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Check around your local area for clinics or transcription companies

Posted By: LinK on 2008-09-18
In Reply to: job qualifications - Aurelia

That's what I did. I first started out working for a very small MTSO and worked at their office for a couple of weeks and then they moved me home and I started working on a single speciality account. I'm still working for the office after 5 years (altough the MTSO closed her business).

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I would seriously try to find work at a local clinic if you're finding it hard to get hired with a National. I also went to a local community college. I didn't take me long to find a very small local MTSO to hire me, thank God they decided to take a chance on me. I now work for a local nephrology clinic. I definitely know though that if I tried to go out on my own, there would be no way I could have done it. Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
Try local clinics
Or if you have a small local MTSO, they may be willing to give you a chance. That's how I started. I trained with the MTSO at her office for a couple of weeks and then I started working from home for a local nephrology group and I've been there for the past five years. Try not to get discouraged, although I know that's a hard thing to do.
try local hospitals/clinics around you
that still have in-house. My local hospital did this and the education/experience/hands-on help provided was golden. Then go home and work - you will be viewed as a step up if expierience is in-house.

DO NOT pay for mentoring.
I would try local doctors and clinics
I only work weekdays and nights only when absolutely necessary, no weekends or holidays either.
I'm just putting my clinics on digital too, check out enclosed links - sm




look for a small local company in your area


I worked for a small company and although I did get paid by the line, I made way more than $16 an hour and could pretty much name my own hours to work. I did, however, have to pick up tapes!

i forwarded it to our local tv stations in my area. nm
Local AAMT chapters probably do it. Or put out an invite to those in your area. :) nm
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Outrageous. I just forwarded to a local radio station in my area. Who else can we send this to?
How do you get started in an area of transcription
that you've never done?  I would really like to learn radiology, but have no experience in it how do I get a chance to learn?
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Check with your local phone company....sm

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Check out your local community college -SM
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Be sure to check your local emergency services regarding 9-1-1 sm
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How do I find out if a local hospital's transcription is done in-house or not?
Can someone please give me some advice?  I am trying to find out if one of our local hospitals has in-house transcription or what company they use for their transcription.  I called the MR Dept. and the lady acted like she did not want to tell me anything.  She said some was done in-house but most of it was done electronically and would not elaborate as to what company they used.  How can I go about finding out who does their transcription for them.  I never see any actual job opening in the MR Dept. or for transcription for them, so I am assuming they outsource most to a transcription company.
Check your local police station, that'd be the place to look.
I bet they don't outsource that.....or do they? Interesting.
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How many different transcription companies
My very first MT job was subcontracting for someone else, so counting her, I've had 6 in my 7-1/2 years in the business.

I've been looking to get out of the MT business as well, and when I try to list all employers for the last 10 years, I look like a job hopper. I hate it.

Most days I hate my current MT job too. There are so many ESLs and so few non-ESLs or good dictators. It's so frustrating and time consuming just to try and make a decent line count!
transcription companies
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I agree - Do it for all the transcription companies...
or don't do it at all...

Which companies allow satellite transcription?
Which companies fastest to pay 1st check? (sm)

Someone said Proscript was fast (invoice period ends Saturday, direct deposit the following Weds/Thurs), but they're not hiring.

NEMT pays weekly, but a friend said it is several weeks until the first check, and they pay with paper checks.

Anybody else know a company that pays fast?  I'm good!

Transcription companies have already dropped out income into

McDonald's pays (starts!!!) at $9 in our town (in the South, mind you) plus benefits.

It is not worth being somebody's slave anymore, and that's what these MT companies (MQ in particular with their new toy) want us to agree to.

Let them get up off some money and treat us like professionals and I may come back.  I like medicine and have many years of knowledge.

But doctors and nurses aren't working for pennies and I'm finished working for pennies for these companies.

Any companies pay 9 cents a line or more for transcription?
Been doing this for 10 years for a company - now am an editor, but the pay is worse than an MT typically makes.  Thinking of going back to typing if I can make more money - which would mean making at least 9 cents a line (like I used to).  Anybody know any good companies? 
Walmart/Huge transcription companies.
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The owner should check out "factoring" companies
In order to pay employees on time, while waiting for accounts to pay MTSO. I think PRN Funding is supposed to be a good one.

