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I guess Ms. Flip decided not answer my question. I am sure MedQuist would love to have...sm.

Posted By: Hmm. on 2005-09-21
In Reply to: Then, pray tell, what will? nm. - Hmm.

many more MTs with such an attitude.

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I love Medquist and have

never had any problems with them. I think it is funny that all of you who work there come on day after day after day and say bad things about them. Find another job!!!!!!! There are so many posted on the Job Seeker's Board. Enough already!!!!


I guess I did not answer your question.
I do not know anything about Escription. Like you, I did not like the accelerator. The only thing I know to suggest is to multitask. That does slow the download down a lot, but if you are being productive at the same time, that does not really matter.
I guess your answer means "biggest", not necessarily best
I guess I should have added, now I use EXText with ESP and I love it. I just wonder if I could
even make it better.  I have ShortHand too, but I stopped using that when I started this job because they have ESP. 
I'm using it, but on my non-work pc (love it!) Sorry I couldn't answer your question re: foot


Busy..yes that I am LOL. I would love some MEEE time, but I guess I will have to
I guess I'm the odd ball; I LOVE going to home parties! sm
But on the other hand, I HATE shopping. I do the majority of my shopping from home parties -- Lia Sophia (sp?) jewelry, Tastefully Simple (a fave), Pampered Chef. I'm waiting to go to a Southern Living Home Show but haven't been invited to one yet.
MedQuist board is now set up. See Medquist link to the left.
Link is also below.
I used to love scary movies but now I can't even consider watching them. Guess I've changes i

However, there's a flip side
The company I work for actually lost a large hospital account because THEY wanted to go to VR and we wouldn't!
on the flip side....
Howver, tonight I have spent the longest time on a very long dictation for the absolute worst dictator. Not dreamy--a nightmare! Although I was dreaming of stranguling him through the internet connection--ah if only. Oh, my nerves are on edge now and he was the last one it looks like for the night. What a horrible way to end the night. Maybe a few more will filter in so I can forget him.
the flip side
Be thankful you have the information to verify the correct age. :)
And then there is the flip side - if you have a

It is really hard to find good MTs.  I keep my company very small for that exact reason.  But sometimes even when an MT is really good, they can be lacking in the work ethic department.  I'm talking about MTs who do excellent work.  They have just a couple of very clear, very easy doctors assigned to them, a great line rate (10 cpl), and all they have to do is make sure they get whatever those doctors dictate get done.  And sometimes they do great.  Other times they come up with 101 excuses about why they couldn't get the work back on time.  Or they slack off all week and promise to catch up on the weekend, and then they don't.  Oh, but the same MTs are always asking if they can get another doctor assigned to them, if they can get a raise, if they will be first in line for new accounts coming along.  To which I say:  Get a clue!  Do the work you are assigned and do it on time and THEN ask me about raises and more work.  I don't particularly like having to either assign the work that doesn't get done to another MT on the weekend or having to do it myself on the weekend to get caught up because some MT who has a gravy account won't even keep up with that.

Please, don't anyone email asking for work, as I am not hiring and if I were in a position to I would come here first and ask for help.  I'm just venting because I don't understand having such an easy account and doing excellent work and then on the other hand slacking off and letting it get behind, and then having the nerve to ask for more work/more money.  If I am going to have to type it myself on the weekend, I might as well get rid of said MT and type the gravy account myself during the week!   

There is a flip sign (test for herniated disc, lumbar, with radiating pain. There is another one called Milgram (both legs) for radiating pain. I don't know about Michelle. If you find out, repost so I know it!
I'm on the flip side of this...sm
As some others have posted, we MTs get the shaft too. I've applied for and gotten several positions in the last decade, only to have been lied to once I accept them.

I have been an MT for 15+ years, but unfortunately have limited experience because I've only worked in a few specialites. I've been hired by companies to work in my specialty fields, but when the time comes, they want me to do something else. I don't want to be a newbie learning all new things this late in my career. I know that limits me, but there has got to be somebody out there who needs my specific skills and wants a good reliable MT.

I have worked for a huge national for the last 12 years and it was comfy and cozy while we had the smaller offices and my manager knew me and my dedication and appreciated my work, but since we have expanded nationally now, I've lost that manager and have become a number like all the other MTs in the company.

