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I'm sorry. Of course you're super upset. SM

Posted By: MsIndigo, aka InTheSameBoat on 2008-10-09
In Reply to: Is no raise after 7 years acceptable? - EB

But you're certainly not alone. Your experience is normal these days, shared by millions.

Wages have been stagnating and even decreasing for the working and lower middle classes in this country and many others for some years now, not just MTs. The low cost of goods coming in from overseas and our rising home equity, on paper anyway, has kept us from feeling and recognizing this.

Now providers are being forced to reduce costs as much as possible and channel more of their resources to patient care. And this economic collapse is increasing them horrendously. Many hospitals, for instance, are finding teir income is collapsing with it, the income they pay us with.

More and more people are losing jobs, and with them the insurance that pays your doctors. They're undoubtedly worried about the future themselves.

Technology advances, which I believe will ultimately be to our benefit, mean we can produce at least twice as many lines as we did just a handful of years ago and I-don't-know-how-many more than in the old Selectric and Liquid Paper many of us remember well. THIS IS HAVING A VERY POWERFUL EFFECT ON WHAT INSTITUTIONS SHOULD AND WILL PAY PER LINE. An acquaintance of mine for a period of years was making over $150K per year as a court reporter because her production increased enormously while her pay per line stayed the same. Needless to say, she was grossly overpaid. Governments may have the money to do that, hospitals can't.

In any case, not only are most workers at our level on salaries not getting raises (or such flimsy ones that they're just pretences), many are losing or have lost their jobs outright due to new technology. Many others have retrained to new ways of doing their old jobs. And will end up retraining again, and maybe yet again before they retire.

As people working on a production basis, MTs have a tremendous incentive to increase the number of lines we produce per hour by upgrading our skills to take advantage of new technology, our success in this determining whether we are forced to move on to other work with many of the same problems, at least stay at par, or even manage to give ourselves something of a raise.

Like people across the planet in an era of galloping change, we have no choice but to change with it or fall by the way.

Good luck, EB. I hope your choices work out for you. And that your clients won't realize in future just how fast you can produce their reports with the resources available to you.

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Super Hint
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Little man syndrome, one doctor whom I worked for, called it.

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Another day in the life of a transcriptionist.

There are probably errors in this too so go ahead and nit pick.
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you can notify the administrator of anything you find objectionable...

I appreciate your sharing because we should all try to help each other. 

there always seem to be people, like yourself, who produce way over and beyond what most of us do, and in my experience they are always treated with suspicion and doubt as to how they were accomplishing it. 

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Someone's just trying to get everyone upset ... don't believe that...
I think it is just a ploy.

Besides, if that is truly where jobs are going...they will be coming back even faster than they went. Hahaha

Even the sloppiest of physicians won't tolerate that.

Someone's just trying to get everyone upset ... don't believe that...
I think it is just a ploy.

Besides, if that is truly where jobs are going...they will be coming back even faster than they went. Hahaha

Even the sloppiest of physicians won't tolerate that.

Upset MT
You're much harder on yourself than the MDs will be. Everyone makes mistakes - no matter how careful we are. I erased a tape at lawyer's office where I worked - even as big a jerk as he was, he didn't yell at me. Doctors are usually a nicer than lawyers! :)

They know you, they know you are responsible and obviously they like your work or they wouldn't have employed you for 4 years. It'll be all right.
I am so upset!!!!

I could spit! Recently since I am still a  'student' at that online course in Utah I read a post by the CEO and felt the need to comment. It seems that not only did he suggest that contributions be made to FEMA, but also that students in Louisiana and other state with hurricane damage call THEM at their 800 number. This seemed to me absolute lunacy, as telephone service in La, MS  is vrtually non-existant. Perhaps posting that ONLINE was equally stupid, how were students supposed to get online?

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Apparently free speech isn't appreciated at that school, and neither was my suggestion that the school which has a reliable phone connection, themselves call their students in Louisiana and Mississippi. But hey, what do I know huh?

Don't mean to upset anyone, but I LIVE in Louisiana.

cheryl formerly known as nola71112

A bit upset
I have been with Medquist for almost 7 years and overall am happy. My biggest gripe of late is the fact that there is no work available and it is hard to make your quota. Other than that, my QA people are great, pay is always on time, I personally like the DQS platform, I LOVE my flexible schedule, they reimburse DSL service, they provide you with a computer, and they always remember their employees with great gifts for Medical Transcription Day (LOL). I can assure you that most companies will not and do not do most of the above mentioned things. With that being said, lets just hope the severe decrease in the work load is only temporary! For obvious financial reasons, if the work load does not pick up, they may find themselves without a lot of qualified and dedicated transcriptionists that have helped MedQuist achieve the goal of the largest MT provider.

No need to be upset.
I have been with them 8 years. I agree, they are very flexible on the schedule and I love that part. However, the office I work for totally changed overnight. I hate the way the supervisors are so cold and insensitive now, like they have been programmed with certain reponses. It was NEVER like that before. For instance, two weeks ago, I worked for 4 days just sicker than a dog, started to call in Thursday night, but didn't, then finally felt like I could go no more and called to be off 2 hours before my shift ended. I was told to go lie down for a few minutes and get back on. This would have never happened before the big changes (closing Atlanta office). My other big issue is I don't feel there is a supervisor left on the staff of the former Atlanta office that I can trust. That is not a good feeling.

