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Stay where you are - it is a great deal. sm

Posted By: MT of 25 years on 2006-02-06
In Reply to: I have been an MT for 20 years and have a job..sm - Is the grass any greener?

You may see other line rates posted here, but with little to no work and other variables. You have a great company - be happy and keep on transcribing!

Best of luck to you and keep it up!

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It is a GREAT company and great deal! I've had
Vonage about 6 months now and I love it. The only mistake I made was trying to keep my original phone # - I wouldn't recommend that. You have a temp # for a while, and the other provider can fight for the old #, etc. Go to vonage. com. They have new features all the time! There is even a new soft phone that is a phone on your screen. You don't need a real phone when working - just headset. It has 800 #s you can have very inexpensively - great voice mail. You get emails when you have new messages, etc. I only wish I had used them a year ago! Nothing but good things to say, and I complain about everything!
I do ESLs a very great deal sm
The job I just dumped was about 80% ESLs. Some were barely accented at all, some were fairly accented and a little challenging the first couple of times, and then there were those that absolutely incomprehensible. Honestly, after about 2 months, many of the incomprehensibles moves to the a little bit challenging category. At the end, I had one I simple could not do, not yet, but I had only had about 6 of his reports. I had one where I did fairly well and he never complained about his reports. One who complained constantly and bitterly called the office to compliment a very long report that had been done to complete satisfaction. The cardiologist who had been the bane of my existence became extremely easy for me, and I don't know cardiology all that well.

What I am going to tell you is, no I don't think that those who cannot speak English properly should be allowed to practice. The question is, how does one set that standard? When comes to MT, I am convinced that some of us have "the ear" for ESLs and that many of us do not. Even amongst those with "the ear" certain accents are still very difficult. One might be able to do Spanish speakers and East Indians well, but have trouble with Asians. Even a good "ear" is not perfect and 100% flexible.

I also believe that more and more it will be ESLs that are physically transcribed and that many of the native English speakers will go to speech recognition. This means, if you stay in this business and refuse to edit SR (I am currently one of these, but I think that will change), ESLs will compromise most of the work one sees. On the other hand, if one has a very good "ear" all of this will be fine and I am quite sure that when that time comes, the line rates for transcribing ESLs will be out of sight, relatively speaking.

By the way, ask an Englishman what language an American speaks and he will tell you "American." I am not sure who said it, perhaps FDR...We (Americans and the English) are one people divided by a common language.
That explains a great deal. Thanks for the heads up.
I unsure what the rambling incoherence was due to, but that makes more sense than just her being off her meds or something.
Yes, this is true, the posters are given a great deal
of freedom of speech on this forum, expecially on the 'Politics Board'.

Is it really? That's great! So did you stay
here during the hurricane? I have friends who live nearby and stayed. They were pretty scared. I read about that boy who died due to the tree falling on the trailer, so sad. :( I think all those trees out there would be the worst thing to deal with in a storm.
Great Job! You will stay in my prayers!
You are a strong woman. Keep your eye on the ball and your Faith in your heart. Will keep you and your kids in my prayers. xo
Hey, out of curiosity what kind did you get. I bought a E1505 laptop on there. Great Deal

I just bought a pair of Able Planet (Lynx) NC Headphones I'll give you a great deal on! SM
I did a ton of research and found that many preferred these headphones over the Bose. They were actually more expensive. I paid over $300.00 for these! The only reason I purchased these was because I could charge them on my Dell account. They really are awesome. I can't even hear myself type when I turn on the NC feature. They are comfortable, but after 18 years as an MT, I've just gotten used to the stethoscope style or earbuds.

If you'd like to contact me, I'll give you an offer you can't refuse!
Sorry, don't post here often and not familiar. I was saying I make great money and stay at home w
Where do folks get these odd ideas?
It is an okay deal - TR 11 font is small. Not as good a deal as Courier.
Personally, I would have to think really hard and compare reports and line counts, like the other poster below suggested, before I would jump right into it. It is probably 75-80 characters to a line +/- the single character lines you get for initials, and 2 word lines you get with op reports such as Surgeon:
IV Fluids:

It probably is comparable to 9 cpl with a larger font.

Good luck in whatever you decide.

Good Luck!
anyone watch deal or no deal?

I love Deal or No Deal.......nm

Saw him on CMT show with John Fogarty. Great, great singer with a neat personality and drop dead
gorgeous without seeming to know it. 
Great post. I swear by both Advantage and Frontline Plus-- both work great! - sm
I don't know about "natural" approaches for the house. I have always used flea bombs in the past before the miracle of Advantage and Frontline changed my life. Have not had a flea problem at all since I began using those products about 10 years ago, dose all the dogs religiously once a month with the Frontline Plus except in Dec.-Feb. to save a few bucks and because the ground is generally frozen by then and no fleas are scurring about. -- Hope you get flea free soon.
I am about where you are I think. There is just always something new to deal with and it just gets
worse and worse. Every new thing they implement just seems to make my job more difficult and ends up costing me money. I am thinking of just going very part time and then looking for something else. I have a feeling a lot of people are doing this.
I don't know what the big deal is.
When I've had "regular" in office type jobs, I've been subject to a criminal check. All it seems to be, however, is a standard form they send to the local sheriff's office. I had a mickey mouse job in bank operations last year, no access to anything confidential or cash, and I had to be photographed, fingerprinted, drug tested, credit and background checked.

