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I agree, easier but I worked on production years ago

Posted By: OMG! on 2008-02-21
In Reply to: Maybe not end of world, but.... - AnnieM!AnnieM!

as I think the original poster Patti also did and I was, shall we say threatened 1 time for being cutoff from production and having to do paper work because of the fact I out typed the other transcriptionists there- it can be done, I have done it working on production, now is more simple time and I also like using goggle, etc. When working like that years ago I never took the time to read over each report- waste of time- do not do that now. I have been in the situation 2 times in my career of being told how much I make, etc and most did not like. One hospital I worked for in the 80s only had 2 transcriptions for the entire 300+ bed- we never used outside work, kept things up and yet told look what we make! I see lots of people who only do this job so they can stay at home. I stand by my original posting.

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I have worked for BTS for nearly 3 years and agree
with everything said.  The pay is direct deposit and always on time.  The MT manager is an AWESOME person to work for/with.  I too have had disagreements (several) with QA, but overall they are very helpful and do their best to work with you to become a better MT.  And best thing is...I have NEVER run out of work.
I have not worked on production before, only

converting my typing speed into an idea on how many lines per hour I could expect of myself.  I've done acute care MT for over 15 years and am considering going to work at home on production pay.

I type a very solid 127-130 words per minute.  So, how does that relate to lines per hour that everyone talks about? 


I agree that boys are not any easier.
I have raised 2 girls and am now raising a 13-yo boy and 2 11-yo girls. I think boys are worse, although the girls are no picnic.
It has not been financially worthwhile, but I find it easier to get jobs. I have 18 years experienc
and I find with the CMT, I get an offer for every job I go after. In all fields, there are many employers that just feel more secure hiring you with initials after your name. I will be keeping mine.
I agree with the below poster...here is an easier way to deal with it...
I work from home and I am the volunteer coordinator for the school. Therefore, I am there before and after and sometimes during school. I grade papers and do many, many things...this way, I KNOW exactly what is going on with my kids!!!
I agree - easier to read and understand, looks more professional to me
I worked for Cbay for 3 years. I was also part of their lay off back many years ago. sm
Even though I got stuck in a lay off era, I still love the company. They paid well then. The people were nice (exception of 1 person) and if I had the opportunity I would go back again. Fortunately (or unfortunately - depending on how u look at it), I have a great paying job right now, so I am not looking for a change. I do know that at one time, they asked management to accept late paychecks, but never sure of the reason why. My check was never late.
Agree in part, but again not about production. sm

Its the sentence, "proves that they can produce more than the vets." Its not about production, its about knowledge.  Now your statement here, "I was considered good enough to get the brand new doc that was extraordinarily picky with his documents, and I was given the two PAs that no one else wanted to touch." That's what should be rewarded and good for you!  IMHO that's what being a good MT is all about.

I can understand where you're coming from. When I was a newbie myself back in the 70s, I was complimented by the docs and got to do the hard dictators. I wasn't fast though.  Of course, back then production wasn't really a consideration, we got raises on our quality. 

I'm sure you can produce circles around me, my thumb is numb as we speak, but, no offense, you don't have my knowledge.  In the production-driven industry MT is now, your high production is rewarded, my knowledge is not. That is my experience which is probably hard to grasp for today's MTs like yourself, having been brought up in the production-crazed MT world of today.  Be that it may, I'm proud of my knowledge and sick to my stomach that soon all of it will only be worth minimum wage as I get to do VR for 3.5 cpl.

I agree - a quota is one thing, production another
Especially reading 100% of reports. I do quick read-through of 100% of mine, with listening if there's problems, and I figured my own "quota" based on my per-hour pay, but that's for keeping myself accountable and on track, making sure I'm as productive as I can be, nothing else.
Worked inhouse for years and years
Inhouse transcription from 1973 to approximately 1992 and we had no downtime for answering the phones and when the physicians came into the room (or others) needing some assistance, just part of the job. I did not feel bad about doing it then and I dont see why you would either. You donít realize that probably you are making right now more than if you are outsourced, right? You have hourly salary plus incentive. Guess how many of us have that now? Probably inevitable about outsourcing so I would say just enjoy while you can. The pay our here now sinks further and further. I make, for instance, 4 cents a line for voice recognition and 8 for straight. Now, more complaining?
that is what is being worked out, and has been worked on for the last few years already...only
why are we just hearing this now? I know voice recog has been around, but this is entirely different. This will also make coding and billing obsolete.

