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Posted By: LOL on 2005-08-11
In Reply to: who actually owns MT Stars? how do i know it's not MQ to see your deepest thoughts and renegades - just curious

for a brief history of MTStars, see the main page.


Sheri Steadman runs her own little company, USAType, Inc.
(Scroll this page to bottom to read last two lines).

Forget the affiliation with MQ or anyother company involved in offshoring "MTStars is staunchly against the offshoring of American Private Health Information".

Many companies like MQ, Cymed, Spheris etc etc. are banned on MTStars to post any jobs as well for advertising and sponsorships.

I love to visit these boards because I know I am on 100% US MTs site.


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it's the same main page, but when I go to look
up something and get results, it is the results page that is really different.
It's easy, just don't visit the main page ;)
Personal page/web page resource

Thanks a lot for sharing these great websites!
Yep, $2.00 a page and the page has about 30-40 lines on it nm
NJ $3 page, though I have heard as low as $1 page.

When I worked for a national, up thru 2 years ago, I was getting $1.75 page and heard they got $4.

At least you know. You are the main one doing it. DUH
this should be on the main board, because
I thought we could gather as MTs at the main board and discuss pets, TV, etc. if we wanted to. This was more a comment on the show rather than an attempt to open up a discussion about sex change anyway.

FWIW, I thought the show was funny last night. I did feel a little squeamish when Zachary was on, though. He seemed to come away with the impression that he was being discriminated against because of his look, or the way he? is, and didn't seem to understand that he can't sing. What's new, though. I think my favorite so far, though, has been the "I shot the sheriff" guy.
What is the main board for?

A week or so ago, I responded to a post from someone who was asking about Files To Go. My message was wiped from the board after a very short time. This morning in my email box was a digest from MT Stars by a person asking where her post went...she was asking about keyboard trays. I can't find either one of her messages on the board.

Why are our messages being deleted from the system?

Main Board

I'd like to thank the administrator for helping me with my question about the main board. Being new here, I looked around for "instructions" but must have overlooked them. It's nice to see the administrative message at the top of the main board explaining how to use it -- I took the word "main" litearlly, as others new to this board possibly have.

I do have a question. When I signed up at Yahoo-Groups , I signed up to receive daily digests, which are digests of the main board. Is there a way to receive digests of the boards listed on the left?

Main Board

Does the active topics selection at the top of the page show all active topics for each category at left or just certain ones?  Thanks.l

Yes, after all this is the main reason
Staying at home is not just to take care of kids, but to maybe take care of an elderly parent or for that matter a disabled family member, which could include a spouse.  When I chose this profession, I was on-site and spent 17 years there putting my children in daycare.  You really do not know anything about me and are entitled to feel how you want.  I just don't think everyone should be so negative about someone wanting to stay home, supplement their husband's income, while being with their children.  Different strokes for different folks.  I wanted to simply say that the time you spend with your children can never be replaced.  This is after all a job that can be done at home.  Transcriptionists are not the only ones with at-home businesses. 
Go to the IT main forum sm
it states there is a work around until the next revision comes out, right there under announcements.
Yes I did but I am missing the main
I keep a main glossary
for english phrases like "There was no" and phrases that would be used in any medical report like "The patient was". I keep a separate glossary for each medical specialty. I put each docs phrases into their specialty glossary rather than giving each doc their own glossary. So all ortho docs phrases go into my ortho glossary, etc. Then I just include my main glossary and my drug glossary with the specialty glossary. I do one doctor who repeats the same sentences in each report, so I do have a glossary just for him, but he is an exception. I can usually do a 40 line report for him and never had to type a complete sentence. He is awesome!
I think the main point...

we need to understand as transcriptionists is that EMR does not necessarily mean the end of traditional transcription.  We need to make a serious effort to educate ourselves about the changes that are happening and try to find a way for MT to grow with expanding technology.

Word expansions ... that is the MAIN
help for me. I do have good accounts but they have ESLs and some non-ESLs who are even worse. I have to slow down for them but then try to make up my speed with the next good dictation.

I put EVERYTHING into word expanders...words, phrases, etc. EVERYTHING. I couldn't do half my line counts probably if I didn't use my expanders so well.

Don't answer the phone. Don't check email or forums until I take a break. Don't eat or drink while working.
why are you posting on the main board ??
DirecWay and Starband are the 2 main

dealers.  Depending on your ISP you may be able to get it through your ISP.  I use Earthlink and they offer satellite through DirecWay.  I used to have DW satellite and equipment was about $800.00 and monthly service $69.

