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How about when the acct. mgr. hand-picks easy reports and puts them in the que of less qualified/tal

Posted By: sm on 2005-07-17
In Reply to: to the comments about cherrypickers making $$ - cherrypicker

Then the rest of us are stuck listening to Ho Chi Minh struggling through a neurosurgical op note because we're "more skilled and able to handle it," and end up making about 50 cents an hour. When you think about it, it's easy to get "punished" for not sucking at this job and the rest of us end up pulling the slack for the dead lumber that took a 2-week correspondence course and have to be spoon-fed easy reports for reasons unknown to me.

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Doc is using software to do his own reports that puts the symbol after trade drug names and
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Easy to use! You can see old reports & copy to make templates from them, look up doc/Pt
Think of it as job security for you -- when you QA people pick out the ^easy^ reports and transcrib

for the MT's who should have been transcribing those reports, what do you expect?  QALady, you seem to be another QA person who puts herself on a pedestal !  I would sugget you get out of QA and transcribe if you hate your job that much !

My picks


2.  Elliot

3.  Christy

Pickler should be on a sitcom, she is pretty funny.

one picks up at the supermarket? nm
picks up tapes
Yes, I do.  I pick them up twice a week and the second pickup I receive a check every Friday, no matter what.  I am blessed and have been with them for 12 years.  I thank God all the time for this blessing.
Easy to work with. You can look up old reports. Your own word expander will work
Don't proof at all - spell check picks up the typos.
I've used Hand-Eze and Thergonomic Hand Aids. sm
They help with the carpal tunnel and keep hands warm for me. They cover the hand and wrist but leave the fingers free. I wear them inside out, though, because the seams rub on the skin too much for me. I've gotten so used to them, that it is more comfortable wearing them while typing than typing with nothing on.
Don't talk about hand, I still remember the one that got her hand chewed up by her pet rat....

had nightmares for 2 days after that.

Well, if you broke your right hand and were right-hand dominant, can you see how this might be a fac
It may not be relevant at the time of dictating a physical exam or social history but in the future it would be good to know if the patient breaks the finger(s), wrist, hand, arm.
My supe puts NOTHING in an email

other than her little account update. She will NOT respond to an email (nothing in writing) to any questions at all -- she picks up the phone and calls.  I have sent her several emails with concerns -- NO RESPONSE -- but my phone will ring at home -- I guess I will start recording my phone conversations with her !!!

I have asked for a LONG TIME about my account "going bye bye", and because the work was no longer there. Only this week did she say that it had gone to VR -- she would not put that in writing, or even hint that the account was going by the way, and believe me, I have asked her where the work has gone. When you have been on an account for a long time, an MT knows when the works "dries up." Doesn't she?

So basically, the supe's responsibilities are to email account updates 2 or 3 times a day, beg for the MT to take on ANOTHER new account that she has been handed down to her team (to slow the MT down), beg for the MT to work WHEN SHE NEEDS YOU (not when you were scheduled to work -- because the overseas MT's was not going to work that day and she needs you, or ASR equipment was down), be team cheerleader in an email occasionally when you have made HER look good, take care of the little kids they have at home with them. That pretty well describes the supe on my team.

Hey, my family puts the FUN in dysFUNctional!
RadGuy, you could start a blog and publicly post your family's antics for the whole world to see. Just kidding.... It sounds as if a cruise or weekend getaway is in order!
Official policy puts it best . . .
from the 2002 AAMT Book of Style:

"Obscenities, profanities, and vulgarities do not belong in a patient's record unless they are part of direct quotations that are essential to a report."

In 20+ years of transcribing, mostly psychiatry, with, as one might imagine, a lot of profanity, I've always just typed whatever the clinician quoted the patient as saying, and have never had a complaint.

Good luck,


Who puts the "flames" on certain posts? Admin or OP?
DH puts it stuffing for turkey too- sometimes OVERDOES it - yuk is right
I use an expansion that puts the numbers and stop
This kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it. SM
God bless and keep our fighting men and women and God Bless their families who will be without them during the holidays. 
Ceramic tile, but who puts carpet in a kitchen?
I was using the Windows OS as an example of needless "upgrades" that Microsoft puts out. SM
which includes Internet Explorer.  Sorry if I confused you.
i smell fishy? who puts sincerely in their post on here?? NOT ME! nm
It's because the Gov takes the money from SS and puts it into the general funds, SM
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The MR reports were being filed. Referring physicians/medical care providers reports were not.
This is a hospital radiology department with in-house MTs and a clerk who is in charge of the report distribution.
Maybe he's not qualified for the job?
How qualified do you have to be...
...to answer the phone in an indiscernible voice and put someone on hold while you "google" their problem on the company's online trouble-shooting manual, then come back with the right answer to another problem because you didn't understand the question in the first place? This is really about not wanting to pay people an honest wage for an honest day's work, not the lack of qualified applicants.
Maybe over qualified for what they want to pay. sm
I am in the same situation. I also have 25 years experience, all work types, preferrably op reports, and I can't get a response either.

