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Not quite accurate info. sm

Posted By: MTMonkey on 2007-03-23
In Reply to: Gross lines vs. 65-char - Veteran

The above poster makes a blanket statement: "...counting programs that count this convert the document to one big long document without returns, etc., linking all the characters in one long line and counting them that way."

If you look at any full line, you will see there are more than 65 characters on that line. There are several programs that will allow you to count the spaces, tabs and returns (although you have the option not to) as well as any text included in headers, footers and whatever else is agreed on in the contract as fair to count.

The simplest method to determine a difference it to take an already completed document, open the properties and compare the number of lines against the character count (with or without spaces) divided by 65.

BTW, congrats on the new account.

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No one has *ever* asked me to do it, either, in two and a half years of grooming.

Not entirely accurate...
Insurance cos. will most definitely challenge a RSI but if it occurs during and in the course of employment it is compensable. This type of claim will need an attorney to push it through.
I'd say that's accurate.
There are lots of variables of course, but that's a pretty fair average.
I think it is very accurate. I average $53,000 to $55,000 a year. When I was working even part-time I was making $28,000. When I worked in-house I averaged $18 an hour, which I make more working IC out of my home.
That's a bit simplistic and not really accurate at all, but...
everyone's situation is different tax-wise, so I'm sure your tax person gave you the scoop for YOU.   
I just don't think W&G is an accurate portrayal
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yes it is accurate I also was taught sm
5 characters equal one word. Therefore, there are 13 words in a 65 character line.
Get over it. I am sure your work is 100% accurate!
Very accurate description...
Your post is exactly right! Great post! (A physician friend made the same comparison--that he only needed to know one specialty while the MT must be familiar with all--great post!)
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I agree with what you said, and I type 150 accurate wpm.....sm

When I take the occasional typing tests that measure how fast you type without worrying about errors then I type closer to 200 wpm. 

Fast typing doesn't always mean sloopy work...any more than a slow typist doesn't mean they're doing a quality job.

I don't think you'll ever get an accurate answer

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That may not be really accurate though, now that I think about it, because I worked for Spheris for many years and I was very happy with them.  And, you know, I'm sure, that Spheris gets slammed big-time on this board.  So, to each his own, I suppose!

Then you did something wrong, because the script is quite accurate.
It was beta tested by many people and we spent quite a long time on perfecting the software before we ever released it. 
If it's an accurate representation of their workload, well,
who wants their lousy job anyway? I'm not doing ESL garbage all day long and making peanuts at this job. I work on my terms or not at all. Send them the three tests and tell them you can't do the fourth. Otherwise, keep applying elsewhere. There are better jobs to be had without all the testing and without the lousy dictation.
I edit to make it 100% accurate....

You want lineage as well as speed.....I would do Hemoglobin is 13, hematocrit is 45, and platelets are 200,000 (whatever is in the CBC).  I do the same for the chemical profile.  Sodium is 135, potassium is 4.2, chloride is ...etc....

but they have to say *is* plus *and* for me to do that.  I will never just insert extra words to inflate, but the word *is* - if they are dictating that to you...that is 2 more character spaces.....more is better for you.

Sometimes MDs want them separated.  I have a couple of dictators what want individual sentences.  Hemoglobin is 13.  Hematocrit is 45.  Platelets are 200,000.  I usually give them what they want.....as long as it is 100% accurate.

