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Happy Mother's Day from all the staff at MTStars!

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Happy Mother's Day NCMT.  What a wonderful thing for your parents to do for you.  Have a great day!  God is good......:)
Thank you, and Happy Mother's Day to you!!!!
Happy Mother's Day to all !!!! n/m

Thank you! Happy Mother's Day to you as well.
Both of my children told me Happy Mother's
Day and one of them gave me a card. My son, soon to be 25, still lives at home and my daughter, soon to be 24, is married and lives a couple of hours away. Just knowing they love me is enough. Every day is Happy Mother's Day to me because of them.
You're right. I have a wonderful family...Happy Mother's Day to you too!

Happy Anniversary, MTStars!!! sm
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Hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Checkout lady at Publix told me Happy MD, and I was like, what makes you think I'm a mother? sm
It doesn't bother me, I just found it peculiar to just say it willy-nilly to me just because I'm female and appear to be of child-bearing age. Yet another reason it's a stupid "holiday" that exists only for the retail outlets.
Please email me, I would be happy to chat with you. admin@mtstars.com
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Don't cap happy holiday season. Cap the others and Happy Holidays alone. nm
Glo and staff at MTS. (sm)
Just wanted to thank you for your ultra-quick response to my plight of not being able to get to your job bank this morning!!  Found it w/your help, was ready when the phone call came in and got an offer!!  Yahoo!!  Thanks again - you are the best!
If you MUST have QA on staff, they should all have guidelines, be it BOS

or AMA, whatever you choose. I've been seeing ads for QA personnel and they don't have to have been MTs. I don't get that.

As I've said before here, I work for an MTSO who believes if you have to have QA personnel, you've hired the wrong MTs. I tend to agree with her.

We get up in the morning, do our work and send it in. If there's something we don't understand, we put a note on the log for the doctor or the hospital - because we're all experienced enough that we either know what we're hearing or know how to find it.

office staff at MQ
that's exactly what I've seen. I had one of the guys at 1888# tell me when I said that MQs priority is with the clients 150% and the MT's concerns are at the bottom of the list and his response was well, they do pay our salaries -- those techs don't have a clue what we do
office staff at MQ
LOL, you reminded me at one time, about 9 years ago that we had THE tech support guy in our office pinch hitting also as the CSR. on the overnight and weekend shift, just when you would need someone with a brain...forget calling when you had question on how an account wanted a format, etc
That's why all QA staff should cc their feedback to the
entire QA staff! QA needs to be on the same page. By cc'ing the QA staff (blindly of course), QA can get on the correct page. That way, if one QA has a question, bat it back and forth to determine the answer. QA people have a good rapport with each other for the most part and are very accepting of the correct way a company does things. If someone challenges something, then we just find the correct answer and that is that! Also, the QA staff I most recently worked with had an updated frequently most common errors and the correct answers that they passed out to the MT staff and it included the reasons for the correct response. It does work.
Poll for QA staff

1.  Are you paid by line, report or hour or salaried?

2.  What are your production requirements?

3.  Do you get incentives or bonuses beyond your base pay?

4.  How do you provide feedback?  (Directly to MTs, to a supervisor, etc.)

My answers:

1.   Hourly ($19)

2.  12 reports/hour

3.  No.

4.  Directly to MTs.


monitoring staff
We need this done for a lady in our department. She works at home, goofs off, and starts late. She gets to stop working, and I get called in on my day off without on-call pay. From now on I'm not answering the phone!!!!
The rod should be a guide, a staff, not a weapon.

Please reaad the following if you think spanking is okay.

Spanking can cause a sensitive child grave psychological damage.  You probably won't even see it, and the child may never tell anyone or even recognize what it is.  Please, please, if you insist on spanking your child, at least give that child an outlet for the anger that follows.  When I child is forced to feel anger/shame directed at the person(s) they depend on above all others, and then to suppress that anger, it can cause significant, lifelong problems in his/her ability to have healthy relationships.

Another reason to reconsider spanking is the prevalence in today's society of spanking being related to sex - it's all over the place, and unless your kids watch no TV, no movies, read no magazines, and have no access to computers, they are eventually going to come across this.  It can be very confusing, very upsetting.

From:  http://www.stophitting.com/religion/faithMaterial.php

All of the biblical quotations advocating corporal punishment of children are taken from the book of Proverbs in the King James Version of the Bible. They were written by King Solomon, and presumably reflected his parenting beliefs with respect to his own son.

Proverbs 13:24
"He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes (diligently)."

Proverbs 19:18
"Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."

Proverbs 22:15
"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him."