Don't know why, but it just bothers me that one of our 'own' is the one pushing this...and she is also connected with AAMT. Do they support this, and if so, what is their advice I wonder to the MT?

Perhaps that is one question for their website (I do not subscribe to their mag or credentials...)

Thanks, for the input!
I worked for MQ for 11 years.....
and about 5 years ago was fired for not meeting my line count requirements.  I started there when they were still sending out typewriters to work on and sending tapes back and forth by FedEx.  I worked for the Warminster office.  If I got work on a daily basis (even 11 years ago!!) I was lucky.  The girl that was supposed to pack up my envelope daily "forgot" to send me stuff at least twice a week.  As they moved to computers and internet, etc. they still were so unorganized it was pathetic.  The account I was on NEVER had work.  And it was the big hospitals in Philadelphia.  I would try first thing in the morning, all day and half the night to get work, but there was never anything.  And yet they fired me for not getting my lines......go figure!
I worked as an IC many years ago
and paid my taxes yearly instead of quarterly. I am going back to IC as I cannot make a living as an employee. Can you still pay your taxes yearly? Anyone know or can anyone tell me how they pay their taxes? TIA.
I have worked for BTS for 2 years
And have really enjoyed it!  Pay is always on time, they are very thoughtful (like sending Christmas gifts to ALL employees and MT day).  As an MT, I've had arguements with QA, but think they (QA) are great overall, as is the company.
It's been about 2 years since I worked there--
but my whole family was covered. There was a prescription plan. I can't remember how much copays were, but not more than $30, I'm pretty sure it was less than that. You could also get dental and vision.
I worked for them 5 years. They won't, lol.
Not sure, as I have not worked in WP for years, but....
I think if you hit the Windows key (one with the Windows logo) twice it will release it.  Hope this helps. 
never ever worked for MQ. I have 16 years
experience in medical transcription - both in hospital and doctors office/specialties.
I worked for them a few years ago...sm
I believe the owner's name is Lisa - she was nice to work for.  Platform seemed a little slow, but it could have changed by now.  I would go for it.  The work was pretty easy.  I was an IC and she had in mind what hours she wanted me to work, which didn't work for me.  Left because I was interested in becoming an employee somewhere. 
I have worked for 2, 13 years for the first and 3 for the second. nm
Yes you can. Worked that way for 3 years. nm
Have worked for co several years and this 1st
the doc i have worked for for 4 YEARS
still spells his name at the beginning of his dictations. And when i talk to him I joke with him about it... he STILL DOES IT!

(I am the only MT so that's not the reason that he doesn't know who might get his work)
i worked for them for 7 years too...
LOYALLY, skipping vacations and not taking on new accounts, just to keep my "favorite" office up to date with a 24-hour TAT for the 3 doctor urology practice.
It was very very upsetting and a total slap in the face and the minute I realized, nobody cares about us...

You are probably right about employee status being unhappy, I probably would be too. I know I am lucky as an IC... however that comes with paying the price too, absolutely NO benefits... and constantly being nervous now that my job will be taken away and given to cheaper people... :(
Years ago, I worked for a guy who actually said

I should consider myself his wife at work!  He expected me to take dictation in ShortHand (revealing my age here), fetch coffee, and told me that if I gained weight, he would lay me off until I lost it because I was projecting the image of the company (it was a pasta manufacturing company).  What a PIG!  I was 18 years old and totally naive and sooooo stupid.  I quit the job after a couple of months.

Your post made me look back and thank GOD I'm sitting at my desk, looking like a complete slob on my slightly fatter rear and don't have to deal with creeps like that anymore!

