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How many of those outsourced MTs have even seen snow??

Posted By: nm on 2006-05-27
In Reply to: Nothing like a reminder that they outsource. - nm


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Our tax returns are outsourced. Our credit history is outsourced. Our employers know everything
our age, our residence, our credit (if they want it), any criminal activity, etc.  What is new here?  You apply for health insurance and your employee knows your health background.  What is new here?  Privacy is long gone.
outsourced for sure
I was outsourced and went to VR
because it was the same place I have typed for for over 15 years now. I am retirement age and really do not have to work as much nor do I want to work as much as I did years ago on straight, VR or anything. Having said that, VR on the work I do is like taking candy from a baby. I average about $25 an hour and only work part-time with my having cut my hours back. I am happy camper.
Is it possible that teaching can be outsourced?
the date is 2014, It a nice day. You drop off your kids to public school to for them to watch a huge plasma screen that has a teacher in it. And guess what... Its via Satellite, from India. Im getting goosebumps.... Arg. Its also outsourced. Oh im having a nightmare. I hope its its just a nightmare.
Must be a outsourced Company
Is that for real? Thats still 1750 lines
being outsourced to TRINIDAD!! NM
Department outsourced
After going through this 2 years ago I feel your pain. Though there are some positives to working at home it is a whole different ballgame. Personally I miss my coworkers and just the general atmosphere of the hospital. I keep hoping more hospitals will realize they still need some in-house staff, at the very least to do QA on what a lot of the services are turning out. It seems to me it has become nothing more than churn and burn with the emphasize on turn-around time, not quality. When I look up old reports in our system I am appalled at some of the stuff that goes out, and I am on accounts that require American MTs. It is really sad what this "profession" has become.

Just because work is outsourced, unless
you have access to the entire medical record, not all personal info is available, only what the doctor chooses to include in his dictation. MTs do not necessarily have access to the entire record with the billing info and such.
hospital outsourced...
Believe me I didn't leave by choice! I had a great job with amazing benefits, however our hospital started outsourceing 5 years ago and slowly but surely all the work dried up and our department faded away...

I avoided Focus Infomatics due to their offshoring, but now, I don't know, they are sounding pretty good. I just want eScription back. Anyone hiring? :)
They don't have in-house anymore - it's all outsourced.
I know because the service I work for does their work.  
An Outsourced Life -- anyone see that on MSNBC?

I didn't know whether to laugh or be disgusted, so I have decided to do both.

Just saw a story on MSNBC about some jerk (an American jerk, looks like the biggest geek in the world) who has outsourced all his worries to a Pakistan company and a young, pretty Pakistani girl named "Honey" takes care of answering all his emails for work, for home, for his family, etc.  Hired a second Pakistani woman, a middle-aged woman (forget her name) to handle his WIFE.  When his wife is upset with him or he with her, he emails this Pakistani woman and she handles it -- emails the wife and argues FOR this jerk.  Even picks out the gifts he gives his kids and wife.  OMG. 

What a stupidman for doing it and, I must say, a stupid woman for putting up with that. 

How's that for Americans outsourcing everything and sending it overseas?!

Is work continuously being outsourced?
I'm just starting on a medical transcription career. But it sounds like too many companies are firing American workers and outsourcing to other countries. Is this common? Maybe I shouldn't pay for my training and try something else. Thanks.

I suppose all the work that is outsourced
Makes no sense.  What do they expect for 7-10 cpl?
I wonder why when a department is outsourced/offshored sm
the physicians never have a say in it even though most of them don't like it?  They are the ones who bring in the revenue, after all, so why shouldn't they have a say in what goes on as regards patient care? 
That's because Dell's customer service is outsourced to India. sm

The guy probably answered yes, yes, yes to all your quesions and didn't understand a single word.

Sorry to hear that. All the hospitals that outsourced on me went with US-based companies and we were
I'm there with ya! I worked for a hospital that outsourced overflow to a very large, VERY SM

well-known service.  The quality of the work was shockingly bad.  There's no way to describe it except to say it was painfully obvious that the MTs on our account had no business being MTs.  They didn't even have the very basic skills for the job, let alone the medical terminology.