Proverbs 23:13
"Withhold no correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die."

Proverbs 23:14
"Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell (Shoel)."

Proverbs 29:15
"The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame."

The Bible itself records the negative effect of Solomon's parenting style on his son, Rehoboam. He became a widely hated ruler after his father's death and had to leave to avoid assassination by his own people.

What would Jesus do?

If you take the Bible seriously, you have to notice Jesus' attitude toward children. It was wise, loving, and filled with compassion. Even when anxious adults wanted to shoo the children away, Jesus rebuked the adults. "Of such," he said, "is the kingdom of heaven." Given this attitude, it's hard to conceive of Jesus hitting a child on any occasion or for any reason. It's simply not consistent with what he taught. If Jesus wouldn't hit a child, why would we? SpankOut Day is dedicated to exploring alternate means of discipline. We believe that Jesus would approve. A simple slogan for Christians to consider might be this: the next time you are tempted to hit a child, ask yourself "What would Jesus do?" Then go and do likewise.
Reverend Dr. Thomas E. Sagendorf, Senior Pastor
Bexley United Methodist Church, Bexley, Ohio

Wisdom from the Talmud

Many people who strike their children do so not because they are evil or mean, but because they believe they are doing God's will. They often cite the phrase in Proverbs: "He who spares the rod hates his son." The problem is that pulling one line out of the Bible ignores the rest of the text. Much of the Book of Proverbs is filled with good counsel on how to be a better person. In Chapter 22 we are taught, "Train a child in the way he should behave, and even when he is old, he will not depart from it." Isn't it possible that the rod Proverbs refers to is to be used to point to lessons on the wall? When we fail to properly educate our children, we not only spoil them, we show them the opposite of love. We must use the rod to point out right from wrong, not to beat our children into submission the way slaves have been beaten throughout history. Even the Talmud says, "If you must strike a child, do so only with a shoelace." When taken in its entirety, Judaism can hardly sanction the use of violence against children. Even the famous sentence in Deuteronomy to stone to death the stubborn and rebellious son, was, according to the Talmud, never carried out. Instead, while discipline was and still is crucial for raising healthy children, striking a child need never occur. The mix of discipline and love is the recipe for a good future for our sons and daughters. The Talmud suggests: "A child should be pushed aside with the left hand, and drawn closer with the right hand."
Rabbi Larry Kaplan
Temple Israel, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania

The Law or the Spirit?

In the book Spare the Child, Philip Greven suggests that our readiness as fathers to strike our sons explains why we men grow up so ready not only to tolerate but to perpetrate violence in our culture. A boy picks up his moral cues from Dad: "Dad hits me when he doesn't like what I have done. Therefore, men resolve differences by violence. If Dad did it, it's OK. I can hit people myself, especially when I think they've done wrong and therefore deserve it." Often a boy who has been spanked won't respond later to love, but only to more spanking. The Law, that is, has supplanted the Spirit within him. God's story of Israel says clearly that a son lost in the Law can be restored to appreciate and respond to a relationship with the Father only though crucifixion. In this case, that might mean the father's dying to his pride and asking the child's forgiveness, then begging Jesus to show him whatever brokenness in himself has led him to resort to the Law and how to become hospitable again to his Spirit's rule.
Reverend Gordon Dalbey, Santa Barbara, CA
Author of Fight Like a Man and leader in the Christian men's movement
Quoted with permission from Fight Like a Man

Also see:  http://www.nospank.net/toc.htm


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.
Try Piedmont - they have inhouse staff nm
They expect so much from MTs but the other office staff
is paid well and make mistakes (x-ray techs, scheduling, etc), be paid full benefits.

What is UP with that?
Cranky staff is not your imagination.
The attitude you describe seems to be prevalent. It is as if we were a necessary evil rather than support staff. I think personally it is due to the amount of time needed to keep the paperwork in order. Everyone hates paperwork (even if it is electronically) and we produce a ton of it.

Also, in my view, physicians and care providers absolutely hate to make errors given their jobs are so important and the likelihood of a lawsuit keeps them paying very high premiums. We MTs tend to be one of the few who can say that an error has been made. It can irritate some doctors though I have met a few who are very thankful for it.

In the 20 plus years I have been in the medical field, there has been a change due to pressure from insurance companies also, plus the change in patient complaints as the population ages. This may add to frustration as the bottom line is not only finding relief for the patient but making sure treatment is approved by insurances. This can only get worse from where I sit as cuts are coming with Medicare and Medicaid payments.

