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It means you have special formatting applied to those paragraphs sm

Posted By: Cheri on 2008-02-03
In Reply to: MS. Word Format Question - David

like keep lines together or keep with next. You can turn those squares off with the show/hide button on the toolbar or hit Ctrl+Shift +8 to toggle marks on or off -- that's probably what you hit to turn them on.

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I have very few "canned" paragraphs.

I have 15000 or more words or phrases. You have to work at using an expander.  I know, IT advertises it does wonders, but in reality, you still have to be creative and make the shortcuts.  IT is not the best or fastest Expander for most people. 

Go to a productivity site, read the various technques used, see the various words and phrases that people use, and then start using your head and put it all together.  There is no quick easy solution.


third and fourth paragraphs
Say it all!  You already have your answer. 
Read it and weep (ESPECIALLY the last 2 paragraphs)
Still think AAMT/AHDI is your champion?


Heartland Information Services, Spryance, Inc., Merge Written by News Editor
Wednesday, 15 November 2006
Combined Companies Create Premier Outsourced Transcription Provider

Heartland Information Services has merged with Spryance, Inc., forming one of the premier offshore transcription providers in the United States. Spryance shareholders will fund the purchase of Heartland Information Services from HCR ManorCare. The new combined company will be marketed under the Heartland Information Services brand.

Headquartered in Boston, Spryance provides transcription service to more than 175 hospitals and clinics across the country, utilizing 1,200 MTs in India. Heartland’s corporate headquarters is located in Toledo, Ohio, with work centers in Bangalore and Delhi, India. By combining companies, the new Heartland will have over 2,500 medical transcriptionists providing service to over 200 hospital and clinical customers.

Dennis Paulik, General Manager of Heartland, will become the President and CEO of the new combined company. Raj Malhotra, CEO of Spryance, will become Chairman of the Board of the combined companies. Joining Mr. Malhotra on the board will be Gene Barduson, Chairman and CEO, Alteer, Inc., Dennis Byerly, former CEO Third Millennium Healthcare Systems, Inc., Mahendra Patel, formerly with DEC, David Beecken, Partner, Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company, and Thomas Schleisinger, Partner, Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company.

“Combining the two companies creates synergies that will add value for customers,” says Dennis Paulik, President and CEO of the new Heartland Information Services. “For example, Heartland provides industry-leading quality and customer support and Spryance provides capacity and scalability.”

“The Spryance investors, led by Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company and International Finance Corporation, provide the financial strength and resources for the new Heartland to grow rapidly,” adds Mr. Malhotra, Heartland Information Services Chairman of the Board.

THE cost-saving initiative of out-sourcing medical notes to India for typing is facing major problems. An internet link used to transfer patient information from Lister Hospital to India has failed to meet the needs of East and North Herts NHS Trust, both in terms of speed and capacity. The Trust had hoped to save as much as £1million by axing 15 medical secretary posts and outsourcing their work. However, a medical secretary from Lister said: "After the medical secretaries were made redundant it was discovered that the NHS server for the typing to be sent over the internet to India could not cope with this system. Medical secretaries are being told that the typing will be kept at the Trust for us to type, as done in the past."

Danny Mortimer, the Trust's director of human resources, said: "Like any project of its size, there will always be initial teething problems."

"Nationally the NHS is experiencing problems with this link, both in terms of its speed and capacity of transfer of information across the internet. Contingency plans are being considered locally by the Trust, including using a separate, secure link to the internet for the medical transcription service until the problems affecting it are resolved nationally. The Trust has introduced the medical transcription service because it knows that it will save money, while at the same time providing a consistent, high-quality service. This is proving to be the case already, although more work remains to be done."

American Association for Medical Transcription, in association with Prometric, announced the Registered Medical Transcriptionist (RMT) credentialing exam – a newly developed global ‘level-1’ credential in the arena of Medical Transcription. This program is aimed at helping the existing talent pool to scale up and meet the global standards and quality benchmarks. The two organizations also announced a special ‘India price’ for AAMT’s existing Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) exam.