Now that I am an MT, I am amazed at how easy it is to get hired and gain access very quickly to facilities, doctors, patients and their information. All I had to do was pass a transcription test and supply a SS#. Yeah, I'm sure the big national I'm with probably ran some type of credit check; but it was still a heck of a lot easier than getting that job in bank or any other job I've had for that matter.
Why it isn't a big deal
MQ MTs (of which I am an ex) have an option.....find a decent company who can provide a consistent work flow or just deal with MQ and quit whining!  Our neighbors to the South have no choice, not only have many lost everything they own, they have also lost their jobs.  Reflecting on THAT, those of us fortunate to have been spared really have very little to whine about doncha think?? 
Same here. What is the big deal?
Unless you want to deal with
maladjusted adult children for the rest of your life, who have very little to offer you because they can't figure out how to live a good life, if I were you, I'd get out of there tomorrow. Don't worry, you won't have to explain to him. He probably can't believe he has met a woman who would accept that type of behavior. It will not come as a surprise to anyone that you leave.

Yeah yeah, there were some good times mixed in there somewhere but they are canceled out the moment he treated your daughter with disdain. Your allowing it just proved to her she is an unworthy person. The one child who might take care of you when you get old is going to not be there for you (and believe me, you will need her).

if you can deal with it...sm
for a while and it pays your bills, take it, at least until something else comes up. it seems you have more pluses than negative right now. good luck

what is the big deal?
It directly specifically answered the original question and is a direct link to the credentialing body without naming names or bashing anyone?
what's the big deal ?
remember that some day when YOU need a favor.
same deal here
same deal, it works well in radiology where there are so many normal reports.  i think its a cost saver in the long run for the facility but when the docs are training on it, if it learns something wrong, it stays wrong, so the docs are not big fans, esp older ones
Exactly! What's the big deal?
Why would anyone be offended by that?
What was the deal with her....sm
sprawled out on stage like that while singing? At least she wasn't humping the stage like a couple of weeks ago but she didn't dress or act like one would when singing that type of song.
I don't know if that is such a bad deal...
Gas may be expensive and you may have to buy your own paper but really, is it such a big deal?

Think about the perks of it. You transcribe for all the same doctors, so there is no "sneak attack" of the backlogged account that suddenly ends up in your queue and you have never worked before. You know the area and all the area doctors and facilities, so you don't have to spend all that time researching that elusive reference dropped casually in every report. You also do not have to deal with the headaches of your company's server being down, your DSL connection being interrupted for repair, or trusting your company to make sure all of your reports are being credited to the proper MT number so you are actually being paid for what you transcribe. You have also probably worked your drop-off route to hit the grocery store, post office, and bank, and everyone goes there anyway.

Personally, I would see getting out of the house every day as part of my "paid" job a perk, because although I am pretty happy with my profession, sitting in front of a computer 8-10 hours a day can be pretty tedious. Besides all of that, I am struggling to break 3K a month.

I would definitely do it.
IF he will deal with it, that is best
my sister married a man with 2 kids and she had 2 kids...all about the same ages. His son was a handful. I will never forget the Thanksgiving he was playing around at the table and set our great, great grandmother's tablecloth on fire. My sister looked at the fire and did nothing. I could tell she was MAKING herself do nothing (she may have had a Valium later, I don't know). Her husband put out the fire and took the boy out of the room. My sister still gets upset about that tablecloth, but today he is a pretty great kid and he respects my sister a lot.
what's the big deal?
What's the big deal about asking if anyone needs part time help or if anyone knows of anyone doing any part time hiring?
....just no big deal. nm
What is the deal with EHR anyway?
I have never worked in a doctor's office or hospital, and if I had maybe I would understand better.  But I do not understand why the EHR being used in doctor's offices eliminates the need for outside transcription.  Do they just check a few boxes on a form to document the visit or do they have transcription done in the office?  I have done clinic transcription before, and some of the reports were very detailed, and I can't see how all that information could be documented without someone to type it.  It seems to me that if corners are being cut (and I understand offices think cutting transcription costs is a valid way to save money) that it will come back to bite someone sooner or later.  My doctor has just gone to the EHR, and while I was sitting there talking to him he was typing on the computer and could barely look at me.  (I think he was just printing out prescriptions and lab test requests for me).  Also I had several concerns, and he commented that I might have to schedule another visit.  His office is affiliated with a hospital now and I think they are only given so many minutes to see a patient.  I just think it is sad that the clock and saving a few dollars can determine patient care (although I do not see those savings being passed on to the consumer).   
The big deal is
the doctor obviously does not know how to write his own macro (i.e. create a set of instructions whereby the computer is instructed via a couple of Keystrokes produce sometimes lengthy text/formatting/special characters, etc.) and he wants her to just give him the one that she created.

