheartedly
with you, dnh. I also work for a great company at 8 cpl. We are required to commit to a certain amount of lines per day and our dictators are average to great. I work very hard to send in as few blanks as possible to QA and proofreading is a must, as far as I am concerned. I see so many disgruntled and dissatisfied MTs on this board. I wonder why they bother to continue in this profession if they are so miserable. All jobs come with pros and cons and you make the best of it or move on. In some cases, they may beg you stay. ;-)
I wholeheartedly disagree, I'm afraid....
AVG and many of the other free antivirus programs (I use Avira ... there's also Avast! and a number of others) do a fine job at protecting one's computer, usually as good -- if not better -- than the performance one gets from Norton or McAfee.

Actually, I usually recommend AGAINST using either McAfee or Norton, as they're system resource hogs, quite bloated, and generally slow down the user's system.

I agree; thanks for the post.
I agree with your post
I work for a national company other than Medquist or some of the others posted on the board and they treat me like gold and pay me just as if I was. When I first started out as an MT, I did not make much either as it takes a little time to learn dictators. I think people think that MTing is something you can just go to school for 1-2 years and come out making 40K plus a year. If that were true, instead of hearing about a supposed shortage of MTs, there would probably be more MTs than needed. I would get your old job back, but in the interim keep with what you are doing in MT on a part-time basis. Believe me, experience does pay off:)
thanks for the post - I agree with you...
and to think, I actually wanted to pursue RHIT years ago.

actually, one of the reasons that turned me off was the attitude I used to sense from many of them. great ladies, socially and on a personal level, but always the tension, just as you described, between the MT.

many times I saw resentment towards MTs because we are not (now, this is NOT ME saying this) well, college-educated. RHIT is 4 years, right, and at least 2 for ART, and for us it was not necessary.

I totally agree about the QA as well...in the past I have come across that many times...where, rather than black and white, cut and dry, clear-cut specifications (as I do have now) there was only attitude and pay based many times on a person's mood. very bizarre...

thanks again for the post!
I'm going to agree with that post -
That's exactly what I would do, at the end of the letter. Looks good to me. Good luck.
I agree with your post...

I am one of those who was faced with the horrible decision to terminate my 3rd pregnancy due to the baby being severely deformed with spina bifida and much, much more.  It was the absolute worst experience I have ever had in my life, my whole family was affected by what we went through. It was 10 years ago when I had to terminate my pregnancy and I had to go through labor and give birth to my stillborn baby boy...I was almost 6 months pregnant...My parents had pictures taken of him and I still haven't the strength to look at them, but they say he looks just like my oldest when he was a newborn. We had his remains cremated and have them in a small urn with his name and birth/death date engraved on it. He's our angel in Heaven now!

However, it is not up to us to judge a person's actions regardless of how we feel about it. I agree, say a prayer for the mother, doctor, and baby and consider what the mother may really be feeling when she has to go through something like this...

I do not agree with post who says 12 cpl...

I cannot say what a newbie should make today but 12 cpl is what many ICs are charging and most ICs have decades of experience. 

jes' sayin....

Good luck to the OP!!!  28 years ago, they were paying 5 and 6 CPL in the SE and today they start MTs at around 7.5-8 CPL in the same area working for a national that is.  *S*


I agree with every post here
It is all so sad, but true!  I used to work in-house and wanted to get away from the politics and back stabbers, now work from home.  Thinking of also getting out and into a different field.  You are married to your job when you are at home, no life.  Sif and type and type Monday through Friday and then always asking for more because this account or that account behind and then can you work the weekends.  Enough is enough.  Not being nice anymore.  Used to be a sweetheart and try to help out, did not get me anywhere, no incentive to work extra or work the weekends.  What is the use?  Pay is lousy anymore and for some that have been in this business for years, well we can see the writing on the walls.  Experience should count for something, obviously not.  Pay seems to be going backward.  Someone is making a killing and it is not us!  I used to love what I do.  Changing my tune lately though.
I agree with this post (sm)
The closest I've had was foot surgery, and by following instructions to the letter, I have had excellent results. Okay, I did go back to work (at home) after only 1 day off after surgery, but I kept that foot elevated 24 hours a day with just trips to the microwave, just as ordered. It would be a shame to go through the surgery and not have it heal right because you didn't follow instructions. And I purposely did that surgery while I was young so I'd have fewer problems (knew I would have to have it eventually), and it was still tough on my back to work and take the sit-down showers I insisted on taking.
I agree with this post.