Satellite can be as slow as dial-up depending on how good your dish is sighted, if the weather is clear, no wind blowing to either blow the dish or blow tree limbs into the field, etc.  Download is faster than upload, although upload files tend to be much smaller that it isn't much of an issue.

Lots of companies will not allow satellite as it isn't secure.

You can Google DirecWay and Starband and find their websites that should tell you dealers in your area.  If you have DirectTv they can change out the dish so that you can use the internet dish as the TV dish too.  The internet dish is much larger than the TV dish and probably cannot be mounted on the house. 


of the Main Board here??? huh? hmmm....nm
Satellite isn't secure I think is the main

reason companies don't allow it and another is because the download speed is not consistent.  It can be as slow as dial-up at times.  There are also a lot of factors that can knock out your service, at least temporarily.   I had satellite for a year and overall it was okay, but if it snowed or rain hard I either had decreased signal or no signal, if the wind blew hard I might get tree limbs in the way of the signal or the signal was so sporadic that I couldn't download.  


Wonderful low-fat main dish

Here is one that I have used for years and it is wonderful.  It does not sound too great, but in the end, it is melt in your mouth good.

2 lb.  pork tenderloin roast

1/4 tsp. of each of these spices:  marjoram, tyme, garlic salt, onion powder.

1/2 tsp.  rubbed sage

1 tbs. worcesteshire sauce

2 tbs. soy sauce.

Mix all spices and sauces together.  Pierce roast in several places and put in bowl with marinade.  Put in fridge for at least 2 hours, turning roast to keep covered.

Place roast in oven safe dish with marinade and bake at 325 degrees until done.  Check with meat thermometer.  This is a great low-cal, low-fat dish. 

Again, the Main board is for anything that would not be a topic that should

be posted on any of the boards in the left column.  If your post is about equipment questions, then that should be posted on either the Equipment or Technical boards.  If a new MT has questions, posts should be made on the New MT board.  Questions about a particular company?  Post is on the Company board. 

We receive well over 5 million hits to this site per month.  If everything was posted on the Main board we would have a major problem on our hands.  That is why posts are deleted. 

Please repost that question on Main. (NM)
Main Message Board
This is the main message board. If you notice, not much on this page is directly related to MT. This is where we go to talk about anything else non-MT related.
Thank you. I moved it to this Main board. (nm)
My main reasons for looking to enter any job are:
First the ability to care for my family, which would mean money. Second, the ability to schedule around my children’s' needs.

But...I do like caring for people. I actually thrive in environments that are stressful and that I have to be on my toes. The drawback to nursing for me is the idea that someone's life is in my hands and that I could make a potentially fatal mistake.

sigh - main not mail - just got up lol
I am the main breadwinner in my house, and if

I had to I could support my family should something happen to DH - it would be difficult but it could be done.   I have nearly 20 years of experience though.  When I first started I couldn't have done it.  I got into the business when most MTs still worked in-house and you didn't need a certificate or even any experience - I had neither, so I had not $$ investment to start with.  Gradually I was working at home over the weekend and got my own computer and started to build my references.   What I'm trying to get out is how much are you going to have to put out to get your education?  Are you going to have some type of employment while you pursue this business?  What type of $$ do you need to support your household next year and can you do it making minimum wage because unless you are really gifted and have no difficult dictators you'll not make much more than that your first year.   If you read the boards there are dozens of new MTs who can't get a job, and unless there is a radical turn around in this business it will be harder next year to get a job than this year and line rates will not be any better. 

Put it all down on paper and look at it and I think the answer will be clear.   I wish you luck. 

Keep all posts/topics about this on Main, please. NM
update to main message
Did you link it to your main dictionary?
do a search on Main Board
Moved to main board for more to see...sm
We are not endorsing nor advertising this product. This post was on the New MT/Student board and is a nice discount for all of our MTStars posters, so I thought I'd bring it out for everyone to see.

