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Chief complaint: Breathing. (just had to share that with you all--nm)

Posted By: me on 2008-01-31
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No, I am not qualified as Chief of Staff
but I do my job well and I think that is what matters. I took the time to learn what I needed to learn (on-the-job training) and I am very much qualified to work as a medical transcriptionist.
PS: This guy was a police chief, and they were only in their early 30's.
Breathing exercise
I think I read this somewhere a long time ago, but it has always worked for me.

Inhale to the count of 3, hold it to the count of 3, exhale to the count of 3. You can gradually increase the counts.

What happens is you get focused on counting and breathing and eventually conk out.
QA is not breathing down MY neck, as I am only the--sm
transcriptionist with a small MTSO, but they may be breathing down the MTSOs neck. All I know is that one doctor in particular, a felon on top of that, has his office QA each report for errors and for line count. If he feels the line count is in error, he demands a return of funds charged...not from me personally, but from the MTSO. My MTSO also has another account that discovered that their transcription company was charging for lines not typed, i.e. ALL lines, and fired them for it. So they DO check. Even doctors do not want to get ripped off. The OP can charge whatever she likes. Maybe 11 cpl in her area is the going rate. That is not for anyone else to decide, but she must be honest above all, or she won't have ANY account for long.
Congrats, girl, and get your share of any money that you share before he wipes you out. nm
Try breathing into a paper bag to stop the hyperventilation. sm
Like a paper lunch bag.  That is what the ER doc had me do years ago ago when I was hyperventilating (if you are sure that is what you are doing and not something else).
Same here, inside of nose freezes when breathing.nm
every living breathing being has a soul and killing --
is wrong no matter if human or animal. by your conception of things, then if you have the flu and are causing an epidemic, we should do away with you too, to protect the rest of us??
I worry for those with health problems from breathing in
the dust from ground zero.  Workers breathed in a combination of asbestos, pulverized concrete, jet fuel, and many other toxins, etc. They have fibers in their lungs and many people are spitting up black soot like material.  The sad thing is that health insurance companies are refusing to pay the claims! That is just WRONG considering that these men and women combed for hours and days looking for anyone who might have been alive.  Does anyone else besides me have a big problem with this?
Share, share, I've been looking for some time...sm
sending out resumes gallor, have great experience, but they sound like clones of each other in what they offer, yet what they want is it all!!!  I'm so discouraged, in the depression boat myself!  They want you to commit to FT, new equip, DSL, on and on!!!
This is my exact complaint

The looking up of addresses is ridiculous. I don't care HOW fast you type or HOW many macros and shortcuts you have, nothing will prepare you for that! The platform is user friendly where I work also. Most of the time with this company, I'm making less than $10 an hour because of this... and this job is my overtime job!

It's a small MTS and I really don't want to work for a national (from all that I hear on this board), so what does one do? How does one find the smaller companies to work for?



You are correct. If you have a complaint about something sm
they will tell you to go find another job. Communication with them is the pits.
Ridiculous complaint?

Busy, you should really try to be a little kinder.....or read her complaint a little more closely.  I think her complaint was not about CONSTRUCTIVE feedback.  If she gets hard copies she can't read, what good are they?  Just how ridiculous this QA thing can get; one of the editors in a company I worked for corrected my "40-year-old black female" to 40-year-old Black female."  No problem, if that's what they want, that's what they get.  I corrected my Expander to "Black."  Editor #2 comes along and corrects me saying "black or white" is never capitalized.  I fired back a very disgruntled e-mail and said editor #1 had corrected me and that I KNEW black was never capitalized but if they wanted it capitalized, fine with me but somebody needed to get their sh*t together and figure out what they wanted from me.  At least with that company, editor #2 had some sense, she sent back a very nice e-mail saying that to appease editor #1 to go ahead and capitalize it until I was off QA and then do it whichever way I wanted and in the meantime she would not count me off for it.  At least editor #2 had some sense but ridiculous?  YES, indeed. 

Busy, if you're working for both MQ and Spheris, I assume your experience is about the same as mine.  I worked for MQ and for Spheris when they were Edix.  Once I was off full edit (in a very short time), I never heard anything from either company QA again so I assume they were happy and I went right ahead doing my best.

