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Can anyone point me in the general direction

Posted By: SM on 2005-11-30
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of making templates? I have no idea what I am doing or where to start. I have looked in the archives, but keep finding posts related to jobs that pay for templates, etc. Thanks in advance


Also, is it possible to really use templates when doing a very large acute care hospital?




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Can point in a direction but takes reading, re-reading sm

Goggle.com and enter various phrases to get articles and companies.  I use a free doanload of ExpressScribe, yep, it is free. They have a number of various software things on their site to read and perhaps one will fit. The express Scribe is a piece of sotware to download, it is very simple and I like simple. You can listen and transcribe various voice file formats. You can use a wav pedal one is called a serial pedall and I think it is 9 pin and plugs in the back of PC and also another pedal I think a 15 pin wav pedal and goes in the USB port in front.  However, you can also use it without a pedal and it works fine.  You use a couple of key to stop, pause, rewind, I forget the key.  There are a lot of pedals so don't just jump in.  On this site you may benefit from emailing the company after reading and rereading, even if you don't understand.  .


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http://nch.com.au/


 


Express scribe site above Copy and paste into address bar in your browser.


Need help can email darleneh1111@earthlink.net   


Well, that's a step in the right direction!!!
Level the playing field a bit!

Thx for sharing!

steering your son in the right direction
See, just the fact that the person interviewing him noticed and actually commented on his outfit says a lot. He has already made a good impression even before his first day. And, yes, orientation means that he definitely got the job! I remember I used to work at Kmart when I was 17 and I loved it. Not only can he just be satisfied with doing a good job, but they can give him better positions if he keeps making such a good impression. Standing out is what it takes and he has alraedy presented himself in a professional way. He will work hard there--take my word for it-- but he will also have a lot of fun. It has been almost 20 years since I worked there and I still see people that worked there then when I go in there. It is a good first job.
Well, at least you are headed in the right direction! sm

I have no clue what to even get started with. I had thought about accounting, but I'm really not all that great with numbers.  And to tell you the truth, it would be nice to have some sort of job where I can physically move around.  I think the sitting is really getting to me!  I swear I'm developing ADHD in my "old age".... ha!  Old at 39!  But regardless, I know I need to have some variety and movement in my job. 


I have considered becoming a P.A.  Would need to take some upgrading on my physics and again, math is a weak point and I would have to work extra hard on that point. 


Otherwise, I'm clueless for ideas.  I have horses and really love working with them, but it's pretty hard to make a decent living with horses.  I also enjoy horticulture, but I live on the prairies and horticulture is rarely do-able when it's blistering cold outside unless you've spent millions on indoor facilities!


Ideas?  Thoughts?   Help! 


wrong direction
If it takes you 3 hours to transcribe an hour of dictation & you want to make 30 an hour, you would charge $90 per hour of dictation.

Another way to look at it (but you have to be more familiar with your dictators to do it this way) is to figure a minute of dictation is roughly equal to 12 lines (this is where the familiarity comes in -- I've had dictators as slow as 8 lines a minute & as fast as 15). That's 720 lines per hour of audio dictation. If you figure 10 cpl, that's $72 per hour of audio.

At $10 per audio hour you'd be making less than 2 cents a line.
That's a good step in the right direction...
I have all girls, so for some reason they are not the least bit interested in video games, but they used to have their own TVs in their rooms and since we just moved this summer, I never hooked them back up.  They don't watch half as much TV, maybe only 30 to 60 min a day now, if that.  We all make mistakes.  But I do think these video games are bad for little kids.  Educational stuff maybe, but not the crud that's out there now.  Good job.
In school now. Unsure which direction to go but
degree in Health Information Administration with a master's in Health Care Administration. 
Not really. This is the direction of computers -see inside
When I had a Windows 95 computer WITHOUT any "security patches" or "updates" from the Microsoft Web site, I had a stand-alone box. That is, I never got any Spam, no popups, nothing.

I had this from 1998 to 2003. Then, in 2003 I decided to do the "security patches" etc. for Windows 95 that are availble on the Microsoft Web site. Then, I had popups up the wazoo, had to get spy ware, and it ruined my computer.

This is a topic on all the computer sites. IF you buy a NEW computer from let's say Compaq or H-P, those I know, it will come PRE-LOADED with a tremendous amount of stuff which is just basically advertising, basically just a way for the "advertisers" to access your machine. PRobably this is all the computer manufacturers.