Obviously, he knows how he wants the document to read in the patients chart; what he is looking for is a way to lessen his workload, but he does not have the knowledge that he needs in this case.
I don't really see the big deal...
For goodness sakes.  If it wasn't for the doctors, we wouldn't have a job...  Why is everyone out to get the doctor?  Times change.  People move on.  No one really owes us anything.  I say give him the macros and charge him your line rate for them.  They are after all his dictation to begin with.  You simply transcribed them into your pc.  You didn't dictate them, the doctor did. 
No, it's not a BIG deal but
where I work we follow the BOS recommendations and abbreviate all units of measure that are accompanied by a numeral.
It's a done deal...
I don't work for a hospital--it's a medical clinic that houses many docs. The "green light" is in motion fot this to happen--it already is happening and the powers that be are pleased.
I'm not sure you know the deal here
This is a company that preys on offshore MTs, lures them in, gets them work (entire companies too not just individuals) and then pockets the money without paying them a dime. It's not exactly about just changing jobs for them. Should anyone figure out a way to legally go after this person, it'd be bad news. There's so much more involved than just not paying people. She tests for them with companies, has them sign in under specific information (her sign-in information) and gets their paycheck. Yes, she's a scam artist. She's not a boss.
So, what do you pay for? Sounds like a bad deal to me. nm
God help the QA and trainers who have to deal
Agreed; what's the deal .....
There are other companies, instead of spouting your bitterness here... please work elsewhere.

I am really happy at MDI, as are most of the people I work with. I love my team leader. I don't know who you are, but gosh - you sure are negative.
What a deal! Where do I sign up????

Here's the deal. If someone is a Christian,
and they have been saved, the will go to heaven no matter what. Just read John 3:16. That is all there is to it, simple as that. You don't think that Jesus would have made it complicated, do you? If He had, we would all be going to hell.

(Mark Twain said he didn't want to go to heaven because he didn't like harp music.)
Thanks - FBI check is no big deal to me either,
especially if it means I can actually get some work! :)
We don't DO Valentine's day - no big deal - DH says you should (sm)
treat each other special every day, not just one.  I tend to agree.  I told this to my son who is recently married, and he said he and his wife decided to skip it, maybe a card or something, cause he says he brings her flowers about once a month anyway.  I never knew this!! What a great kid I have.
For the real deal,
isn't that the deal with multiple...sm
ports for extra printers, etc., and you can switch back and forth from one to the other??  I had several for multiple printers on all computers years ago.  I think that's what they were called.  I can elaborate if on the right track here, if you want.
One suggestion....let HIM deal with it.
at their ages, there is not much you can do to "help" or change them. They are adults now and capable of paying consequences for their own actions. They are his kids, stay out of it as much as possible. Retreat to another room and try not to let them upset you. Kids that age are gonna do what they are gonna do and you have no ties to them. They will resent you no matter what, anyway. I don't mean to sound so cold hearted, but I have been there. They don't want your help and if they can make you upset, they will try...just because they can. That is all I have to say about it....good luck.
what's the Volvo deal? I like them....nm

Their bellyache will come later, when they actually have to deal
yep, for some it's a big deal so learn it *LOL*

The patient will be seen for followup in a week.

Followup one week.

The patient came in for follow up of her acne. (I believe this can be hyphenated to follow-up.) 

The patient will be seen for followup care in a month. (This, too, some MTs hyphenate to follow-up but I do not.)

The BOS has this very issue - Book of Style by the AAMT 2nd edition  - discussed in it. 


nice deal - for THEM
I would definitely charge for this service. Give it your best guess based on what you're paid for your other work. Look at the length or maybe how long it takes since obviously you don't have audios to compare. If your normals are about the same length, you could charge a flat fee per report.
make that how do you deal
As you can see, I'm upset over this. Sorry for the typo.
I have both to deal with - IC and my own account - sm
on the IC job I just tell them about 3-4 weeks ahead of time that I will be taking off; the work is divvied out between about 20 of us to usually my work is just passed onto them; when someone is off, the others just get 5-10 minutes more of work each day; not a big deal. With my account I just take my laptop with me, it is only about 300 lines 3 x a week so it is not a big deal to take the time to do while on vacation, though I'd love a week where I did not work at all (last time was 12/2005), but at least I get 4/7 days off instead of working my usual 6/7 days, though I am trying to cut that back to 5/7 in order to save my own sanity. Just take off, don't worry about the smirky person, and when you come back just work at your normal pace and don't kill yourself trying to play catch up. I guess the other IC likes not having any kind of a life. Nuts. I try to take off at least 3 weeks a year from my IC job just to give myself a well earned break; I work just about every weekend so I figure I am entitled to a "vacation" every now and then. Take off and don't feel guilty about it!