Then it's already gone, why post a complaint?
I'm perplexed by this.
biggest complaint
would anyone else say that the biggest complaint as a Transcriptionist would be leg cramps and back pain?  and what suggestions would you give to help?
I ain't never heard this complaint before.

Complaint? What about a lawyer?
But why do you need a sample of a complaint? Write a letter explaining the details and mail it to the administrators of the hospital and copy it to the same people at the headquarter address (CEO). Ask for a response and mail it certified with a receipt requested.
Legitimate complaint
I think you are cheating yourself by not keeping a tally of the lost lines .. open a word document on your second screen and copy and paste these lines each time .. takes a few seconds and you need to be paid for what you are being asked to do .. otherwise, request a reprieve from this guy. Venting is one thing and it helps a little but cold hard cash actually speaks back to you!
Definitely not...how do you know if it's a valid complaint?...(SM)
This happens very often with abuse claims. A case is started, the claim is false, someone's reputation is wrecked, and it costs them a fortune in legal fees to restore it. If you are worried she is not getting help or advice, the only discrete way to find out is fake a spontaneous meeting and get into conversation with him/her and go from there. You could never let it be known that you read her/his records...records that she thinks are confidential. (Boy, are a lot of people in for a shock.)
My only complaint with mine is that...
my 2-year-old located the playboy channel (that I did not even know existed) in my car. Not such a big deal now, but I wish there were a way to disable it because someday, he won't be two anymore. Also, it taught him to scream the F word over and over and over again.
How to file a complaint for services....please sm
I'm not sure if this is the correct board. I was wondering if anyone knows of a site that I can get a sample on a complaint that I would like to file to the administrator of a hospital. My mom has non-Hodgkin lymphoma and during her last 3 visits at the same hospital, they gave her the wrong medication. This is the medication that she has a severe reaction to. She has hallucinations, toxicity, etc. to this medication. She is in a different state and I would like to file a complaint to the administrator to prevent this from happening again, as she is in and out of the hospital. Thanks for the help.
She worked all those years with no complaint.
You want us to have "O" work? They would track that complaint in a heartbeat.

communication and reality.

Talk about your drugs or your dinners.  Pass over MQ.  We won't mind a bit.  Our lives are rough enough already without biting comments.

We are trying to dig out of the quagmire MQ/Philips has put us into.  Like I've said, MTing is no longer a profession or can be considered a "real job".  At best it is pickup work or sideline extra non-necessary money because one certainly can't depend on the money.

Work is not saved for certain MT's. I hear same complaint
Glad you filed a complaint and that you're okay.
File a complaint with the attorney general
Easy enough to use but keystroke lag was my main complaint. (nm)
I called HR and I did not know you had to follow up with a written complaint. Is there an email
address for written complaints at MQ. The HR person sounded all disgusted and I am sure she has been getting tons of calls.
how to file a health insurance complaint - any hints?
Background - I had to have radiation treatment for colon cancer and for the most part charged everything on my VISA.  I have all the VISA receipts.  Two office visits I wrote separate copay checks, which have cleared my bank.  The billing company for the oncologist says I still owe $20 copayment which I absolutely positively refuse to pay.  I have faxed to them a copy of all the VISA receipts and have spoken to the billing office and they have receipt of the two checks so they have receipts of all my visits/copays.  My insurance company says I only owe a single copay per visit so if the billing company says they have received the copayments then I have fulfilled my contract.  So who do I complain to?  It's bad enough to have to go through radiation, but now I'm getting burned again (LOL - punny punny, gotta laugh) because of their inadequate billing system.  Grrrrr.  I am so incredibly mad I feel like, go ahead, turn me over to a collection agency and MAKE MY DAY!!!!!  Anyone else go through this rigamarole/nightmare and who did you complain to?  I want people's bottoms to get waxed on this - I have spent literally hours on the phone trying to clear it up, not to mention the cost of mailing/faxing/etc.  Thanks in advance.
Filed complaint with Better Business Bureau against MTSO
for nonpayment after 90 days. Requested payment multiple times to no avail. Nothing but empty promises. Has anyone ever been successful getting paid after going through the BBB?
Go ahead and file a formal complaint. Then it is on record this dog is a hazard and if it happens
Will filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and District Attorney do me any good if a sm
I live in a different state than her.  Also the amount is less than $100.  Thanks.
Don't know what you're complaint you're making with this post. sm

You stated in your original post that you don't want to work weekends or odd shifts. What is your definition of an odd shift?  Second shift?  Third shift?  Sounds like you want to work M-F on days.  Sounds kind of rigid to me. 