THe short story on this is I think Microsoft thinks that's the way to go. THey built a software we have to buy and operate with, but it is really for the benefit of the people who want to sell us something. I miss my "black box" of Windows 95 without any upgrades. It was so much nicer. Just mine. But I too see SPAM with my name on it, not a common name. And they are obviously getting it off my computer name.

One more thing to thank Bill for.
They cant take direction, make same mistakes over.
adf
I now have trouble which direction sounds are coming from.
I can hear just fine, but I cannot distinguish where sounds are coming from. Drives me nuts when the phone rings and I can't find the darn thing!
I agree with this, but I trade off in the opposite direction. SM
Mine are more clear in my distance vision, and I put on reading glasses from time to time when I need them.  I only have to do this when the print is very small or when my eyes ore tired.  Otherwise, I also like my bifocal contacts.  My are made by AccuVue. 
Glad somebody got us going in the right direction! Signed and delivered! Thanks!...nm
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Dont you think though as thing move in that direction which they already are in EMRs that little by
little jobs will be lost and hospitals will take over more of their transcription work with VR and EMR. I would think that it will be that way.
E-mail me - I can steer you in the right direction to get your money back from Ms. Pineda.

BTDT.


 


No e-mail addresses posted, please.  Goldbird


I didn't apply, so that's a moot point. The point I was making is that
she's ranting here about something that doesn't even pertain to most of us. You can't come to a MT message board railing at MTs without getting a response. That's why it's not called MTSOstars. Also, it's unprofessional of a business owner to let her emotions overrule her common sense. As for the newbies, they'll learn. We were all newbies at one time or another. None of us was born perfect, not even the MTSO.
You missed my point. My point wasn't perks but prestige...nm
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The point wasn't that it was copyrighted. The point the poster tried to make
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That's not my point. My point is previous owner hired
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In general
All caps and no abbreviations.  Headings for PE and ROS underneath.  Account specifics may differ.
In General....

An employer cannot set a specific schedule for an IC. This link addresses the issue here :


http://ohioline.osu.edu/cd-fact/1179.html


An excerpt fron the site above notes :


"According to the IRS, workers are employees if they must comply with the employer's instructions about their work, receive training or direction from the employer, provide services that integrate into the employer's business, render their services personally (can't subcontract), have a continuing working relationship with the employer, must follow set hours of work, work full-time for the employer..."


 As is noted in the site linked above , the consequences for the employer are quite severe if the IRS determines that the company actually was treating you as an employee rather than an IC.


 


In general,
in a given occupational group the upward pressure that unions place on wages and benefits has the net effect of raising the income and standard of living of poor folk up to the level of middle class folk while the absence of unions tends to drag the income and standard of living of middle class folk down to the level of poor folk. That upward pressure on wages and benefits not only helps union members but everybody else working in that occupational group. Without the organized upward pressure, wages will sink like a rock.

attorney general
good idea.  I have contacted an attorney already (I am a corp by myself so I have access to an attorney) and he states that legally there is nothing right now that I can do. I can possibly sue them later down the road, but they have not done anything illegal. He suggested to try and "sugar" them into paying me.  I will contact the attorney general's office. The company and I are in the same state, so that helps tremendously.
Go to Dollar General. sm
I'm amazed what i can find there for $1. You never know what you're going to find, but cleaning supplies, household stuff, things that are definitely more than $1 even at Wal-Mart...as long as you're willing to not be picky. When the hurricanes were looming, I got mutli pack of name -brand batteries for $1, tons of candles, etc. You just have to search the whole store, but definitely worth it.
MT and medicine in general

The greedy guts smelled the ability to MAKE A PROFIT in the field of medicine


and "there went the neighborhood."


It used to be a sign of respect to be a doctor - now they just work for the company store and are running out the door with the nurses at quitting time - throwing any patient they may be seeing to the winds.  One even told me to hurry up and make up my mind because she had to go pick up her kids at daycare!


And so has medical transcription - some guy in a tie said QUANTITY OF LINES COULD = MUCHO PROFIT...


Of course those people don't care if a few people die along the way because of errors. - well not at least until it's their leg that's amputated by mistake.