Medical Transcription is a booming industry with exponential growth prospects and opportunities for committed players. While globally the industry potential is around USD 30-33 billion, in India it is around USD 300 million. Currently, there are around 18,000 medical practitioners in the country and this is expected to almost double within the next 2-3 years.
copy (highlight0 paragraphs and hit control E.
do you mean save something into your expansion file?  I copy (highlight) what I want to save and then hit control E 
You can insert entire paragraphs by easliy using the macro sm


Tools - macro- record new macro. name the macro box appears ( name it whatever you need to, i.e. Dr. Smith's appendecomy) and then a little box will appear to begining recording it.  Type as much or as long of a paragraph as you need.  This can be very very long!  even pages if you want!!!)  then hit the st (telling the macro to stop recording.)  Next time you need to pull up that paragraph go into tools again and since you named it you should be able to find it easiy.  The macros get stored in alphabetical order.

The macro that you make this way does not record mouse movements, only keyboard movements, but you can have long paragraphs easily inserted right into your document using this.

This is a great place (in macros) to store MDs names and adresses too.  Then assign a shortcut key to open the macro box faster and voila!  everyone will wonder how you got your work done so fast.


Word counts the blank lines between paragraphs unless you change
your paragraph style to double space when you hit enter. You need to change the "after" setting in the spacing section of the paragraph dialog box to the point size of the font you are using and click the Default button. You'll probably want to do this in a separate template unless you want this setting for all new documents.
XML formatting - does anyone know how....sm
to create a double space after punctuation that holds and doesn't get stripped in XML?   Thanks!
Generally, if you don't have to identify the speakers by name or if there are several speakers -- just start a new paragraph with each change of speaker.  Or, if it is a question/answer type of interview, you can put Question and Response as headings on each new paragraph.  I've even done them with Male and Female headings to identify speakers when the company didn't want them identified by their names.  Good luck.  

I have a few questions about formatting:

If more than 1 presciption is dictated should it be seperated with a period or a comma? For example: Prozac 100 mg. , Provigil 200 mg.




it's spelled right. Exo means outside and you know what phrenic means. nm
SH bold formatting and others
In the "Dictionary Text [Add]" dialog box, as you
are entering in the "Text to Type", when you need
to add special formatting, you simply tap Ctrl-K, and
add the keystroke commands applicable to your
word processor to change to the desired font.
For example, Microsoft Word uses Ctrl+B to
enable/disable bold face. So to simulate bold text
with ShortHand in Microsoft Word, you simply need
to simulate the Ctrl+B keystroke. When you are done
your word(s) that are bolded will look like this:

{@KEY--Ctrl+B}your text{@KEY--Ctrl+B}.

When you actually type the key (as you transcribe)
Shorthand will automatically/instantly enter all the
special function keys that you have entered, and
your text will come out formatted.

You can use the same concept to add any formatting codes to your Shorthand text, including underlining, italicizing, changing font styles and/or font sizes. You can also add tabs, change margins, etc.

Try thi out and if you have any problems with this, post another message.

ask about that and formatting b4 you start -nm
AAMT BOS Formatting Question

Can any MTs with the AAMT BOS 2nd Ed. tell me the recommended way of formatting headings and operative titles?  TIA

Meditech Formatting Keys
I think it was control F8 for spellcheck, but you must be at the top of the document within the text portion of the report.  I have an old cardboard that fit over my F keys.  Here is what is says:  Control: SI, Add Line, Left Justify, Conv Case, Transpose, Del BOW, Del BOW, blank, S3, Word Attr, S19.  Then for Shift:  Bold, Italic, Underline, Set Attr, Center, Join, Help, Docum, Set Search, Search, Replace, MAGIC.  Then across the bottom it says:  Begin Block, End Block, Format, Get, Recall, Prev Field, Begin, End, Lookup, Delete Line, Exit, OK.  I hope this makes sense.  I basically had this placed overtop my F keys, and then I used this as a guide.  I think the post you were asking about was for the spellcheck.  I only worked in MAGIC Meditech, not in CLIENT, which is apparently word-based, so I'm not sure if these functions work the same in CLIENT.  Good luck.        E-mail me if ya' like - I am long time Meditech user (10+ years), but it has been a few months, and I haven't had to use it.      
Need help setting up formatting in MS word - sm
Computer crashed and died and now setting up my backup computer.  I need to fix it so I don't have 2 spaces after a period.  It is doing it automatically and I cannot find where to "fix" this.  This is Word 2000 that I am using on a computer with XP Pro.  Any help with this would be appreciated, it is driving me nuts (I am ending up with 3 spaces after a period as I am so used to spacing it myself).
Needing assistance with formatting
Asked to go to word, tools autoformant and  disable autonumber but cannot locate this. Can anyone help?
Clinic Note formatting question...

