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Does anyone know where I can find a conversion table for cpl rates?

Posted By: sm on 2007-12-18
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Like if you make 13 c/70 character line how to figure what that would be at a 60 character line, etc.  Thanks for the the help.

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I got a wav file that opens into Windows Media.  I want to be able to get this into my Express Scribe.  Is that possible and if so, how?

Thanks for ANY help.

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SHCNV - ShortHand File Converter Utility

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This would be a very inaccurate conversion.
A timed test will give you wpm for that type of skill. In truth, you probably type about 25 to 35 wpm when transcribing. Not your fault and you are not slow. You have to take time to change jobs, to spell check, look up words, listen to the pauses, go back and make changes, etc.

In a timed test, you do a straight 5 minutes of typing and its over.

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There are free typing tests that are timed on the internet. Take one of those and see how you do.
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I'm getting paid gross lines right now and my company is going to be using new software which will use 65-char lines.  I'm looking for some sort of chart that shows the difference in $. 

Any help will be gratly appreciated. 


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If you have an Expander program for WP5.1 (DOS?), there might be conversion macros available on line that could import your list into AutoCorrect/Text with possibly some clean up required.  I still have my old DOS PRD Productivity Plus that I used a few years ago and was able to convert it into ShortHand (currently use), which I have in turn imported into AutoC/T (and vice versa) when needed.


High-speed conversion
see link.

Pricey. Maybe there's a cheaper one out there. Guess it would depend how much of this kind of work you'll be doing.

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that you can download for free. I actually used to have the opposite problem; the doc sent me WMA files which uploaded fine but wouldn't play without glitches, so I used to convert them to WAV files (which worked well). The program I used was called BeeThink. I never actually tried to use it to convert in the opposite direction, so I am not sure it will work for that, but it's worth a try.

Conversion program for digital sound files - sm

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You could set it up as a table.
Format the box where the information is to be typed with a line as the bottom border.
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The information you stated above would be in a table with 2 rows across and 4 columns. Patient name would be one cell, @@ would be the next, dob the next, and@@ the final cell in that row. You can even set each cell to be bold, italic, whatever. Make sense?

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Help!!! just been offered an OB/GYN doctor account.  What should I charge?
I am out here in Oregon.  I will be completely honest but have been told on this board that I am too low and do too much for my docs but they have been very loyal to me, all have been with me from 5 to 18 years, pay on time -- 48 hours recepit of invoice, no questions asked about line count, etc., never a bounced check, etc.  I have  just raising my rates to 0.115   for my larger accounts and 0.125 for a small account that I have that does less than 1500 lines per month.  Oh yea, my psych account is still at 0.11 cpl but he is not 24 hour turn around and going digital.But I do charge gross line, 65 charaters per line.  I pick up and deliver, provide the sticky paper, cut apart the chart notes, do envelopes.  I make about $3200 to $3500 per month depending on whether all docs are in all month or not, (6 docs) and since I have been doing them so long, I put in 25 to 28 hours per week with printing, pick-up delivery, etc.  And yes, they appreciate me and give me Christmas bonus, birthday gifts, extra time when I have a crisis, etc.   Had been working at a clinic doing about 20 hours per week in addition for the past year  but just paid off my last attorney fee from a ugly divorce and so am qutting there as of next month and taking three months to do just my own  accounts and have some fun this summer.   I had a resume from a company out here that wanted my clinic account and charged 0.18 cpl but to me that is way too high.  I feel that I average 30 to 40 per hour and to me that is more than fair.   And yes I provide my own insurance, own my own home, put $500 to $800 aside for retirement.   Patti

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The best thing to do would probably be to talk to some of the doctors and negotiate terms.

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Can I ask what you get per line?


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