Nobody there now knows that I have never missed a day (or even an hour) of work in all that time without calling in with prior notice and get permission. I've always worked overtime when needed to keep an account in turnaround, and have done many, many things for this company in the early days that I was happy to do even though I didn't get paid for it, like mentoring new MTs... and again, nobody in the company today knows that about me anymore, and no one would listen to me if I could tell them.

I would love to work for an MTSO such as you or the above poster... I'll bet you know the names of your MTs at least.

I feel your pain and frustration also. When I was mentoring new MTs I could see in some of them exactly what you are talking about and I politely tried to steer them away from this field if they weren't going to be serious about it... some stuck it out and became good MTs and others passed on the career when they found out they were expected to work. Unfortunately today we don't have mentors to teach new MTs how to learn and work, to sort of weed out the slackers,... so that's what we're getting. They don't know any better because no one has told them what this job entails, only that they can work from home in their spare time in their jammies and be with their kids, and that's all they know about the job.

I know that there are many slacker MTs out there, but there are also some dedicated and hard working ones too, so please don't lump us all into that first category just as you don't want us to lump your wonderful companies into the categories of the liers and non-payers, etc.

We both have to kiss a lot of toads before we find our prince, be it a good MT or a good company.

I wish you luck in your searh for a good MT.
The flip side....sm
Computerized medical records will contain (actually, embrace) dictated reports. Handwritten notes will eventually go away.

My guess is that we'll probably see many more ancillary caregivers (like physical and respiratory therapists, etc.) dictating notes that they currently write by hand in the chart.

A different scenario, of course, is that these notes will be created using VR and/or "boilerplate" templates with "point-and-click" or "fill-in-the-blanks" capabilities.

We'll just have to see how this plays out, but it isn't a foregone conclusion that the EMR will result in transcription job loss by any means.
Kinda have to agree with you. Flip side would be
I've had supervisors send occasional bloopers or things around the holidays that are appropriate, but never the forward type things.

This reminds me of the MT who was complaining that her super didn't want chit-chat on the phone.

It's just best on both sides to maintain a professional decorum most of the time.
I own several rental properties, buy houses and flip them and
own several nationally-known chain restaurants.

Much more productive than pointing fingers at the government and blaming them for any poor choices on my part, most of which are fixable if you stop complaining and get off your butt!
Working for MTSO--flip side. sm

I have advertised on this board looking for help and while I received a lot of responses and some good prospects, there were many more that were either: 1) Indian companies/individuals like CLK referred to above (deleted immediately); 2) newbies without any experience; or 3) several "experienced" MTs who overstated their experience/qualifications and when it came down to it, they didn't have the most basic of skills (computer, Internet, etc.) It is just as hard for an MTSO to find good help as it is for MTs to find a good company.

ortho help...s/l michelle flip sign?
this is an ortho exam and he keeps repeating this throughout many of his dictations and I can't seem to find anything.  It sounds pretty clear that he is saying michelle flip sign but I just can't verify that anywhere.  Anyone ever hear of that?? Thanks so much for your help! 
I once decided to not go with a Co due to
The recruiter simply said she was the team leader, that there were two others, one which was leaving and the other that she "did not like and hoped that she would leave, too" and that made a shuddering sound.

I thought this was in bad taste and did not have a good feeling about her. But, I certainly never reported her. It isn't my job and I am not a watchdog group looking out for the companies who hire MTs.

I just think you have way too much time on your hands.
well, so far i have decided...

to just keep pursuing ideas and options until I hit a dead end.  A very nice MT did email me and told me how she got into mentoring.  She seemed to really have a handle on it. 

It seems that I would need my own accounts and then subcontract the work to newbies.  I just cannot seem to figure out how I would have the time to provide service to a client AND mentor someone just out of school.

Thank you for your input.  It does seem that newbies should have a better option that just "luck" when trying to gain experience.

I decided to let her go...sm
to the funeral and I'm glad that I did. She handled it extremely well and I am very proud of her. They had an open casket and she decided against going up to view the body. When it was over we talked again and she asked several questions. She seemed more concerned about how to treat her friend now that she had gone through this, than the actual funeral itself. Her friend went back to school yesterday and my daughter said that she simply started by giving her hug and telling the little girl that she was so glad that she was her friend.

