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Posted By: WP5.1 to Windows? Need instructions badly! nm on 2005-09-07
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Oh and keep the standards/normals for themselves

You really need to ask for standards,
examples, proof. Any company worth its salt should be able to provide you with standards for scoring and reports that have been scored, preferably against AAMT standards (sorry, anti-AAMT folks, but someone has to create standards). Better yet, post the name of the company and I'll bet they wake up and get a little more proactive!
If you just name your "standard" report an abbrev, like Metropolitan Memorial Dr. Smith's Echo...MetroMemSmithEcho (I don't know if it's case sensitive or not) you should be able to make that work...if you try to "save" it as a "standard" it won't "keep."  I think you have to have certain "rights" in DEP to be able to create/modify a "standard."  Please let me know if this works!
standards not the same
If standards are exactly the same for working at home vs. going OUT to work, does that mean you dress the exact same way, only take one coffee break and half hour for lunch? Would you also be working in the evening like we do at home? I think not! One of the big advantages of working at home is that we can sit there in our comfy bathrobes, have a glass of wine, tie our kids' shoes, drop in a load of laundry, listen to a CD, watch TV, take time out to walk the dog. We are not in a public place like a laboratory or dry cleaners. We are in our own homes and entitled to do what we want as long as we are turning out work of good quality. OK, I feel better now. My wine glass is chillin in the freezer and the Chardonnay is about to be uncorked. Ciao ladies. And let's stop all the bickering. There are so many other really sad problems in the world!!!
do you get a lot of standards? That's
281 lines an hour. That's great. Yesterday I did 144 lines an hour. I don't get standards, have lousy dictators because I won't do ASR reports. You must have really good dictators and long reports. How do you do it?

It's definitely a good thing to have standards.  I'm addicted to Judge Judy and I'm amazed at how many women are taken in by free-loading men.  Far better to be lonely than to get hooked up with one of those.  OTOH if your standards are honesty, integrity and faithfulness, that's  good but if you start adding on must look a certain way, have a certain kind of job, no smoking and the list could go on forever, then the fact is:  There is probably no one out there for you.  So quit "looking," get out of the pity party (pity parties are VERY lonely)  and start moving.  Take yourself where other single people in your age group go and are likely to have interests similar to yours, with the objective of just enjoying life in general.  You may be surprised at the people you'll meet  who also have standards.

Willow...re standards
There is a way to edit them once you have saved them but it is a major pain, you have to click on the entry with your mouse and then scroll through and click "modify" when you're done. But it is such a pain that I never do it that way with a long block of text because you can only see one line at a time. If I want to change something, let's say, a ROS template, I just go to a blank screen, type the short form to get the expansion, edit it from there, then block it and re-save it. Just remember to delete the one you don't want. Does that make sense? It's the quickest way I have found to modify something once you have already saved it. It could be much more efficient if they wanted to make it that way but oh well!!!
Privacy standards?
Who actually do you contact to report a breech of privacy standards in this business?  I probably should know this by now, but I don't. 
Same here...lots of standards
Obviously they have much looser standards
In India and elsewhere. Our records should be kept onshore to protect our patients against myriad abuses. That is a no brainer.
do you get a lot of standards with your regular dictation?
I used to make $25 before going on DQS, now struggle to make $12 or so. Do you sit 3-1/4 hours straight? I can't do that, everything starts to hurt after about an hour.
Not quite. I wasn't referring to the standards

we can use with ctrl-S.  In the expander, isn't there a standard capability?  I think what I wanted to do was save a report using that.  The report did save, but then I wanted to edit it, because I really just wanted ROS and PE.  I was doing H&Ps and she kept (very wordy) saying the same thing over and over and over.  But once I saved it I wanted to edit out the parts I didn't need and I couldn't do it, didn't know how to do it.

Does that make sense to you?  With MTs or Legacy once you saved or created your normal you could edit it.  Is it possible? 

Any help is much appreciated.  Sorry for any typos, it is so way past my bedtime!