Try "jaded and burned" and it's more accurate
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For the last two years I have been doing Urgent Care/ ER work and have not noticed any slow down but I am now doing multispecialty clinic work and I keep hearing about a big slow down.  Can anyone shed some light on the subject for me.  TIA

OLD typing rule I have in my head, whether it is accurate I do not know, hence I said IF---nm
Use Abacus. You can download for free. Very accurate. nm
Looking for accurate line counting software.nm

You did a completely accurate assessment of the situation.
with experienced MT's offered 7-9, you are correct, a newbie is only worth 4 cpl. I see no reason to hire and train a newbie if I can get an experienced person to fill the same slot, unless the newbie is willing to offer me more profit for my time. You have made a wise assessment. Business is business. It doesn't matter how much you are "worth" or what you "demand." It matters what the competition is. By the way, if you don't take this job, what are your other offers? Unless you have something better, I would take it. At least you are earning experience and in 2 years you will be more marketable, even if you are only earning 4 cpl now. Or sit home, twiddle your thumbs and earn 0 cpl.
The "counter" in MSWord is not accurate. While it is after the fact, (sm)
I highly recommend purchasing Slycount.(http://www.sylvansoftware.com/sylcount.htm).  First and foremost, be honest.  Tell him/her the invoice you submitted is not accurate, and after deciding exactly what and how you wish to charge, send an amended invoice. 
I heard it wasn't a reporter's job to be accurate;
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The faster person if accurate is justified
The slower people have absolutely nothing to complain about. That's like me saying it's not fair JLo makes money for singing because my voice isn't as good. I want a job with you also. I'm very fast. I would require 10 cents a line, FYI or 18 dollars an hour.
That Escription is even close to accurate is complete and total

A big ole lie on the part of anyone who says it's great or that 500 lph is possible.  It's also possible that pigs can fly. 

demographic info is not the only info ...sm
protected by HIPAA, as we all know. I saw that ad too and was surprised to see it. Any identifying info is considered Protected Health Information, including diagnoses, tests, etc. This MTSO should have known better than to ask for that.
happens quite often i would test again or go see your GYN for blood test which is more accurate
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Thanks for all the info....
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A little info
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Thanks for your response!
thank you for the info...sm

I'm considering asking for a trial at it, wish me luck!

appreciate the info
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I think they all have the same info....sm

Because MT is a tiny community and we share the misery well.

I understand what you're saying (and it sucks to be in the situations you were in) but I do believe that if we are adequately vigilant we'll know what we need to.  OTOH, then there's me, and I don't care what they do as long as there's work.  So I get where you're coming from.

I just would like to see an end to the destructionist thinking about MTSOs and MT in general.  :)

Good discussion!

Have you tried looking for the info
on QNET? Might be available there.
I have info on them...
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Thanks for the info dd

A bit of info (sm)

I've never worked for Accuscribe, but I did meet the owner once and felt she was incredibly nice.  We had a long talk at a convention.  I liked the idea that she said she paid premiums to MTs who most helped out their coworkers. 

In the past 4 years or so, the only bad thing I've heard is that they don't pay for spaces and that they require noncompete agreements, etc., before they will test MTs.  If you are applying for IC work, then a noncompete agreement is dodgy legally; you might want to consult your attorney and accountant to look over the paperwork before deciding.  [If you don't have an attorney and an accountant,  you have no business being an IC, IMHO.]

As far as I know, they still use DocQScribe as they were the company that first field-tested it when it was developed.  (MQ bought it from the software company.)  As you've probably already found out, there are those who love and those who hate DQS.  It's a nice platform when the demographics import feature works well; otherwise you end up entering a lot of data that you're not paid for.  Even with demo importing, you'll still end up losing lots of lines for things like date of service/admission/discharge, referring/requesting physician names, and names/addresses for the courtesy copies, all stuff we used to get paid for as recently as 2-3 years ago. 

Perhaps you'll post your experience if you go further with this company? 

Thanks for the info! (nm)
Wow, thanks very much for the info!...nm
More info please sm
Can you give a little more information?  What else does he talk about?  Where is he inserting the scope?
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Nothing on ALMA.  What does the rest of the report indicate?
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I don't have any medical background. There is a local Tech school offering a Certificate in Medical Transcriptionist. It costs $1560, but includes everything you need for the course. The info said you can do the work at your own pace. Some people finish in 5 months some in 9. How much do most people make to start off with?
Wow , thanks for the info....
that sounds like way too much work and not enough pay.