Thank you Danny!
The main thing is you have to set goals...
for yourself. My goal is to focus on nothing but transcribing for at least 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Then I allow myself a 15 to 20-minute break. I found by doing this I get SO much more done. I am NOT on any medication so yes, this can be done without it. I had ADHD as a child, which changed to ADD as an adult. You also need to set a minimum line count goal for yourself and basically focus on making that line count goal daily/weekly. I started doing this back in October/November with a goal of a minimum of 1025/lpd--5125/lpw, and then increased my minumum goal about every 2 to 3 weeks as I consistently made each goal that I had set for myself for the day/week. I am now currently at 1150+/lpd--5750+/lpw. I also find that MT work is the BEST type of work I have EVER had with having ADHD/ADD, because of the fact that I learn something new everyday, and with doing acute care, my mind is a LOT more challenged, which is definitely what I needed to keep my ADHD/ADD under control.
What EXACTLY are we ALLOWED to post on the MAIN board?
Just about every other post has been saying post this on this board or that board....well what goes here?
It is 9 in the morning and my main is out and secondary going out from Amherst. No wonder everyone

is leaving. How can you be paid on incentive with the new pay plan and be out of work and stuck in accounts you never heard of. That has to be the most ignorant stupid thing I have ever heard of. Totally ignorant.

Considering, one of the main reasons to work at home
is to avoid having to put your child or children in DayCare. Don't you get it! Obviously, you have no children or you would not make such a comment.
as far as I know, main problem with auto-correct
than Shortcuts/Shorthand, for example.  So would depend on your number of expansions and how many more you're planning to put in, I would say.  I don't know what the maximum limits are, but you can probably find that info on Google or here:
What part of the country is your main office in?
The main thing is to never lean on your elbows.
I also find Tiger Balm is about the best topical analgesic I've found. But the most important thing at least for me is to never lean on my elbows. Whenever I do, the doggone tennis elbow will inevitably flare up.
The main board is used to discuss many different topics. sm
There are many posts on this board that if you were to be really technical about it, should be put on the company board, word board, productivity board, religion board, etc., but they're allowed to stay here and be discussed. If you don't like this topic, then feel free to skip it. But it really isn't a political discussion per se, so it shouldn't have to be taken somewhere else.
I think y'all should have to stay on the main board.
That way we youngsters can read your posts and go, "Wow, we're sure lucky we didn't have to put up with all that bunk." Thanks for paving the way for us!
The Main board is fine for this subject. (SM)
Non-MT topics are fine here.

If you would like to take this up with the Administrator, you can e-mail her at admin@mtstars.com.


In other words - the main board should not even exist then.
The trees are the main concern in a hurricane (sm)
the lake didn't even get close to the house during that supposed "100-year flood" in 1993 (not allison, the other one).  We went to the other side of Houston for Rita, came back the next day.  It was a mess with limbs all over but no trees down on our property.  Next-door neighbor had 3 down.  We've decided for the next one, we will stay in the garage and hope no trees fall on the house.
This is one of the main reasons I have not struck out on my own in the past -
I really don't know anyone else around me to back me up - you can always talk to them and see if it could wait or be done in house while you are gone.  They will probably expect you to cover.
The main problem with this field is it is dying
And there isn't anything that we (as MTs) can do about that.
do a search on OFFSHORING on Main Board
A-M-E-N! The main reason women in all careers - sm
earn less than men (and employers get away with paying them less) is that it's impossible to get groups of women to stick together on ANYTHING, let alone anything that might involve a little initial personal risk before things are ultimately straightened out and this archaic pay disparity between men & women in the US workforce is resolved. Can you imagine the kind of clout MTs in this country would have if they all stood firm together and demanded that they be paid fairly for a job that not just anyone with a PC and a set of headphones can do? A few years ago when HIPAA first came about, we should have taken that and run with it, when it comes to securing our profession on US soil. We didn't do it then, but I think if we were to dig our heels in, and start writing and talking to the right media, we could still use HIPAA to our advantage. Think about it.
I asked on main board, don't know why I didn't
think to ask you all!  We are still all a team, right? I am going to return to transcribing, I was an MT for 20 years and QA for 10.  I figured out financially that I would have to transcribe 1500 lines per shift to make out OK.  Of course, if I got paid 12 and 13 cpl like the old days, the requirement would be less! But I'm figuring a 9 cpl start. I would have to do 1500 to keep afloat until I get moving up or transcribing faster.  Anyway, is 1500 lines of work easy to get on a steady basis around the average MTSO anymore?  I used to work 2 jobs for years long ago, and found it was easier that way. When one ran low, I jumped on other one, and always had work. That's my biggest fear, quitting my hourly job, going back to MTing, and then finding no work. I don't know if 1500 lines per shift is out of the ballpark to expect these days? I used to type a lot more than that, but I'm a bit more fidgety these days! What do you think? Sound possible as far as the MTSO's side? Or is my goal too high? I just don't want to end up homeless trying to break away from this company.