If the patient has a drug allergy do I make a new heading for Allergies or just include it in the HPI as dictated?  Also do I put the medication in all caps w/in the HPI if it is left there. 

I know I should probably know this,but I can not remember tonight.


Did you look at the margins and formatting and see how your basic template is set up? Never had this
Need advice please re: formatting transcription test

It's been a long time since I had to do this.  I've been given a couple of report types to do.  The first appears to be a discharge summary.  Should I just type in the headings the way I "think" they should be based on how I was taught in the past?? 

Also, is it best to transcribe verbatim or try to make the test report look as professional as possible (like we would be expected to when on the job)?  As far as listed items are concerned, i.e. medications.....The old MT in me wants to number them.  Is that acceptable?   I'm really concerned with trying to format the report based on how I "think" they would want me to. 

I would appreciate any helpful advice anyone is willing to share!!

I agree 100%. Test questions on formatting or
anything else should not be asked on a forum of any kind. You need to research and find the answers for yourself on a test and not rely on people here to do the work for you.
I work for a hospital that is pretty liberal as far as formatting goes. SM

They have a basic template that they like us to adhere to as far as headings, font, font size, etc.  However, when it comes to more detailed formatting, they really have no set standards and leave it to our best judgment.

My question is regarding the medication heading.  Do you list the medications in a numbered list or in paragraph form?  I have a friend who is a nurse and she says the clinical staff, i.e. Nurses and Doctors like to have the medications in a numbered list because it makes finding them in a report a whole lot easier.  So would you list them even if the dictator is not saying "number 1, 2, 3,..."?

Macros are better suited to repetitive tasks like formatting.
I have a macro to create a different second page of a letter with header info., another one that will update formatting from documents created using a different Normal template so they conform with mine, another one for highlighting, etc. They really can be timesavers.
Basically formatting, how to type the headings, numbering, etc...sm
Are headings capitalized or followed with a colon?


Is it p.r.n., prn, h.s. or bedtime?

Just your basic formatting and styles. I may just download the ebook. Thanks!
Formatting of the document dictates the line count, not a different computer.
If you're working in Word, if your Standard & Formatting toolbars
wow, i have never applied...
with a company that even questioned my background. ive probably seen conviction questions on a couple of applications, but i was never even asked about my background during an interview.

keep looking, keep applying; their out there.
i applied also
They did send me a response, however.  They said that the position had been filled but they would like to keep my resume on file for a future position.
Never applied; do not need JLG.
I saw the ad too and applied
I did not hear back from them, but I do feel like they were paying that because they were looking for someone for the three days only, although they may pay that for stats all the time and were just in a pinch with Thanksgiving coming up. My experience is that most companies do not pay extra for stats, but I am rarely asked to do them. I know that they exist though (as you obviously know too, what with having a friend who is actually living it).
When I was job hunting, I applied
and was offered a job, declined.  Now I am so glad, I will not work for a company that wants to put MTs out of business in this country.  I would never, ever work for Spheris.
I applied 2 different times
The first time it took awhile and I finally gave up on them (around a year ago),but this time they didn't take long at all. I have been there only a couple weeks, but they seem to make the effort to give their current employees the work they want and try not to overhire. I know that some people on here have just been hired so they may be busy with training to. Hang in there!
Have you applied to National co's and getting
ditto! I have applied
I have applied at hotels, and clerical jobs outside of MT work, because this is a dying profession. It's all turning into a joke now. Where are all the good jobs? I used to be at the top of my game and make great $$$$.

BEWARE OF THE SCAM MT COMPANIES! I had put in a lot of hours for one company!
Every job I applied to has. Tell them I dont
I too applied for an out of home (sm)
position as a unit clerk at the hospital.  Figured with 20 years in the medical field doing front office as well as transcription, I'd at least get an interview.  Nada.  Not sure if it's the at-home stigma or what.  Keep sending in applications and resumes.  That's what I'm doing.  Good luck.
I believe that this was applied to transcription
is so the record would be more "consistent" all the way through.
I applied for a job at a very well-known hospital. SM

The person that called me kept telling me I had to come in and take a typing test.  I kept telling her I was a CMT and she kept saying she understood that I had a certificate from an MT school.  This will never change.  Those that have no clue are the ones that are put in leadership positions.  And if you're lucky to have a cousin already in you may have a chance, otherwise forget it. 