That was actually the second time that she had shown more concern with ones left behind that whoever had died. In her only other encounter with death she had done something similar. When she was in 1st grade one of our dogs came down w/acute kidney failure. She got to the point where there was nothing the vet could do and we made the decision to put her to sleep. I went and got my daughter out of school and ran her up to the vet so she could say goodbye to the dog, which she did. We ran her home and then went back and stayed with the dog while they put her to sleep. We also own the mother of the dog that died. When my husband and I got back from the vet a while later we found my daughter in the backyard with the other dog. She was on the grass holding the mama dog and letting her lick my daughters face and hands. When we asked her what she was doing, she said that she was letting mama dog say goodbye to the dog we had just put to sleep. She knew that our older dog could smell Molly on her hands and clothes from her petting the sick dog and giving her hugs at the vet.

I am very, very proud of her.
My account has decided to go with EMR. please sm

I charge them 12 cpgl and have for 8 years.  They are still going to need me through their transition (who knows how long) and will need me for overflow to type letters, narratives etc. 


I am wondering if anyone has had an experience like this and how they would do their contract.  Im thinking of charging them 1-2 cpl higher, but with a shorter Turn Around Time for the overflow work since I am losing the majority of the work. Any opinions or suggestions?  Thanks so much!

Just for fun, I decided to sit down and try to remember... SM

how many services I have worked for since I started working from home back in the mid 90s.  And the grand total is 16!  Isn't that just sad?  Of course, I left for various reasons from no work, bad dictators, late or no pay checks, laid off because work went to India, etc.

I've realized over the years that it's best to work for yourself and if you have to work for somebody else, work directly for the hospital or doctor's office.  Benefits are way more affordable that way.  I have a dermatology account of my own and I work full-time for a hospital for the benefits.  I also cover for a friend of mine when she needs time off, I take over her account and she does the same for me.

It's a really sad statement when it seems not one MT has ever found satisfying work with at least one of the many services out there!

I do QA also and I've decided
not to change capitalization anymore - just for that reason.  It explains it in the BOS but still confusing to me.  I feel badly now for the times I did change knowing it could have been scored against the MT - not sure my company does that tho.  Interested to see what others say here.  Good question!
I have decided not to test for them...sm
I googled "transrx in Canada" and it has a website with a forum from Canada called Canscribe and someone was asking about them and it says they don't pay on time. That is enough for me to say forget it.
You know, you are correct... I have decided
I am not going to have any part of working for a company which is not 100% USA. I was wavering about going elsewhere for a job, but I have a great job right here with one of the best medium MTSOs and why get an IC job which operates overseas just for extra money. I think that we need to keep the money and labor here in our industry. Thanks for your input, it really did help. :)
Okay, I decided to try mobile

wireless internet through Verizon.  I currently have a Verizon cell and have no problem with reception in my home, so I'm hoping this is a go.  I also have a 30-day trial period, so I'll know for sure if I have any glitches. 

What I don't understand is this lingo about voice files, etc.  I'm on the Bayscribe platform, so any info would be greatly appreciated.  Please "dumb it down" for me, as I am not a PC person.  The lady that signed me up told me that the limit is 5 GB and that that generally means about 35,000 web pages a month.  How does this correlate to voice files?  Do I even use voice files on Bayscribe?  I'm assuming so since I have an audio player. 

At least I know if this doesn't work out, I can cancel and not lose anything.  Then I'll have to sign up for satellite, which is about $300 upfront and $60 to $90 per month for service.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Verizon will work for me.

Thanks for any info.

I've already decided to quit.
I'm just waiting for the phone call to tell me what my MT/ME reward plan will be. Then I will tell them to take a flip flying hike.

