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I've said it before and I'll stay it again, there is absolutely no added worth to being a CMT.

Posted By: Tinks on 2007-02-11
In Reply to: Is it worth it to become CMT? - Lisa

It is a waste of nearly $300 and it serves little or no purpose.  You maybe get a penny more a line from a handful of services.  That's it.  Does it sound like it's worth it to you?

Furthermore, you'd be giving your hard earned money to an organization that advocates offshoring American MT jobs.  They even recently were asking American MTs to volunteer their time and pay their way on a $4000 trip to China to train the Chinese to take our jobs. 

Then there is the whole problem with the ever-changing BOS.  Just when we learn their rules, they go and change them on us and make us all pay 90 bucks for the newest edition. 

Uhem, sorry.  This subject tends to get me fired up.  The short answer would be -- No, it isn't worth it at all.

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I absolutely agree with you. You've made it grammatically correct
hope this all comes through.

Your change is much better than the one suggested below which totally changes the sentence and would not be correct in my opinion.
If I've said it once, I'll say it again, do NOT take a course
Many companies offer coding courses with national certification as the end result. There is a clause in HIPAA (HIPPA..I'm too tired right now to care to get it right) that stops just short of requiring national certification of all coders but with the coder putting their education and professionalism on the line with jail time and monetary penalties for miscoding, ask yourself if you are willing to save a few bucks and then not be able to get a job.

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Wait'll you've been in it for THREE decades,
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well it added up for me,
characters divided by 65 -- they DO count spaces.

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Should have added.
new platform, even after 3 months typing about 300 lines less per day.  Plus they might be doing away with incentive pay, so seeing what is "out there."  The insurance coverage also got so much worse with 3,000.00 deductible, no meds covered, etc., which is a huge benefit loss.  Will probably stay there, but seeing what other companies offer for a good overall pay/benefit package.
Oh I also added more RAM
I also added more RAM and it made not one whit of difference
ADDED: She knows she's likely to lose some accounts due to poor quality but figures she'll worry about that later. I think it's a horrendous way to run a business, but nevertheless, it's exactly the way it's being done.
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Have you added in the other benefits

The company has great benefits that can add up to several thousand a year. Paid downtime. Paid holidays. Vacation/PTO starting the first year. No equipment rental fee. Big discount on word books. Rental library for medical education. Reimbursement for continuing education. Decent insurance. Might make a difference.

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You can configure it yourself and have one added in
Added" rather pay to have it done right the first time.
The added pay for the CMT some companies SM
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One more thing that can be added - (sm)
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Cool! Thanks. I added it to my favorites!
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I want to quit, the price is outrageous. The cough is so unappealing. And my mother just died of respiratory failure.

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He added over 200 to the counter right from the start.

It's a trick.

Hi, Lisa. Have you added macros to SM
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And a reality that's hard for some to run into: Editing skills and talents are different than transcribing skills and talents. Reading fast and accurate becomes big. Punctuating fast on the run was always desirable, but it's more significant now as the ability to simply get the letters on paper becomes less so. Are you one of those this work suits or one it doesn't? If yes, keep working on speed. If not, move on sooner rather than later.
Glad you added that (:) to clarify. (nm)
I signed it, and added my 2 cents, as well.
Productivity board to be added today.
The India ad is a Google ad and has been added not to show, however

it does not not remove instantly. It usually takes hours to a day for these types of ads to no longer appear.  We have no control over what ads pop up, but we can set them up to no longer appear once we see them and can block the URL. 

Thank you.

Should have added below that my Infinity USB pedal works with it as well.

It would be a lot of added risk to an already risky surgery. nm