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I have probably 30 dictators that I get on a regular basis, usually

Posted By: me on 2006-07-25
In Reply to: Routing of work... sm - Info seeker

the same work type, but depending on the workload I may get all different work types, and lots of dictators I've never had before, but that isn't the norm.   My company has very high standards and I think they realize in order to retain the good MTs they have to make them productive and they try to do that as much as they can by keeping them on one account. 


I've had accounts in the past where it was rare that I got the same dictator more than a couple of times and they were all very difficult ESL dictators, which makes it harder to learn them. 




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Not to mention doing it on a regular basis
I could maybe, maybe, if the stars were aligned properly and all the factors MTinNC mentioned were in place, type 3000 lines in a 12-15 hour day. But it would be one day. I couldn't do that everyday, and it probably would take so much out of me that I'd end up slowing down in subsequent days, making it all balance out. Of course, I'm no longer in my 20s, but I think it would still take a quick toll.
I do VR and regular dictators and I must disagree
with everyone who says only the good dictators are on VR and bad on regular, I get pretty much an equal mix of both on both.
Not always. Tongue stumblers. New dictators. Speedy and lazy dictators.
D
?? Bad dictators are bad dictators regardless of their mother language.

wonder when people will just get over it and do what they can and move on. 


Been there myself on a day to day basis.
and it just plain blows big time.
First name basis
IMHO, if the client wants you to call them Pipsqueak, you comply.  It's their perogative - the customer is always right. 
It's on a per-account basis. nm
..
My husband does this on an every day basis
changing what I say to something else and I laugh each and every day we are together. He is so funny i start laughing before I ever get a sentence out of my mouth. He keeps me in stitches, my bestest friend in the whole wide world! I tell him I think he needs a hearing aid and he says WHAT?? I said is something wrong with your ears and he says.. I donít have any tears. I have no dull days when he is here with me. The way he works is home most days and I can hardly wait for him to get out of bed so I can laugh more.
Regardless whether HIPPA is the basis or not....
there is a problem there that needs to be addressed here.  Either you agree or don't!  No need to critize an MT who is at least trying to make an effort to do something about it. 
possible, but not on a consistent basis, I don't think
I have done it, but it is not possible to do that for 4 hours straight, and definitely not for 8. There are so many factors that affect your work.... how many times you stop to look up things, ESLs, wasted time with doctors who don't have their thoughts organized, etc. I have done 350-400 lines an hour rarely... usually it is 275-300 if I have a very familiar doctor, no terms to look up, and my fingers and mind are communicating that day. :o) So long answer short, it is 'doable', but doubtful that you could keep it up for 8 hours.
If you don't speak on a daily basis . . .
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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.

Jay
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 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.
Google is not good basis, IMO. sm
Look up the definition of "hire." It can apply. You can certainly hire an IC, just as you can hire a service, plumber, electrician, babysitter, etc. Even if Google does show it's being used often to refer to employees, that doesn't mean that every single person saying it is implying or in any way establishing an employee-employer relationship. That's not to say the person you are referring to didn't mean it that way, just that I don't think it's fair to paint every MTSO that might say it with that broad brush. I don't think the IRS would consider it a valid cause as establishment of employee vs. IC relationship, either. It's a stretch to say that someone can't even say they "hired" an IC. I just think that's reading way too much into it. JMO, FWIW.

From dictionary.com:

Hire is a general word, most commonly applied to paying money for labor or services...
Ask your PS to see if you can try it on a trial basis, say for a month or so...sm
You won't really know if it'll be better for you unless you give it a trial run. 5-1/2 hours each day should go by quick even with breaks.

Good luck.
Most pay is on a production basis these days, so SM
in looking for a typical wage, you really need to find out what group of "typical" MTs to compare oneself to. All experienced, of course. Slow, below-average speed, average speed, above average, fast, very fast, and wow-I-wish-I-could-do-that. Some very experienced MTs are slow for various reasons. A few probably have no real talent for the job but have always worked on salary. Others can be faster but again have always worked on salary, which didn't encourage developing one's maximum speed. Others prefer to work in a relaxed manner and choose not to focus on high production. The higher producers are either very talented or they've worked hard at harnessing the available technology to work for them, and all work steadily and fairly hard.

$20+ also strikes me as fairly typical for a sincere MT who applies herself reasonably consistently, and I agree that 30-35+ is still an achievable goal for most who commit to making money, though typical only for the fast classes.
Most pay is on a production basis these days, so SM
in looking for a typical wage, you really need to find out what group of "typical" MTs to compare oneself to. All experienced, of course. Slow, below-average speed, average speed, above average, fast, very fast, and wow-I-wish-I-could-do-that. Some very experienced MTs are slow for various reasons. A few probably have no real talent for the job but have always worked on salary. Others can be faster but again have always worked on salary, which didn't encourage developing one's maximum speed. Others prefer to work in a relaxed manner and choose not to focus on high production. The higher producers are either very talented or they've worked hard at harnessing the available technology to work for them, and all work steadily and fairly hard.