I can't handle my base pay being lowered to 7 cents per line for ASR reports.
We decided to simplify! We ditched

the new cars and trucks and ditched the big,expensive house in the burbs.  We bought a little place in the woods (1000 square feet - only two of us) and have it paid off now - pretty easy since it was only about 40K when we bought it.  We live on a canal with access to a big river and have all kinds of wildlife.  Matter of fact, I just chased a big raccoon away from my birdfeeder!  I drive a 22-year-old Mercedes and my husband drives a 10-year-old PU truck. We don't totally live like the Waltons - have DSL, DirecTV with Tivo, etc. - but by simplifying we have so much less stress.  We don't have kids at home any more so that definitely makes it easier.  

 It just got so old toiling and toiling just to pay for expensive "STUFF".   Just a thought - It's probably not for everybody, but it sure works for me.

Thanks for the suggestions, I've decided on....sm
ordering a couples massage (waiting to hear back from our honeymoon destination on setting that up) and found on line a really neat engravable key chain that let me put the title of the song I wrote for him for our wedding on it as well as a bride and groom monogram.
Yes, absolutely. My sister and I have already decided we
were going to take them in, a few months at her house, a few at mine. Our Dad is retired and our Mom will retire in two years from nursing.

I do have one other sibling, a brother, but he's knee-deep in debt and is already taking care of his in-laws so he probably can't help much.
I had one who decided lunch time ....sm
would be a good time to dictate.  Opening wrappers, eating, drinking, etc.  I was so repulsed by the eating sounds, I was ready to give them up.  I called my contact person about 3 x and asked her  to ask him to stop.  Finally, I called the manager.  When she approached him about it, HE DENIED IT!!!  Said he didn't eat while dictating.  Of course, she believed him and was dumbfounded at what I could be hearing!  I told her I knew what I was hearing and  it had to stop.  Anyone who has ever heard that sound while transcribing KNOWS they are eating.  What a jerk.  Interestingly, the eating stopped, and I still have the account.
Yes, I lost a client because they decided to go with them.
The BOS is just a bunch of "rules" decided on
Because BOS are rules decided on by ladies
I've already decided on Obama ----- sm
His opponents and detractors keep saying he's "inexperienced". Yeah, and look what "experienced" politicians have brought to the table in the last few decades.

New ideas are good.
Youth is good.

I think it's time for a new way of doing things in this country, not the same ol'. It's a new world, with new problems (such as the plight of American MTs and other workers), and maybe he'll bring some relief (or at least some new ideas on how to get it) for the dwindling middle class, which has been carrying the weight and finances of this country on its shoulders for too many years.

Time to stop letting our country get s*****d by India, Mexico, Asia, and others. And I think he has the ability to say "no" to these countries without starting a war with them.

Sometimes "inexperience" is a refreshing change.

I decided to stop working two MT jobs and just keep the one - sm
but I work at another job totally unrelated to the medical field. I was getting too burnt out doing transcription and the taxes were killing me.
I have decided to quit my job. I hate this company.
It's worse than ANYWHERE I have ever worked before.  The problem is that I don't have another job yet.  However, I know I can easily find another job.  I just don't know if I should hang on to do the responsible thing and find another job first. ~ OR ~ If I should take some time off for Christmas with the kids instead of busting my chops for this company when I know I'm not going to stay anyway.  I wonder if they give Christmas presents or bonuses.  LOL  I can take my $7 an hour from their lousy ESLs and crummy platform and go buy lottery tickets and a bottle of cheap wine!  Hooey!  McDonald's, here I come!!!!
Was gonna post, then decided not to. Opened
my door, went outside to water my petunias. Went to turn on the water and uncoil the black hose, and there was A HUGE SNAKE COILED IN WITH THE HOSE!! AGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! It did not move - it had a fly walking on its back, and I PRAISED THE LORD THAT IT WAS DEAD!! DEAD SNAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not as bad as a living snake. As I was going to poke it with a stick to fling it, my daughter screamed - ITS NOT DEAD!!!! ITS JUST SUN BATHING.  I looked and looked, and it sure looked dead. IT WAS NOT.................................. It was about 3 feet long, which will probably morph into 8 feet by the end of the week as I tell my tale!! It was HORRIBLE. I live in NJ, and moved to a new area a few years back. Never saw a snake, a tick, or a black widow spider in my LIFE. Now they are everywhere. I laughed at the posts to call animal control. If you live in an area with snakes and the like, they LAUGH at you. Believe me, I know. I actually called the POLICE when I found my first bonafide black widow spider guarding her nest. She ATTACKED US!! They are actually aggressive when by an egg sac. Turns out they are everywhere in this 1 section of NJ - brought in via immigrants, per the Health Dept. So, I feel your pain!!  I wouldn't kill them either. Killed a 2 foot rat about a year ago, and still feel bad. The thing lived under my fridge.  HORRIBLE. One night the thing ate a 12 pack of English Muffins. Anyhoooooooooooooooooooooooooo....I can relate!! My only advice - RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My DH has decided to become a Pampered Chef demonstrator.