Min QA standards - is there anyplace where these are published
I am wondering if there is some reference or expert source that holds a QA minimum standard. I understand the industry standard is 98% or better, but is this actually in print somewhere? 
Test who decides the standards

Who decides what is correct and what is not or are you just talking about medical terminology?  As far as I am concerned the BOS is just bologna or baloney.  Who decides the standards?  I can understand medical terminology but to decide how to type a date -- October 21, 2006 or 10-21-06 or 10/21/06 because they think it is correct one way but your account wants the other -- are any of them really incorrect as long as you are consistent throughout the report.  I know that there are a lot of people that do not do a good job and I think that a medical terminology test would weed some of those out but as the Book of Style, I don't agree with that and never will.   I have more of a problem with people who want the money but do not want to work or do the work in the time frame given, have more sick days that work days, and could care less that it is your name that is out there. This occupation is not like an x-ray technician that gets a certification, there are not several ways to take the x-ray and a group of people decide which one is correct and which one is not.   I have received better work from an IC that has self taught herself and had me mentor than one that has a CMT behind her name.   Anyway my two cents worth for a beautiful Sunday afternoon here in Oregon.  Patti


There have to be guidelines and standards in place
for every profession, including MT. While I don't like the AAMT or agree with some of its new ways, there has to be something in place for all MTs to go by so they are all on the same page. The only way to bring real professionalism back to the field is by mandatory certification or a license to practice MT. There are way too many inexperiences terrible MTs out there ruining all of our reputations! And I for one am tired of it.
lines/hour standards (sm)

What would you say is the "industry standard" for line counts in an 8-hour work day?   Where do some of the companies want you to be?   150 lines per hour?  200 lines per hour?   More? Less?

Just curious since I've been out of the loop for a while.   Thanks.

If they really wanted to establish standards,
They would provide the book for free or at nominal cost so that all MTs had access and could get familiarized with it. Since not, I'd say they just want to make more $$.

There are some good folks who are trying to start an open source MT style guide. That's something I could get behind!

Rigid/Fickle QA standards
Would you please say which company did this?

I think it's somewhat standard practice at the nationals to allow up to a month of full QA for experienced MTs, and back in the day when I was a newbie (20+ years ago), I was on full listen for almost 90 days.

To expect you to digest ALL of that new information in one day is completely UNREASONABLE!!!! (yes, I just shouted the word UNREASONABLE!!!)
My normals sm.
I had a supervisor accuse me of holding hostage MY normals.  I reminded her that they were documents I had brought to the job as I had done this doctor at another national previously.  Anyway, don't the ding dongs realize they can just d/l a copy of a finished job and, tada!, there is a copy of a doc for that doctor. 
What are normals?
I am new to MT and I keep reading "normals" are these macros?
After creating a normal, ctrl-N to save it. Should be able to retrieve it after.
We use "normals" too but I change them to fit the dictation. I was always told those are mostly for reference to help us get through the dictations. Not every MD dictates the exact same Normal and even when there's Normals for each particular MD, they don't always dictate it exactly the same. The only time I would leave "as is" is, for instance, a radiologist says "Chest x-ray, #36, end" and I would just pull normal #36 and send off. Of course, if the Normal doesn't fit the title(I.e.#36 is a head CT) I would still pull it but mark for the QA/practice manager to see the error.
isnt that funny? Even with industry standards, there are so many
By today's appallingly lax MT standards, I suppose a few -
:D MT as a profession is turning into such a JOKE, isn't it?
Not having standards hurts. Some work types just (sm)
don't add up line wise as quick as others. For me Ops are the best line count, consults and discharge summaries are killers.

You don't believe me?  I really don't care...That's my line count.....and I do it without Expanders or normals. I love my job, I'm the best at what I do and I always strive to do better than the day before.  Maybe you could do the same if you weren't so negative....

Boss asking for normals
Is anybody working for a company where your boss is asking you to share your NORMALS.  Be very careful.  My company is asking us to share your normals and come to find out who they want us to share with, overseas.  Also asking questions like, who are the best dictators, etc. Also experiencing block of work just disappearing.  Several hours just gone.  Anybody else.
I'd say "What normals?" (sm)
I had an OM tell me that he was contemplating not paying for macros. I said, "Oh, I don't have to worry. I don't use macros, I use an expander." That was the end of that. I'm sure he had to run back to his office to try to figure out what an Expander is! LOL
Abby Normals.
DocQscribe normals

I will be leaving my company at the end of the week without a job to take its place.  It's taken me several years to accumulate all my normals, and I hate to think I will have to start over creating them.  Does anyone know how to transfer/move all the normals from DocQScribe to Word or to save them on my hard drive.  I hate to think I'll have to start over creating all new normals.  Thanks for your help.


do you mean making normals
for same docs? 
Yes, I mean making normals. nm :)
The majority of normals are seen
Normals can also be a repetitive statement that the dictator makes, which you then turn into a normal so you do not have to keep typing the same thing over and over again.  Some use shortcut keys or Expander program.  I am not an expert on any of these as I do not use them.  Some who work in MS Word use autocorrect to expand terms or phrases that are said time and time again by a specific dictator.  I use autocorrect in Word and like it.  Hope this helps.  
Retired or retarded? Anyone can retire if they set their life standards low enough
BUt if you think sitting on the couch pointing fingers at how bad the government is constitutes a wonderful successful life, good for you!