They are just MTs who either have a bit of experience, or are elected to do this job because they have volunteered to do so. 

Quite frankly, QA wouldn't have a job if there were no blanks for them.  So, they should be happy someone is sending something their way. 

QA is just highly over rated.  They are no better than the MT. 

I'd also like to see (which I know when I get no feedback) how many of the QA people I have worked with really get the blank.  I work on an account who is a garbler, and I know when the e-mail never comes that QA couldn't figure it out either.  Why I add this you all ask?  Because we are all human. 

I also get annoyed when a QA person comes on this board and claims that an MT has not tried.  Hello?  Most companies take money away from MTs due to blanks, so why would an MT continue to leave blanks on purpose?  JMO.

I agree with this post...
tax person/accountant that has experience with small business than he/she can guide you on how to take care of your expenses.  A simple trip to the bank to cash a check paid to you is a write-off.  When you drive to your tax appointment or need to see your accountant, the mileage is a write-off.  Look into doing this, and even the charge for this by your accountant is a write-off.  So you see, it is worth the trouble of finding a good tax person. 
Agree with post below, Dr. can set the TAT - sm
they say they want the work back by noon the next day, or whenever; you just need to meet TAT. They could care less if you work from 9-12 or 4-7 in order to get it done, as long as it is in by the deadline. All my accounts are 24-hour TAT, so they dictate it at 10 a.m. I have until 10 a.m. the next day to get it back to them. I could do the work at 7 a.m. and still meet TAT, they could care less.
Agree with above post
I started with my company on a different schedule but then once i got into it decided a split shift would be more to my liking.  I sat down and came up with what I thought would be an ideal schedule for me then called the scheduling manager at my company and we negotiated from there as it pertained to my account and its' needs.  I ended up only having to compromise on 1 day but got the rest of what I wanted
I agree with this post above.

I agree with about 100% of your post....
The continuous contributions even for an employee you BARELY know, the office politics, having to commute in various types of weather from extreme cold to extreme heat, "brown-bagging" a lunch every day, and all of the other rituals associated with working in-house make it quite preferable for me to work at home. Plus the added bonus of having my little chihuahua curled up on my lap while I work and being able to smell the wonderful dinner my boyfriend is cooking...

Some things you just can't put a 'value' on.
I agree somewhat with your post..sm
But I doubt your statement that students have called you and admitted that they could not transcribe the final examination? That's weird.

Bottom line, we both agree that hundreds of MT schools are to be blamed for this situation by luring people into their insufficient training programs by false pretenses.

I stated already in another post that VR and EMR will clean this up.
Oh I so agree with your post!....nm
Agree, good post!

Good post. I agree.
I didn't care for his last sentence tho!
GREAT POST and I agree.....nm
I do not agree w/your post.....sounds....sm

Hypochondriacs can be huge manipulators, sympathy seeking, game-playing people.  I wouldn't waste one minute of my time or even a breath until your neighbor GETS HERSELF TOGETHER - it's NOT your responsibility......and she probably had these problems before she became your neighbor or you became her neighbor....some people are just comfortable in their negativity.  If she has this history, I wouldn't go near her with a 10-foot pole unless she apologizes for her bogusness and means it......

I have little tolerance for game-players in the life......

