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Sounds like just where you work. Most places don't check so tightly on the lines produced AND you

Posted By: hours worked. nm on 2005-08-27
In Reply to: Is 1000 lines a day 1000 lines a day for most - Megan Nicole.


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Usually lines produced and not hours. Have seen 600 lpd for part-time min. nm
Mention that you have noticed a decline in lines produced
That will open up the lines of communication. She may be struggling with personal problems, fatigue, any number of things. She may not want to *bother* you with it, but I am sure she will appreciate your concern. Good luck!
lines produced also depends on type of account, doctors, specifics, platforms.
Now MT companies in India have control over the work produced. Quality is much
The line rate sounds pretty good compared to other places - by "punch the clock", you mean
it really is not a flexible schedule, even for an IC? That's what I need the most.
Places to work...

I can certainly sympathize with your plight.  Am forced to leave MQ because of the pay and now because of the uncertainty of having a job in a few years has come into play.  I searched and found that no one really wants to pay more than 7-9 cpl anymore.  I did find one place that will pay more.  I think it is based on experience, multiple specialties and the account itself.  I start in a week and they are starting me out at 9.5 with a review in 90 days to possibly go to 10.  There may be even 11 in my future, if I do well with this company.  So far, everything seems to be working out with this company.  They have a very strict QA period to start, but I think it will be okay once I start actually typing.  It is also strictly typing, no editing.  So real money for real pay.  I know that I did not find anyplace that paid better on the internet.  This will bring me back to what I was making with MQ before the editing came around, which will be good for me.


So, it takes a lot of searching and a lot of hard work to find the right fit for you.  If you would like more info on the company I found, e-mail me and I will let you know.  I have a feeling they will be getting loaded with resumes in the coming months from people from MQ.  Glad, I started before all this started.


Good Luck.

There ARE good places to work for out there

Congratulations! I'm glad you found a job that works for you.

I, too, have found my niche. It's pretty unique and probably wouldn't work for anybody else, but it works for me. 

I work for 2 places that both use Extext
You should be able to use pedal for both places as long as they both use Extext.
Tired of SS, any "good" places to work

I know there are many messages on the subject, but am getting tired of putting up with SS bull and would like to know of  for. 

I will have 1 year of experience in March.  I'm tired of my line counts never adding up and the differences in the way QA corrects things so I never know which way I'm supposed to do things.  It never fails that I can be making 100% on most everything I do, but when it comes audit time they can find things that bring my audit score to 1 or 2 percentage points below the required 98%. 

If there is a company out there that does not require weekends I would love to know as I don't have anybody to watch my 4 and 5 year olds every other weekend. 

I'm sorry, I know this is not a grammatically correct message as I am very upset and just want out.  The only problem is that I have nowhere to go once I do get out so I need a new job first.

Thank you in advance for all of your help.

Tired of SS, any "good" places to work

SS = SoftScript - The main company anyone wants to "RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN FROM" ....  No kidding on this one - been there, done that!

As far as another position have you tried searching on Monster.com or going to any of the Transcription Services web sites?  I believe most services now request you work one weekend day; however, it never hurts to explain your situation and one never knows they may make "special arrangements" with you.  Never be afraid to ask!

Happy Hunting,


That is a lot of work/lines for 2 people. I do 3000 lines per day sm
if you times that by 30 days that only comes to 90K lines a month, that is working 7 days a week including weekends. I don't think 2 people can handle that.
check for miscalculation of lines
i've been with them for 3 and the same here. do they think that we're really that stupid -- they're going to send us a check in the mail with no backup to show us how they "miscalculated" the lines?
Sounds like you need to check some
  Too bad, the work fell on you, but it is your client, not the IC's client.  However, if it were the IC's client, then the client would understand.  Things happen.  This is not a perfect world.  If you want to look good for your client, do your own work or be able to do it if your IC cannot.  IC can chose not. 
Does anybody have program to dle-ck MQ lines? I would like to check every report

to see if all my work is being counted on a 65-character line, including spaces EVERY TIME - or are there occasional reports through the day/times during the day that the lines actually go longer than 65 characters.

At this point I would like to take the time to verify each and every report.  Sometimes it just feels like a report should have had more lines - or that a report goes on over to page 3 and you know it should have more lines and it is not much lines and you are on such a time crunch you don't what to go and count (of course because the report IS long).

So, is there a program out there that I could use as a double check to verify they aren't turning the knob at certain times during the day to make the lines be i.e. 90 lines or so?  I hope I have explained this good enough.

Thanks if anybody knows of one.

It's not personal, it's business.  (I always like that line from "You've Got Mail")

I f you are working at the time you want to check the lines, hit F9
Sounds good to me! I'll take it. Unless their lines are skewed.
check this site, sounds real easy.
Sounds like your hubs needs a reality check. Is your income
Sounds amazingly stressful. I'll stick to my 1200 lines a day, thanks. nm
Work for 1 hour, then count your lines of the completed work - sm
either check you total characters in word (with spaces) then total them all up and divide by 65, and you get your total lines per hour. 10,000/65 is 153 lines. Or if you have a line counting program us that to figure you count, either way will work quite well. Maybe do it a few times and then figure an average over 3 hours or something like that, it will vary with the ease/difficulty of the work you are doing.
I produced what you do and made less
Where do you work? I worked my fanny off, produced 10,000 lines per pay period and got only $800 per pay period, for about $16,000 a year since we do not get paid vacation. IT STINKS

Please, please, where do you work?
Is this the nonsense produced
by the "University" of Phoenix? Too bad your husband can't attend a real school.