I'm afraid that kind of pay situation, being as ''imperfect'' as it is, indeed, is likely to keep a lot of good, qualified people away.
PS - check out the VR versus transcription

...a physician's study, on the right under in the news...

Still think we have a future?

Doesn't bother me either about the FBI check. I do take issue with companies
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A lot of MT companies do. I'm not giving any names. Check archives.
What companies provide computers? Hospital is outsourcing all transcription and I am out of a job..

in about two months.  I lost my computer and reference books in a house fire and can't afford to replace the computer until I get my tax refund back or until my homeowners insurance co. gets their act together which ever comes first! 

This is the second time I've lost an in-house hospital transcription job to outsourcing and have decided if you can't beat 'em, join 'em and so I want to go back to working at home.  What are the best companies to work for that provide equipment and are fair regarding line counts (i.e. count spaces and don't short MT's on lines) and have balanced accounts (accounts that have a fair ESL to EFL dictator ratio) to work on?

I have 13 years experience as an MT and I am desparately looking for a company to call home for as long as they will have me!  I worked at home for a couple of years, but never could find that perfect fit.  My new year's resolution is find a job I love working from home, and forget all about last year!


Has anyone here tested with companies and had trouble with the transcription part with the foot

pedal not stopping the voice.  Am I doing something wrong.  I am using the foot pedal that I used for DQS and the voice just keeps going and going and I have to keep going back over the stuff and over it by mousing back and forth.

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Have you Heard of American Transcription Association? Check it out!

I am copying this from the MQ board and feel it is so important that it belongs here!  We may have some new muscle here.  At least there is hope....

"I found out about this by reading an MT blog written by Jay Vance, CMT. This newly formed organization is addressing off-shoring of transcription work. Membership dues for the first 500 members is free. American Transcription Association. Check it out here:


Local radiology company, not transcription company
who has only 5 transcriptionists and are not hiring at this moment. We all work at home and get great benefits, no insurance out of pocket and 22 days paid vacation in the first year, after that it goes up. I feel very fortunate to have found them, but again I chose them because they did not do production, so now that they are, I'm a little disappointed.
PA - Pittsburgh area is one locale, Philadelphia area also.
TriState area - PA, NJ, DE.
Buy local. The local stores pay taxes to support your city and state. (SM)
Using online and catalogues does nothing to promote the local economy.  We complain about outsourcing and about the big companies gobbling up all the work so the jobs at local hospitals are gone, yet we do the same thing when we buy on ebay, catalog, and these web sites that may be located any place in the world as their primary business location. 
I went local. Great local tech support, they know what I do and were able to set it up just for me
Could maybe see clinics going over to
full EMR with doctors documenting, but it would be very hard in hospitals for physicians to do this considering how complicated some dictations are.
Try hospitals and/or clinics-
I don't know about other places but in at least 3 of the major hospitals in my area they have people work both in house and at home. Everyone works in house to begin with and has to prove themselves before going home. Some people (like me) just prefer working in house, so it works out.
Yup and I love my clinics! nm
That is great if you can get the same dictators. I have over 85 and all different clinics. (sm)
That is why I started my own business. It really depends on who you work for and if you get a great account your lucky. I unfortunately wasn't that lucky and after 15 years a GF and I do it locally for doctors. Much less stressful. Glad you can do that!!
I wish more hospitals & clinics would get the picture that (sm)
what you have just described is the best and most cost-effective way to get quality transcription. At the hospital where I used to work, MTs are treated like the scum of the earth. The nationals want us, but pay peanuts. By eliminating the middleman and the overhead of having enough office space for MTs, a hospital/clinic can pay the MTs what they're worth, the MTs can afford to keep working for them and stay on for many years, gaining a better knowledge of the doctors and the institution. Both that and having decent pay and a more flexible schedule means happy MTs, and happy MTs will go the extra mile to produce top-level work. It sounds like your employer is ahead-of-the-curve in the way it deals with its transcription needs.
I think the MDs that care in their offices or clinics sm
keep their trans in-house. My personal MD does and overseas every last little detail and she is tough! The ones who dont want to mess with it go to a service and let the service take responsibility. So neither will care....IMHO
Hospital with many smaller satellite clinics associated with it
So true, work for some doctors and clinics also and many are now
jumping on the save lots of money and offshore bandwagon! We just can't win. It's over everyone :(