I agree. Good post. sm
"I do not understand how medical documentation ever transpired into a production-oriented job. Production WILL have priority over quality when it comes to a paycheck. Why bother looking up terms in reference books or on the internet? That takes a lot of time and can affect an MT's paycheck. "

I agree 100%. Though I remember back in the olden days when I worked in the hospital, some people would work and others would socialize and not work. Maybe this is a backlash of that. But mostly I just think its corporate greed.

I like your post and totally agree
My wanting to do my job, make the money I want and my loving to work at home now (althought plenty of years in work force before allowed to work out of my home) gives me the get up and go that I want and need to work like I do. I am amazed at the people who take care of everything else around them and then wonder why they are not grounded, able to focus, making a decent salary and the list goes on. I could care less about outside interference- does not bother me and never has. I am much more grounded, I guess, than lot of these posts.
Good post. I agree with you.
I think someone mentioned once about the garment industry workers, when they started rising up in the 70's (remember "look for the union label"?), some people thought it was much ado about nothing, others ignored it, but people did not change their spending habits. And now if you want US-made clothes you are in for a real challenge finding them. The winds of change...and it ain't good.
Agree, but then there are some peole who only post
and I could certainly do without those. Hopefully they've all left with the previous owner, but from the looks of things in posts above it seems we still have at least some of them still here. :(
Absolutely agree 100% with your post!
Great post and I agree with everything you said.
I make above 75K a year for the same reasons. If you are highly motivated and work into a good focused schedule I know it can be done, improving your production and your paychecks.

You don't have to sacrifice your life either. I work less than 40 hours a week, but those hours are spent on focused WORK.
I totally agree with your post...

It takes someone with terrific grammar skills, and even those of us who have been around a while still take an initial period of growing pains when put on a new account, new platform, etc.  So, I say dive right in.  What has this OP got to lose?  Nothing. 

I would again as above recommend just sending those resumes with a cover letter that is personal to that particular advertisement. 

The rate of pay has gone down, but the technology has come such a long way that I find myself making more money now than I ever have and I've been doing this for 20+ years.  It is a very good field for me, and I am happy with the part I play in today's healthcare.  I feel accomplished at the end of the day.  I really do. 

I agree with part of your post, we do sm
enable them by answering them. Yes we did ask coworkers to listen.

Here is where I differ....those of us (most of us) who work for MTSOs had to be at home and find our own words meaning we had to buy books (at that time) and search and search again. It is part of the job.

Nowadays there is the internet and different things and I think people are just getting lazy. I see some things on the Word board that are not because the MTs cannot understand it is because they don't have a clue as to what would be in a particular exam or review of systems etc. This is stuff that if they are going to school they should be learning.

The way I see it if an MT has to ask what DTRs are in a physical examination, they should NOT be working at home but should be in an office where they can be mentored.
I agree with part of your post, we do sm
enable them by answering them. Yes we did ask coworkers to listen.

Here is where I differ....those of us (most of us) who work for MTSOs had to be at home and find our own words meaning we had to buy books (at that time) and search and search again. It is part of the job.

Nowadays there is the internet and different things and I think people are just getting lazy. I see some things on the Word board that are not because the MTs cannot understand it is because they don't have a clue as to what would be in a particular exam or review of systems etc. This is stuff that if they are going to school they should be learning.

The way I see it if an MT has to ask what DTRs are in a physical examination, they should NOT be working at home but should be in an office where they can be mentored.
I agree, thanks for your nice post...n/m
I totally agree with your observations and post...sm
Did anyone else see the movie "Wag the Dog?" If so, you will share my strong doubt about the validity of a lot of the information coming from the Bush Administration in general. I'd also like to know what happened to bin Laden after that conveniently-aired video the week before elections wherein he threatened the safety of every state who voted for him. Not that I want any more attacks, but it does seem "strange" that nothing ever materialized from that, don't you?!!!!!
That was a good post! Totally agree.
I agree with many of the points he makes. Why post this here? nm