I think the recruiter or whomever is intimidated by our experience and the low line rate they want to pay.

I guess we need to "dummy down" our resume. I don't know. I am not willing to accept 7-8 cpl either. So, maybe it is a blessing in disguise. I am baffled myself!!
My company puts nothing in writing. No straight answers. Change
The easy answer, taking all the easy work and
No I'm not qualified to be a doctor. I only said that it was possible
to do this job without formal training and that I was a nurse before I was an MT  and that did help me get my first job as a transcriptionist. I am not knocking an education, I was just stating a fact.
CMT does not guarantee a qualified MT, maybe
just someone with enough money to play the game and take a test. I personally have worked with and hired MTs with and without the CMT at the end of their name and I really see no difference overall the CMT makes as far as quality of work or fund of knowledge, and there are some with CMTs that make me wonder how they even passed the test. Experience alone is the tell all. I would hire someone with years of experience over someone with only a few with some silly credential behind their name. If you have been in this business for 15+ years, you do not need some credential to prove yourself. Some just need to have somthing to make them feel superior when they actually may not even be that good. Passing a test for CMT looks good on paper, but in my experience does not mean you can actually decipher dictation or produce quality reports in the real world. JMO
The two sentence normal reports will balance out the 3 page reports.
I am Wendy too
MTStars free program is wonderful and puts out a professional invoice!!! nm
A friend of mine puts her fork in and twists the kernals on it and then eats it.
It's not as messy this way.
Stating you are "seasoned editor" at 18 years, guess this puts me in the higher-ups at my 33+
it would seem to me that you, with your experience, should let her know being a nurse alone does not make 1 a good MT. Like I said, I think a person should get some education in this field, having an RN does not necessarily mean a good transcriptionist. I cannot believe the posts I read on this thinking what a dream job just because I, want to stay home with the kids, want to keep my animals company and think easy because I don't have to leave my home to work. Any MT worth their salt does not do this job just for selfish reasons.
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.
MTSO's, are most of your applicants qualified to do
I'm curious if most MTs are qualified to "do it all."  Can most of your applicants do ops and ESLs?  Thanks for your input; I've always wondered this.
Tell him there is only ONE that is qualified to pass judgment
on you, and he's not the ONE.
Qualified MTs do not work for peanuts. sm
We are looking for GOOD companies to work for (most of them stink), not for 8 cpl either. I am sorry anyone qualified is working for that amount of money.
The best and most qualified QA person they had left. nm

It says you must enter each giveaway to be qualified
I think that means each different one you need to enter separately. that is the way the posts sounded to me anyway.
I had a "friend" who wanted me to get his GF a job .... said she was qualified because,
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None ... trained OTJ and am quite qualified as has been proven (sm)

by me having no problem finding a MT job when I needed one.  Now I work for myself so I'm doing just fine.


About "US qualified MT shortage" and s/m
claiming that MTs won't work nights and weekends, I don't know about you, but at my job, God forbid I have a technical issue that's not between 8 AM and 5 PM.  It's the office staff that won't work nights and weekends, not the MTs.
You hit the nail on the head! Qualified sm
IS the operative word. I blame most of this on MT schools that make big promises and cant possibly deliver in the little amount of time they require for schooling. As Travelin MT said, just by the questions on the Word Board it is obvious that even beginning MTs have not been taught the basics. I don't know what the whole answer is but I do know that these schools that promise to turn out MTs in 4-6 months need to rethink their promises.

Also back when I use to do hiring and testing I would get people I knew were not qualified, did not match the qualifications I listed in the ad but would not take no for an answer. I had a few that I just finally brought in for testing and as suspected they could not even finish the test and the parts they finished were horrible.

There has to be an answer to all of this someplace.
What company do you work for? I am very qualified and need a job! nm
I think MTs deserve to have QA who know their stuff. QA should be more qualified than an average MT
QA specialists are specialists in the field. Of course there are new things learned every day, but a good QA person KNOWS that melena is different than melanotic...it is a given. There are certain things you have to know and that is one of them.

Many companies *think* they can just hire anyone for QA and call them QA and that is why so many ads you see say they pay 3 cents a line, etc.

QA staff should have megayears of experience in MT as well as at least 3 years of experience doing straight QA with the mentoring factor involved also.

All companies owe this to their MTs and if you are getting less, you are not getting what you deserve from your employer.
You are way out of line. What Bush is saying is that there is no qualified female
PHYSICIAN to lead a woman's health program in the US, and he is going to make sure that women are treated the same way he would treat animals or reptiles.  After all, didn't he get his kicks as a kid by putting cherry bombs down frogs throats and blowing them up.  He has no respect for any female.  
You have got to be kidding!! Good luck getting qualified MTs for that pay (LOL)! nm
If I quit MT, I'm only qualified to be a greeter at Wal-Mart. (n/m)
I was at a job 2 weeks and qualified. I believe it is immediate, or basically, once you have a polic
Because you're a nurse you also feel qualified to be an M.D. too? (Wink)