If have worked for TransTech for two years,
you undoubtedly know that Debbie and J go way back and used to work together at another company (reference a recent email you should have received from T, the new president that states that she, J, S, and D all worked together before TransTech).  I received an email from Debbie stating that she was sorry I was dissatisfied with tech support, but that they had never ever had any complaints about them before mine.  Kind of shows me where I stand in all of this.  Many times when managers and tech support are friends, it's the MTs who suffer.
I worked for SS a few years ago and while we didn't have the
line count issues they were HORRIBLE.   They e-mailed me last week asking me to come back so they must be in dire straights cause I gave them an earful when I left. 
My DH worked from home for about 2 years

I felt like a hermit when he went back to a conventional office job! 

I take it your husband isn't working at the present time?  Did I understand you correctly?  How the heck are you getting bills paid? My DH makes 3 times what I do so I couldn't imagine living on just my pay as an MT.  Just curious!

I worked the 3rd shift for 5 years and....sm

found that each night shift person has to figure out for themselves what sleep pattern works best.  For some sleeping in the morning after finishing work is best, for others sleeping in the afternoon/evening before starting work bests suits them.   For me what worked best was when I was working from midnight to 8 a.m. I would log off at 8 a.m. and sleep  until noon, then would go back to bed between 8:30-9 p.m. and sleep about 3 hours.  Most of the time I didn't get sleepy during the night doing this pattern but if I did it would be around 4 a.m. and I would just log off and take about a 20-30 minute nap which would be enough to refresh me. 

Some of the best advice I can give you for sleeping during the daytime is to go to Target and in the girl's department they're currently selling some blindfolds, or you can go to Claire's boutique as I've seen them there.   I would have never survived sleeping during the day well without my Delta Airlines blindfolds that I had - they do a great job of tricking the body to thinking that it's night time when it's daylight outside.  

My blindfolds now reside on my brother-in-laws head at night as I'm no longer on nights and he is with his job - so he snoozes during the day with them on. 

Good luck to you!

I've worked for MQ for years and
have NEVER been given the opportunity for bonuses.  Those who have gotten them have been lucky.
I've worked for MQ over 4 years now and
I have never been told how many spaces to put or not put after a sentence; I have never been paid for spaces, by my count at least. I occasionally check my reports. I do not get spaces.

I'm not sure why, or actually by the anonymous stature of posters on this board, IF anyone has really been told to limit spaces to one after a sentence.

If MQ really isn't paying for spaces, it wouldn't make any difference monetarily so I cannot see that they would make a stipulation like that.
Been traveling for 3+ years and have worked the
whole time.  Almost every truck stop has internet access, even WiFi, so you can get internet in the truck.  Lots of hot spots across the country, can get an air card, use cell phone, etc.  
It's been maybe 4-5 years since I worked there, but no ... seems like they supply it to you. nm
I worked in a library for 14 years--
and after 4 years of being an MT I make $10-15,000 a year more than I ever did with the library system.
An employee who has worked somewhere 15 years..

even upon leaving. At least an acknowledgement to let you know they realize you are a person with a life, not a machine plugged into a machine! I know how you feel.

Worked in Beckley for years....
and I'm from Fayette County.
I have worked as an editor for the last 1.5 years (sm)
This is my experience:  I can do 4500 lines for my current company - but that is because it is easy work, wonderful software and have same docs over and over and over.... on the flip side - recently tried a job with horrible software, horrible docs, horrible MTs, required to listen to entire report. I could not do 500 lines in 5 hours - after a couple of weeks I gave up.  Editing is a lot like MT in that you have to become familiar with your docs and the work as well as the MT to make any decent money... I think you are probably just having basically the same experience I had with my second part-time job - there is better work out there!!
I worked in house for 2 years

and when I went on Maternity leave they set me up from home.  I started working for a national in January.  My other at home position went VR and they brought all the jobs back in house. I couldn't go back into the office as I have two little ones and the cost of daycare is outrageous.  What's the sense of working then?

