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Does the class action include the DEP

Posted By: ? on 2005-09-08
In Reply to: May want to hold off on cashing it - Message to MQ, MT

platform? Somewhere, don't remember where now, I thought I read the class action was about the old platform MedRite and was for a certain range of years. Is there info out there that the class action pertains to DEP also?

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The class action against MQ by MTs should be about

forget about Ricca laws and tying it to hospitals and line counts.

They have lied and done smoke and mirrors to the point that there

probably could be a case made for that alone. 

And why do we never hear anything more about the SEC case?

And the FBI case against MQ for sending military information over

unsecured lines?

What happened to all that?


Class action...
I was involved in several of these suits - most of them with Medquist - and the biggest check I ever got was $3.61.
It is not a class action suit as of yet
It is not certified class action because MQ filed for the proceedings to be held in NJ with all the other law suits. Therefore, this is stalling the certification of the suit to class action. They have received numerous calls over the checks.

Of course they cannot offer legal advise as they are not representing all MQ MTs as of yet, it is still the original 3 that filed, but I don't think it would be wise to cash it. That is just me. I know there are those that will disagree and call me names, but thats my two cents.
I was in a class action suit once & got $600
I received an opt-out of a class action

lawsuit involving a certain MTSO and the other party involved (think it was formerly AAMT).  Anyway, since I won't get a dime even after having been ripped off all those years, I just threw it in the garbage.  AAMT, or whatever they call themselves now, plans on keeping ALL settlement monies for their greedy little selves.

When I worked for the MTSO there were rumors flying around about the 90 character line count that was then converted to 55 characters before going to the client.  The MTSO pocketed the rest.  Guess it really wasn't a rumor after all.  How sad. 

I was involved in a class action suit
against PayPal, probably 2 years ago, haven't seen a penny.  I was in a class action suit another time, can't remember who, and I did get some $$, I think about $15.00.   I don't initiate anything, just get e-mails or letters about them. 
I am part of three class action lawsuits.
Franklin-Templeton mutual fund apparently committed fraud while I was invested with them, Fen-Phen (the doctor's office notified me; sheduled me for a carotid ultrasound and had me come to a Radisson Hotel to meet with the attorneys) and MQ which I never really heard from but read about and this fraud took place while I worked there...

Bottom line is people should really not be getting money out of other peoples' pockets by fraudulent means.
Sounds to me like a class action law suit just waiting to happen! nm
could it have to do with the class action law suit, my credit card company did that once...
they sent me a check of some money they supposedly owed me because someone filed a class action suit regarding their not posting monies received the same day and therefore charging people late fees, etc.  I got like $3.46 for something or other. 

perhaps it was a class action suit that was filed, and then of course MQ would have to go back and pay any monies due to everyone regarding the line-count discrepency issue.

maybe I am way-off, but if it is on the QT, that could be why.  once they pay you off, they are no longer liable, right?.

anyone else have any ideas?
Talk about blowing smoke! No one, not one MQ MT has "joined" the class action suit.
Its not even up to that point yet.  We will be notified and given the legal options via the legal system. So, if you claim you "joined it", you joined nothing - just gave your name to the laywers. Nothing more, so get over yourself.  If there is nothing more to pursue after discovery, you won't be joining anything!
Legal action
First of all, my condolences to you and your wife. I feel for you. I lost an adult child 14 years ago. Among the many aspects of grief, the realities of your deceased child's legal affairs can be a nightmare. I am not a legal expert and I don't know if any legal changes have been made in the past years. At the time our son died he left behind a student loan for $13,000.00 and a personal loan for about $5,000.00. He was over the age of 21 when he signed for these loans. It was a nightmare for me and my husband. These creditors hounded us and threatened to get the money from us even though our son was 23 at the time of his death. One creditor even tainted our credit report because my son and his father had the same name. It was a complete nightmare for a couple of years. We sought legal advice, send copies of the death certificate to the creditors several times, and eventually things got straightened out. In your case you have an individual who claims money is owed to him. Did you daughter have a will? I assume she was still legally married. I would definitely seek legal advice. I doubt this individual can force you to pay on her debt if there indeed was one. However, you can stop the harassment by legal means. Seek legal counsel. The last thing you need is this aggravation. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Miss all the action too. Not like it used to be.

Used to work for an old country GP. Had a guy stagger in with the tip of his finger hanging from a close encounter with a table saw. Blood everywhere. We gave him a roll of paper towels and went to fetch "the mop" out of the garage. It was 20 below out and the mop was frozen solid so we ran it under hot water in the kitchen sink and cleaned up the blood spills. No gloves. No worries.

Many stories from that place. My favorite was the patient in the waiting room with a paper bag full of baby chickens that he had to bring in because it was too hot in the car and he had to stop in on his way home for his weekly BP check.

