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I agree 100%. Test questions on formatting or

Posted By: Anon on 2009-05-06
In Reply to: That is what I thought. - Shouldn't be asking test questions on a forum,

anything else should not be asked on a forum of any kind. You need to research and find the answers for yourself on a test and not rely on people here to do the work for you.

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    Need advice please re: formatting transcription test

    It's been a long time since I had to do this.  I've been given a couple of report types to do.  The first appears to be a discharge summary.  Should I just type in the headings the way I "think" they should be based on how I was taught in the past?? 

    Also, is it best to transcribe verbatim or try to make the test report look as professional as possible (like we would be expected to when on the job)?  As far as listed items are concerned, i.e. medications.....The old MT in me wants to number them.  Is that acceptable?   I'm really concerned with trying to format the report based on how I "think" they would want me to. 

    I would appreciate any helpful advice anyone is willing to share!!

    You cannot ask test questions here (sm)

    It is not appropriate to do so.  The company is asking you to complete their test in order to determine your skill level.  If you cannot complete the test on your own, then you may not be qualified for that position.


    I'm thinking about taking the CMT test and have a few questions...sm

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    I have 6 years experience in acute care (with Medquist). My DH has been pushing me to take the test for years, but I'm a big chicken! I was a nurse before becoming a medical Transcriptionist and I just keep thinking how rough my nursing boards were. Major stressor for me!!

    I agree with you. If a recruiter cannot answer your questions and you sm
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    One thing I must say though is this, sometimes we try and still it is hard to pinpoint all the issues (and I know I try) . I know in my case there are different departments and while I do ask all the necessary questions, there are conflicts in the answers. I do my best to pull the answers from the managers prior to advertising for a job opening and believe me, if I can't do it, no one can. I understand what you are saying, but all of us are not alike. Some of us work very hard to think of anything you could possibly ask.

    Now, if you have a recruiter that has never been an MT, they might not approach things like those of us who have been MTs and QA people in our career.

    Just keep your chin up and stay firm in what you want and don't back off on it.
    It's a test in progress to measure what MTs know and what type of test to give for the SM
    different levels of MTs.  It's over $90.  That's a lot of money to pay to someone who is giving these tests for research as to what type of testing should be done for the different levels of MT.  The AAMT will probably take the results and make a test that they can give in India or the Phillipines or some other foreign country. 
    tuning fork test: Is it about a hearing test? .See inside
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    Loud music (some concerts) is around 80 to 120 dB
    A jet engine is about 140 to 180 dB

    Hope I could help
    XML formatting - does anyone know how....sm
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    I have a few questions about formatting:

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    We are finding that 800 lines in Cerner equals about 500 lines in Meditech.  We are not paid per line nor do we have an incentive plan, but we have a new HIM Director who would like to institute an incentive plan and the administrator over our department has laid down the law and decreed that all transcriptionists not making minimum in the department will be written up.  Problem is according to Meditech line totals that we have been given, that would be about half the department.

    The transcription supervisor has taken our concerns to the new director who told the MT Supervisor to hold off on writing people and has taken home all the line counts from the last month and she is going over them with a fine tooth comb this weekend.

    I am not a very trusting soul by nature, so I am doing a little research on my own.  I've been in this business for about 15 years.  I started out in a hospital and have worked for a few services at home and am now back in the hospital setting.  So I know a few things about line count and I consider myself to be pretty well informed on trends and technology in the industry.   I would like to walk into our next department meeting armed with as much knowledge as possible.  So I have come up with some questions that I would like some fellow MTs to answer, give opinions, and maybe even direct me to websites or individuals who could give me a better understanding of Meditech and Cerner.  Here are my questions:


    1. Is it possible for an MT to have access to her line count in Meditech or is strictly a management function?  Any MTs that work in Meditech on this board, do you currently have access to your line counts and if so, how do you check them?  Is it an option on the main menu after you log into Meditech?

    2. How is a line defined in Meditech?  (i.e. 65 cpl, with spaces, without spaces)

    3. How is a line defined in Cerner?

    4. What abbreviation Expanders work with both Meditech and Cerner?

    5. Examples of incentive plans (if anyone would like to share that with me that would be great, if not I completely understand).

    6. Measuring productivity by minutes of dictation versus typed lines.

      1. What would be the minimum minutes required for an 8-hour day?

      2. How would one structure an incentive program based on minutes?

    I was thinking of presenting the idea that we keep track of productivity using minutes instead of lines since there is such a discrepancy in Meditech.  I also worry that if an incentive plan is put into place and we are still typing blind into Meditech, what's to keep management from shaving off a few lines here and there?

