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Discrepencies in reports.

Posted By: Don't want to be a PITA. on 2008-01-04
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Working for acute care it is not often that you'll get the same patient by different docs but when work is slow, it does happen.  I got one today where the first note stated the patient had vomiting blood, coffee ground emesis and severe tarry stools with hemoglobin 15.4.  I thought very odd, but this is clearly what physician dictated.  The second note I got was his admit H&P and a different doc, same patient with hemoglobin 5.4.  It is just by chance I got both notes from the same patient. 

I felt like such a pain calling this out to my team leader but I thought this was something that should be marked for followup by the physicians.  This is just one of those times that working at home for people that you never meet can really make you feel uncomfortable.  Did I do the right thing calling the doctors discrepencies out or should I have kept my mouth shut?  It was just a fluke I got the patients ED note and H&P. 

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I am going on a job interview and I have to type some ER reports for the skills part of the pre-employment exam. I was wondering if anyone knows where I can find some examples of them. I have been out of school for a while, and right now I just do surgeries and clinic notes. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I need this new job so bad, it has great benefits.

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If you follow this link you will find something that might help.  You will do fine. 


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ER reports
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ER reports
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Does anyone else's employer pay more for some reports and less for others?

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Fax reports
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How many lines does 25 reports yield, approximately, anywhere in the range between 3 to 7 minutes long?


What I like about OP reports...
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and their OP reports
are horribly long....
But we don't cap it in reports. It's just

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Rad reports
I have always been paid per report. $2/report.  It all evens out short reports vs long reports.
5 reports a day....sm
 My friend/MT "penpal" also tried this company (10+ years exp).  Told her after 2-3 days (all are IC) okay, you're off QA - "You already know how to transcribe".  All of a sudden, they told her there was something wrong with her formatting, the formatting "wasn't coming out right."  (Whose fault is that supposed to be?).  Put her on QA for that reason, same thing, 5 reports a day (one of the submanagers doubles as QA person)...supposedly to save wear & tear on her. There was lots of unpaid demographic crap, research, though involved before any line count comes into play with this company.  When she questioned this, they terminated her contract.  What I would like to know, though, AT 5 REPORTS A DAY.... OR UNTIL THE "REAL WORK" COMES IN...WHO PAYS YOUR BILLS?  WHEN IS YOUR FIRST "REAL" PAYCHECK??? 
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Don't do it. The reports are probably SM
full of blanks and you could spend 15 mins in a report, multiply that by 4 and you have a per-hour rate of less than $8.
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I QA'd reports for a school once sm

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Sample reports............sm

YES....  www.mtbot.com

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sample reports
THANKS SOOOOOOOOO MUCH! That's exactly what I needed!

? about radiology reports
Can anyone give me some comments? I just signed up to work part time with a radiology account and I love the dictators but you have to type in all the header information which is a lot.  The information is picked up by going to a separate efax web site for each clinic and looking for the patient's name for that particular report.  Some are hospital stamped and others are all handwritten and you have to keep jumping in and out of 3 different screens to type this all in; this is ridiculously tedious and very time consuming and it is very hard to get your line count up.  Is this a normal thing to have to type all this information like that? It's the only thing that is not good with this account.  The pay is 8 cents per line. Thank you for your comments.
? about radiology reports
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I think I've seen some of your reports...
  Just kidding you.  I don't see a problem with a glass.  Now a bottle would be another story. 
Naps doing ER reports
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ER reports are interesting and are sm
very repetitious.  You will be able to create a lot in your expander.  You might want to brush up on some of the drugs the paramedics regularly use.  You'll be typing these a lot.  I think you'll enjoy doing ER work.  Its fun, it's interesting, and occasionally really funny.  Maybe the best thing to do to prepare yourself would be to type up a list of the most common IV drugs used in the ER and their doses.... example... Toradol, Zofran, etc.  You will get the same drugs over and over again.  Best to put them in an Expander right off the bat with their usual dictated dose (Toradol 30 mg IV for example).  Good luck and let us know how you like it.
what to charge for reports


 I started out on my own and went with $.10 a line, 65 character.  They seemed fine with that.  The next doc i went to I charged $.12 and am still getting that today.  If your doc balks, you could charge per page, kind of figure out how many lines there would be and figure what would be fair.....When i charge per page, i charge $5.00.  I think it is fair, i do good and timely work and that is what a doc wants.  you really have to kind of feel out the doc, but i have found in most cases, they are new to it and are willing to pay since they don't usually know what the going rate is!  Once you are established with her, she'll start referring docs to you.  It is an ideal situation.

The other option is to charge low for the first 30 days and raise it after that.  Tell them you are giving them this deal so they can see how you work.  Hope it works out for you.


Does anyone do PT Clinic Reports?

I have never transcribed these type of reports and may have an opportunity to in the near future. I have over 12 years of multispeciality experience as an IC and am just wondering what the pros/cons might be of the these types of reports.


Best if you are doing long reports...sm
where you are not messing around a lot on the patient demographic screens. If you can just get into the body of the report and do some work, it's o.k. Also if you don't have a lot of formatting changes, i.e. bold, italic, etc. And it doesn't have a word Expander so you have to use Shorthand for sure. The nice thing about our Meditech account is the line count does count gross lines and blank lines - but I don't know if that is just the way our hospital is set up or not. Meditech is picked for its billing and accounting capabilities. By the time any one asks the transcriptionists about it, it is already a done deal.
To not have to type ER reports any more. Want
more of anything except ER notes. Yuk!
How do you break into op reports?
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late reports
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reading reports
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Depressing reports
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