I sort of worked like that for 12 years but now

Had my own accounts, 1 pod, 1 attorney, 1 ENT, f/t for a hospital, and part time for a service. I worked from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. or later. As my name states, I was getting older and just couldn't keep up with it anymore plus taking care of my mom, 5 checking accounts, hubby, making sure the bills were paid, and all the grocery shopping.

I gave most everybody up last year except the pod and attorney because they "won't let me" because I burned out and now work f/t for a service. I still don't have a life, but I'm a little happier. Hubby now goes to the bank and does the grocery shopping because I buy too much, so that's a big help and also saves money. Hopefully, your hubby will help you out with things like that.

If you're younger, you might be able to handle it for a while. I was in my 40s when I did all that. Just call me "semi-retired" for now.

She worked all those years with no complaint.
That's exactly the reason I worked at home for 15 years.
Very annoying and petty.
20 years ago, MTs worked at the site, using typewriters.
Those who moved with the times and learned to use technology kept their jobs. The description of MT is changing and we need to be ready to change with it.
Do any of you think that offshoring is going to turn into one awful mess at some point, and MT work will come back home, because I do. This is like an accident waiting to happen, with records going out of the country. It's bad enough that medical records are being stolen here out of the backs of cars and from curbside dumping of computers, but just one unethical MTSO in another country who has access to records and can hold a US company hostage could pull the rug out from under the offshoring system. The same is true of other aspects of what's happening here. When some hospital is sued because of sloppy physician records that the Dr. entered into an EHR, and investigations start happening, we could see some tightening up of what is going on. Things have been pretty slack for a couple of years. That could change as fast as a CEO is put in the slammer for scamming investors.

I had one for 3 years and it worked fine the whole time.

I worked for them 5 years (left in October).
I enjoyed working for them. I was making a more than comfortable living with them. I had good steady accounts and a wonderful management team.

I worked on the 3.5 CTS (former Total eMed) platform.

Your question, however, is not specific enough for you to receive sound information on.

Beware of anyone who makes vague gripes. Complaints that are legitimate have specifics in them.

One person's opinion of what is good or bad is not another's.

When I worked for FutureNet 2 years ago they used but they loaded it themselves. nm
Maybe 5 years, but had worked fine until the move....nm
I've worked on a laptop only for going on 7 years.
I do use an external keyboard the majority of the time though.   The USB WiFi does not accept a card, it is small, plugs into a USB port and acts like your card does, you don't use a card.    Go to  a website like best buy and search for Wireless USB adapters and you'll see what I'm talking about. 
I worked in Insurance for 20 years, adjusting

Now all of this depends on your own state law:  Mold is very prevelant now throughout the entire South, including Texas, due to previous water damage and due to shoddy building practices, including new construction.  Insurance companies have had to pay mold claims for years and are now excluding mold in their policies unless higher premiums are paid.  Most companies will not insure any home that has had ANY previous water damage claims, no matter how small.  Some companies will even drop you like a hot potato come renewal time if you file a water damage claim.  Since mold can pop up years after water damage, that is why you are having trouble getting insurance.  Should the sellers have disclosed this? YES YES YES! If you can, you should consult an attorney experienced in real estate LAW (not just a closing attorney).  You may possibly be able to get out of this contract for nondisclosure.  Your house will be blacklisted for as long as it stands.  The biggest lesson in all this?  If you have water damage and can afford to fix it yourself - then do so.  Do NOT file a claim with your insurance company.  You are not the first buyer to go through this and you won't be the last.

I worked for a hospital at home for 4 years. sm
We had to work set hours. My advice is allow youself 1/2 hour for lunch, and at least two 15-minute break periods. Work 2 hours, take a break, work 2 hours, take a lunch break, etc. Otherwise, you may find yourself having back, shoulder and hand problems. Working 9 hours may seem like a drag, but not being able to work at all is even worse. Remember, if you were working on site, you would not only have to work 8-1/2 hours, but would have travel time on top of it. Just my experience.
Actually, I have not worked as a full time MT for nine years
and that's the problem. Is there hope for me to get back in to MT even though I've been out of it for so long. I did work part-time from home from the lab for about two years after that.
I worked with a small local years ago who