$20+ also strikes me as fairly typical for a sincere MT who applies herself reasonably consistently, and I agree that 30-35+ is still an achievable goal for most who commit to making money, though typical only for the fast classes.
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.
I type oncology on a daily basis.
It's tough, especially when it's a young person. At least with older people, I think they lived long and happy lives. The doctors are taking good care of them, and their family members are usually there with them. Then there are times when the doctors describe the person's presenting symptoms and I sit there wondering if my aches and pains could be cancer. Maybe that's why so many MTSOs are looking for people to type oncology. Nobody wants to do it. I should probably find something else to do.
We are paid on a tier basis, based on
your production during the entire pay period. For example:

12,000 - xx
12,001 - 14,000 - an additional 0.05.
14,000 - 16,000 - an additional 0.05.
16,001 and above - an additional 0.05

So, lines between 12,000 and 14,000 we are paid xx + 0.05;
14001 - 16000 - xx + 0.05 + 0.05;
16,001 - above xx + 0.05 + 0.05 + 0.05.
I need something on a trial basis for now...if it works out, I will invest later...Can't afford..

to invest in software unless it is a sure thing.  Thanks


People die and lose everything on a daily basis, not just hurricane
victims. I wish people would stop insinuating that everyone in the country who is getting on with their own lives is selfish or uncaring.
Once I got over needing/wanting to talk whoever on a daily basis, I liked not to - sm
For years (my 20s) I felt I had to talk to my SO every day for 5 years....finally broke up for good...took 3 times to work. Next SO was much more laid back, talked to him 3-4 times a week maybe, saw each other maybe 3 x a week. Helped me a lot in getting over the previous jerk/SO. That lasted about 20 months....then met DH. We did not talk every day at first even though we lived 100 miles apart....later on we did. I moved in with him though 6 months after meeting him so it became a mute point then. But even today he calls me usually 1-4 x a day which at times gets to be a bit annoying actually. Though when he does not call I do worry and wonder if he is okay....he did not call yesterday and the roads were icy so it gets you worried when your DH/SO does not stick to form. The only way to get over being annoyed is to call him and ask him if he called and hung up and to next time please leave a message. Or be stubborn and wait and get angrier if that makes you happy.
very few responses on the State Boards on a daily basis
So I thought I would try the main board. If I don't get a response in a couple of hours, I guess it could be taken off.
Thanks

Per diem is on an as needed basis - not a stable job. May work 1 day a month. nm
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i would see if they would hire you on a part-time basis those 2 days you are off for a trial to see
;
Any hospitals/clinics hiring home-based employees on an hourly basis? TIA

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no way they can keep us at regular pay with VR


but our regular every day tax is

9.25% -- Bought some clothing yesterday and the subtotal was $159.97. The tax was $14.80. Total bill:  $174.77.


They get us in other ways.


 


I do but don't use it on a regular
basis. It's a computer I can take with me and work, if I have to. So far, it's been great. I paid a pretty bit more for it than I wanted, but I guess that's a Sony VAIO. The screen is fantastic. I had a 17 inch HP, actually two of them, and both were quirkly and so I sent them back (I ordered them online from HP). The battery on the Sony VAIO I have runs down very quickly, but I use it plugged into a wall outlet with a surge protector anyway. The keyboard is nice -- I like the touch, but I have a spare keyboard that I use with the laptop as I can't type for beans on any laptop keyboard. The Sony's really need more USB plugs (mine has three, the HPs I had had four) but you can always add a hub if you need to.
Just filled up with regular at $2.87
  Felt like I got a bargain!!  Luckily, my car mostly sits in the driveway.  Love working at home.
regular old headphones
I wore the plug type but ended up with such an ear infection that it turned into cellulitis. They had to lance my ear and face area near the ear. Now I just wear the plain old stereo headphones.
Regular pay on a holiday? (sm)
I wouldn't do it.  No offense intended but I'm wondering how many places do that?  I've never heard of not getting 1.5 on a holiday for working?  Hey, if I could, I would give you mine since I'm not using it.  Have been an MT for a long time (16+ years) and have never and will never work a holiday for straight time.  As I mentioned when hired it was agreed I would not work holidays and I plan to stick to it. 
Also, you might want to take a regular keyboard
Not sure if you are used to transcribing on a laptop's keyboard, but it is very hard to do.  I use a laptop to transcribe, but have a regular keyboard plugged into it - much better!
Starting or regular pay?

