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I have daily work, except on Mondays

Posted By: MtMommyof2 on 2008-11-14
In Reply to: When was the last time... - tradMT

That is my only day off.

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HAHA! Yes! I have those daily! But it's not really work as I work nights, it's little things l
turning on the pool filter in the morning and then in the afternoon running out there because I thought I forgot to turn it on. Or preheating the oven and then 5 minutes later saying "shoot! I forgot to preheat the oven!" It's really bad. And I'm only 31. I'm not 90!

I don't know if dementia or Alzheimer's runs in my family, but this could be a sign of something to come. Or as my husband says - you jut don't pay attention to much. He's probably right!
Oh, to be young again -Mondays all I want to do is crash.

what is daily work?
If it's never running out, being able to work the hours you want to work and still making a decent paycheck, then yes I have daily work.
I work with SR on a daily basis, and I can tell you...sm
...it will NOT be replacing human intelligence, now or 10 years from now or 50 years from now. The files we work on come from a VERY expensive speech recognition system and the quality is very poor. SR cannot handle punctuation well at all, doesn't know when to stop and start sentences, has problems with capitalization, and ironically enough, when the doctor actually spells something out, that totally confuses SR!

But even if technology advances to the place where speech recognition can accurately reproduce every word and sound that comes out of a doctor's mouth, so what? That STILL will not replace human MTs, because doctors do not always say what they mean, or even when they DO say what they mean, what they mean is not right! We're the only ones who can clean up that mess.

Daily emergency work as IC...

Is it normal for an IC to be called often for emergency reports that need to be completed within a short amount of time - one to two hours.  Is this normal practice?  I get these calls fequently and it makes it difficult to complete the work I was doing, and/or I may be out on my own time when these phone calls come in.  I tend to work best in the evenings so I do most of my chores, etc., during the day.   



I beg your pardon. Some of us who work as IC put in more hours daily than employees!!
Heck, most of us take pride in our work and can run circles around your QA with accuracy! Please, you are way off base.

I agree there are some "fly by night" ICs who just don't care about QA or TAT, but that is not the majority. You can not make a generalized statement for all of us IC MTs. I am respected and paid very well by my Hospital for my accuracy and speed and knowledge!
At least 1 whole POT OF COFFEE daily if not 2. Work long hours. nm
This is what I use daily


This site lets you type in three or more letters of the drug, and it pulls up everything with those letters.  It's great for when you only hear part of the drug.


Daily work is exactly what the word DAILY means --> work that comes in on a daily basis.  No days pass by without an empty queue.

I must be with the wrong companies then.

By chance is this MT Daily?
Not everyone comes to this board daily!
Are we not allowed to ask questions if they've been asked before? I understand this is the main board but people complain on the company board too if you ask about a company already posted about. Maybe those people can just skip over the posts and keep going, onto another message board preferably! Sheesh.
How many authors do you have daily?

I'm with a small MTSO and for quite a while have been on an account with about 10 doctors, mostly ESL.  I was very comfortable with them.  I have been trained on three accounts, one with maybe 6 and then another very large account, but they kept me primarily on this account.

Recently I was switched to one of the other accounts - no ESL, but this last pay period I had 38 different authors!!  Am having a hard time getting comfortable, and there's other problems , but for this post I just was hoping to find out, on average how many authors are others doing?

Maybe I was really lucky before with just 10 docs - ?

Usually 2 hours daily.
Today I clocked 2 hours 33 minutes and I can honesly say I'm beat!  Almost solid H&Ps and D/C summaries too...so finger-saving normals.  Blech!
I would still flag it - he said twice daily not

Daily digest
What's the daily digest?  I had not heard of that.  How do we sign up for it?
I add things daily. sm
I have been an MT and had an Expander for nine years, and i still add things on a daily basis. Not only cos I still run into new stuff daily, but also because your mind thinks of more and more complex things to put in there as you go.

Back when I started, all I thought about was long words and two-word phrases, maybe some longer phrases. I was happy with that. But then as i went typing happily along, I discovered I could do much more -- put entire sentences in, put formatting in, create entire pick lists, call up macros, call up websites, call up templates, the list goes on and on.

How do I remember them? Well, first I realize it's missing by actually typing in the short I think would make sense if it was in there. If it's not there, I put it in. Then maybe the next time I run into that phrase, I think, "hmm, have I entered this before?" and i try out the short that would make the most sense to me (at that time of course, which could be completely different than the first time!) And if it's there, yeah! I just saved myself some keystrokes!

I also just switched to IT and about once a month I run an enrichment on my doctors to get the most out of what they say.
The Daily Typo: - (sm)

What was dictated:   "He had normal fundi bilaterally."

What I typed:  "He had normal FUNGI bilaterally."

Mental image that conjured up:   Dude with large mushrooms sprouting out of his ears!     

Do you currently post on MT Daily or read it?

I was thinking about paying the $48 but then I thought there are only limited amount of people who will pay so probably not as good as MTStars.  It was fun though before they started charging and if they only charged half as much they would draw more people.  $48 is way high when other boards are free.