I had the opportunity to read through the contract, and there was a paragraph in the contract that clearly stated that not only did the service promise to adhere to a specific TAT, but also promised high quality, proofread reports.  Basically saying that they employed a highly qualified QA staff that insured nearly error free reports.  That's the OUT clause as far as I'm concerned.  I started a file of every report with errors from the service, every ridiculous error.

A new supervisor for our department was hired and her first order of business was to cut the flab out of department.  She told us that the service doing our overflow was being paid something like $60,000 a MONTH!  The hospital was paying the service 45 cpl.  Now do the math!  The service gets 45 cpl and pays you and me 7 to 8 cpl to transcribe for them or even worse pays 2 cpl for an India-based MT and 3 cpl for an American QA person to edit and correct it, so that's only 5 cpl they end up paying.  That's quite a profit.  I vowed the day I found all this out to NEVER work for a national service again and especially not THAT service.

The new supervisor was against outsourcing which was good news.  She set out to renegotiate the contract or drop the service all together.  I threatened her with breach of contract and that's where my little file came in handy.  Needless to say, the service backed off and we not outsource overflow to a service local to our area and a much more reasonable rate.

My advice to you is start your file and keep track of everything.  Tell your boss to reread the contract, especially those paragraphs that speak to what the service promises to provide for the inflated line rate!

Good Luck!

In 5 years there won't be any transcription departments in any hospital. All will be outsourced.
Same thing happened to me and if those HIM hags who control our destiny think it's a good thing they are so WRONG.  Life has been hard since having to work at a service, and I refused to work for the Monster MTSO that took my job as a matter of principle.  I think we should all write to Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar (the MT in MN can write to her), etc., and express our strong needs to  have MT jobs and American information STAY in America with American MTs.   
YES, it's true, funding for schooling to replace outsourced jobs...sm
my husband is a machinist (was a machinist) in Illinois where manufacturing took a hard hit. They sent home a piece of paper with his pink slip about getting funding for schooling if the company was identified as having lost jobs due to overseas outsourcing. His company was too small to qualify but I went on the list and found many companies in the Chicago area that qualified. I even posted the info on the boards here about six months ago.
Total # of outsourced jobs? More less the population of 3 entire states!
Try to calculate that economic nightmare!!!
I want snow, if only for a day, we never get any!
I live in Massachusetts and we have just about 12 inches of snow on the ground right now. Yay....
Ohhh...I miss MA and NH so much! Moved back home to OK in 2001. Just had a good ice storm the last 3 days with snow forecast for the weekend..a whopping 2-5 inches (whah...paralyzed everybody!) Sure did love the sledding up there!! Loved it ALL and sure miss it!!
It's beautiful here in Massachusetts right now, but preety cold. The kids are hoping for a snow day tomorrow! Me too!
We got almost a foot in Western Massachusetts and a Noreaster is on its way! Very pretty for sure. My children were hoping for a snow day today, no such luck. Maybe Monday!
no snow :)
I used to live up north and I am quite happy without ever having snow again.  I love the snow we had last year 1 day which was just a tracing and by 10:00 it was summer again :)  I heard we may get a little dusting this week.
I was told that Healthscribe outsourced and when acquired, that Spheris would be bringing work
And this is information came to me from the inside, given to me when I was hired and in training.
Check all the brands in other stores. It's all outsourced. Nike, Rebok, Liz Claiborne.
It leaves our country in the hands of the politicians who sold us out in the first place.
What an ugly thing to post. Your job could be outsourced tomorrow, sweetie. FYI...Job security
Snow in Colorado
It snows more up north than it does out on the southeastern plains near Pueblo. I live there. We really need snow and some moisture. It's been like that for 5 or more years.
? For Snow Bunny
Somewhere on the board, I read that you mentioned a website www.productivity.com.  I keyed that in and good a website for some kind of tool manufacturer.    Could you double check the addy for the website - I can use all the help I can get to get my counts up. 

help.  Now have involuntary jerking of hands and will be typing and hands just collapse downward.  Is there a program that we can talk into and it will type the words for us?  Please send me an email if you know of such a thing.

