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I lost track of how many

Posted By: sm on 2006-11-20
In Reply to: How many authors do you have daily? - in-hiding

hospitals (30+), in how many states (12?), and how many doctors (1000s), but depending on the length of dictation I do anywhere from 15 to 40 reports a day.  I seldom ever have the same doc the same day, sometimes don't have the same one more than once in  a week, month, or even year.

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keep track!!
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Track Changes?
I use Word's Track Changes for when I am editing writing.  What happens is you can take out the incorrectly-spelled word and replace it with the correct version. In red, it will come up as "deleted: and then the word that was mispelled" so the MT can see both the right and wrong way when you send her back the file.  Hope that might help!
track changes?
There is a feature that is called "track changes" and it changes the color of any word that you added or puts a line through a word that you want to remove.
In my Word it is under "Tools" then "track changes" then click on highlight changes.
Good luck.
yes, this thread has gotten way off track
Can the ISP track to an address?
I didn't think it could. That would be great though. I feel bad for this person.
Sounds like your on the right track...

along with internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, and dermatology comes to mind.  There may be piddly little office procedures with those (am I the only one who finds abscesses being lanced TOTALLY COOL?!), but they are usually way easy.

Good luck in your goal! 

keeping track
Maybe that is a personal thing if you keep track of who the doc dictates and who he doesn't dictate for.  All I know is that they can take it for granted and you can spend lots of time if you're not careful.  Could it be a doc in Ravenna?
How convenient for them.....you keep track of
Way to keep track of what you do, without writing
If you go to cnet.com downloads and go to Rayflectar Project Timers. Hard to explain (for me anyway :), but you can program it to keep track of the things you do on your computer, time spent on each document, even time spent surfing the web, checking email etc. Just thought it might come in handy for some.
Keep track of your own lines.

Fast Track
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HELP-ASAP Tract or track (sm)

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put on your track shoes, baby! :)

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Suggestions for getting back on track?
I have been doing transcription for quite a while now, 14+ years.  I am finding that my count is dwindling and it's not due to lack of work.  I think I'm just burned out.  I love my job, but just can't seem to get it going again.  What do you all do to increase your production and get yourself out of a slump other than the obvious word expanders, etc.  Any advice you can give me would be really appreciated.  My husband is about to kill me because my check is not where it should be.
Sorry, didn't track hours.
Not an employee - just got on the computer and did a few offers whenever I felt like it.
Have you ever thought about keeping track... SM

of the reports you send to QA and then going back later and looking them over?  I'm sorry, but when there are 300 jobs in the QA queue, we cannot possibly send feedback on each and every report.  Most of us are on production just like you or have production quotas we have to meet just like you.  At some point the MT must take responsibility for her work and do her own research.  It isn't enough that we get sent reports with 20 or more blanks because a lazy MT didn't feel like do the research, but now we have to make sure we email that same lazy MT and give her the answers that she should have been able to find in the first place?

In my opinion, once an MT leaves 20 blanks or more in report, the QA person is basically transcribing that report.  The MT should get docked those lines.  I have seen reports with 80 blanks in them --- 80 BLANKS!  Tell me that MT isn't just being lazy!

QA is abused by a lot of MTs.  They use us to finish their work and give them free lines.  They use us to do their research.  They are used to be handed free answers on these online word boards -- word boards, I might add, that are usually manned by QA people lending a helping hand.  I used to frequent the word boards and offer answers, not anymore.  Just try to explain to someone how to find the answer to the question instead of just handing it to them on the word board and you are met with hostility.

I've given up.  This us versus them mentality is perpetuated by the MTs not by QA and I'm so tired of hearing it.  If you want a better relationship with QA, get better at your job.

keep track of emails; keep producing; it's all you can do.
You want us to have "O" work? They would track that complaint in a heartbeat.

communication and reality.

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Ever heard of "ghost track" after an ORIF???

A small "ghost track" is seen in the distal tibial shaft.


Sounds like you're on the right track with Weight Watchers (sm)
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Only if you're using the track changes or compare feature. Once somebody else has the document
which is the most common that you use when flagging? do you include the time track?

Given their track record, I woudn't give them a dime
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It is actually ghost track - area where a screw has once been for fixation of fracture.
I use Word 2003 and on the track changes toolbar there is a while pull-down box on the left.
This gives you your final report without the marks.
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My dad lost 100 lbs on WW (sm)
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sorry, makes no sense to me.
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Very likely she lost it to (sm)
someone cheaper, but could call to find out.
lost or just said so
I have worked inhouse for a company that when they pulled trans off an account for personal reasons or due to edits, they tell them they lost it. If your company is anything like the one in PA, this is always a possibility - when they don't like someone they frequently "lose accounts" If this is the case - it would be a contract problem
This company wouldn't be located near Gastonia, NC would it? The same thing happened to me recently and I am just curious if we were working for the same company.
I lost 72 lb in about 2 yrs on WW. sm
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As one who has lost everything before...
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Are you sure they are lost?
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Job lost
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Not ALL MTs - I lost 50 lbs 12 yrs ago and
and lookin' good (mid 50s).....20 more to go to be FIT  
Nothing is really lost
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Lost job too
Well, join the crowd.  More and more of our work was being sent to the service company, and now we are being eliminated as part of the work is going to some sort of point and click for the doctors to do themselves, and then some going to voice recognition as well.  So I am looking for Psychiatric work if anyone can give me any good tips for this.  TIA
I also know someone who lost
It only takes about a month for them to get up and running and then they cut the MT off.  Sad affairs...
sorry....lost me with the $9.00 fee.
lost work
I would ask you, one MT to another, do not let this burn you and make you less than you are. In reality the situation is no different then if someone was going to one store for years and then a newer, more modern one came along and the person switched. This is free enterprise at work. The way that people know we are professionals is the attitude that we have when this does happen to us. Always be a professional and you will be better then the next man. I have learned that it is our attitude in this world that will either change it or make it worse. You new know, because of the way that you handled this account, you could be recommended for something even better. Just a little encouragement. Just do things to the best that you can and it will come back to you, whether you see it or not.
Lost time?
Maybe you are all spending too much time doing searches?
In training we were told don't spend much time - let it go to QC because the clerks have all the census information, etc. that we do not have access to and it is easy for them.

Some things to consider:
If it's an old dictation (more than a couple of months), it probably won't be in the database. If it's a preop for the future, it won't be in the database; just type in what the dictator says.
lost lines on DQS could be from
Is there a program that just detects how many times you hit a key rather than the word if you use an expander?  Could that explain the line decrease?  For example if I type PE and my Expander puts physical examination, maybe it only counts the PE?