Does anyone have any info on this?  Is it a good way to make some extra money?  I said NO, he decided to do it anyway.

That's one of the reasons I decided to give up my IC status
and become an employee. There's no way I'd work when I'm on vacation. When I'm on vacation that last thing I think about and would want to do is work. I know that IC status does have advantages, but for me the disadvantages outweigh them. Good luck with whatever you decide.
I think it is decided, and you can kiss this account goodbye. I would present the sm
finished work, along with a bill, and when you expect payment.

Meanwhile, get real busy looking for something else to make it up.
I was teaching, and Katrina hit, and I decided I needed a job that could move with me if need be.
I have a friend who was an MT (actually, she and 2 of her sisters are MTs). When I asked her what she did, it was like a light going off in my mind--it sounded really interesting, since I loved typing and grammar and had good ears (I thought). When Katrina hit, I took time during our enforced semester off to take an online course, loved it, and began working as an MT. I discovered quickly that having good musical ears is not the same thing as having good MT ears!

What I love about MT work is that it is so interesting. I get to learn every day without having to actually be there to see/smell/hear. I am fascinated by the human machine and enjoy learning about it in detail.

Eventually, I'd like to move into a mentoring/teaching position with young or new MTs, but I need more years of experience before that happens. I totally admire those of you who have been doing this for a long time-- you guys have amazing ears and I'm always impressed by the knowledge you have picked up by working! That's what I aspire to, as well.

I decided I did not want to be a file clerk for the rest of my life.....
I was hired in a 5 doc urology practice as a file clerk. And we all know that the file room is a toxic waste dump from people who have no idea what to do with whatever piece of paper they have. After working in the file room, the docs asked me if I would help out the other transcriptionist. (She was the only one at the time). Since I KNEW I wasn't cut out to be a file clerk, I said sure. So I filed part time, helped with transcription overload. We got a new peds urologist fresh from a Fellowship at Mayo Clinic so he was a really wordy type.

Long story short, he was so busy I was out of the file room for good, typing just for him as he saw lots of kids, and loving every minute of it. He moved to Arizona in the early 2000's, called me in 2006, and the rest, as they say, is history. He is still a peds urologist and I am still working for him. Everything is done over the Internet. No paper anywhere except what his office prints out.

He is one of the reasons I LOVE MY JOB.
My puppies have decided a fun place to play is on my foot pedal. sm
The bring one Nylabone in particular, shaped like a wishbone, and chew on it under my feet.  The more I shoo them, the more they come back.  Negative attention. 
The national I worked for refused to pay mine when I decided to move on for better pay.
Hope it works out for you!
A simple google search will give you your answer...I'd give you the answer,
but how would that help you learn to research on your own...and I'm in a rush to get to the next post. 
love, love, love the show. hate american idol. this show is for real.
the only reason i entertained watching it was because of mark burnett and as usual he has such genious casting and editing. btw, don't know who anything about "metal" music but these performers make me like it. love marty and jd as performers. HATE JESSICA. susie is so nice and so emotional. it seems they all support each other and enjoy each others skills. regarding ty and bob marley, ty was excellent but he also lucked out on the song! bob marley was genious too and his music is very easy to listen to. i don't like 3/4 of what the others are given to sing but their performances make me love the music. dave navarro shines on this show, very gracious for the most part and letting the contestants down easy when they have to leave. he was great last night with brandon (?). sweet, sweet show. i am so impressed with everyone involved.
If it's different for each report, my guess (only a guess)
would be no. I think the macro would work if it was the same each time, but not sure if it will if the documents are different each time.