Snow Bunny - yes!
All the great classics! You ROCK, Mellencamp or not!
Snow Bunny
I am not on a high horse and I have no idea how on earth why you are so angry that I am happy to have a job for the rest of my working life. My post was merely made to share with others who have not experienced VR yet that it is nothing to be afraid of. Your tirade is completely inappropriate and off the mark.

I work in a very large teaching and research hospital where they dictate over the phone lines - they don't have the time to customize the VR and what we get in this hospital probably isn't as clean as what you get from a clinic or a hospital with a more stable dictating population.

I enjoy doing it and it entertains me to see how the computer prints out things phonetically.

You should consider another user name - bunnies are nice and snuggly - might I suggest Rabid Rabbit?
Okay, I think I know what snow bunny is saying
It doesn't seem like all opinions are welcome.  Someone protested about the fact they do not celebrate Christmas, and then we are bombarded with Merry Christmas all over the place..obviously trying to "stir things up."  Last week someone posted the word "God" in a non-religious tone, someone complained, and then someone posted "God" to try to stir things up, then that one gets erased.  Why are you picking and choosing, I know you're the owner, but as the owner aren't you supposed to be neutral? 
Snow Bunny-I need you....

would you please email me? i was wondering if you could help me with dns, i have questions about dns and working in templates.  it seems that you've had great luck with this product so i was hoping that you might know how to guide me.  TIA!!!!

Snow bunny is the one to ask on this - sm
she uses it and swears by it, but I know she stresss training and a good mic. I have the DVR Medical V.8, but I have been too lazy to train it and use it consistently. Plus I am not sure it would work for me except for a few doctors I do as I would have to do a lot of copy and pasting if I used it (use WP5.1) in WP11. My WP5.1 macros don't work in the WP format even in the blue window which stinks. If I could use them I would use it in a heart beat as I think it would be faster for me in the long run, but this is beside the point. If you do decide to try it buy the right one, the medical one is what you would want. I got mine on ebay for abour $300 (which I resold), then bought the upgrade for $150. So I spent about $200 for my whole set up. So you can buy it relatively cheaply if you look. Good luck.
No snow here...and happy!!
Lived up north, moved south and am quite happy. I do miss it at Christmas time though
thanks so much snow bunny-

fortunately no, not a lot of snow days, but...
this school "year" we have a week off every dagum month! Except for Oct and March, I think. I feel that we are progressing towards the same year round schedule as the other poster...nine weeks on, two weeks off, etc.  Which I don't know if I'll like or not.  I have a 6 YO son and he needs the structure, schedule, etc.  Not two weeks or a week off every time we turn around.  Their first week off is Sep 5-9! How crazy is that.  A week off a month after school starts.  But, I don't make the rules, I just have to adjust to them.  Bon voyage, summer!
Snow, they are totally different classifications.
Thanks Snow Bunny, I'll do that
And yes I do use an ergonomic keyboard, but it just seems the longer I do this, the less I can get done in a day because I can hardly type after 5-6 hours.

sleet and snow in texas!
what a nice change.  We went from 88 to 20 degrees, it's awesome!
snow would be the deal breaker for me
I like to see it snow here about once a year and then I want it to be gone after a day or so. This past winter we barely got a few flakes. It was actually too warm most of this winter, even for me. I love the spring and fall in NC. Starting to get some really warm days now though.

Oh, and love me some sweet tea. Don't think I could live without that! Bojangles sweet tea is the best!!!
yes, Snow Bunny, I don't have a clue what
your point is.  Explain, please.
Me too. Snow Bunny turned me on to it. I use it every day. nm
i love snow, Atlanta, GA, nm
snow hurts my eyes

too much glare.  It blocks my rays! 

Absolutely correct! Snow Bunny is right! nm
agree wtih snow bunny
Agree with snow bunny. It should be made into two sentences, thereby avoiding the use of "who" later in the sentence, which BTW, should be WHOM.
DH is BBQing ribs. I can't wait for snow so we don't have to
eat BBQ all the time. LOL I want some stew, chili, roast beef, meatloaf, and other warm comfort foods.