We as MTSOs absolutely have to start the pay lower and I'll tell you why.  Hiring and training is expensive.  We are paying editors by the hour to proof new hires 100% so we actually lose money on every report a new hire does.   3 out of 5 people we hire lie about their experience and are not qualified to do the work so it requires extensive editing and in a lot of cases, total retyping.   Over half of the people hired do not do their required lines or hours per day, some are scheduled to start and just do not even show, do not contact us or anything.  I get emails from people saying they are losing their home, their children, etc., and are desperate for work and then do 100 lines a day.  It is not cheap to advertise, it is not cheap to pay man hours to test and train. So we start lower, and in the 20% of the time we get somebody who 1) does have the required experience, 2) really does want to work and does the required hours or lines, and 3) proofs their own work so it's not a total wreck when we get it, THEN we give raises, and good ones.  


You want to know where all the 10-12 cpl pay per line went?   Get out your map and look at India, Phillippines, and Pakistan.   On the 11 facilities we have, the highest paying to us is 13 cpl.  Try renting an office, keeping the equipment updated, paying employees, etc., on that amount of money.  If we try and get a raise, they talk about other companies who have already contacted them and how they can outsource and pay only 8 cpl total.   I understand now why companies are outsourcing.  We can't find qualified workers or those who even want to work so it's easier for companies to outsource and pay to have the work proofed before being sent on to the facilities.  We do not outsource at all, but we have hired so far 19 people for FOUR positions and only 2 remain.  That's how bad it is for us.


Starting or regular pay?

The company I work for pays 11 cents a line...so they are out there! They also do not outsource and they need good transcriptionists....contact me if you want a good company to work for.


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No, it's a regular work day.
As a matter of fact, our company is making us work on Labor Day and as if that's not bad enough, Thanksgiving too!  We get half of Christmas day off and that's it,  But it's a good company that pays us well overall, 6 cents a 75-character line, plus if you type over 4000 lines a day, they'll pay you 2.7 cents for each line thereafter the 4000.  I can't complain!  After all, things COULD be worse!  I COULD be picking lettuce or strawberries for a living so I count my blessings!!
These are regular admisions.
I have also done H&P in a rush before surgery.  But they are telling me they need to be done within 24 hours of admission for a regular hospital stay.  When I started this years ago, it was 24 hours from dictation and did not worry about them on the weekends because was told as long as they were on the dictation system and the doctors had access to it, it was alright  Well, the weekend thing changed several years ago and the 24 hours changed a few years ago and I provide weekend coverage for H&P (although from my understanding, they still do not get placed on the chart).  The hospital is telling me this is state regulations.
Thanks, I did not think it was, it is on the regular "natural" one though - nm
ss
I feel the same way. There are several regular
names that I haven't seen since all this mess started. Glad you are still here Hayseed.
Me either. They just look and sound like regular people to me.
I think the story might be getting a lot of attention because of the situation - cute teenager lost while on a trip in an exotic place . . . . .
Happy at MDI with my regular pay (see inside)
They do not give standardized bonuses on a regular basis. There are some weekends or holidays that they give bonuses based on workloads at certain accounts. I am not sure what you mean by not coming to MDI for "the bonus"? As stated, there are times they give "a" bonus. Hope this helps. Sometimes you have to be flexible to move to certain accounts that are busy.

As a full time employee, I get 16 paid days off per year and I get paid more per line that at Spheris or Medquist. (I was at both). Birthdays recognized? At Medquist, I only got Christmas as a paid day off.

For the person that was at MDI for two years, I'd love to hear from you by e-mail. If you were actually there two years and never saw a bonus weekend advertised, never got a Christmas card, etc., I would find that odd. I would also like to hear what has happened to make you so aggravated to post on this board now. Send me an e-mail, I have been with MDI a long time and your post just doesn't sound right.

She admitted below that her name is DixieDew. She is a regular
where I post
$2.39 for regular in Boynton Beach, FL.
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you do realize regular broadcast TV will be gone soon...
the only choice will be satellite or cable. Believe it is starting in 2006, but you will have until 2008, or something like that.

There will be no more signals, it will be all changed over the HDTV (which I really have no idea what that is, or why we will have to have it). The government will also own, I think it is 10 channels, or something like that...

It is kind of an odd thing to think there will be no more 'free TV.' Everything we have known and grown up with is changing, and nothing seems to be free anymore.
how will you know what you type is ASR and what is regular transcription?(nm)
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do you get a lot of standards with your regular dictation?
I used to make $25 before going on DQS, now struggle to make $12 or so. Do you sit 3-1/4 hours straight? I can't do that, everything starts to hurt after about an hour.
No way would my kids be in regular school
It was bad enough years ago when I was in public school, but nowadays with all the drugs, sex, guns, knives, etc., in school, there is no way any kids of mine would be in a public school. I remember my study hall when the kids were totally out of control and the teacher was afraid of them-- it sure isn't any better now. If I could not afford a private school, you'd better believe they would be home schooled.
I'd just use a regular /baby shampoo until you can
flea shampoo for puppies, then get some Frontline or Advantage....just check what the age is for it, pretty sure you can use those puppies. Keep her away from the other dogs obviously, especially if she has worms as just about all puppies do.
There is a palm demo but I don't see a regular one.
http://www.fitaly.com/