Just some daily walking would probably shake it for you, too. nm
? lidopine bis-a-late 10 mg daily
Anyone heard of this.  I posted on word board but got no help.  Need STAT.
I change mine daily
I use td for today's date and yd for yesterday's date and I just change them every day.
MSN used to send me daily e-mails SM
telling me every single website they had been to.  But this would only work if they sign in under their own name and not "borrow" mom or dad's name! 
pt does get her mammagram daily. LOL ouch sm


G2, P2.  Her pregnancies were uncomplicated.  She has not seen a gynecologist in over two years, but she does get her mammogram daily.    Uhhh.... I don't think so Mr. MD!!!   You couldn't get me to do that daily if ya paid me!

well, 4 times daily as needed...yep. i think so!
it doesn't have to be taken 4 times a day just as needed.

If you don't speak on a daily basis . . .
We speak several times daily.
Even right now while he's overseas on a business trip, we make time for a couple daily phone calls.
I'm with you ... I get enough reality just with my daily living. sm

Kinda nice to get lost and just veg with my Law & Order and CSI addictions :)

Obviously, I'm in the minority since they seem to come up with more and more reality shows .... I admit to watching the Biggest Loser a couple of times, but I can't imagine being "hooked" and watching it all of the time, sitting on the edge of my seat. 

Fix Or Repair Daily = FORD....nm
It gave him daily headaches. nm
What reference do you use the most on a daily basis? SM

I lost all my reference books in a fire and I can't afford to replace them all at once.  I am buying a couple of books each pay check and I've been trying to decide what I need the most.  So far I have gotten a Dorland's Medical Dictionary, Surgical Word Book, and Radiology Word Book because I do radiology a couple of times a week. 

So to all you acute care MTs out there, what books do you find yourself using on a daily basis?

I use my old faithful PRD with it daily, no problems. sm
Chartscript looks scary at first, but it's the easiest thing to use once familiar with it.
5-10 of each a day with 2 others on acct doing 350-400 exams daily
Works out good if you are paid by exam which I hope you are.
yes, daily, but get paid lines for it. nm
I take ibuprofen usually on a daily basis
although really should not. I have this in the bilateral wrists so it cannot be just the mouse use alone. A certain movement with the wrists elicits such excruciating pain, you probably know though. Am glad not doing anything real serious, like brain surgery or the like, when this pain hits.
Dont you wish all those witches from MT-Daily would get
[*** Dub-in the Wizard-of-Oz 'wicked witch' soundtrack here.***]
How to receive daily digest?-please help

Many, many months ago I somehow figured out on this site how to receive a daily digest through email each day and I enjoy that.  Now I would like to tell a couple MTer's how to receive this Daily Digest as well, but am not able to find the directions on this site again.  If anyone could tell me how to sign up for the Daily Digest, would greatly appreciate it.  Thanks. 

I also made a daily spreadsheet
that I plug my daily line count into, and it gives me a daily and to-date pay period earnings total. I just keep updating all day with my counts until I reach my goal for the day. I also see my pay period total and figure out how close I am to paying off those bills.

When I having an especially good day, it really motivates me because I see the numbers going up quickly and I just want to work more.
Found these companies on Mt Daily...sm

Progressive Scribe, 97-42 91 St. Unit 1A beta Park, WI 53201-1881, progressive_scribe@yahoo.com
On Call Transcription Solutions, Inc., Menomonee Falls, WI, 800-680-6791, www.oncalltranscription.com

Freedom Type, 1521 Watt Ave, Fall Creek, WI, http://www.freedomtype.com, freedomtype@hotmail.com.

Vasant Scribes, http://www.vasantscribes.com

Kettle Moraine Transcription Associates, Glenbeulah, WI, kmta@excel.net Carol Strzelczyk, President

Medical Transcription Services, Inc., 1727 Shawano Avenue, Green Bay, WI 54303, 920-499-9118, Sharon Barchacky, contact@transcriptionoutsourcing.com

AccuSTAT Medical Transcription Service, Inc., Humbird, Wisconsin, 715-334-2313, accustat@cuttingedge.net.

K.A.Y. Transcription, Appleton, WI 54915. (920) 733-2819; Karen A. Yehle; kayehle@aol.com

M&M Medical Transcription Services, Madison, WI 608-242-0926

OmniMed Transcription/Coding, Madison, WI, http://www.OmniMedinc.com, 7 Midwest offices, 6602 Grand Teton Plaza, Madison, WI 53719, omnimed1@omnimedinc.com, 569-6802, fax 608-276-3767.

Ace Transcription Service, Inc., pam23424@aol.com, 414-367-9303, Nashotah, WI.