Court action

I am not sure what your limit is for small claims court, it used to be $3500 here but know it has changed.   If it is more than one doctor in practice, you need to find out how they are listed through their business license, etc. through the state.  They helped me at the courthouse how to do this as it had to be listed exactly.  If you want to make a last ditch effort and make sure it isn't just the office manager that is not paying you, send a certified letter to each doctor that has to be signed by them and them only outlining what you will be doing and why.  You can act as your own collection agency instead of paying someone a commission to collect the money from you.   That is why I always keep on file a copy of their checking account number that they pay me on as I did sue once and we used it to collect the funds.  Also if the 7K is over the amount of small claims, then perhaps breaking out each individual doctor is under the amount.  But that is a pretty big amount and cannot believe that you let it go that high unless it is a large account and that is only one to two month's worth.  But again, try to get the correspondence directly to the docs as sometimes they do not know that the bill is going unpaid.   Good luck, let us know what happens.   Hopefully you are no longer providing service to this clinic.  Do some digging and get home address phone numbers if you are that gutsy and for that amount I would probably do it. 

Again, good luck.



Ask to see the software in action, if
possible. Ask if there is a spellchecker, and whether it checks medical terms. Oddly enough, the supervisor may be oblivious to the fact that the MT has to enter all the terms into just a standard English spellchecker, but at least ask the question. Ask if it is compatible with ShortHand or other program like that. Hopefully you will be allowed to talk to an MT who is using it. You want to see how efficient or backwards the software might be, and hear the sound quality. Do you get to make your own normals, or share them with another MT, so that you can't correct any errors you might find (but don't say that about errors out loud). Most radiologists are the opposite of psych dictators (from my experience). Radiology dictators tend to be fast and very efficient and need somebody who can give 100% accuracy. And if you can catch misspeaks and tactfully correct them or blank them, that will help. (But they are so smart that they are always shocked if they misspeak, so it has to be handled very carefully). Always think about where in the body you are and don't make anatomical errors for all of those sound-alike parts.
Take Further Action On Offshoring

Please, PLEASE people, especially all who left posts on the news story below, call the White House.  It is your right.  I do it all the time and I have not been abducted by the FBI yet.  They do not ask for your name or phone number or anything.  They usually are pretty decent to talk to. 

Tell them:  I AM CALLING CONCERNING THE OFFSHORING OF AMERICAN JOBS, ESPECIALLY OUR MEDICAL REPORTS LEAVING AMERICA WITH SENSITIVE INFORMATION ON THEM SUCH AS OUR NAMES AND SS# . Then take it from there.  Tell them that you MUST make your feelings be heard and you want the President to take action on this situation. 

As one person, I am only making a peep with my calls and emails, but if we all start calling and emailing in droves, we will make a roar.  Please, don't be afraid, we have to start taking action here folks.  Time will not wait.   

The White House Phone: 202-456-1111


The Capitol Switchboard:  202-224-3121

Obama and Biden:

Middle Class Task Force Questions:  Tell them to save jobs and stop all offshoring:
Your senator: Upper right hand corner, "find your senator"
Your congressperson: 

Let's do this together people

emails for action plan
and now they send out emails wanting to know our action plan for wkends, whether we are working, so they are cvd. no extra $$, just remind you to "get the lines while you can"
Legal action when not getting paid. sm

Hello fellow MTs,

I knew this was bound to happen.  I was an IC for a company and left after giving contracted one-week notice. Now I'm not getting paid for the work I did.

What is the first step to take?  I am prepared to get an attorney if need be but would like to take other steps before this. 

Anybody else have experience in this?  There are state differences.  I'm not sure which court to start with to start any court proceedings.  I guess that's where the attorney will help.

Thank you all so much for any advice.

Do most of us work the day shift, M-F? Action
If they don't include spaces, don't do it.
You'll be making less money for more headache than you are now. I'd stick with what you've got and work on building your skills. Is there any way you could try both for a while to see which one you like better?
This thread does not include the other 90% of us

who struggle with bad dictators to make $300 a week.

Forgot to include this
There is nifty piece of portable equipment called the Lynx Portable Back Stretcher. It is sold by the same company that makes/sells Teeter Hang Ups (an inversion table). The Lynx is amazing. It helps to open up disk spaces.
It never hurts to include her even if she
doesn't come.  It is about not having regrets.  If you know that you always made an effort ...then in the end you will have peace about it.
Meant to include this one too
From: Add to Address Book
Date: 2006/03/14 Tue PM 04:04:51 EST
Subject: IT trouble

I have been having a problem with IT whereby when I enter a short such as "Fln" and then choose "Flonase", the expansion produced in the document comes out
"Flnase", although it is not misspelled in the glossary. This also happens
with phrase entries, though in neither case does it happen every time (i.e.
sometimes when I enter "Fln" and choose "Flonase", that is what is produced in
the document). Usually it seems that it loses a letter that I skip in entering
a short, as above, but an example of one that happened today a little
differently was when I entered "Aqa" and then chose "Answers questions
appropriately", the expansion produced came out "Aswers questions
appropriately", which I believe is the first time I have had it just drop the
letter and not have what I had typed as the next letter in place (i.e. would
have come out something like "Aqswers questions appropriately", since I had
actually typed the letter q).

Kristen suggested that I e-mail the custom glossary that I am currently using,
which is attached to this e-mail and titled "XXXX2", and I mentioned to her
also that I have created several glossaries for the various doctors for whom I
transcribe, and that the problem will happen when using any of them. I am
using Word 2000 and Windows XP. My telephone number is (XXX) XXX-XXXX, and I
appreciate any help you can offer.