    Feel free to email me or post here any responses.  Either is fine.  I really appreciate any input, comments, or just plain old supportive posts would be nice too! 

    SH bold formatting and others
    In the "Dictionary Text [Add]" dialog box, as you
    are entering in the "Text to Type", when you need
    to add special formatting, you simply tap Ctrl-K, and
    add the keystroke commands applicable to your
    word processor to change to the desired font.
    For example, Microsoft Word uses Ctrl+B to
    enable/disable bold face. So to simulate bold text
    with ShortHand in Microsoft Word, you simply need
    to simulate the Ctrl+B keystroke. When you are done
    your word(s) that are bolded will look like this:

    {@KEY--Ctrl+B}your text{@KEY--Ctrl+B}.

    When you actually type the key (as you transcribe)
    Shorthand will automatically/instantly enter all the
    special function keys that you have entered, and
    your text will come out formatted.

    You can use the same concept to add any formatting codes to your Shorthand text, including underlining, italicizing, changing font styles and/or font sizes. You can also add tabs, change margins, etc.

    Try thi out and if you have any problems with this, post another message.

    ask about that and formatting b4 you start -nm
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    They have a basic template that they like us to adhere to as far as headings, font, font size, etc.  However, when it comes to more detailed formatting, they really have no set standards and leave it to our best judgment.

    My question is regarding the medication heading.  Do you list the medications in a numbered list or in paragraph form?  I have a friend who is a nurse and she says the clinical staff, i.e. Nurses and Doctors like to have the medications in a numbered list because it makes finding them in a report a whole lot easier.  So would you list them even if the dictator is not saying "number 1, 2, 3,..."?

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    Are headings capitalized or followed with a colon?


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    Yeah a 30 minute test---work for free, he gets enough to test, his work is done - nm
    Or maybe that in itself IS the test! It's really an ethics test, LOL. nm
    Basically, harder dictators and harder reports with a lot of formatting with tables, etc. SM

    give you extra lines because of the time involved in doing those particular reports.  Not so much you get paid more per line, you just get extra line credit.  For example:

    You have a 100 line report, but it is weighted because of a table that you have to input.  Then you would maybe get credit for 130 lines for that report.

    Agree, agree, agree! Just listen to Benny Hinn..

    he speaks perfect English, especially when asking for money!  Also, in my opinion, blanks should be left in the doc's dictation if not able to be transcribed, maybe then they will know that are NOT understood.  With QA fixing them, what need is there for them to care if we understand them or not? 

    And a test

    Wondering how many companies this is set up for....

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    You really should not be asking for help if this is a test sm
    If this is a test for school or employment, it really should be done by you. It is not a fair test if someone else does it for you.  If this is not a test, please clarify and maybe people will help, but I think it is cheating otherwise.
    test, this is only a test. nm

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    If this don't work, I'll quit.

    If this is just a test then (sm)
    why don't you just pick something...like @@@ or ??? or *** or something like that...leave it for where you find it inaudible, and when you send back your test just tell them. You could do ___inaudible___...anything. Just let them know when you send the test back. If you were actually working, then you'd go by the account specifics for how leave a blank, but for a test, just pick something appropriate and let them know.
    We have to test because there have been....sm
    too many times that people claimed they were transcriptionists, or could do a certain work type, only to find out they couldn't and were bluffing.  Testing is the only way to tell if an applicant has any knowledge or not.  Resumes don't always tell what their true skill level is. 
    That's the best way for a co to test you because they never know if someone sm
    is having someone else take a written test for them. The best way to test and just as accurate as mega transcription tests is oral phone testing. That way, it comes from what is in the person's head of what they know
    Don't feel bad....I've been an MT for 24 years, & failed 2 tests, but passed several others.

    Yes, and it's $95 to test for it...

    I cannot imagine what they will come up with next!  Obviously AAMT is in a crisis financially and is trying to dig their way out.  Why would anyone desire this bogus, worthless designation? 

    I'm thinking of offering  an "SMT" for only 10 bucks . . . and NO TEST!!!  What do you think???

    Oh, what is "SMT?"  That would be Smart Medical Transcriptionist, of course!!!! 

    To test him I'd say

    Gee honey, I'd don't want to disappoint the children again.  Maybe next time we'll suprise you instead. 

    I wonder what his reaction would be to that!

    Okay. Just took this test - got a 136
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    AAMT likely won't flunk many of them. They wouldn't want to scare away the hordes of potential buyers of their BOS and CMT certification.
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    CMT self-test

    I just took the 60-question self-assessment test. A passing grade is 51/60.  After 16 years of acute care experience, I got 43/60 correct.  That blows my mind!

    I'm asking myself 'who needs this' ???