 


Is that the one for a general transcriptionist?
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In general no, but your client may need you to
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dogs in general
As a pet owner, I can understand the devestating feelings that you have regarding the horrible death of your dog/child. (I say child because my 2-year-old Weimaraner is like one of my kids) Please remember that any dog can be made to be vicious, there are no vicious dogs by nature. Dogs are a direct result of the environment that they live in and if they are mistreated then they are going to be mean and unsafe. My brother had what is called a Mastif bulldog and it was the biggest baby I have ever see at 100 pounds. Neighbors were okay with this dog in the neighborhood (all their kids loved him) until a picture of his breed was put on the cover of Time magazine. In this picture, the dog was snarling and looked very vicous. My brother ended up having to get rid of the dog because so many people were then afraid, even though before they loved the animal before. There is "prejudice" when it comes to dogs, just as there is "prejudice" when it comes to people.
too general a question - please be.....nm

General Transcriptionist

Im trying to begin my career in MT.  I've ordered a at home study course and im waiting for it to arrive but in the mean time i heard that general transcription is the route to go until you become efficient enough to begin in MT.  Does anyone know of how I need to get started in this and what I need to do to begin?


Thanks


Jodie


as a general rule...

I use an "f" after any abbreviation that I want to expand.  I just use the standard abbreviation plus f, so I do not forget what they are.  My ShortHand is full of things like this.


ex: cbcf  tcpf  tshf


Works for me!


 


General Dissatisfaction
I read all these board and it seems that overall no one is happy where they are.  Is it because this is the most God awful boring profession possibly?  I am so bored that to keep me occupied I find things that could be done better or quicker.  I just switched companies because I couldn't stand same old same old another minute.  Just the new platform and dictators make for a better day.  Am I alone in this thought process?  No, changing jobs is not an option right now kids at home and raising them comes before me..Just a theory
Your question is too general...
You need to post on the company board for a specific company. We cannot answer your question as currently presented!
General MT questions
Recently, I was asked the following questions by a friend who is helping to revamp a medical transcription course.  These questions are also asked by individuals who might be interested in medical transcription and are posed at seminars.  
 

I would appreciate your input if you would be so kind.  Also, what is the industry-wide expectation on required number of lines per day and number of minutes per day (8-hour day).

 

1.  On average, how long does it take a medical Transcriptionist to produce 1 hour of dictation?

2.  Besides Word, is it essential for transcriptionists to purchase any of the transcription software thatís available?

3.  Is it common for doctors to transcribe into templates, which eliminates the need for medical transcriptionists?

4.  How many lines an hour should an average MT be typing?

 

Thanks I appreciate any and all input.

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?
General discussions here say should get AT
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It seems that the general consensus is that it
is inappropriate, regardless of the sexual orientation of the employee.

If you did not give your expressed permission to use your company name, logo, or otherwise, it could be considered a copyright infringement.

Ask her to take it down because you did not give your permission for her to put it up.

Wages in general
In looking over *** jobs, under the pay/compensation it seems everyone is putting "competive wage/compension".  Can anyone give me some idea of what that means....I am currently getting 8.5-10 cents for IC work.  I have 10+ years and made it at Healthscribe for 5+ years, which was definitely the worst work ever.  Can I do better?  I had my CMT and let it expire years ago.   
I was always told as a general rule
it was double.  Most of the time, however, I think it is slightly over that.
Bachelors of General Studies

Summa cum laude, thank you very much.


Long, complicated story. Basically, I'm a clinical year short of a Clinical Laboratory Science degree, but I won't go back and pursue it barring losing my husband. Also, if I'd have thought more carefully when I switched out of the CLS program, I was only 3 or 4 classes short of a B.A. in psychology. Oh, well. What I ended up with is essentially a liberal arts degree with lots and lots of science classes and lots of psychology classes and a smattering of language studies.


Like some of the other posters, my ultimate goal is to get into P.A. school once my youngest kiddos are school age. I think I'm too old for med school now, but it raises my hopes to see the post below. Being a transcriptionist pays the bills, but some days I do kinda get upset with myself. Here I am doing the same thing I went to school not to do any more. Sigh...


MTing is not bad, but I just don't get enough people contact, and it certainly doesn't have a lot of money or prestige associated with it. Sigh.. again. Ah, well. It works for my family right now.


 


That is the general premise though it seems more and more "require"
what they are trying to do is obviously have a good idea of what your daily committment/lines will be so they can keep the work covered and done in TAT. It makes sense for them to do this though I do not like having a set schedule as that is hard for me personally...maybe 2 out of 5 weekdays I could actually work a schedule. As for "requiring" you to work a holiday, if it is in your contract, yes, if not but it is your normal scheduled work day and they say nothing about you having it off, they I would think they "expect" you to work it. Work though at the holiday's does slack off some, the doctors don't want to work either. I am an IC but don't have to work a schedule luckily, and I get off the days the hospital I do work for does (all major holidays) though I may have work at home to do in my box, I choose when to do it, as long as it is in for my deadline they don't care. Seems to me those types of jobs are getting harder to find though.
Former owner of MDI, now General Manager
Wow - I most definitely do work at MDI.