actually applied this week
took about two hours - testing includes Excel, Word, basic grammar, basic filing, and typing test. Got all fired up, they were going to fax my resume "right now" and I would hear back "tomorrow at the latest"...still waiting. Be prepared to give out a lot of information (SS number, at least 3 professional references, entire work history including any gaps) etc. I know I aced the Word/spelling/grammar tests (and I suck at Excel but told them that up front and the position did not require Excel), know I passed the criminal/background check, and yet I wait. Sigh. Good luck to you though; maybe you will score!
Any Stedman SmartType users? Pros & Cons? Will it retain bold formatting without using DOS command
 DOS commands like ShortHand does?
I know AMS (Applied Medical) has ER reports. However,
...not sure if they offer the money you are used to. I think pay depends on experience, but call them or e-mail them. You may be offered a different pay rate with your experince level.

Trying to help.:) Good luck.
Applied at a hospital for a clerk

20 years later, I'm an MT with three of my own accounts and IC for a company on-line.

I applied at the hospital and told them I had done transcription in high school for my medical secretary certificate, and the recruiter asked me if I'd like to work in Radiology as an MT.  I said I wasn't very good at it and she said it pays $2.00 more an hour, and I said "Well then, let me give it a whirl!"  I passed the typing test and have never looked back.  I built up my knowledge by working for 17 years in a hospital in different departments.  I went from Radiology to the Cath Lab to a diagnostics area. 

I loved the challenge.  The medical terms and stories interested me so much that I even wanted to be on the procedures so I could learn more.  So, yes I wore lead and went in as an observer.  If you ever want to gain experience, that is the best way!  Be right there for the show!  LOL

Thank you to the 2 who e-mailed me! I've applied.
Anyone else to lazy to take tests..LOL. I applied for a job
but I swear when I opened up the testing and it was 6 reports including discharge summaries, right then and there, I just thought to my "NO way." I guess I just don't have the drive or energy to do testing for a job that takes a hour or more.  Part of me realizes that they need this information, but the other part, just thinks it's ridiculous to expect people to spend so much time on a test. Trust me, most of the time, when you see one report, it's quite apparent if the person has any skills or not. Sooooo, I guess I'm lazy because I'm NOT doing this test. Anyone else get these feelings...Maybe I'll regret it and maybe not. Time will test because a lot of other people were sent the same test so I'll wait for their report LOL
Indian MT said he applied to co. with fake
Venkat applied to cos. with resume not his,
Last summer I applied to 2 companies and sm
was offered positions at 9 and 9.5, which is basically what I asked; I think I indicated I wanted 10 but didn't push it because I was in the same boat as you. I have less experience than you but am a skilled transcriptionist. BTW, I accepted the lower one because it came with a good production bonus schedule that makes my actual pay routinely between 10 and 11 and a good platform that helps me achieve a pretty high line count.
I applied with them some time back.

I was interviewed and asked to test. The test recordings were so full of static and hard to hear that I decided the tests weren't worth the time or frustration. I sent the recruiter an email regarding the poor quality of the recordings and never heard another word from her. Has anyone else had the same experience with their test recordings?

I applied a couple of months ago
They are a not-so-small U.S. Company who only hire U.S. MTs and does not do offshoring!!!!  They have different branches of the company that you apply to.  The account I applied for was out of the Maine office.  The recruiter was exceptionally nice.  She told me that for each job posted, they get literally hundreds of resumes/applications so list your experience in detail - type of OP notes, type of experience in specialties, ER, Discharge, Ortho testing, neuro testing, etc., and even the type of equipment you have.  The less questions they have to ask you - the better - so make sure it is all on your resume.  That is what they are looking for.  She interviews you, and perhaps others, and narrows it down before you go through a second phase of the interview process.  I was not hired but they were certainly nice enough to e mail me and let me know.  I was disappointed at the time but I do like the job I took elsehwere better than they one they were offering.  Sorry I can't tell you more because I did not get very far, but they were very nice and respectful.  I would apply there again. 
Applied to Medical Records Dept ...
... second shift position.
But isn't the increased incentive JUST on whatever is over 300 lines? Not applied to the first 3
CardioScribes is a MediScribes "branch," so maybe if you applied