Suggest she and the other office staff take a pay cut, too.
Re office staff to print
No, the office staff are not allowed access to the 2 PCs and they still work with a handwritten appointment book as well as only fax facilities and no internet at work... this is the reason I have to cut & paste WP doc into Word and e-mail to doc's home e-mail so wife can e-mail the report. This is really a mess I have myself in... and Im starting to throw tantrums now! I corrected him yesterday morning on a mistake he corrected me and now its spite on his side to pay me back because how dare I take a printout from physician website with the correct spelling and show him his mistake - my reports gets marked like a school teacher grading it big circles with messages "I spelt this for you a few months ago, you should know it by now!!!" etc
I type things like this a lot. Staff are always
calling in chaplains, pastors, etc., to comfort the patient and/or family. I don't understand why it is even questioned. Whatever the doctor dictates is transcribed (except major cussing, but even that is if the patient is being quoted). We are not here to determine what does or does not go into a report. We just transcribe it as dictated.
How about QA staff from previous jobs?
Do you know any other transcriptionists? Those are the only two I can think of for you. I have always been IC and have had individual doctors to give, also, if that applies to you. Good luck.
Go search bar and put in the word Staff
It will bring up a post(s) regarding the EMR system posted on Jan 12.

Put the word -- staff -- in the search bar. It should come up medical records staff being replaced by EMR
I sent it to 2 staff writers for the Associated Press plus...
Forbes Magazine, 60 Minutes, USA Today, Washington Post, NY Times, and a couple of others.  The Editor who e mailed me did not know I was an MT but that's okay - you investigate one offshored industry, you investigate them all.  I asked him to check into any credible sources he had.  You may have noticed in my letter it constantly said, "See what you can find out."
We went with the accounts and Warminster is still there with the office staff.
Yes, I do. The office staff are always very kind to me when I call, and I just
Good idea about telling them to let the staff
I'm going to have to use that one! LOL Since most clients aren't wanting more work put on their staff, at least not in my experience, that will certainly be a showstopper for many of mine. :D Hee hee, thanks for that tip, JoV! ;)
Staff will be reduced and equipment not replaced
Care provider will attempt to maintain their income and will attempt this by reducing staff/overhead (that includes transcription by the way).

The medicare/medicaid patient should have copays that are reasonable.

Reasonable is the key word here. But there is a sense of urgency that is taking place due to the state of Social Security and the aging baby boomers who are beginning to retire, who will due to good medical care for a lifetime, perhaps live for 20 plus years on Medicare benefits.

My vet and his staff told me nothing makes their day more than goodies!
It may be old hat, but they said getting a basket of cookies or pastries really makes them feel appreciated. I know you wanted original ideas, but this is what my large vet practice has told me in the past. Good luck. :-)
Cool staff. Thanks for the warm wishes.
Hope everybody here had a good Mother's Day.
If the office staff are rude then all that just isnt worth it!
I have found that when you switch over to other accounts that have a full staff then you have no
work anyway because the main people have the account and if they have had it for awhile it seems the clients like that. Sometimes best to hit a new account when they get it to start from scratch. Many times if an account is full of MTs they wont move you on it.
I just want to add that I work for an AWESOME company with great staff and
EMR System replacing/elminating med records staff

I have looked for posts regarding electronic medical records, but have not really found any.  Does anyone know very much about this subject?  I see many regarding outsourcing.  As far as job security, the EMR system worries me more than the outsourcing.  I know Kaiser has implemented it, has gotten rid just about all the MTs (in CA) anyway, and now is cutting back on the coders, next billers, etc.   

I just sent it to 60 Minutes staff writer - You guys help me- please read
Who ever mentioned sending it to Lou Dobbs, Dateline, or anybody else, please send this along yourself and name who you sent it to here on this site, so it is not duplicated to the same person too much.  Girls, I don't want any credit for this - I just want someone to look into this who has access to any credible sources and figures.  What ever it takes to get this out there - please help me do it.  We are talking about 30 MILLION jobs and counting.   I have already sent it on whitehouse.gov and to 2 newspapers.  Copy the thing.  Spread it around as much as you can and encourage others to do the same. 
0.075 cpl for acute care, 1 normal, 500 staff physcians.

1025 lines per day and 0,075per line. Acute care, Benefits, one of the big corps employing foreign labor.  This is after 1,46 per exam in Rad for 4 years. 

0.075 cpl for acute care and shorthand, 1 normal so far (new acct). 

I am in my 50s and would like to be assuresd at 0.075 cpl in 8-hour day will givce me enought to live on for a single woman.  Hired at different rate but considered "new hire" which I feel requires a contract or some type of informativce interview.

What is this?  More "fleecing of America" in the disguise of pilferation?