Fortunately, I did not have to waste my time in such a place. I have a B.A. from Michigan and an M.A. from USC. I also skipped a grade at the private school I went to in Bloomfield Hills, and still graduated in the top 1% of the class.

My father is a dentist, and I did not need financial aid.

BTW, I'm black. I have confused a lot of racist white people, and it has been interesting to watch them struggle with their limited beliefs.

In any case, some of the comments here are ignorant, and reflect a limited exposure to the world. If this is the intellectual level of some MTs, no wonder this profession is deteriorating. Fortunately, I have other options.
Sounds like where I work. Everyone morning I wake up to not enough work. I'm quitting
This has been going on for a few months so I don't know if they have overhired or just sent a lot of it to India. I just know I can't sit here everything day waiting until "volumes build up." I'm looking elsewhere.
Brain natriuretic peptide...hormone produced by the
where do you work that you just do lines, not hours?- nm
For my work, it seems to average out to about 10-11 lines per
I can very safely do 20 minutes of dictation in an hour, sometimes 25-30 minutes of dictation in an hour.

There are times it is slower but not often.

It will not work through phone lines....sm

I started on a Lanier at a hospital and then went home with it.  At the hospital it was connected directly to the computer.  I was told that you lose certain features through the phone lines and that is one of them.

Why do you say $20/hr? I work for a national, and at 11 cpl, 300 lines per hour, sm

that's $33/hour.  I'm not driving a Lexus or anything, but I'm comfortable.  Generally speaking, find a mid-sized national, big enough to have enough work for you all of the time, yet small enough to care and realize that quality work deserves quality pay.

They are out there.  Good luck!

Their pay is way low and you work like a dog to make minimum lines.
8-9 cpl for Gross lines, easy work ....
Where? Where?
Sounds like you work for
as this is what they do.
Sounds like you may work for
This is the kind of "stuff" they pull.
sounds like where I work
and that all sounds great except that I'm only QA'd on 4 reports A MONTH that are sent to QA for feedback anyway and I have been double dingled (same error in 2 different categories) to teach me that QA is getting too many reports and needs everyone to send less to them.

How can you make 98+% that way? In 10 plus years I have never had a failing QA score. Heck, until the last 2 months, I never had a failing score without having changed jobs! When I go to other MT companies and apply, I get scores averaging above 98%, even was asked to consider the QA manager position when I applied as an MT for one job as I had their highest score on their test.

Whatareyagonnadoaboutit? Eh?

Sounds like where I work (sm)
Except I wasn't the one asking for a raise, someone else did, but upper management felt the need to share it with me for some reason.?

Sorry to hear they let you down. Have you tried searching elsewhere or getting your own clients?
Sounds like it should work. Try it and see.
sounds like someone i used to work with sm
she was so upset because the dictating doctor's tone sounded to her like he didn't care about the person he was dictating about. I just looked at her like she was a loon.
Sounds like you work for
the same people I work for that I just gave notice, too. He made me feel like crap one too many times, and I finally started looking for another job. Once I found one that had higher pay, more flexibiity, and direct deposit, I turned in my notice. He acted like it was a federal crime and turned it into something personal when it was just a business decision on my part to work in a situation better suited for me. He, of course, doesn't realize the time and sleep I have sacrificed for his work and doesn't appreciate it at all. MTSOs needs to remember that we are people, too. God bless!
sounds like you work for MDI-MD
MDI-MD pays well, 9-11 cpl. Also, Webmedx, TransTech, and First Choice Medical all have better line rates than the average national. Some of those are employee positions and some are not.
are they sending you work to check
all of their work? I don't THINK the gal I work for checks all of my work. I send her a list daily of every job I've typed and which ones I had questions on or blanks and she checks those. I can't imagine not ever having a question whether it be from a bad connection, mumbling, whatever. I would think that is normal. If you never have questions or blanks, I would question what kind of work is being passed along to the client. Of course if I was having to check every report because of mistakes, I would definitely question why I still am paying the transcriptionist.
all work types - 3000 lines a day @ 12 cpl 65 characters
18 cpl transcribed line - private hospital account. These are the only specifics I am willing to give.

Do not e-mail me and ask where or who - I will not reply!

I understand companies are paying 4 & 8 cpl edit/transcribed. I do not work for a company. I caught a hospital account using the platform at the right time and signed on quickly as an IC.