Personally I like second shift, so everyone working days means more work for me! 

Please share...
Favorite small appliance.  I have 2 jobs now, love my crock pot but am looking for something a little more versitile... Something I can  throw everything  into in the morning and just set it and forget it! Any suggestions? Thanks!
share any work ??
That is great pay. Where do you work. I read so many people who love where they are but yet no one shares the info. I have been looking the past few months but have yet to find one that starts out with a decent pay. I would have to take a cut in pay just to get more flexibility which I don't think is a fair trade.
Share what?

Our jobs that are limited as it is?  So when we all lose our jobs to people in India, China, etc., can we assume you personally are going to share the money from what used to be our jobs with us so we can keep our homes and feed our families?  I think not.  Transcribe for your own damn doctors and leave the American patients to us.

yes please share with us !

Just had to share

Our Rottie had puppies Saturday morning!!!!!  11 in all,  6 girls and 5 boys.   We lost a baby girl yesterday morning, but the rest are doing great.  We're exhausted, but they're fine.  They're sooooo cute.....

Yes, please share
info about this.
Share What?
There are a lot of claims by a lot of MTs that cpl is the only way to go, and claiming that they are being paid more than most astronauts, but being given a salary/hourly rate to be recognized as the professionals that we are would be nice. When I started out the main issue was understanding the content of what you were transcribing and it was expected that you kept updated on all new terminology, meds, etc. You definitely would not find a nurse or other professional agreeing to be paid by how many blood draws they do and yes, it does boil down to the same thing.

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody!
had to share, doc just said...sm
The patient was taped to the operating room.....   Wish I could see that!
Let me share with you....
not really sure what you mean by the long-time MTs getting angry, maybe you can share- I didn’t have internet at all prior to 2004. OMG but made really big money years ago and has it ever dropped now days! But back to sharing… my grandkids who you know can show us all we need to know about the latest gadgets, computers, blackberries, whatever went with me up to my father's home. He was in his late 80s then. I asked the 14-year-old gdaughter to go in the bedroom and call someone for me. She went back but soon returned to where we were and called her brother, a 16-year-old with a puzzled look on her face. Finally the both of them came back into the living room and said they had no idea how to use granddaddys phone- it was a rotary. Laugh, laugh. See it is all when you grow up and with what.
We would all like to work for a great company to! Email me if you prefer.
Just have to share - sm
I have a discharge summary - the guy was in the hospital for a month.  It's 42 minutes long.  The doctor is dictating every consult that saw the patient every day, their impression, and then just reading the assessment and plan, numbering the recommendations, and then....."Thank you for allowing us to see this patient."  Do they even think about what they're dictating???????
had to share this one!!

"She wil be put in an Aircast splint and with crutches and treated with Motrin 800 every 8 hours as needed for pain with food."

often HR will share your ap

Like, I applied for coding and ended up being recruited as an MT (and they never DID fill the coding position as that department was undergoing "internal issues").

Although it is a major slam when you apply for clerical work you get pushed towards being part of the janitorial staff!  Do you have very little MT experience?  I could understand if they offered you something in medical records, but wow, that's quite a leap to think you'd want to wash dishes!

just had to share this one - s/m

a local college has a job posted for an ESL instructor. Any takers?

had to share
ESL dictates, "MRS. So-and-so is a 10-year-old female."  Might be able to be a MRS. in your country but not in the USA.
Could you please share
the name of this company?  It sounds an awful lot like what Medquist is doing to us.   Thanks in advance.
I think you and I share the same sm
sense of irony! I totally get where you are coming from... :)