Office Wizard, LLC, Brillion, WI 54110. www.officewizard.net; (920) 864-7708 (voice); Fax: (920) 864-7707, Connie Koerth connie@officewizard.net

Engstrom, Inc., 9708 Hwy. 147, P.O. Box 40, Two Rivers, WI 54241 920-755-3277, engstrominc@aol.com, www.engstrominc.com

Jobs seem to be posted daily
in abundance, but all lackluster line rate now-a-days. Just noticing.
Each of our counts is available in program daily.
Rather than politics, I think that it comes down to just not being liked by a supervisor even when performing optimally. This is her first job as a sup.
I fax all my reports on a daily basis
I have a fax machine right in my computer. As soon as I'm doing typing a report, I print it directly to the fax. It has the capability to schedule faxes. Where I work we have to hold the reports for 5 days in case there are any corrections so I just schedule my faxes five days in advance and it automatically faxes everything out. I can keep tract of whether or not a fax has gone out just by clicking on the fax icon on my computer. It's really very handy.
Indeed. It is mutual. But I don't have to deal with it daily as a supervisor does.
I only hear from supervisor once or twice monthly. According to supervisors, they are dealing with MTs, hundreds of swarming MTs daily. Must be awful to have to deal with people you don't like all day.
I've been using olive oil daily for the last 5 years
and my weight is stable and normal.

However, I don't use NEARLY a 1/4 cup! just a little on my salad or for cooking.
MT Daily has a private board for MTSOs

I know a lot of us now come here since MTD decided to institute fees, but that board is so valuable that it makes it worth it--only if other transcription company owners keep it active. It's definitely not what it used to be but those who have stuck with it sure have great camaraderie and help one another with issues just like this one you are facing.


Absolutely, near the 3200+ range daily. nm
You might try exercise daily to help you stay awake. sm
When I was a slug, I used to fight sleep all the time while transcribing. Then I started daily exercise, and now I don't fight sleep at all. I also went low carb, too - carbs make you sleepy.

This will also help your productivity.
Daily minutes - time per tape

I have two Internal Medicine docs that average 25 to 35 minutes per day which equals about 500 to 600 lines each.  (time to do each tape 1 to 1.25 hours per tape)     Monthly line count is about 15,000 to 16,000 per month average .

Two oncology surgeons that dictate three days per week -- one is 25 to 30 minutes per day which can equal up to 1000 lines as a  lot of letters and consults the other surgeon is shorter about 10 to 15 minutes and equals about 300 to 400 per day. (time to do tape -- long ones about 1.5 hours and short about 20 to 30 minutes -- good money maker)  Monthly line count is about 11,000 to 12,000 per month

Plastic surgeon -- short chart notes only 10 minutes = 100 lines per day - 3 days per week.  Only get about 1000 lines per month if he has some letters.

Hand surgeon - some IME's, chart notes - 2 days per week depends but usually about 30 to 40 minutes per day.    About 4500 to 5000 lines per month.

Psychologist -- 3 to 5 psych consults - ADHD children - 35 to 40 minutes per report with accompanying letter about 600 to 700 lines per report/letter.  (takes me about 1.25 hours per report/letter)  About 4500 lines per month.

I have been doing these for so long I can type them in my sleep. 

Okay, the daily feces report ruined it for me. nm
Oh honey, sounds like my daily routine.

You just gotta push through.  I've noticed that as my kids get older, it has gotten somewhat better.  I have a 9 and 11 year old and they have gotten to the point of seeing after themselves while I'm working.  They were 3 and 5 when I started and it was really tough.  Now If they make a mess, they clean it up themselves.  Unless the house is on fire, someone is dying, etc. they are to leave me alone when the headset is on.  I have had to really draw the line with them.  It didn't happen overnight, it took quite a while for them to understand.  Fortunately my husband understands all this and has really helped me work with them on this issue. 

Friends and family on the other hand haven't been so easy to train.  I screen my calls with caller ID and let the machine get the ones I don't have time to deal with.  My machine has a message stating that "I am working at the moment and am unable to answer your call.  Please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as possible."  I have also had a put a sign on my front door stating "Please Do Not Disturb.  I am currently working and unable to visit at this time.  Please come back after 4:00 p.m., I will be available then."  I had to do this because people just couldn't seem to get it.  Just because I was at home, they thought they could just drop in.  I even have some to still ring the doorbell because they think that sign isn't for them.  But you know what...I feel that is very rude and disrespectful of them.  They can sit out there all day for all I care because until I'm finished working, I won't answer.

Your not alone in all of this.  I believe this is what most of us who work at home go through.  Eventually it will get better but you must put some rules into place for everyone and enforce them.  I know with very young children it is hard for them to understand this but if you begin now helping them understand, then it will get easier as they grow.  Also, if you have older children that can help with the younger ones, give them an incentive to help you out.  You've just got to be creative with it and find what works for you. 

Hope this helps!

We come in contact daily with much more true medicine sm

medical problems, diagnoses, treatment, that nurses do.  I question my nurse practitioner, constantly, about why she is prescribing certain medications for me.  She seems to have a lot less knowledge of these medications than I do.  (btw, she resents it). 

daily required line count


Does anyone know the going rate right now for daily line quota?