Hope this helps.
Do you work outside your scheduled hours to get extra lines?
Or do you stick to your schedules and just roll with however many lines you make during that time?
Where do all you guys work, typing 2000 lines a day?
Looking for stable company.....
Sounds great but there is no work!
Well, I tried posting but it disappeared.  Will just say I show up to work but there isn't any (have several accounts).  So the bonus which is what I consider my "sick leave" - is not attainable.  So much for working for MQ.  And now I hear of more accounts they are losing.  But they never tell the MTs. 
Sounds like where I used to work year ago! - sm
My mom and I worked together at a research and analytical lab/supply co. We had to arrive at 7:45 (regular hours were 8-5 with an hour for lunch) and my mom had to "clock" in everybody to check that they came in on time and submit it weekly to the boss/owner. You had to give blood to get OT and you had to do above and beyond your job about 200%. The company "rules" were pretty stupid the things we were not allowed to do. If you got a personal call (and I do agree work is not the place for personal calls but emergencies do happen) it was "logged in" and you had to sign a slip saying you received a personal call, its nature, if it was an emergency, etc. As for raises, rarely, once every 4-5 years if you were lucky. If you asked for one he would tell you to go find another job, a real sweethart. Morale sucked there to say the least. I wore so many "hats" it wasn't funny. I made peanuts too in comparison to all that was expected of me. After I quit (left to get married and move to another state) my replacement was hired at twice my salary (she was about twice my age too but she was the boss's right arm's wife) and did about a 10% of my job (nice for her). My mom stuck it out for about 5 more months before she quit. The boss was just a plain jerk and took it personal that I quit (I'd been there PT and FT for 13 years) and also threatened a law suit when I moved and got a job with a "competitor" (a much smaller lab/supplies company). The law suit fell through of course after he saw the confidentially agreement I signed which made no mention of working for competitors.....he quickly revised that of course screwing future employees...we are not talking about a multimillion dollar company (not even a million a year). So as much as the above is a joke, there are bosses/companies out there like that.....
It sounds like your work really intensely, and so do I. sm
At least every hour, take 10 mins out, go outside, just breath the air.  Stay out there for 10 mins, the go back a make a great lph rate for another hours.  It works for me.  I absolutely cannot work 2 hours without a small break.  There is no point to it.
Sounds like the hospital I work for

I would think you applied there.  Anyway, we get paid by production in-house at 9 cpl.  Only time hourly pays is when we take time-off, equipment malfunction and of course meetings.  The only thing I don't like is that the hourly people (coders, clerks) dont' understand that and want to visit and get offended when we tell the we have to work. 

That sounds so great- where I work
the chairs are unbelievable- they are horrible. They will special order a better chair for you if you need it but it takes like 3 months, and it is always the same kind of chair from the same place and if it doesn't work for you, oh well. The seat pan doesn't adjust, and it needs to. They pay 1200 bucks for these chairs, when they could get a dozen better ones for the same price.

Wouldn't you think a hospital of all places would understand the importance of ergonomics for their employees?? :rolleyes

Interestingly the conference rooms have wonderful chairs and I usually snag one at night and just put it back when I leave.
sounds like we work for the same place...sm
I have been with the same company for about 5 years now.  What I do is take the first letter of each word for a phrase and make an expander.  Ex:  The patient was admitted to the hospital, I make the Expander with tpwatth.  I have found this the easiest on the platform I use as I was not sure if anything like InstantText or others would work.  You don't have to assign the expander to a specific dictator so this helps with the "generic phrases".  For medications that are capitalized, I also make an expansion.  Ex:  Tylenol is expansion tylenol.  Also have them for drugs that are the same prescription all the time, aspirin 81 mg daily is a81, aspirin 325 mg daily is a325, aspirin 81 mg p.o. daily is a81p.  I even made it for when it is capitalized in a list, Aspirin 81 mg daily is aa81.  Every little thing helps.  I do have expansions for doctors that say the same thing over and over, I just make sure I proofread very carefully.  Try to use abbreviations you can remember.  I even have them for b.i.d., etc. 
That sounds like a company I used to work for....
that paid monthly and it was NEVER on time. Checks bounced, 1099's late, and excuses after excuses. I even had to threaten a lawsuit to get paid my final check! I would certainly not quit your other company before you have some time under your belt with the new company to see how things are going to be.
He sounds like a piece of work - sm
I'd tell the wife, sure go ahead find someone else who will put up with all this garbage. I would give them a new updated fee schedule, effective immediately, up your page rate, a flat fee per page, none of this half/third stuff, and start charging for your time for the loading and converting of files. If it takes an hour, charge $20. That is something his people there should be doing, not you. As for the corrections, again his people should be doing that, not you. As you said, everyone makes mistakes. Regarding the doctors names, keep a notebook or something with the correct spellings that you can refer to. I use a small address/phone book and put them in under A, B, C, etc. So when my doctors say referring doc, I just whip open my book and saves me a lot of time from looking it up on the internet. If I cannot find a doctor name/address I simply let the office know that they have to fill that in since I could not find it. ---But this guy sounds like a real skinflint, so I would up the rates as above, if they don't like it then I guess they can just go and find out the hard way that they had quite a deal with you.
Sounds like my work life...
I hear you loud and clear! This sounds just like my job too, so I know how frustrated and unappreciated you feel.  Hugs to you my friend!