I'm not the one complaining about how bad things are, YOU are!

By the way, precious. I don't have to work, I want to, and am no longer an MT because I've gotten an education and moved on to a productive life with goals that stretch beyond the living room and the computer room.

Get over yourself. No one is impressed because your life certainly does not sound impressive in the least.

Most companies draw from the AAMT's standards and guidelines.
No way, Jose. My normals are MINE. Don't let them do this! nm
I never give anyone my normals. I have my own accounts and one
but it was a nice account - a surgery center with 200+ surgeons.  I told the surgery center I just couldn't continue doing the account, gave them the names of a couple of other MT companies they might want to contact.  They did contact them, elected to go with one of them, and then while I was finishing up with them while they transitioned to the new MT Company, they asked asked me for MY normals to give to the other MT Company.  Okay, there were SOME normals that the hospital associated with the surgery center had given me to begin with, but I felt that it was the responsibility of the hospital to give those to the new transcription service, not my responsibility.  Besides, I had changed the templates as needed, etc.  But most of the normals I had were ones that I spent a couple of years developing.  Now I wasn't just going to hand those over to a new MT service to make it easy on them.  Those were something I spent a LOT of time on and were, in my opinion, MY property.
Why would you create normals for doctors
and/or accounts you don't even know? That makes less than no sense. Do you just create your own things that you consider normal? Seriously trying to figure it out - I must be missing something.
Are you still cutting and pasting normals? I can't do
What aggravates me are normals and samples
full of obvious typos and stylistic issues that we MTs get dinged for. In fact, I remember having a normal op at one place that had a made-up instrument name in it. It kept coming up on the spell check. Took me months to finally find the proper name.

I've come to expect sloppy and/or poorly written emails from managers and admin staff otherwise.
Normals in Expansion File
Just be aware that your company may have set a size limit for individual expansions to prevent transcriptionists from making "normals" that are not really normal, that is, not always exactly what the doctor says.
EXText Question About Normals


I've had trouble recently being unable to retrieve normals I've made. 


When I make a personal normal and then try to access it during the current work session, it does not show up in the list.  This is true even after having been logged out of the system entirely, such as overnight and then returning to work the next day. 


If I try to re-do/re-create the normal using the same "Properties" info., I get a ping and message stating that that normal already exists.  Any info. on this? 



Could there be a limit to how many normals, personal or shared, can be created on one person's list? 


Can personal normals be deleted?


I need more help than I've already gotten, so I'm posting here.  (My next step is contacting Dictaphone)



Also have errors in normals I am told to use--sm
Does your platform allow you to have Transcriptionist normals? Mine does and i have corrected the normals and saved them in my set of normals. I also complained for over a year and they were not corrected. One of the most notable is an ultrasound abdomen that has the technique for an MRI. The transcriptionist has to remember to make the correction on every report she transcribes.
Expanders and normals...not mormals
just felt the need to correct your mistakes since you are picking apart others.
yes of course I use tons of expanders. At the most 25% normals though.
Standard minimum production standards is usually 150 lines per hour ...

You can compute from that.

Hope this helps.

Try putting in the normals by blocking and control Y....
then name it the name you want and then use control R to retrieve it. Works for me.
Will be variable depending on the normals and shortcuts you have and how
Hi, I've gone the personal normals-only rte., still no luck. NM
Shutting it on and off doesn't restore normals? Are you
normals, templates, shorthand programs, etc
I was reading an earlier post that refers to companies making adjustments in our line counts because we are using these word expanders.  I have been wondering about that because even using as many as I possibly can, it seems like it does no good. I do about as many lines as I would normally do just typing the darn things out.  How are they making these adjustments, does anybody know and is it legal? Seems we have no standard anymore as to how lines are counted and companies are doing whatever the heck they want to us.