If you worked for MDI you would know how extremely busy we are. I sent out a mass email on Wednesday asking for extra help.

I try to NEVER overhire, as I am a Transcriptionist myself and I realize that my MT's need the job and the money coming in on a regular basis. So I do take great offense at your post. AND YES, I really work at MDI.

Please give me a call.

Thanks,
Liz
I wasn't asking for your address, just general
location. Like East Coast, West Coast, Midwest .. big city, small town. Your unwillingness to respond to any of the questions pretty much gives me my answers.

Why does everyone here always just automatically assume the worst? Sheesh. It's like a rampant disease. Yes, I was asking for your address so I can come find you and stalk you. As if I would actually care. I was trying to make a point as to regional rates, that's all. When someone like you pipes up saying that 9 cpl is an "India" wage, then the good people who are surviving quite well on 9 cpl won't want to speak up for fear of being bashed. I run ads for help often for my transcription service and get plenty of responses from Indian MTs and most of them are only asking for 3-4 cpl. The only way I could ever see companies paying 9 cpl to MTs overseas would be if MTs here were asking 20 cpl. Otherwise, it just wouldn't be advantageous since many US MTs are more than willing to work at 9 cpl with (usually) much better quality and fewer training expenses.

All I can say to the OP is that you should decide what rate works best for you. Will 9 cpl pay your bills? Cost of living is different in different places so 9 cpl may work for one MT but not another. Are you being started at 9 cpl with the knowledge that you can move up from that rate once they've QA'd your work for a few months? While some MTs in some areas may be able to demand a rate of 16 cpl, that is not typical in all locales. Asking that rate in a smaller town would put you out of business since there would be too many others more than happy to accept the 9 cpl.

Finally, I hope this is not the only message board you use to seek answers to your questions. I find this board to be the least beneficial with the most negativity and bickering getting in the way of any good information it provides. Check out some other MT sites as well. And please remember that people hiding behind anonymity will often exaggerate or just plain not tell the truth so take it with a grain of salt. Do the math and see if the rate will work for YOU. It doesn't have to be good for anyone else. :)
how about esthetics field in general
I don't want to spend 7k and get out and have no business.
Paid by report or cpl - Which is better in general? nm
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Right click My Computer....should be under general tab. nm
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Did you try going to the general escription forums?
Is it Willie that moderates it? Anyhoo, someone in there asked about getting a USB adapter a while back. Maybe one of the techs can help you. I would LOVE to be able to use my laptop with a pedal.
What general search engine do you use? (sm)
Does anyone use anything but Google for a general search engine? Google seems to be down today (is google down for anyone else?), and I'm trying to find another one that is as good for my general searches.

Thanks!
General rule is 3-5% a year. sm
If you currently get 8 cpl, ask for a raise up to 8.25 or 8.5 cpl, that almost covers cost of living and inflation.

Generic numbers here to show the math based on the 8 cpl with the raises:
200 lph at 8.00 cpl = $16 hourly/$33,280 yearly
200 lph at 8.25 cpl = $16.50 hourly/$34,320 yearly
200 lph at 8.50 cpl = $17.00 hourly/$35,360 yearly

When you ask for a raise, provide them with verifiable data to prove you DESERVE a raise. Say you are 99% accurate, remind them. If you type 250 lph or more, remind them. If you work OT on days off, remind them. If you come at them with your homework done and good reason to give you more, they will be more apt to say yes. (I have never been turned down for a raise, once even got more than I actually was looking for because I didn't specify how much of a raise I was wanting.)


There's general, insurance, police, others. nm
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Companies in general, true. ICs could be
added in, but obviously there are laws from the labor board regarding employees, versus IC where it would be a contract.
However, I just was wondering how far a supervisor can go as long as people work their hours (allowable by law 8 scheduled) and as long as people get their agreed on minimum line count. Wondering about no breaks between reports, and working every minute being monitored and that would be with a company or any employer paying your benefits. Also, wondering if this were mentioned at the interview, would a person take the job. Guess that is a more rhetorical wondering. But it is true, up to the employee to do something about it. I agree. If the employee does not want to stand for it, could either leave, or make an issue out of it, which brings us to another conversation then.
Have you looked into general transcription?
There's more of it available than you might think, and I've heard it pays better.