I don't know what you got for MT day, but I got chapstick. When I first started, I got T-shirts, gift cards and then MT of the month gifts, your name was in the little paper for high producer - I miss that stuff. Just being appreciated.

I am not fond of the DQS as it is a struggle each day just to get any lines. I feel like I am typing my fingers off and then my line count is not totally up to that. This is very discouraging.

Okay, I am finished whining.
Are you serious? You are upset because
someone uses a handle that describes other positions they have held?

Surely, you are kidding. How in the world can that upset you?

I suppose it would upset you if I were to sign myself as "former MTSO" or "former case mgmt coordinator" or any other position I've ever held.

That is sad.
why are you so upset?
It's not as if you own the company or do you?? If some people have not had the same wonderful experience that you have had give them their say. Why be so nasty about it? You ought to be celebrating,when us worthless workers who can't commit every day get kicked to the wayside you will have all the work you want! So it's your celebration day!! I frankly have a bit more magnanimous attitude about it-I have always had a good work experience at MQ, but since DEP I am not. Simple as that. If you have whoppee for you! Congratulations! But don't you think somewhere in 10,000 employees maybe the experience is varied??? Or can't you comprehend that?? Whatever floats your boat.
I'm sorry if I upset you. sm

My sister didn't know she had an aneurysm and she never had headaches at all, save for the occasional overindulging in fine wine, until that night.

The doctors never really even pinpointed exactly where it originated after dozens and dozens of tests. (angiograms, ultrasounds, CT scans, MRIs). She was told that she met the "criteria" for this type of aneurysm because she was female and over 50. (52). That is not too comforting for me as I am 6 years younger that she is.

She was very healthy before this happened with the exception that she was a very heavy smoker. Glad to say that she gave it up and hasn't gone back to that.

My doctor told me that basically it really isn't something you can spend your time worrying about. Many people live with known aneurysms and nothing ever happens with them.

At first I thought, "oh my gosh, I've only 6 more years," but you can't worry about it I guess.

Again, I'm sorry if I upset you.

Take care.


Of course I'd be upset!


I am so frustrated that I am in tears, and that takes some doing for me.  Is this the norm with being an IC, or what....

When I started with this MTSO, the paydays were on the 10th and the 22nd of the month.  I loved it, because my husband was paid on the opposite weeks, so we got a paycheck every week.  Well, the paychecks started coming on the 11th and 25th.... then the 12th and the 26th... you get the drill.  Then she just officially moved the pay periods to the 15th and the last day of the month. Now this caused me some headaches, sure, because I had to move some auto withdrawals and such, but I supposed that was her right to do as the business owner...

Except now the paychecks are coming later and later AGAIN!  Well, she had sent out an email saying that she would not be able to pay us on the 31st, but that she would pay us on the first.  So I did something I NEVER do.... I wrote a check to my daughter's preschool with no money in the bank, only because my MTSO said, "Don't worry, I'll put it in on the 1st."

Guess what? I got an email today saying that she would NOT be paying us until Friday the 3rd.  There will not be enough money in the bank to cover this.  Now, it won't bounce it to the preschool, because my bank will cover it.  They will, however, charge me a big ol' honkin' $35 fee for this.

I am SO mad!  Is this normal? Do MTSOs just think they can pay us whenever they feel like it?  Her excuse was that she didn't get paid by the hospital on time, so she couldn't pay us on time.  Excuse me, but this is the same MTSO that said, when my phone lines were down, "I don't care what your personal problems are, I need the work!"  Well, I need my MONEY!  If she has to take out a personal loan using her car as collateral, then she needs to do that in order to pay us. I admit that this is only my third MTSO, but two of the three did this "pay when I can" thing. I'm just used to a much more professional system.

So my question, after this long-winded post, is the following:  Is this normal?  Do the rest of you ICs have trouble being paid on time? 

(PS - In a recent disagreement that the MTSO and I had, she told me that she was having money problems, too, and that she was declaring personal bankruptcy. That's not a good sign for being paid on time in the future, you think? 

Yeah, I said I was going to look for another job, but I started slacking on that when I cooled off because I love my accounts.  However, I don't want to be the last rat off a sinking ship.  I'm just SO upset.  This is not how a business should be run!)

 (P.S. - Grammar and punctuation police please take the night off.  It's midnight, I'm typing through tears, and I just don't care enough to edit, okay? Thanks.)





Don't be upset. Really. Try not to
take it personally. I know its hard and I understand. The most horrible thing an MT can do is think that QA is out to get them, etc. I have been on both ends - MTing for 20 years and QA for 5. I know how you feel. But there is often so much more going on behind the scenes that you are not aware of. I know in my company, the Q, there are even different QA styles for different regions, or even QA gets mixed up on the client profiles. You have your QA who always say "good job", and never QA a single thing and the other ones who try and proofread. We are just like you - really. We don't know that the other QA are doing something totally differently. But I do know that honestly we just don't notice the MT at all - we don't have time to notice or pay attention to who is who, so its honestly nothing personal, nor is it all that big a deal, unless, of course, its a critical error. I know its disheartening on the MT end, but its horrible on the QA end - everybody hates QA. Period. And while there are some jerks, there are lots and lots of well-meaning nice QA people, just trying to do their part to send out a complete document. We are following rules given us, and just mind our own business and plod along.