Thank you,
Kim Xxxxxx

I would include....see inside

Specialties, Methods of receiving/returning the finished product.  Think about why you are in the field, and focus on those qualities, for example, if you really take pride in your work, then say so.  Think about your resume and focus on your experience.  I hope this is helpful!  Wish ya' luck!!! 

what does waiver include?
Just yesterday I asked at my doctor's office if when we sign the waiver giving "third parties" access to our medical records as needed to provide for our health care, would that also involve the transcription company of their choice.  No one had an answer for me, as they do their notes by hand.  BUT, they said they'd like to know and that that aspect of it had never occured to them.  They suggested I contact their main office and inform them of the dangers of offshoring if they decide to do it.  I intend to.  No way I'm signing my own records over to offshore when I'm trying to hold them here in the US!!!   Maybe they'd care; maybe not.  But at least I will have made an effort to inform them. 
Wow!! Did that include postage? nm
Also, any action you eventually may take will have to happen in her state - not yours. nm
No kidding. That would seem to include some pretty
You will want to include information regarding the platform you are on, etc.
It depends on what you include in that figure.
where you live, how many in your family and what you get for your money.
Rehab medicine will include PT, OT, sm
speech therapy, etc.
DocShuttle is 99, but that does not include waveplayer. sm
I just purchased DocShuttle and then had to purchase the Docshuttle waveplayer because it does not include the waveplayer, that is a separate purchase.
Yes, definitely include your templates in your counts. nm
I would and I have. Include verification of the error. sm
I would suggest being very matter-of-fact about it, keep all emotion out of it, even you're really annoyed inside.
I think it should be changed to the basic 5, and include ERs (sm)

A lot of hospitals have their med rec dept MTs (or MTSO) do ERs, as well.  Those reports are usually sort of a combination H&P, OP (minor procedures) and/or DS--more detailed than clinic SOAPs. 

I forgot to include that in my post here.
I have already written my letter & in the beginning of it there is a brief outline & I included that & then I go on to talk about stuff in detail & I mention that in it as well. I hope you guys join me in doing this & can get some letters to me. I feel we can make a bigger impact if we all stick together & by sending a packet of a bunch of letters maybe our voices will be heard & something be done.
meant to include ebonics is used and accepted
in this town. The schools are 95% segregated in the town. Very old southern roots. They do not care for change. Teaching children to speak properly is considered taking away from their "heritage". Why we moved here? Not really sure. People are very nice though. You are in the minority if you can speak, write, or read properly. Also, it is 100 miles or so SW of Columbus, GA, 30 miles or so NE of Albany
I SO agree and some of the reasons this has happened include:
May I commend the poster for a very well-thought-out and thorough outline of the current state of affairs. You did an excellent job. Do not apologize for the length. It was necessary to be complete in your thoughts. You speak for all of the MTs in this regard.

It got me wondering about the following points:

1) Medical transcription company owners permitted the hospitals and doctors to dictate to them what they would be paid, instead of honoring the fee schedule of the MT owners and professionals. Are physicians told what they can charge per hour? No. They charge what they require. So do plumbers, housekeepers, etc. Years and years ago, the trend began where the transcription companies decided to accept what the hospitals would pay.

2) Hospitals and others have disrespected the medical transcription field. Someone allowed this to happen. Who would that be?

3) I do not see this sad state of affairs of this profession to be the fault of the working MTs at all.

4) Hospitals and clinics should be prohibited from sending work out of the country.

5) Medical transcription companies need to unite and charge an appropriate fee for their services, and likewise pass that increase on to the professional MTs performing the services.

I really think there needs to be a radical revolution of change.

What do you think?
Might need to mail her a letter from a lawyer that requires a signature and take some action. nm
Affect is an Action (or psych state)..Effect is a rEaction
Anyone ever tried Dual Action Cleanse or any other colon cleansing products? sm
The infomercial was not pretty, and this guy focused way too much on BMs and such, but said that John Wayne died with 42 pounds of undigested material in his colon ... yuck!  Supposedly, you use this product and feel tons of energy and all that ... wondered if it was just more hype or maybe someone had actually tried it.  ?
Happens all the time. Make phone calls for more definite action. nm
I have definitive proof from the MT that the money is owed. The MT is also taking action
on her part to get the unpaid wages compensated by the owner through the Labor Board.
I forgot to include my hint of sarcasm phrase! nm
which is the most common that you use when flagging? do you include the time track?

I would include the why you're leaving part. They'll probably ask
It was very unprofessional for the dictating physician to include that statement.
I have never come across such a thing myself, but I wouldn't hesitate to type it.
Or even notifying an investigative reporter/call for action type of thing on tv - nm
I wasn't, honey. I'm not the OP. My point is she didn't include context
to tell which catheter out of 17 pages it might be, and most medical books don't cross-reference to other medical books.
MQ part-time benefits do NOT include medical/dental. Nm
i agree -- lines counts are correct and include expanders per my checks.